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Kathrine Del Vecchio

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Date published: 7/7/2014

Kathrine Del Vecchio

Kathrine Ann Stiner Del Vecchio was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Dover, N.J. She was 92 years old when she passed away on Thursday July 3, 2014, at home with her husband, Patsy, in Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove.

She met Patsy Louis Del Vecchio on Dec. 1, 1944, as she and her sister, Betty were coming into a USO dance. Patsy, a Marine PFC, was leaving, but when he saw Kathrine, he turned around and went back into the dance. He said he knew right away she was the one for him. They were married March 17, 1945, and lived together happily for 69 years.

They lived together in Dover, N.J., on Depew Ave., where they raised their three sons, Patrick, Mark and David. After the war, Patsy and Kathrine went to work for the New Jersey Electric Company. They walked to work every day from their apartment. After the birth of her first child, she stayed home to raise their sons. She started working for a local bank to help put their youngest son, David, through Rutgers University. She continued working there until her retirement. Her colleagues and relatives enjoyed spending time with Kathrine because she was always kind and a great listener.

She is survived by her husband, her sons, seven grandsons and three great- granddaughters.

Kathrine was a wonderful mom and homemaker. She was kind, patient and as her husband says, "She loved her boys. She would do anything for those boys!" Kathrine was a loving grandmother who spent hours playing with her grandsons, listening to them and reading them stories. She called them all her "honey boys." Even though she was afraid of flying and heights, every year she visited her grandsons wherever they were, in Rome, Oslo and New Mexico. She made wonderful Italian food and taught her daughters-in-law the art of making meatballs and sausage for Italian Sunday dinners. She said when she and Patsy were first together, they would eat Sunday dinner with her in-laws. The gravy was spicy, as everyone who passed by the stove added red chili pepper to the sauce. Her sweetness and her spice will be missed and the world is a less nice place without her.

The viewing and rosary will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove. The funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, with burial to follow at 2 p.m. in Culpeper National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 5149 Ely's Ford Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Online guest book and obituary are available at johnsoncares.com.