DIXON – Giuseppe “Joe” Vitale, 73, of Dixon, died Friday, March 17, 2017, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. He was owner of Joe’s Pizza in Dixon and was a dairy farmer since 1985.
Joe was born Nov. 10, 1943, in Cinisi, Province of Palermo, Sicily, the son of Vincenzo and Calogera (Gaglio) Vitale. He married Darlene Lonegra on July 14, 1966, in LaSalle. Joe was a member of Illinois Holstein Association – Northwest Illinois. He enjoyed his cows and gardening.
Joe is survived by his wife, Darlene Vitale of Dixon; one son, Vincenzo Vitale of Dixon; two daughters, Carolina (Norm Rice) Vitale of Dixon and Marguerita (Todd) Attig of Dixon; two sisters, Lucia (Giacomo) Vitale Palazzolo and Giuseppa Vitale; one brother, Nunzio (Anna) Vitale; and two grandchildren, Dalton and Devin Attig.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Maria Vitale; two sisters, Fara and Calogera Vitale; and one brother, Salvatore Vitale.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m, Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bernie Sehr officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
A memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.
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