Lisa (Spitoleri) Bitel

  • Born: October 17, 1958
  • Died: September 26, 2019
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (800) 493-8001

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lisa (Spitoleri) Bitel, age 60, died September 26, 2019 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH surrounded by family. Her passing comes following a valiant 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lisa was born on October 17, 1958 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Thomas and Lucille (Dauphin) Spitoleri. She was the loving wife of Matt Bitel. They shared their love and lives since 1996 and were married on May 11, 2011 in Manchester, NH.

Lisa was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Middlesex Community College. She worked as a material control specialist at BAE systems. She was passionate about rescuing and advocating for greyhound dogs. She enjoyed travel including yearly excursions with her husband to Key West where they shared many special moments. Lisa will be deeply missed for her spirit, passion, and devotion to family and friends.

She is survived by her devoted husband Matt, step-daughter Morgan, nephew Tony Spitoleri and his wife Wanda, niece Michelle Gaudette and her husband Guy, other extended family members, and many loyal friends. She was predeceased by her sister Jeanne Mary (Spitoleri) White and brother Anthony P. Spitoleri.

SERVICES: A memorial gathering and brief service will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Cremation Society of NH, 243 Hanover Street, in Manchester. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Maine Greyhound Placement Services or Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH in lieu of flowers.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Matt I never met you and haven't seen Lisa in 40 years she was my favorite cousin we talked on the phone a couple years ago and we passed pictures back and forth. I'm so sorry I didn't know she had cancer I'll miss her and regret not contacting sooner I'm so sorry for your loss.
I luv u cousin
Ray Mailloux

Posted by Ray Mailloux - Oklahoma City, OK - Family   April 04, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in person, your love for her was evident in every conversation. I am humbled by your dedication to her and hope that you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Posted by Maria Sonin - Belmont, MA - Coworker   October 06, 2019

Matt you are in our thoughts and prayers! Don and I were so sorry to hear of Lisa's battle and your loss! She will be with you always, be open to the signs she will send you...we are sending our love to you and your family!

Posted by June Hicks - North Port, FL - Friend   October 05, 2019

Dear Matt, I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Lisa personally, and it has been many years since we worked together, I still remember how happy you were whenever you would talk about her. I will keep you and Lisa in my prayers.

Posted by Linda McCann - Merrimack, NH - Coworker   October 04, 2019

Lisa, even though we only saw each other once a year, you became a great friend....our mutual love of dogs bonded us together in the beginning, but over the years, it became so obvious to me what an incredible human being you were. Looking into your eyes in this beautiful picture, it's so easy to see your kindness. I'll miss you dearly, and you will forever be a source of inspiration to me. -Sylvie

Matt, you are also a source of inspiration to both Bob and I. You have loved and cared for Lisa with such selflessness. We offer you our most heartfelt sympathies.

Posted by Bob & Sylvie Corey - Madawaska, ME - Friend   October 03, 2019

You endured the pain and suffering way too long, but did so for me and so we could have some precious extra time together. We made the most of it, and one final time went to our special place Key West, to renew our vows, in the place that we so enjoyed and that meant so much to us. The ceremony was at the very same spot that I proposed those many years ago. You did this for me while battling illness and exhaustion. Those precious moments are etched in my mind forever.
My nickname for you was sunshine. You were spirited, beautiful, sexy, kind, devoted, caring, and provided me with the key I needed to open my heart in ways that I never thought possible. I can't even begin to describe how much fun we had and the depth of the love that we shared. I can't count the times that people, even total strangers would comment on how our love was genuine, on full display, and that we made the "perfect couple". Sunshine, through the love we shared, you have gifted me memories that will keep me strong and be with me the rest of my life. Even on a cloudy day no one can take my sunshine away.
You were my Angel that taught me how to enjoy life and share love that was so sweet and true. You were there every time I needed you and I hope I was able to do the same for you. I'm amazed at the special moments that we shared and how we were able to navigate life's challenges together. Through the battles of the last couple of years, I've looked deeply into your eyes and have seen the love, joy, fear, and pain that was inside you. It's so clear to me that your pain and suffering was all for me so we could have more time together. I will treasure that gift forever. I hope that I was able to prove worthy of your love and provide you the comfort that you so deserved. In those last hours, I hope that you heard every word I said, felt the comfort of my touch, and depth of my love until your last breath. As we said many times forever us. You will forever in my heart and soul.

Posted by Matt Bitel - Manchester, NH - Spouse   October 02, 2019

Matt and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Please reach out of you need anything.

Posted by Sheila Lessard - Auburn, NH - Coworker   October 02, 2019

PLEASE accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. your family will be in my thoughts mind ,and prayers Thank You Matt for Taking such Good Care of her XOXO

Posted by JIM MAIOCCHI - NEW PORT RICHEY, FL   October 02, 2019

Dear Matt, I am sending my deepest sympathy for your loss. Your beloved wife will always be with you in spirit.

Posted by Barbara Millina - Nashua, NH - Coworker   October 02, 2019

Dear Matt, family and friends of Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember her beautiful eyes and bright smile, and will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by RM Swisher - Nashua, NH - Coworker   October 01, 2019


So thankful to have had you as a friend. Give Annie a kiss from me.

Posted by Carron - CA - Friend   October 01, 2019

Gary and I are so sorry to hear of Lisas passing. Shell be dearly missed. We will never forget the fun times and memories that weve shared in Key West. We use to say what happens in Key West stays in Key West Lisa will be forever in our hearts.

Posted by Gary and Nancy Fauchet - Nashua, NH - friend   October 01, 2019

A great lady indeed. Can't say enough about the spirit and bravery of this beautiful person. Blessed to have known her and her wonderful husband Matt.
Robin Overton

Posted by Robin Overton - Litchfield, NH - Friend   October 01, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss Matt, family and friends. You're all in my thoughts and prayers ♥

Posted by Sierra DuBois - North Carolina   October 01, 2019

Matt, I am very sorry to hear of Lisa's departure. May God bless you and your family with a special peace at this time.

Posted by Mark Bailey - Milford, NH - Coworker   October 01, 2019

I will miss our chats and laughs. Lisa always knew how to make people smile. She was a devoted friend. Her love for Matt was timeless. I'm so blessed to have known her. Lisa's love for animals, especially greyhounds will continue through all that knew her. May the memories of her be a blessing for Matt and the family in this unbearable time. My heart and prayers go out to all that knew her.

Posted by Karen Schultz - OH - Friend   October 01, 2019

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