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Luciano Spitale


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Luciano (Lou) Spitale, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at a hospital near his home in Melbourne, FL.

Born to Charles (Charlie) and Julianna (Nellie) Spitale on October 9, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY.

Lou is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janice Nelson Spitale, his son Wayne Spitale, daughter Susan (Chris) Precht, and daughter Dana (Mark) Levesque. He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters and brothers (in law), nieces and nephews, and friends.

Lou lived a life full of adventure. Beginning as a Merchant Marine at age 15, Lou sailed around the world delivering goods and assisting the Korean War effort. He enjoyed his life as a sailor, but traded in his sea legs when he began dating his life mate, Janice Nelson. Janice and Lou were married in Brooklyn, NY. Janice was the love of his life. Lou also served as a police officer, as well as a firefighter in NYC before returning to school to study electronics. Lou could fix and repair anything and his family benefited from his ingenuity. In addition, Lou was an avid reader and educated himself through the years in literature and history. He especially loved American history and the classics. He was a true patriot. He instilled his love of learning in his children and grandchildren.

Lou, also known as Pop-Pop by his grandchildren, would often tell Janice as they aged, “The ride is almost over and I don’t want to get off.” Unfortunately, he got off the ride sooner than expected. He will be immensely missed by his family and friends for whom he deeply loved.

Lou and Jan married very young. Together, hand in hand, they raised a beautiful family and worked hard to give their children everything they could. They shared their love with plenty of laughter and joy. Their favorite song was, “They tried to tell us we’re too young”. Once in a while they would look around at their lives and what they had accomplished together and say, “Hey, not too bad for a couple of kids from Brooklyn!”

There will be no funeral service at this time. A memorial gathering to celebrate Lou’s life is planned for a future date.

The Spitale family thanks you for your condolences and prayers.  In lieu of flowers we would ask for your prayers.


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Joan and Coleton

January 10, 2019, 5:27 pm

So glad I got to know him. Lou was the real deal. My condolences to the family and extended family and friends. RIP

Guy Spitale

January 10, 2019, 6:16 pm

Thanks for your Service,Iknow Luciano is with the Lord,with all his Family that have passed,🙏👮💙🇺🇸⭐️

Catherine Bearse

January 10, 2019, 7:51 pm

I know Lou was such a wonderful part of Dashs life. I am very sorry for your loss
The Bearse Family

Chuck stupp

January 10, 2019, 9:01 pm

My condolences to your family May he RIP

arnold bergman

January 11, 2019, 11:17 am

Janice, So sorry for your loss. He was always a fun guy to be around. Cousin Arnold

Maurice Olaf Bergman

January 11, 2019, 4:21 pm

Lou was an inspiration for me like a big brother.
Even though time and space in later years seperated us, I
will truly miss him

Laurie Nelson Posner

January 12, 2019, 12:49 am

R.I.P. my dear Brother-in-law, you have Left this Family with fond memories and made us laugh with your profound sense of Humor. You took care of my Sister and she took care of you, your Love ❤️ of Life was evidence of your being. May you forever be an Angel looking over your family. We will meet again as God wills it.

Kimberly and Dwight Milne

January 12, 2019, 2:14 am

Wish we had known Lou! He sounds like a wonderful person. Dash spoke very highly of his grandfather.
Our condolences to his wife Janice and the rest of the Spitale family.

Susan Spitale Precht

January 13, 2019, 1:33 pm

Crossing the Bar

By Lord Alfred Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Debbie, Gene, Zachary & Jordan Bruss

January 15, 2019, 1:46 pm

Dear Jan and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Lou’s passing. You both were dear neighbors and friends on Greenbrier for years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Carol Thompson

January 26, 2019, 7:31 pm

Jan I am sorry to learn of losing Lou. I was just recalling our trip to Italy and being part of your lives when you were in real estate, teaching me everything I know.
I sent a note to you in Melbourne last month but it came back to me.
I don’t know how this all works after life but it would be comforting to think Lou and John are sharing jokes and stories.over a glass of Italian wine.
I’ve run away to the beautiful island of Oahu. Come and enjoy the peace and island love.
Carol Thompson

Donald & Cynthia Bearse

January 26, 2019, 7:38 pm

Donald and Cynthia Bearse and Family
January 26, 2019

Dear Dash,
What a handsome grandfather you had. He looks like a wonderful man. We are so sorry for your loss. But, we know you must have many awesome memories of your precious time with your dear grandfather Spitale. May God bless you and your family as you grieve his passing. With love, prayers and blessings from us to you.

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