CATHERINE ELEANOR “Kay” DelBROCCO (nee Miller) age 75, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 31st. She was the beloved wife for 40 years of the late Anthony “Tony Shell”; loving mother of Vincent “Jim” DelBrocco (wife Deborah) and Catherine “Cathy” Shea (husband Richard); devoted grandmother of Jacqueline and Matthew DelBrocco, and Catherine “Katie” and Nicholas Shea; cherished daughter of the late Steve and Helen (nee Misurek) Miller; dearest sister of James Miller (wife Jackie) and the late Jerry Miller (wife Cheryl); dear aunt, great-aunt and friend of many. Kay was a graduate of Shaw High School (Class of ’55), Cleveland State University and John Carroll University where she earned her Masters degree. She taught in the Mayfield School system for 25 years and was honored as a member of the Mayfield High School Staff Hall of Fame. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kay are suggested to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44110. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM at The Church of The Holy Angels, 18205 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge, Ohio 44023. Luncheon Reception immediately following Mass at Church. Entombment following at Knollwood Mausoleum. The family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Kay at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) on MONDAY from 5:00 to 7:00 PM AND AT HOLY ANGELS CHURCH TUESDAY MORNING from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
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My heartfelt sympathy to the DelBrocco family. Mrs. DelBrocco was my fifth grade teacher at Millridge Elementary in the mid-1990s. To this day, I remember her passion for social studies and her desire to instill a hard work ethic, excellence, and academic passion in all of her students. From threatening to whip us with a wet noodle (something that probably wouldn’t fly in today’s educational systems), to reading Charlie Skedaddle, My Brother Sam is Dead, and learning how to darn socks, the education Mrs. DelBrocco provided each one of her students cannot be matched by many. I will always remember two snow days before Winter break, with a social studies test scheduled for the Monday before we were to go on break. Upon return to school, we had that social students test (much to the dismay of many students). But, that was the essence of her teaching style and what she expected out of her students, one I can fondly look back on and be thankful for her gift and passion for education. The world is truly a better place for you having graced so many students, teachers and community members with your dedication to the teaching profession and all that it encompasses.
Gretchen Woellert Bates
Mrs. DelBrocco was my 6th grade teacher in 1981. She was a hoot with her humor, making her class a fun place to be. My one memory that sticks out to this day; I was standing near her desk and was biting my nails. She told me, in all seriousness, that I would never get married until I stopped biting my nails. Funnily enough, when I stopped biting, and started getting my nails done nicely, did I find my husband. She knew what she was talking about!!
Thank you for the pool party at the end of our 6th grade year and thank you for being the one of two teachers that I really remember with fondess and memories.
My prayers and thoughts are with her family.
MMS 6th grade 1981
Don Picciano, Jr.
My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. DelBrocco. Mrs. DelBrocco was my 5th grade teacher at Millridge Elementary School. She was a wonderful teacher, and I’ve always have had fond memories of her. She was a great teacher, and an even better person. May she rest in peace.
Don Picciano, Jr.
GOOD THOUGHTS SENT FROM THE GIBB FAMILY AUBURN,OHIO 44023. KAY ALWAYS HAD A SMILE. CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILYS. THE AMERICAN FLAG FLYS FOR US ALL. SEMPER FI.
Jackie (Turk) Marcinko
Mrs. DelBrocco was my 6th grade teacher during the school year of 1976-77. She was also one of the sponsoring teachers for summer enrichment trips around the United States, and I had the good fortune to participate in four of those trips from the summer after my 6th grade year until the summer after my freshman year at Mayfield High. Mrs. D. was one of those rare teachers who imparted not only a love of learning, but also a love of life, and she did so with humor and patience. (One cannot teach Middle School students without those two qualities, as I have learned in my 11 years as a Middle School teacher.) I will always remember Mrs. DelBrocco fondly, and I will pray for the repose of her soul and for comfort for her family. She truly was a special lady and the lessons she taught live on in the many students whose lives she touched, as well as through her cherished family. May she rest in peace.
Jackie (Turk) Marcinko
Mayfield High School Class of ’83
She was my 6th grade teacher at the Middle School and have very fond memories of her. My prayers are with you and your family. Mayfield/Class of 1984
Fond memories of a greath sixth grade teacher. She left a wonderful impression that remains since 1983.
To this day, I still recall things that I learned in Mrs. DelBrocco’s 6th grade class. She was someone who made an impact on my life. She will be missed. My family extends our deepest condolences.
Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend Kay’s funeral service as planned. I will be thinking of you. I miss her so much. Auburn Lakes will not be the same without her.
Mickey and Bob EVans
We were soo shocked and soooo sorry to hear abut Kay when our son called us in NC Sunday with the obit info from the Plain Dealer–a wonderful neighbor and friend. Recently saw her May 29th when we were in OH, and had such a great 5 hour visit–our annual visits were never short. I will miss her humor, her advice, and most of all her friendship through all the years of being a friend, neighbor, scout leader, and confidant. Although we are not there in person, we are in thought, and we weep for all of you for such a loss of a wonderful life; she will be greatly missed.
I graduated from Mayfield High in 1982. Mrs Delbrocco was my teacher in sixth grade at Mayfield Middle School. She truly was one of my favorite teachers. I would always make her laugh and in 6th grade I really was the teachers pet. When the weather was bad she would even drive me home from school!
I met Tony and Kay in the late 1960’s when I was dating a friend of theirs. They were a really special couple, always welcoming with fun visits. Often wish I had stayed in contact with them. My Sincere condolences to Vincent and Cathy.
Cindi Shortle Miller
Mrs. DelBrocco was the greatest. She was involved in the backpacking club with Mr Chipoletti around 1976? I went on many trips with her before leaving Mayfield to move to Florida with my family. When ever I returned to Mayfield I would go to her house and visit. She was the best. Always guided kids in the right direction. One of the best things she ever told me…. marry a man you don’t know too well, it gives you your whole life to get to know him and it will never be boring!