Adelaide Ann VanSlyck RN, MSN, CNAA, FAAN
1945 - 2020
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Adelaide Ann Van Slyck, RN, MSN, CNAA, FAAN

Adelaide Ann (Maresca) Van Slyck, 75, passed away on May 19, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ. Ann was born on March 5, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY to Frank and Adelaide (Collmer) Maresca. She is survived by her husband of 43 years Tom Van Slyck, brother Tony Maresca (Barbara), Sister-in Law Susan V. Jones, Brother-in-Law Don Holt, nephews Christopher Maresca and Parker Jones, niece Sarah Maresca DuPont (Josh) and grandniece Ainslie DuPont. She and her family moved from Brooklyn to Mesa, AZ in 1961. She graduated from Mesa High School in 1963 and, then while working full time at Southside Hospital in Mesa to support her family, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University in 1968. She also received her RN certificate in 1968. Subsequently, she received her Master of Science in Nursing from Arizona State in 1973, and then accepted the position of Associate Director of Nursing at St. Luke's Medical Center in Phoenix. Not content to "just do her job", she passed all requirements to become a Certified Nursing Administrator Advanced. Following the departure of mentor Nancy Higgerson, she accepted the position of Vice President of Nursing at St. Luke's Medical Center. After leaving St. Luke's Health System in 1982, she formed her own nursing consulting firm, AVS & Associates, and in 1985 incorporated as Van Slyck & Associates, Inc. Her very first client of AVS & Associates was the University of Phoenix, for which she developed an undergraduate nursing program. In 1985 she earned both the prestigious Salsbury Award from the Arizona Hospital Association and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Arizona State University College of Nursing. In 1992, she was elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. She met the love of her life, Tom Van Slyck, in 1975 and they were married May 26, 1977. She sold her firm in 2006 and retired in 2007. Retired, yes - but not withdrawn. After learning about the mission of Project C.U.R.E. she went to work creating the opportunity to send 3 shipping containers full of medical supplies to Sri Lanka. She also loved to travel and enjoyed cruising. She took multiple trips to Belize, which she often referred to as her holy place. A quiet patron of the arts, she enjoyed the ballet, opera and plays. She also tremendously enjoyed going to the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Botanical Garden, Native American ruins and Santa Fe, NM to visit the pueblos. With the current COVID-19 crisis the family held a small, family only service, and she is now interred in Mesa. Those wishing to do so are encouraged to make a donation to the Arizona State University College of Nursing for Nursing Scholarships. Please direct your donations to the ASU Foundation, Attn: Financial Services, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280-2260.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from May 21 to May 24, 2020.
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June 2, 2020
Dear Tom, Susan and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Ann will be forever treasured and remembered in my heart. May Our Lord grant you His Peace and bring you Comfort.
Joseoh Rhome
June 1, 2020
Tom, my deepest sympathy to you. The peace and comfort of Our Lord be with you and your family.
Kathleen Wright
June 1, 2020
Dear Tom,
I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that time and precious memories will help ease your pain. Jill Jacome
Jill Jacome
June 1, 2020
Tom, I was sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Giguere
June 1, 2020
Ann --- That you married my brother proved to me that you were a WONDERFUL human being. Forty-three years later you became a great friend, wise soul, and a beautiful caring spirit to those in need. We will ALL miss you.
Susan V. Jones
June 1, 2020
Dear Tom and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your wife. Although I never knew her, she sounds like a remarkable, accomplished person. My prayers are with you and your family during your time of loss. Sincerely, Marilyn Rogel Korber (high School friend)
Marilyn Rogel Korber
May 28, 2020
The Salpointe Catholic High School community extends deepest sympathy to Ann's family and friends. You are in our prayers at this difficult time.
Salpointe Catholic High School
May 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Just saw your picture on the AZ republic. You did great Ann what a beautiful life with so much giving.. Your mom would be so proud. Old friend from Mesa High Kay Smitz McMurray
Kay McMurray
May 24, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
May 24, 2020
Hello, Tom and Susan,
I remember Ann as fun, engaging, and smart! She would sometimes join us for our happy hours, back when we were young! What a loss! I am thinking of you all.
Marianne Burton (nee Susie)
May 24, 2020
Dear Tom,
We are so saddened by the loss of your precious Ann and know how heavy your heart is. I can see her beautiful face and hear her genuine laugh, that warmed the room. I remember some great talks under a palapa in Mexico. There was often a cold margarita involved as well. She will be missed, but never forgotten. You
are in Chip's and my prayers.
Sandi Harringto
May 23, 2020
My heartfelt prayers to you and your family. Ann and I did our undergraduate Nursing together. We were almost inseparable during those years. Ann and I drove to school together ( we made sure we had the same classes so we could share the transportation) we studied together, shared our thoughts and feelings, fretted together, laughed together and celebrated together. She holds a very special place in my heart. Ann was an amazing friend and a wonderful nurse.
Carol Tilton Buck
May 22, 2020
I was checking on a client and was surprised at the passing of Ann. Things have changed a bit with us. Two years ago I semi retired and we moved to Colombia where my wife is from. We are about 50 miles west of Bogota but now we are at a nephews farm with family under quarantine. Hopefully that will end soon.
Our prayers are with you and I will say a special Jewish memorial prayer called Kaddish for Ann
Fred Halperin
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