Pasquale 'Paskie' Vitale, 91, passed away Oct. 30, 2013. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty; daughters, JoKay (Rod) Cozzetto and Patty Vitale; sons, Paul Vitale and Phil Vitale; grandchildren, Nicole (Drew) Golob, Jason (Pam) Cozzetto, Adam (Grace) Cozzetto, Jessica (Scott) Edwards, Jennifer Vitale (David), Jordan Vitale (Jose), Charlie Vitale and Crystal Cantu; 16 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by, parents; sister, Mamie (Joe) Pagano; and brothers, Joe (Juanita) Vitale and Angelo Vitale. Paskie was born in Pueblo on October 22, 1922, to Natale and Josephine Vitale and proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was the founder and original owner of Pass-Key Drive-In and originator of the Pass-Key Special. Paskie retired from the Pueblo City Fire Department with 25 years of service. He was the owner of Vitale Construction and was one of the first developers of Sunset Park, El Camino, Northridge and numerous custom homes throughout Pueblo. Paskie enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to Cripple Creek and most of all, being with his family. The family would like to thank Autumn Park staff at University Park Care Center and Dr. Indira Kedlaya for all of their loving care. Celebration of life, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with military honors through the United States Navy Honor Guard and Last Alarm Ceremony through the Pueblo Fire Department Color Guard. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association through the funeral home. Online condolences,

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  1. So sorry to hear of Paskie’s passing. I worked with him at Eng. 5, along with Bob Lewis and George Van, He was so thoughtful. I still remember when he went over and put up a hand rail for George when he got so bad May you all be comforted knowing he is with God now.

  2. Patty

    I’m very sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time for your family.

    Michael Gagliano

  3. Our deepest sympathy to your families. What a devoted husband and father. He is at peace now. May the God of comfort be with you all during this difficult time. Your friends Betty Ann and Leon Harwood and family.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers to Paskie’s family. He was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.
    With Love and Sympathy, Joe & Kathy Pullara & Family

  5. Patty, Phil, JoKay and Paul,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dave, Brandie and Lacey McCarthy and Jim Pace

  6. Patty,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at the loss of your father. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gene and Chris Tapia and family

  7. JoKay, Patty, Paul and Phil,
    I am so sorry to hear about Paskie. He was so blessed!
    I have so many wonderful memories of your Dad and your family. I know my Mom Eva, was there to greet him with a dish of cookies!
    Love u guys,
    Cheryl Facchini-Mencin

  8. JoKay and family Please accept my sincerest condolences on the death of your father. He led a full life. Betty Kotlar

  9. Also, on Sunday, his granddaughter came to spend the day with Elizabeth and for the first time she spoke to her. What a blessing this young lady is! I’ll check on your Mom and look forward to visiting with all of you.
    Sincerely, charlene

  10. Dear JoKay and Family,
    My condolences to all of you! I have been friends with you for 50 plus years, but have been reunited with you again the past six months, through Life Care Center. I have enjoyed my visits every weekend with your dear Father, when he came everyday to visit Sweet Elizabeth and I would help him meet her needs when he brought her up front. He came the same time, everyday, and would spend two hours, then leave the same time! EVERYDAY! He would get her a glass of water, then a Kleenex to wipe her eyes, then he would comb her hair the way she liked it, straighten her up in her wheel chair, then cover her with a nice warm blanket! Even though there was no conversation between them, he would constantly talk to her. Then, he would take her to the dining room to eat. Then he would always stop to visit with me again, before he left. He was one dedicated man and never changed his routine! He would always make me laugh! I loved hearing all his stories about his life, his children, building houses, the war, and how his life had changed the past “Six years, 5 months, and so many days!” Also, he stood at my desk and taught me, step by step, how to make his famous Passkey sandwich! Although my heart is aching with you, I feel a relief that he doesn’t have to be in the nursing home anymore himself! He was adamant about that!

  11. Dear Patty, We are so sorry for the loss of your father, our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Sincerely, Beverly, Kelly and Chris Bocim

  12. Dear JoKay, Rod and Cozzetto family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort in the love and care you gave to him. You are in our hearts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Ron and Rosemary Runyan

  13. God bless you Uncle Pask. You were the best uncle a girl could ever have. Thank you for being there when no on else was. I love you. Be happy in your new heavenly home. Linda Vitale Schutz

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