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Muriel Vita - November 02, 2009

Muriel F. Vita, 86, died Nov. 2, 2009 at the Haxtun Hospital Extended Care Unit. She was born Aug. 16, 1923 in Great Bend, Kan.

Muriel married Donald Vita Aug. 26, 1955 in Bensenville, Ill.

Prior to moving to Holyoke in February of 2007, Muriel resided in Orlando, Fla. and Titusville, Fla. for over 40 years. She enjoyed gardening and oil painting, and for a number of years she received numerous awards for dedicated service and countless hours of volunteering as a Pink Lady at the local hospital in Titusville.

When Donald was still alive, they liked to travel around the U.S. in their camper, and Muriel liked to accompany him to Cape Canaveral to watch the missile launches where he was a launch pad commander for numerous Gemini and Apollo space missions.

She was a loving, devoted and very proud grandmother and was anxiously anticipating the birth of her first great-grandchild this coming summer.

Muriel was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Donald A. Vita in 2005, parents William and Esther Standard and brothers Robert and Eugene Standard.

She is survived by daughter Pat Crowder and husband Robert of Holyoke, grandsons Rob Crowder of Holyoke and U.S. Army National Guard E-2 Matthew Crowder and wife Katie of Gillette, Wyo., sister Louise Crusoe of Bartlett, Ill. and her beloved cat Baby.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, her family wishes that everyone who knew her would pause for a few moments and remember her sweet smile and kind heart.