It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of lifetime Yonkers resident Michael Louis Birrittella.
Michael was born on Nov. 24, 1939, in Park Hill to Joseph and Eleanor. He graduated Yonkers High School in 1957 and was a proud sailor in the United States Navy, where he honorably served the country he loved. After Michael’s time in the Navy, on Aug. 28, 1963, he joined the Yonkers Fire Department, where he served with honor for more than 36 years before retiring on Jan. 8, 2000. Michael was also a member of the Lewisboro Police Department, where he served with distinction. He wasn’t retired for too long before he joined the security team at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. Michael was an officer and active member of the Armando A. Rauso Post No. 40 AMVETS. He was also active in various other veteran organizations throughout the years.
Michael was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, Big Indian, and the New York Giants. On May 16, 1964, Michael married the love of his life, Marie DiLello. They were blessed to have 57 loving years of marriage and beautiful memories. In addition to his wife, Marie, he is survived by his devoted sons and daughters-in-law, James and Anna, Michael and Nancy and his four grandchildren, Benjamin, Maria, Alexander and Michael, who were the pride of his life and will forever be his pals. Michael is also survived by his brothers, Bernard, Richard, and Joseph; his brothers-in-law, Joseph and Vincent; his sisters-in-law Deanna, Nancy, Ellen, Carol, Sallie, and Debbie; his life-long best friend,, Robert Bisaccia; and many loyal family members and friends who he greatly adored. In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his brother, James, and sister-in-law, Sandra DiLello.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Christ the King Church on Wednesday, Aug. 25 Interment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael’s memory to the Fisher House (fisherhouse.org).