Victoria "Vicky" Ann Fidanza Dickens, age 52, of Avondale, Pa. passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. She was the wife of Ronald C. Dickens, with whom she shared 13 years of marriage.Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of Mark R. and Victoria Ranalli Fidanza of Avondale, Pa.

Vicky was an elementary school teacher for 29 years and in all her years of service she touched many lives and made this world a better place. She started her career at St. Patrick's and ended it at New Garden Elementary School in New Garden, Pa., where she served on many committees, including the After the Bell and Sunshine Club. She was a 1974 graduate of the Kennett High School and received her master's degree from West Chester University.

Vicky enjoyed life. She and Ron traveled many places during their 13 years together. Her love for her family was evident in the many special things she did for her parents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, and cousins. Laughter was a huge part of her life and because of it she made everyone celebrate each day. Teaching was not just a job for Vicky, it was a calling, one that she answered each day with a smile and dedication to help each child be the best they could be.

She was a member of Saint Mary's of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Del. Her faith was evident in how she handled the disease of cancer. Although the cancer took her body it did not take her will to celebrate life.

In addition to her husband and parents, Vicky is survived by three brothers, Michael A. Fidanza and his wife Anjanette of Downingtown, Mark V. Fidanza and his wife Karen of Avondale, Louis J. Fidanza and his wife Patricia of Avondale; 13 nieces and nephews; and 6 grand nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the following people:

Dr. Michele T. Tedeshci and her staff, The Hospice team of Jolene Morressi, Joan Jenks, Christine Grantham, Dorothy Becker, Karen Lukenda and Latoya. Because of all their dedication to their service they made our journey through this ordeal easier.

You are invited to visit with Vicky's family and friends on Friday, Dec. 19 from

6-8 p.m. at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, (610-444-4116) 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA, and again on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 300 E. State Rd. West Grove, PA. Her funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square.

In memory of Vickie, a scholarship in her honor has been established. Contributions may be made to the Victoria A. Fidanza Dickens Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Kennett Consolidated School District 300E. South Street Kennett Square, PA 19348 Attn: Business Office.

To send an online condolence, please visit www.griecofuneralhomes.com.

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