DelVecchio, Louise


Louise DelVecchio, age 92, passed away on August 23, 2023, at Anchor Bay at Pocasset, Johnston RI.

Born April 22, 1931, in Providence, RI to parents Domenic and Antonia (Isoletta) Zarrella, she grew up in Johnston and graduated from North Providence High School and Rhode Island College of Education (Class of 1953). Louise spent her teaching career in the Johnston school system, primarily teaching first and second grade at Thornton Elementary. She met her beloved husband, Frank DelVecchio, through two of her young students, who introduced her to their handsome cousin. Louise retired from teaching in 1989.

Louise was a loving and supportive wife and mother, as well as a gifted teacher who touched the lives of countless students. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Frank DelVecchio. She is survived by their three sons, Frank (Debra) of Portsmouth, RI; Steven (Francine) of Fairfax, VA; and David (Susan) of Cumberland, RI. She was devoted to her seven grandchildren, Alex, Devon, Cara, Ford, Angelina, Dominic, and Maxwell. Louise was the eldest of her siblings and leaves behind to mourn Anne McCarthy, Tim Zarrella (Ursula), Theodore Zarrella (Cheryl), Elena Loffler (Wilmer), Maria Diamante, and Domenic Zarrella, Jr. (Janice). She was predeceased by her brother John Zarrella (Marie), half-sister Violet Klier (Chester), and sister-in-law Florence (DelVecchio) Adams. Louise was blessed with a large extended family and is survived by a host of nieces and nephews, relatives, and lifelong friends. 

True to her generous and kind nature, Louise devoted herself to a number of volunteer activities in her later years at both her church and Anchor Bay. Louise was beloved by all who met her and will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 26, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ, 546 Budlong Rd., Cranston, RI 02920. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ.