Rena Cavicchi died in the Harrisonburg home of her sister, Louise Loe, on July 29, 2020.
She was the eldest daughter of Guido and Frances Cavicchi and was born on Nov. 27, 1935, in New York. Upon graduation from high school, her artistic talent was recognized with the award of a scholarship to study at the Art Students’ League in New York City. She then attended Hunter College in Manhattan where she majored in art and studied under the now famous artists, Robert Motherwell, Richard Lippold and William Baziotes.
For 30 years she was a social worker in the New York City Department of Welfare. She was noted for her tireless dedication to helping her clients, especially children. She retired as a supervisor and began painting once again, creating many beautiful portraits and landscapes.
In addition to her sister, Louise Loe, she is survived by: her sister, Elaine and her husband, Demos Eitzer; her nieces and nephews, Jennifer and Justin Loe, Edward Eitzer and his wife, Maryann, Brian Eitzer and his wife, Liz, Julie Goetz and her husband, Harold; her great-nephews, Andrew, Steven, Arlo, Matthew, Sam and her great-niece, Chloe.
A memorial service will be held in New York at a future date.
Her family would like to express their deep gratitude to the nurses and aides of the Sentara Hospice Team for their kindness and compassion in caring for Rena during her final days.
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