OBITUARY

Angela J. Del Vecchio

14 December, 192126 September, 2021
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Angela Del Vecchio, age 99, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Angela was born December 14, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois to Giuseppe & Hilde Del Vecchio. She is preceded in death by her parents Giuseppe and Hilde, her brothers Dominic and Chester, and her sister-in-law Agnes Ruth. Angela is survived by her sisters-in-law Violet Del Vecchio and Joanne Del Vecchio. Dominic’s six children; Linda (Jim) Hendrixson, Michael (Christine), Dominic Jr. (Laurie), Steven (Terry), Theresa (Nick) Gaudio, Donna (Vito) Iovino. Chester’s six children; Robert (Mary), Chester, Joseph (Sharon), Mary Rogus, Kathleen (Randy) Degani, Julie. She also was the loving great and great-great-aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Angela grew up in Chicago where she attended St. Luke’s Nursing school. There, she began her journey of pursuing her love of Nursing. She continued her education with a B.S.Ed from the University of Chicago and M.A. and M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Angela loved teaching and inspiring young nurses. She treasured the science of caring and teaching new nurses how to use it in their career. She trained multiple generations of nurses at the University of Cincinnati, Evanston Hospital School of Nursing, Columbia University, Michael Reese Hospital, Loyola University School of Nursing, Purdue, and the University of Michigan. During her time at Purdue, she developed and inaugurated the ADN program. She also served as the chairperson for the BSN program at Purdue. When she started teaching at the University of Michigan, she found her home in the community of Ann Arbor. In 2001, Angela was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue University for her contributions to the Purdue University School of Nursing and to the nursing profession as a whole. Not only did Angela's teaching and care shape the futures of many nurses, she continued to also provide support financially to nursing students with the creation of endowments in her name at both Purdue University and the University of Michigan. An avid lifelong learner, she attended education offerings and hospital grand rounds well into her nineties. Her passionate love for her profession inspired many of her nieces and great-nieces to pursue nursing careers. Her loving encouragement has been the driving force behind their own nursing journeys.

Angela was also a dedicated friend, especially to those in her cul-de-sac who took loving care of her by including her in their lives and holidays and looking out for her. Angela never forgot a birthday, holiday, or important event in her loved ones' lives. She was very active in the Alumni Association in Ann Arbor, supporting her former colleagues by attending events and presentations. Many described her as the life of the party, always ready with her sharp wit and ability to make anyone feel special and attended to. She loved the arts, reading, and volunteering many hours at the Clements Library. She cared about preserving history, volunteering her time at the Cobblestone Farm Museum.

Angela was an active and dedicated member of the Saint Mary’s Student Parish and often volunteered in parish activities. She generously supported multiple Catholic charities.

A Visitation is scheduled at 9 AM on Monday, October 4th, 2021 at Saint Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 A funeral Mass is scheduled at 10 AM on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Saint Mary’s Student Parish with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Purdue School of Nursing, and Catholic Charities.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff in the Emergency room and the Intensive care unit at the University of Michigan who treated her with kindness, dignity, and love. They would also like to thank the doctors who respected her wishes for her care and Father Lou for his wonderful prayers and singing voice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.muehligannarbor.com or rememberangeladv@yahoo.com for the Del Vecchio family.

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    Monday, 4 October , 2021

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Deborah Lee

7 October 2021

On behalf of Sigma Rho Chapter nursing honor society, our deep condolences on the loss of Professor Angela Del Vecchio. Angela was a founding member of the U of M Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, helping to establish our local chapter in 1959. She continued to attend many Sigma events, the latest being our 60th anniversary in 2019. We deeply admired her spirit and enthusiasm for nursing.
I've included a photo from our 50th anniversary celebration.
--Deb Lee, Sigma Rho Chapter President

Ann Kruszewski

4 October 2021

Angela was my colleague and mentor at the U of M School of Nursing. As a young faculty member, I looked to her for wisdom in all of the challenges I faced in those early years. I deeply admired her positive attitude and her intelligence. She continued to be my role model for a productive retirement, and I often told her I wanted to be just like her. She will be missed by so many.

Karla Olson-Bellfi

4 October 2021

So sorry to learn of Angela's passing. I knew her for a number of years when she worked with me. I was always impressed with her spirit and spunk. So sorry for your loss.

Colleen Zimmerman

1 October 2021

On behalf of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, we remember and celebrate the life of our dear friend and esteemed faculty member, Associate Professor Emerita Angela Del Vecchio. She was dedicated to the school, its students and faculty, and most importantly, nursing excellence and education. We will miss you Professor Del Vecchio!

Nancy Creason

30 September 2021

Angie and I went way back to U of M in the 1960's. After I moved away we did keep in touch. I always enjoyed hearing of all her activities and of buying a new car at I think age 90. Last I knew she was still caring for a plant I palmed off on her when we moved away from A2. Just many fond memories of a very fine and caring person.

Reg Williams

30 September 2021

Dear Family of Angela,
Please accept my sympathy for the loss of Angela. Given that she was Italian, I often greeted her in Italian. She was a wonderful faculty member and I will hold fond memories of her. I hope the fond memories of her will be of comfort in your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you.
With sympathy,
Reg Williams

Lorraine (Rainey) Lamey

29 September 2021

Angie was such a light, no candle under a bushel!!

As much as I enjoyed conversation with her prior to the pandemic, she has been such an inspiration to me through this time. First, her good nature -- unfailing. Second, her devotion to God, and definitely the God I know, Love Loving. Third -- as a neighbor, such a kind and direct way of saying what she needed and didn't need -- yes, to Eucharist at home for a while, yes to occasional visits at the door for another human interaction, no to too much help, and so on. Sundays at St. Mary's without her little red car will take some getting used to.

Always with her heart in the right place, or so it seemed to me. I can only imagine the treasure trove her family has to draw on, and wish you all good healing.

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