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Raymond M. Vella

January 17, 2012

Raymond M. Vella, 78, of 12 Center Street Danville PA went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 16, 2012 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville PA. He was born on May 28, 1933 in Pittston PA the son of the late Michael and Mame Vella. 

He graduated from Pittston Area High School in 1951.  He also graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing Philadelphia PA in 1954 and from the Sacred Heart School of Anesthesia in Allentown PA in 1955.  He received a Certificate of Management from Susquehanna University in 1982. 

He was employed by Geisinger Medical Center as a Staff Nurse Anesthetist from 1955-1966, as Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Director of the School of Anesthesia from 1966-1972.  He was then employed as Manager of the Department of Anesthesia from 1972-1987.  He was the Senior Consultant of the Department of Anesthesia and conducted the Anesthesia Department’s Quality Assurance Program from 1987-1996.  Following his retirement, he was a faithful volunteer at Geisinger Medical from 1996 until the present. 

He was a licensed RN in the State of Pennsylvania and certified by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist, Council on Recertification. 

His professional organizations included the following:  Foster Parent Association, Northumberland County Executive Committee; Committee Chairman, Advisory Board for Child and Youth Services; Member, Government Relations Committee, PA Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 1971-1981 and1984-1986; Member, Surgical Committee, Geisinger Medical Center, 1980-1989; Trustee, PA Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 1988-1990 and 1991-1992; Board Liaison with Public Relations, PANA, 1988; Board Liaison with Publication Committee, PANA, 1990-1991; Chairman and Professional Advisor , Publication committee, PANA, 1991; Member, CPR Committee, Geisinger Medical Center, 1980-1988; American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Representative to the American Society of Testing Materials on the F-29 Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

 His speaking engagements included Penn State Regional Conference of Quality Assurance, 1980; PA Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Spring Conference, Anesthesia Policies and Procedures Manual, 1983; AANA Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Organizing and Developing a Policy and Procedure Manual; Reviewing and Updating a Job Description, 1986. 

Mr. Vella’s community activities included being a Foster Parent for Handicapped Children with Airway Defects; Solicitor for United Way Fund; Solicitor for Danville Community Recreation Center; Volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network Telethon and Solicitor for March of Dimes. 

Mr. Vella was an American History enthusiast and enjoyed collecting miniature soldiers and cannons.   He was a passionate music lover, especially Classical and March music.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and was especially fond of his dog, Zoe.   

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Nancy P. Vella on April 19, 2010.  They were married March 2, 1957. 

He is survived by three sons; Michael Vella and his wife Joan of Lewisburg PA; Matthew Vella and his wife Carolyn of Middleburg VA and Jonathan Vella of Catawissa PA and two daughters; Catherine Hunt and her husband Patrick of Levittown PA and Radeena Pennell of Catawissa PA. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren; Megan, Leighrae, Rejane, Nathan, Tyler, Emily, Rachel, Paige and Natasha.   

He was preceded in death by one brother Leonard Vella and one sister Grace Vella. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church 18 E Center Street Danville PA with the Reverend Steven W. Fauser officiating.  Burial will be private in the Parish Cemetery. 

Friends will be received Saturday from 8:30 AM until 10:45 AM at Saint Hubert Chapel at the church.   

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.   www.visneski.com


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