Ethel Mae Vitale

Ethel Mae Vitale

Lifelong area resident, Ethel Mae Vitale, 91, of Newberry, died Wednesday morning January 24, 2024 at Golden Leaves Living Center. 

Born March 29, 1932 in Gould City, daughter of the late Roy and Mable (Sidelinker) Morrison, Ethel was a 1951 graduate of Gould City High School. 

Ethel was employed as a Domestic Service Technician at the former Newberry Regional Mental Health Center for several years, retiring in 1989.  Ethel enjoyed travelling, cruises and zip-lining. 

In addition to her parents, Ethel is preceded in death by her husband Ralph on December 12, 1998; siblings Violet (Norm) Lentz, Doreen (James) Ackerman, Helen (Will) Paulson and Loreen (Robert) Purple; brother-in-law Wes Simmerman. 

Survivors include her children Ralph Jr. (Insuk) Vitale of Richmond, Texas, Robin (Demaris Johnston) Vitale of Panama City, Panama, Rosalie (David) Calderone of Jackson, Michigan and Ramona (Robert) Marks of Newberry; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Roy Jr. (Ester) Morrison of Clarkston, Michigan, Larry (Judy) Morrison of Wahalla, Michigan, Joan Simmerman of Iron Mountain, Michigan and Marilyn (Dean) Crowe of Clarkston; several nieces and nephews. 

Per request, cremation services were accorded with no public services scheduled.  Interment will take place at Morrison family lot at Fairview Cemetery in Manistique, Michigan at a later date. 

The family of Ethel wishes to extend their appreciation and gratitude to the staff and caregivers of Golden Leaves Living Center for the care provided during her stay. 

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family. 


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