Vendura Vitale Obituary (1931 – 2021) – Toledo, OH


Vendura “Dolly” Vitale

August 17, 1931 – March 6, 2021

Vendura “Dolly” Vitale

Our mother, our grandmother, our aunt, our teacher, our friend Vendura Mary (Rotondo) Vitale died on Saturday, March 6th, 2021 in their home in Waterford near Levis Commons in Perrysburg. She was 89 years old.

Known as “Dolly” for most of her life, she was born on August 17th, 1931 in Toledo. She was the sixth of seven children of Laura and Frank Rotondo and the first to be born in the United States after their family emigrated from Bari, Italy.

After graduating from Libbey High School in 1949, Dolly enrolled at the University of Toledo, where she met James Vitale, another freshman from Jersey City, New Jersey. They married on May 30, 1953 and were true partners for 38 years until his death in December 1991.

Despite losing her father at 8 and mother at 18, Dolly was half of a great parenting duo. While raising five children, she returned to the University of Toledo as a major and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1974.

She taught at Washington Local Schools, Horace Mann Elementary, and Jefferson Junior High for 17 years. She helped inspire a daughter, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews to become teachers.

Mother is survived by her five children Rosanne (David) Florea, Frank (Kathy Beck), James Jr. (Julie), Patricia (Emile) Mahanti and Bob (JJ Crisostomo). Grandma, also known as Grandma and Macaroni, is survived by her 10 grandchildren Jessica Florea and David (Caitlin) Florea, Sean (Jennifer) Tracey, Heather (Dominic) Millheim and Nathan Vitale, Sarah (Matt) Long and Alison (Steve)) Weiss and Gabrielle Vitale, Ravi Mahanti and Deven Mahanti; and 11 great-grandchildren. Aunt Dolly is survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, her brothers and sisters Nick (Virginia) Rotondo, Serafina (Nick) DiLorenzo, Frank (Alice) Rotondo, Chiara (John) Sturniolo, Anna (Joseph) Restifo and Catherine (Sam) Arite died before Dolly.

Dolly was proud of her family and heritage, and passed on Italian traditions, proverbs and culinary skills to three new generations.

It lives in our hearts and in fond memories.

Coyle Funeral Home supports the family with the organization. Please leave a message of condolences for the family at

“Her jewel-like eyes reflect her brilliant mind. Her great ambitions cannot be restrained.” – 1949 Libbey High School Edelian.

Posted in The Blade on March 14, 2021.