Juliana ‘Julie’ Pauline Vite, formerly of Niles

Aug. 8, 1936 — Feb. 4, 2016

Juliana “Julie” Pauline Vite, 78, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and formerly of Niles, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.

Julie was born on Aug. 8, 1936, to the late Lloyd and Frances (Dizard) Jaroch in Niles. After graduating from Niles High School in 1953 she wed the love of her life, Merritt “Hubert” Vite. Over the years, Julie and Hubert raised a small family and became entrepreneurs, owning and operating the Tastee Twirl restaurants in New Buffalo and Cassopolis in addition to selling rare dolls nationally. Juliana was an accomplished violinist, playing for many years in the South Bend Symphony and Elkhart Symphonies and later in Las Vegas and teaching privately in both Michiana and Las Vegas.

Juliana “Julie” Pauline Vite

Juliana “Julie” Pauline Vite

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lyman Jaroch; and grandson, Caleb Dudas.

Julie is survived by her husband, Merritt “Hubert” Vite; her beloved three children; Deborah “Deb” (Dan) Dudas of Niles; sons, Michael (Linda) Vite of Cassopolis and David (Elisa) Vite of South Bend; proud grandmother of Lisa, Erica, Melissa, Megan, Mike, Molly, Amber and David Jr. and three great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Niles with Pastor Fran Lane-Lawrence, officiating. A time of visitation will be held on Thursday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

Memorial donations may be made in Julie’s name to The Foundation at First Presbyterian Church, 13 S. Fourth Street, Niles, Michigan 49120.

Those wishing to leave a message for the family or upload a photo of Juliana may do so at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Niles.

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