Emily Rose Del Vecchio, 10 years of age, passed away May 11, 2012, in Zionsville, Ind.
Emily touched the lives of many. She rallied to have a girl-themed room designed at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. This room was dedicated in her honor earlier this month. Emily also supported Mattel Corporation's design of a bald Barbie doll for children who are fighting cancer. In addition, she helped to establish her own foundation, Cheers From Emily, to purchase electronic gifts for children enduring extended hospital stays.
Emily began competitive cheerleading at 4 years old, at Central Jersey All Stars in New Jersey, and most recently at Interactive Academy in Indiana. She was a fourth-grader at Stonegate Elementary.
Emily will be forever in the hearts of her family. She was predeceased by her grandmother, Tessie Cook Utterback. She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Lori; her brothers, Frank and Robert; and her great-uncle, Danny Joe Cook, all of the home; grandparents, David and Ann Hatfield of Williamsburg and Frank and Dolores Del Vecchio of Cranford, N.J.; great-grandparents, Georgia Hatfield of West Virginia and Antionette Del Vecchio of New Jersey; aunts and uncles, Leslie and Rick Hite of Lanexa, Sharon and Jay Boxwell of Cranford, N.J., and Albert and Michele Galiszweski of Clark, N.J.; cousins, Kristi Asbury of Williamsburg, Albert and Gina Galiszweski of Clark, N.J., and Brianna and Sophia Boxwell of Cranford, as well as numerous extended family members in the Williamsburg and Cranford areas.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 14.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zionsville Indiana
Team Pinkalicious, or to Emily's Foundation, Cheers From Emily, c/o National Bank of Indianapolis, ATTN: Regina Laux, 107 North Pennsylvania, Indianapolis IN 46204.
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Published in Virginia Gazette from May 18 to June 17, 2012