Alice Mae Auciello, long-time Charlottesville resident and a retired professional nurse at the University of Virginia Health Science Medical Center, died on July 26, 2017. Alice, affectionately known as the "bicycle lady" because of her protracted travels on her bike throughout Charlottesville for many years, was born in Welch, West Virginia, on February 18, 1928. She was the daughter of Alice and Joseph Auciello and was one of their five children. Alice was predeceased by her parents; by brothers Joseph, Jr., and Ernest; and sisters Carmel Lawlor and Lucy Auciello.
Always interested in being a professional nurse, Alice entered the University of Virginia Hospital School of Nursing upon graduation from Welch High School. She joined the hospital's nursing staff following her graduation from the Nursing School in 1949 and served in many capacities for the next 50 years, ending her professional career as Night Supervisor. Alice was known by patients, physicians, administrators, nursing staff, and students as a caring and highly competent nurse who demonstrated her respect for patients in all her actions.
With her love of life, Alice was an active and friendly colleague who liked to travel, meet new people, and engage in new adventures. She was active in the School of Nursing Alumni Association and served as a hostess to international nurses who came to work at the hospital. In addition, she took a special interest in the International Club at U.Va. and hosted international students there in the 1970's and 1980's. Always a faithful supporter of the U.Va. Alumni Association, she attended many of their events, including the June 2017 Thomas Jefferson Society Dinner.
She was one of the earliest members of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and served in numerous capacities that supported the work of the Church, including tenure on the Parish Advisory and Peace and Justice Committees. She was a member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Senior Center for more than thirty years. Here she found many new friends and adventures. She epitomized lifelong learning through her participation in the Silver Stepper tap dancers, Second-wind Band, Primetime Fitness, Barbershop Belles, and numerous other activities. She always had a smile and kind word for those she met and was often described as an inspiration for others.
Alice loved to travel, both domestically and internationally, with her trip to the Vatican being a highlight of her international travels. She was also a tennis devotee and an animal-lover.
Survivors include nieces Kay Auciello of San Francisco and Jocelyn Delaney of Los Angeles; nephews Ernest Auciello, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio; John Auciello of Charlotte, N.C.; Michael Auciello of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and Eric Auciello of Apollo Beach, Florida. Other survivors include sister-in-law Iris Auciello and a number of great nieces and nephews, as well as cousins Diane Spresser and Cathy Ferris McPherson.
Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 11:30 am. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:15 am at the church. Interment in the family's plot at Roselawn in Princeton, West Virginia is planned on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 11:00 am.
Those wishing to pay respects may visit the Hill and Wood Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, July 31, 2017.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, at 401 Alderman Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 or to the Charlottesville Senior Center, at 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Condolences and memories may be made online at www.hillandwood.com.
Published on July 29, 2017