Cettina Vanda (Orlando) V. Monteleone of Severna Park, MD (formerly of Wilmington, DE), passed away peacefully on February 21, 2015, at the Baltimore-Washington Hospital in Glen Burnie, MD. She was 86 years old.Vanda was born in Taranto, Italy, to the late Cosimo Orlando and Giovanna (Mosca) Orlando. In 1957 she married her long-time love, Italo Monteleone, M.D., after an eight-year courtship. The two immigrated to the United States later that year and became proud U.S. citizens in 1963.
Vanda was a very religious, loyal, trusting, and smart woman. She graduated from l’Istituto Professionale Maria Pia in Taranto where she studied Home Economics. She adored her family. Her husband Italo and her two daughters Elvira (Elva) and Giovanna (Joanne) were the center of her life and she would do anything for them. She dearly loved all her friends and was always there for them. Vanda loved children and volunteered at the children’s ward at the Wilmington Memorial Hospital, now Christiana Care. She was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Church and often did volunteer work for the church and the school. She served as lunch mother twice a week at Padua Academy.
She travelled the world with her husband and family. She regularly returned to Italy to visit family and, when time permitted, stayed for a few months. She was a gourmet cook and loved to entertain. She adored all kinds of music and especially enjoyed listening to country music, Rod Stewart, and Il Volo. Her hobbies included good literature, going to the movies, watching award shows, and doing crossword puzzles in Italian and English.
Vanda was preceded in death by her beloved husband Italo, her brother Morgan, her brother-in-law Armando, and sister-in-law Geni. She is survived by two daughters, Elvira Caruso and Joanne Donnelly; her sons-in-law, Dominic Caruso and Rick Donnelly; three granddaughters, Elyse Donnelly, Erica Donnelly, and Sarah Clark; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Evelyn; her sister Francesca Gesualdi and sister-in-law Claudia Orlando from Taranto; three brothers-in-law, Vincenzo (wife Giusi) from Genova, and Mario (wife Ave) and Adolfo (wife Marisa) from Taranto; and many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Visitation will be held at the CHARLES P. ARCARO FUNERAL HOME, 2309 Lancaster Ave in Wilmington, on Wednesday evening, February 25, from 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 9th and DuPont Sts in Wilmington, on Thursday morning, February 26 at 11am. Entombment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue.
Published in The News Journal Delaware from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2015