Marilyn “Lynn” Vitale, long term resident of New Paltz, New York, went to heaven on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at home in New Paltz, surrounded by her loved ones.
Born February 3, in Freeport, New York, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elsie (Nowak) Ruhoy.
Marilyn worked in New Paltz at Dr. Hudes Chiropractic office for many years and prior to retirement, for the Town of New Paltz Recreation Department in the Community Center.
Marilyn was always engaging with people, as some would call, a social butterfly. She loved a party and rarely missed an opportunity to be with family and friends. She had a genuine interest in and cared for others. Marilyn was a true friend to so many whom she loved dearly. Strong in her faith, Marilyn was an active parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church where she was a eucharistic minister and worked in the food pantry for many years. One of her favorite places on earth to be was on Field 6 at Jones Beach. She loved the sun, surf and sand.
The center of her life was her very large blended family. She adored each one but especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Babies were her thing.
Survivors include her children, Joseph Bowers of St. Petersburg FL; Georgette Curcio and husband, Frank of New Paltz, NY; Peter Bowers and wife Miranda of New Paltz, NY; William Bowers and wife Lori of Highland, NY; Gary Bowers and wife Bonnie of Gold Canyon, AZ; Robert Bowers and wife Renee of Berlin, MD; Doreen Silverman and husband Alan of Farmingdale, NY; John Vitale and wife Cathy of Farmingville, NY; 18 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and many extended family and friends who called her Nana.
In addition to her parents, Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, George Vitale and her sister Joan Lobe.
The Rite of Committal will take place at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, Long Island but will be for immediate family only. The family will plan a memorial mass and a celebration of Marilyn’s life for a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/teamcurcio , a cause near and dear to her heart.
Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home is honored to assist Marilyn’s family with the arrangements.For more information on placing an obituary, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.