MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sister Dolores Vitale, a member of the Religious Teachers Filippini, died on Dec. 19, 2013, at St. Joseph Hall. She was 85.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 23 at St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh. Interment followed at Ave Maria Cemetery.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She entered the Religious Teachers Filippini on June 22, 1949, and made her religious profession on Aug. 17, 1953.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Notre Dame College in Cleveland.
She taught kindergarten at St. Sebastian School in Middletown from 1951-52 and grades one and two at St. Anthony in Bristol from 1955-58.
She taught first grade for more than 30 years in elementary schools in the archdioceses of Newark, Philadelphia and New York, and in the dioceses of Brooklyn and Scranton, as well.
For 10 years, Sister Dolores took care of her mother while continuing to teach religion classes and earning a certificate in pastoral care ministry from Notre Dame College.
Sister Dolores was later involved in pastoral care at several parishes in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In 2008, she became a resident of St. Joseph Hall Infirmary at Villa Walsh.
Sister Dolores is survived by a niece and nephew. She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Theresa (Delsanter) Vitale.
Donations in memory of Sister Dolores may be sent to St. Joseph Hall, c/o Sister Ascenza Tizzano, MPF, Provincial Superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960-4912.