Anne Helene Rega

July 13, 1955December 1, 2018

REGA, ANNE HELENE, 63, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of North Greenbush, NY, on December 1, 2018 at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX after a brief battle with cancer. Anne was preceded in death by her father, Edward Rega and brother James. She is survived by her mother, Helen S. Rega of North Greenbush, brother Daniel (Patricia) of Sugar Land, TX, sister Mary Jo Norman (Craig) of Voorheesville, NY, brother Michael (Ann) of Scituate, MA. Also survived by nieces Meghan Rega, Lydia Norman Hung (Wilson), Lara Norman, Jessica Rega, and nephews Peter (Kyra), Matthew & Jack Rega as well as grand-nephews Isaac Rega and Theo Hung. Companion of Ken Nelson of Fort Wayne, IN. Anne worked for the Veterans’ Administration for over 30 years where she was Team Manager of a national clinical support team. This allowed her to live and travel throughout the United States and Samoa. Anne developed deep friendships from coast to coast too numerous to mention. Always young at heart, Anne will be remembered for her cheerful, generous, kind and fun-loving personality. She was very devoted to her family, especially her nieces and nephews who loved to spend time with her crafting, playing games and traveling. Anne will always hold a special place in her family’s heart. Visitation will be on Monday December 17th from 10 to 11 AM at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 175 Williams Road, Troy NY followed by mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne’s honor to Locks of Love, 234 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405 (


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Jackie Kurz-Dunn

January 19, 2019

How very sad to hear of Anne's passing. While I had not been in contact for years cannot forget our wonderful years at SUNY @Plattsburgh. Anne always had an excellent sense of humor and brilliant wit. Her brilliant intelligence served her well also. RIP Dear friend and praying for the comfort of your loved ones.

Val and Flo Rymanowski

January 8, 2019

Anne was a great lady. Fun to be around. Our condolences to her family and friends. When we traveled together with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, I was able to experience Anne's true professionalism, as well as her sense of humor. I had the pleasure of traveling to American Samoa with Anne, five times, over the years. On one trip, I realized that she packed12 pairs of sandals, so that she could accessorize properly. Then she bought a few more before her return flight back to Chicago. Yes, Anne was one of a kind. We will miss her!

Gina Vece

December 16, 2018

This world has lost a great spirit. Anne had a way of making everyone she met feel at ease, and welcome. I was lucky to have traveled for work with Anne to many locations. Her big laugh and great personality made even the most stressful work assignments fun. She brought an expertise and great knowledge to every project. We shared many tales of finding our bargain Vera Bradley items. You always knew that even on travel, Anne would have the shoes to match her every outfit. I will always smile when I think of her, and I feel lucky to have known her. Rest in Peace Anne. XOX

Kathy Garthwaite

December 8, 2018

Anne was a true friend and confidant, traveling companion and colleague. We had good times too numerous to count - and many we would not want documented... I will dearly miss her in my life.

Robin Flynn

December 6, 2018

I enjoyed working with Anne in Syracuse and they were some of the happiest years. I remember cooking a Thanksgiving Day dinner with her at work as we had to work that holiday. Her laughter will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace and May perpetual light shine upon you.

jeanne newlin

December 6, 2018

I have so many great memories of my dear friend when we worked together at the VA: database integrations, American
Samoa. However, Anne's sense of style was right out of a fashion magazine. Whereas my fashion style was from the pages of Levi Strauss.

The first time I stayed with Anne in Chicago, she took me to Lord and Taylor. She had me try on different outfits before settling on two. My mouth hit the floor when the cashier presented me with the bill which was over $300.00. I still laugh at this.

I was finally able to impress Anne when we attended Vitalia's daughter's wedding: Black and Pick suit with black and pick shoes and purse. I made her proud!!!

The passing of Anne has left a hole in the heart of everyone who loved Anne, especially mine!!!

Kathy Bishop

December 4, 2018

I first met Anne when we worked together at the Albany VAMC. She was definitely not a morning person but her sharp wit and quick smile were worth waiting for. After we both moved on, we used to see each other at meetings or conferences. It didn’t matter how long it had been between visits; we would just share a drink or a meal to catch up on our lives. Like many good friendships made at work, we lost touch after I retired so I was indeed saddened to hear of Anne’s passing. I hope her family can take some comfort in knowing how much joy she brought to people and I’m sure her fabulous smile will stay in all our hearts.

Sandra Banas

December 4, 2018

Anne was one of my dearest friends from Syracuse. We have so many memories of great times at work and socially ! Although those days were in the late 70's through early 90's, they seem like yesterday. So many great times ! I can still hear Anne laughing. The world lost a very special person on Dec 1.

RIP, dear will be missed.

Sandy Banas

Susan Moody

December 4, 2018

Anne was a co-worker and mentor - and friend. I've missed talking to her since she retired and she was always someone I thought of fondly. Her laughter was infectious and spread to all around her. She made work fun, but afterhours was even better. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Until we meet again dear friend, RIP.

Jeanie Scott

December 4, 2018

A great honor to have been a colleague over the years of Anne's. Anne would tell us that we were a 'jack of all trades, and a master of none'. Anne was truly a master of many, and gave her all to supporting our veterans. May there be comfort in the legacy of talent she mentored and the lives she improved in her career serving our nation's veterans.