Joan Vitale

Obituary of Joan K. Vitale

POUGHKEEPSIE - Joan K. Vitale, 84, of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Joan was born on February 11,1938 in Stacyville, Iowa to the late William and Gertrude Hackenmiller Blake. She was one of thirteen children. 


She married Michael J. Vitale on October 1, 1960, in Iowa.  Michael predeceased her in 2018.


Joan went to school for nursing. She worked in Chicago, Illinois for four years as a Registered Nurse.  After relocating to Poughkeepsie, NY, Joan was a stay-at-home mom for many years where she took care of her children and hosted many of the neighborhood children.  She was employed at a local Animal Hospital. She worked at Dr. Marcella’s ENT office for many years until his retirement. She was currently employed at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie for 17 years. She worked at the front desk and assisted visitors. She was a very dedicated employee who loved her job.


Joan was a strong, selfless woman who never worried about her wants or needs.  She always cared for others first and strongly believed there was always something to be grateful for, no matter how hard life got.  She enjoyed birdwatching at home, especially hummingbirds.  She also loved following eagles on web cams. She loved all the animals she had over her many years. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.


Joan is survived by her sons, Scott M. Vitale and Karen Pelton of Poughkeepsie, NY and Brian J. Vitale and Christel Mojica of Hendersonville, Tennessee, her daughter Pamela J. Baker and Matt Baker of Hyde Park, NY, her grandchildren:  Rachel Vitale, Emily and Ben Baker, great grandchild Aubriella, her sister Rose Schaefer, and her brothers Bill Blake and Ted Blake as well as many nieces and nephews.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Church, 775 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Memorial donations can be made to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538 or


Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

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Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Holy Trinity Church
775 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States


Calvary Cemetery
LaGrange Ave.
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States