Antoinette Magdalen Vitanza

Antoinette Magdalen Vitanza, 75, lifelong resident of Dickinson, Texas, passed from this life, May 25th, 2023 surrounded by her family. Antoinette was born to proud and loving parents, Sam Vitanza and Frances Giamalva on September 16th, 1947.

Antoinette spent a career of 20 years working in aerospace science as a flight rules writer. She was immensely proud of the Dickinson High School football team, and the district as a whole, and could often be found in the stands of the Sam Vitanza Stadium, named after her late father, rooting the team to victory. She took great pride in Dickinson and enjoyed her time as a bus driver for the district for many years, and impacted many childrens’ lives.

Antoinette is preceded in death by her father, Sam Vitanza and mother Frances Giamalva Vitanza.

Antoinette leaves to cherish her memory, her son Jim Bob Locke and wife, Carolyn and their daughter Jenna, daughter Samantha Vinyard and husband, Max and their daughter Maisyn, sister Frances Ann Kidwell and husband, Charlie and children Sam Kidwell and Brandy Payne.

Services will be held Saturday, June 10th, 2023 at Crowder Funeral Home.  Visitation is taking place from 9:00am to 11:00am with Deacon Lewis speaking from 11:00am to 11:30am. After, please join us for a reception at the VFW Hall in Dickinson, beginning at 12:00pm and concluding at 4:00pm.

As a lifelong Dickinson Gator fan, Antoinette absolutely adored the color “Gator Blue” and would love to see everyone wearing her favorite color as we all celebrate her life.



  1. We love you Nana and miss you everyday.

    Carolyn Locke
  2. She was an amazing woman…she will definitely be missed…so sorry for y’all

    Heather Bellis
  3. Jim, my heart is sad she was truly a friend, I loved her , she was always a person of concern for others.

    Eva Spencer
  4. Our hearts go out to Jim Bob, Samantha and their families. Anto was born 10 days after me and my parents and her parents were close friends. Anto and I became best friends all through school and for life. There are many memories that I will always cherish. It brings me comfort to know that my beautiful friend is now in God’s loving arms celebrating with her Mom and Dad.❤️🌹

    Linda Residori Purswell
  5. I am so sad to hear of Antoinette’s passing. She was an Angel here on earth. She will be missed by many. I will always honor her loving memory. Praying for God to send comfort and healing to the family.

    Joyce Hardwick Hardy
  6. When we moved to Dickinson from Galveston, Antoinette was the very first of the “cool teenagers” to show me extreme kindness and welcome. I have never forgotten this sweetness to me. I always thought she was the most beautiful girl that could ever be.
    Thank you, Antoinette, for making a lonely little girl feel special.
    Tracy Scoggins

    Tracy Scoggins
  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with her kids. We’ve enjoyed so many years of friendship with Toni. I still remember she was the only reason I’d let my son ride the bus when he was a kid. And then the years of softball with our daughters. So many cherished memories with her. We’ll always love her and will truly miss her. Rest in Heaven, dear Toni.

    Denise & Mike Navarro
  8. I e not seen Toni in May years but cherished our friendship and love of horses.. prayers

    Kayla Langford

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