Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Homes

125 W Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY


Edith Vitale

January 4, 1929May 21, 2020

On May 21, 2020, Edith “Edie” Vitale passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 91 after losing her battle to Covid-19. Edie was predeceased by her loving husband, Sam Vitale. Born in Newark, NJ but a lifelong New Yorker and long-time employee of Fortunoff, Edie was well-loved by all who were fortunate enough to know her. Although she was an only child, Edie was sisters at heart with her cousin, Doris LaPerla. She was a mother of 4;Mary, Andrea (Kurt), Sally (John) and Peter (Lynnette), grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 7. She had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins whom she adored. Despite her large family, she always made time for everyone. Edie always provided constant support and love for her family and friends making everyone feel loved and welcomed like they were one of her own. Edie never ceased to miss an important event, always making sure to bring her famous rice pudding, cheesecake, Rice Krispie Treats or roasted red “peppahs.” Everything she made was made with love. A special thank you to the staff at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation for tirelessly working around the clock to care and establish a friendship with our family and most importantly with our beautiful mother. Our family is beyond blessed to have had the privilege of having someone so special in our lives.

Covid-arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9am Family and friends will meet by car only in the parking lot of Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home located at 125 West Old Country Road, Hicksville, N.Y. 11801. We will then proceed for internment at Holy Rood cemetery at 111 Old Country Road Westbury, NY 11590. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held for family and friends at a later date following the current Covid-19 restrictions.

In Lieu Of Flowers donations can be made to Our Lady of Mercy RCC Parish Services Contact information is listed below.


  • Our Lady of Mercy RCC Parish Services/Food Pantry


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Jennifer Leone

May 26, 2020

Dear Vitale Family, I met your Mom at Huntington Hills in July when my own mother became a resident of that unit. Edi and I spoke almost every day I visited. Over time, we came to realize our many connections. I currently live on Shelter Hill Rd in Plainview and pass 19 Stauber Drive on my daily walks and bike rides. My brother in law was friends with Peter. Edi was a member of my in laws' church OLM. It was comforting to see Edi during my visits and observe her holding hands with the other female patients in an effort to comfort them. I am grateful to have known her for all of these months and know she's happy where she is today. In sympathy and in love, Jennifer Leone

Thelma Mcalevey

May 25, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about your mom, I am Patti Gambino, my mom is Thelma Mcalevey she was your moms roommate at Huntington Hills, we all loved Edith, she was so sweet and funny I used to talk to her and she would tell me stories like she was living in the moment! My sister Gail and our kids also used to talk to her a lot, they moved her out of my moms room, my mom would ask the nurses everyday how is Edith? They always said she was holding her own, they never told her she passed, until today she saw it in the paper. We are so sorry for all of her family n friends, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sally I met you n your daughter when you were putting up Valentine’s Day decorations!!


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