Dolores Rodriguez Vezzolini
July 13, 1969 – January 3, 2019
The first time we met, you were working for the School of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State. One of your jobs was the Principal of Science Adventure, a program that taught science through hands-on exploration to children.
We had an interview and you hired me. I taught children K-6 with three other teachers and four assistants. As the principal, you knew all the children by their names and befriended parents, always with a positive and interactive approach. As a matter of fact, we always received outstanding evaluations, due to your positive leadership.
I fell in love with you and we married. One of the activities we worked on together was feeding the feral cats and catching and releasing them after they had been neutered and spayed. You were the cat whisperer of Fresno State.
You would do this every day, spending your own money for food and supplies. I would help you on Sunday. When I would complain about not attending church, you would say that you are doing God’s work because cats, especially black cats, are often the most abused animals in the world.
I am so proud of your work ethic! You earned your degree in textile merchandising. Then you worked tirelessly for the students in the Craig School of Business. Lately, you worked so hard coordinating classes at Fresno State for students, counseling them, acting as a liaison between gifted high school students and the university. While working full time, you also worked on your doctoral thesis, obtained your doctoral degree in education, and graduated at the top of your class.
You are my Queen and a role model for all Hispanic students. Our love story changed on January 3. I will love you and miss you forever.
Dolores is survived by her husband Richard Vezzolini, her godparents Lita and Carlos Ramos, and cousin Jessie Lee Lara. We would like to thank all of her friends for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Dolores' name to the Cat House on the King, 7120 S. Kings River Rd., Parlier, CA 93648
The Cat House on the Kings
7120 S. Kings River Rd., Parlier, California
- Visitation Monday, January 14, 2019
- Recitation of the Holy Rosary Monday, January 14, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Dolores Rodriguez Vezzolini
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January 9, 2019
Richard, receive my love and prayers
always. Lolita will be forever loved, missed, and remembered. I love you. Tia Yolie
January 8, 2019
I did not know Dolores well but she had a lasting impact on my life. It is because of her that I have my two gray blessings, my cats Cubby and Bennie. When Cubby was found by a staff member at Fresno State, my 17 year-old cat had just died and Dolores knew that and sent me an e-mail and picture of Cubby. Bennie and Cubby were both found by faculty/staff members as kittens and because of her, they have found forever homes with me and my husband Fred. They are both Godsends to us. She saved their lives, along with countless others. I met Dolores through the TNR feral cat organization on the Fresno State campus and I will continue to volunteer with this group for years to come. Her dedication to those cats was an inspiration to me and her legacy will live on in those cats and the other amazing people who volunteer. She was an amazing woman who touched mine and many other people's lives. She will be missed. She was a truly amazing woman.
Lori and Fred Nelson
January 7, 2019
I have no words that would adequately convey to you my sadness, and shock at the loss of your beloved wife, and soulmate Dolores. I can only tell you that the love you feel is eternal! May you find comfort in your most cherished memories...and may the love you shared be remembered most of all.
Holding you up in thought and prayer