Vita Jattar


Vita Mae Jattar, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to so many died on 3 May 2017 at the age of 82 after a long and courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Bessie Ragusa; her husband, David Jattar and her daughter, Sharon Marie Grizzaffi.

Vita was born 7 Feb 1935 in Houston, Texas to her parents Joseph and Bessie Ragusa.  She was the oldest of four children; Joseph Ragusa, Jo Ann Deslattes and Mary Jo Atkinson. She grew up in East End of Houston and attended Stephen F. Austin High School where she met and began a 52 year marriage with her high school sweetheart, David Jattar.  She spent the next 20 years as a military wife and mother of three children, Debra, Sharon, and David, and worked as a part-time loan officer until she retired.

In 1972, she returned home and continued to raise her family in the Sagemont community and became an active member of St. Luke’s’ Parish.  Her life brightened greatly when she became a grandmother (Memaw) and positive role model to Patrick, David, and Holly. She held each of them in her heart and would do anything in the world for them.  She enjoyed people and all activities associated with having fun. She was always happy and ready to celebrate at the drop of a hat.

When she became a Great Memaw to Hayden and Auystin Rose, her life was complete. She loved family time and especially holidays, when everyone was gathered together enjoying her wonderful cooking. Most of all, we especially enjoyed her famous salad with homemade Italian dressing; to this day we are still trying to duplicate it. It must have been the “special spoon” she used to measure the ingredients with, and we all fought to be the taste tester for her.

After her husband died in 2007, she decided to move to the Senior Living Community of Bella Vita.  She blossomed in her new environment with even more social activities and new friends to keep her busy.  Vita became an independent and strong woman. Between friends, family and social events (dominoes, card games, quilting, road trips, cruises, and happy hours) it was difficult to find her at home…she loved her family, she loved her friends old and new, she loved to be with people and lived life to the fullest.   We are all going to miss her but she will be remembered in our hearts forever.  Live on Vita!

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Friday, May 12, 2017, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Road, Houston 77089.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions in Vita’s name may be made to the ALS Association.