Scott D. Vitale (Zautke)May 9, 1979 ~ July 30, 2017 (age 38)
MADISON- Scott D. Vitale (Zautke), age 38, passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife on July 30, 2017, following a courageous two year battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was born in Madison on May 9, 1979, the son of Kelly (Vitale) Zautke and Douglas Scott Gilchrist.
Following his graduation from East High School in 1997, he joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard and served honorably, to include five overseas tours with the 115th Fighter Wing. Scott graduated from Globe University with a Bachelor’s Degree in IT in 2013. He played in multiple softball leagues over the years, loved winning on slot machines, and loved sports, especially the Badgers, Packers and Brewers.
Although Scott would often describe himself as shy, his selfless personality would say otherwise. Regardless of the situation, he would go out of his way to make others feel noticed and special, even when he was in the hospital. He will be most remembered for his unconditional love for his daughter, Ava.
Scott was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2015 and endured multiple different types of chemotherapy that were not effective. He was told in May of 2016 that he only had months to live and that there was nothing else they could do. He was lucky enough to join a clinical trial that started to eradicate the cancer. However, he was unable to continue the clinical trial because it was starting to affect his heart.
On February 22, 2017, he received a bone marrow transplant that also was effective at treating his cancer. Unfortunately, this treatment came with its own set of risks, including being more susceptible to infections. In June, Scott began his final battle to overcome multiple infections and other side effects of the transplant.
He was a survivor through this entire two year process. He had always been easy going throughout his life and never got ahead of himself in worrying what the future would hold. He lived in the moment and never got depressed about his illness. He showed daily motivation to get better, always thanking everyone for their care. He especially looked to his wife as his guide and she made sure he was safe every step of the way. He fought for his life with such grace and passion and that is something to be honored and remembered.
Scott is survived by his wife, Emily; daughter, Ava Lalor; mother, Kelly Zautke; sister, Conya (Dave) Bailey; mother-in-law, Karen Meiers; sister-in-law, Nina Meiers; best buddies, Jason Kingery and Drew Lustgraaf; and many friends and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Scott Gilchrist.
Scott’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the dedicated doctors, nurses, and other staff at the UW and VA Hospitals for their professional care. And to the friends and family who visited and helped Emily care for Scott.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to his wife, Emily.
A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.
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