• NIEMELA VIRGINIA Age 92, of ...

Age 92, of Newtown Square,
PA, award-winning educator
and avid traveler, died March
15, 2019 of natural causes at
her White Horse Village home.
She is survived by her daughter,
Kimberly Niemela Tang; her
granddaughter, Grace Tang; two
step-grandchildren, Yuefung and
Gregory Tang; and her brother,
John Bennati; she was preceded
in death by her husband of 62
years, Everett; her brother
Paul Bennati; and her
son-in-law, Philip Tang. Born in
Monessen, PA, Virginia was a
well-loved K-12 teacher with
expertise in many subjects,
from math to music, literacy,
and history. She retired in
1986 after four decades of
teaching in the Northgate,
Avonworth, and Rostraver
Township School Districts. Her
adaptive teaching style helped
shape generations of
Pittsburgh-area youth.
She was honored with
numerous teaching awards for
curriculum development, as
well as national press stories
featuring her projects.
Residing for nearly 50 years in
Ben Avon, PA, Virginia traveled
the world with her husband,
conducting family research while
exploring and collecting material
culture. Known for her striking
beauty and tasteful wardrobe, she
modeled in her youth. She served
as a Sunday school teacher,
calligrapher, and soprano soloist at
the Community Presbyterian
Church of Ben Avon. A
celebration of her life will be
held at White Horse Village in
Newtown Square, PA on
Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. In
lieu of ?owers, memorial
donations may be made to the
Art and Education program of
COSACOSA art at large, Inc.,
4427 Main Street, Philadelphia
PA 19127.
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PostedMarch 24, 2019