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Obituary for Gail Cohen Vitale (Kudla)

Gail Cohen Vitale passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by close family on March 7th, 2023. Gail’s departure was deeply felt as she made the most of her 80 years here. Gail was born into a loving family of Polish Catholics in Dearborn, Michigan in 1942, at the height of World War II. Even as a young girl, Gail loved challenges before graduating into the 1960's. Upon reaching adulthood, she channeled her considerable energies into being one of the first women to manage a national employment agency office, in Washington DC, drive race cars, and do everything else in her power to overturn the social order. While working in DC, she met her future husband, Al Cohen who swept her off to Florida where she raised a family of four children, including a photo-journalist, a biologist, a teacher and a businessman. Despite the demands of motherhood, she maintained her adventurous spirit that instilled a love to travel in all of them. She was a loving parent and wife who never failed to put her family first, (and pets a close second).

After the passing of her husband, she subsequently met and married Robert Vitale in 1981 and moved to Jupiter Florida. Together, they founded a business called Nightingales along the hustle and bustle of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. While in Jupiter, she and her husband helped construct one of the most unusual geodesic dome homes in the Southeast. Eventually, the call of the North Carolina mountains in late 1990's led them to relocate to Franklin, NC where Gail indulged in her love of natural gemstones, furry woodland creatures and the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

For many years leading up to her passing, she indulged in her love of cooking. She loved to watch food tutorials and travel channels during her spare time and positively reveled in her visits to her children around the country. She was always full of adventure and created loving memories. Her visits to her children living around the country over the years were full of adventures and loving memories. Gail is survived by her caring husband, Robert Vitale and four children, Albert, Alan, Abigail and Ami. She also leaves behind three beautiful grandchildren, Emily, Cassandra and Eva. Her sister Loretta, brother Michael and their immediate families were never far from her mind, and we will all miss her deeply.

The family also wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last days with such kindness and grace. To everyone who came to know Gail during her memorable journey, including her menagerie of four legged friends, we offer our warmest gratitude.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.