Vanessa Marie Pitofsky

March 13, 1971February 24, 2014
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Vanessa Marie Michael Pitofsky was born on March 13, 1971 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and died tragically on February 24, 2014 in her Dallas, Texas home. Vanessa graduated from Lake Travis High School in 1989 where she was a member of the Cavalettes. She was a 1991 graduate of Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas where she obtained an Associates of Arts Degree in Dance. She then graduated from the University of North Texas in 1995 where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Dance. Vanessa worked as an executive assistant at several banking institutions in the Dallas area, with Sun Trust being her most recent employer. Vanessa was a loving daughter, wife, sister, stepmother; faithful friend and co-worker, devoted mother to her beloved furry babies, Sig and Zach; and a passionate supporter of those less fortunate. Vanessa epitomized 1 Corinthians 13 (the Excellence of Love). She will be forever missed by so many, whose lives she has touched and changed. Some of the organizations that Vanessa supported included assisting at animal shelters, serving meals at the homeless shelter on holidays, participating in the City Square Food on the Move in Dallas, working with women’s shelters, volunteering at Helping Hands and Meals on Wheels. Vanessa was also an avid runner and supported her causes through participating in their runs, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. As if anticipating her life journey’s end, she left a note for her family requesting her earthly belongings be donated to various charitable organizations including: Goodwill, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Habitat for Humanity…She continues to touch lives even today. Vanessa is survived by her loving parents Alida Opsatnik Michael and Ray Michael, Jr., stepmother Sherrie Michael and brother Jason Michael, all of Cedar Park, TX; grandfather Andrew Opsatnik of Aliquippa, PA; uncles Andrew M. and Jeffrey Opsatnik of Rochester, PA; aunt Janet Michael of Aliquippa, PA, aunt and uncle Linda and Don Miller of Lithia Springs, GA and aunt and uncle Rita and Rick Janicki of Aliquippa PA; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Vanessa is preceded in death by her grandfather and grandmother Raymond and Lillian Michael, grandmother Adriana Obsatink and cousin Caleb Miller. A public visitation will be held at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Vanessa’s short life will be celebrated after the visitation at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday and the interment will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville. Friends and family are invited to a reception following the interment at the Cedars Events Center located at 15803 Windermere Dr, Suite 603 in Pflugerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a battered women’s shelter or animal rescue organization in her name.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Laura Null

March 26, 2014

My dear V....I miss you, your smile, your laughter and your ever eternal bright spot in my life. In looking at your pictures and having talked with your firends I feel so cheated of knowing you on a deeper level.....our day will come to sit together, be together, share together. Until that day know that I carry you with me, in every deed that i do, in every step that take.....all my love! Laura

Esther Anderson

March 19, 2014

I am having such a hard time without you. I miss you so much. Danny's mom is also gone I know you both were fun of each other I guess you are hanging out together. I miss you my friend

Brad Janicki

March 9, 2014

You are dearly missed Vanessa. I will cherish the time you spent with my parents and I a few years back. Every time I root for the Steelers, I'll be thinking of you.

Kevin Roark

March 6, 2014

Vanessa, although I haven't seen you in many years, I will always remember you as being a very sweet, kind person. I really wish I had been able to reconnect with you sooner, but I will always cherish the memories I have of you. Hearing about all the lives you touched and your compassion for those who are struggling or less fortunate makes me want to be a better person. Your loss is going to be extremely painful and difficult for so many people, but I personally take comfort in believing that you were called on for higher purposes. My sincerest condolences go out to your family and loved ones. May their sorrow and grief soon be overwhelmed with the warmth of your memories in their hearts. You will not be forgotten.

Norman Boone

March 6, 2014

Vanessa was a co-worker and friend for 8 years. She was my executive assistant at Wachovia/Wells Fargo and was absolutely the best, both professionally and as a loyal friend. I was at her service and I learned a lot about why she was so special, meeting her Dad, Mom, Brother and extended family, it was easy to see where she got the wonderful qualities that I cherished in her. Not sure how much Vanessa spoke about her work life, so let me provide a perspective some may hear for the first time..... She was my " work wife", Lisa (my real wife) and Vanessa used to laugh at me as Vanessa claimed she was the first person to diagnose me as having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)!!!! She was right of course. She new my children. She actually carried a Steelers "Terrible Towel" into Cowboys Stadium on a private team tour. A gutsy move. Still laughing at that. I remember how much Sushi she could eat. It was amazing. Usually 2 orders of Tuna Sashimi, 3 orders of Nigiri and a volcano roll. She would order twice what I ordered at lunches. She stayed skinny and I didn't. Still trying to figure that one out. She loved her dogs... I cured Sig's weight problem with simple advice, she was feeding him too much. She was in denial and told me I was wrong. I'm very much right, she fed him too much, that dog would eat her hand if he could.... She loved her work and she loved her friends. She was selfless, glass half full about EVERYTHING. In the end, it's the little things I remember. It's always the little things. But that's what makes her so special. Every time I'll watch the Cowboys or Steelers play, or when I order sushi, I'll think of her. And you know what? I'm glad for that. What a wonderful gift. Thank you for being a part of my life. What an honor to count you as my friend and what true honor to meet your family.

Norman and Lisa Boone
Atlanta, GA

Dina and Jason Luther

March 5, 2014

As we go thru life there are very few people who we remember. You are one that will never be forgotten! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Richard Blauvelt

March 5, 2014

You're in my prayers, rest in peace beautiful Vanessa.

Cheryl Stacy Flickinger

March 5, 2014

During times of loss we find ourselves troubled by things we do not understand. There are no answers to comfort your grief, only lasting love and precious memories. Ray I am lifting you and your precious family up to our heavenly Lord and Savior who will hold you and comfort you. My heart aches for you and know that you have always been very dear to my family and that Lowell was there to welcome Vanessa into the beautiful Kingdom that we will one day all be together again. Much love and blessings

Jami Darwin Chiang

March 5, 2014

I will miss you and remember you always my beautiful friend.

Ron Martin

March 5, 2014

It has been many years since I last spoke with you, but I will always remember your smile and how welcoming you always were. You will not be forgotten.