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Teresa Lynne "Terry" Vignola

September 3, 1960 — February 2, 2023

Rehoboth Beach

Teresa Lynne "Terry" Vignola

Teresa Lynne Vignola passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 2nd surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her wife, Nancy Shields, whom she loved deeply, and her beloved companion poodle, Cali. 

Terry was born in San Diego, CA, before moving to Rehoboth Beach, DE, at a young age. She graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1978 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware in 1983. She helped run the family resort cottages, the Cove, in Dewey Beach, DE, and worked for many years at the Camel’s Hump in Rehoboth Beach. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she lived for 20 years and worked as Vice President of Operations for National Maintenance Inc., part of a long career in healthcare support services that included stints at Aramark, ABM, Sutter Health, and Diversified Maintenance. She was also founder and CEO of Safe Concepts. While living in California, Terry took up karate, eventually earning a black belt and competing in international tournaments. 

When Terry and Nancy weren’t traveling, including trips to The Villages to visit her parents, they were happiest hosting the people they loved at their home in Rehoboth Beach. Terry came alive in the kitchen, and she threw legendary dinner parties for her many friends and family. The dinner parties were often known to evolve into dance parties or drinks around the backyard fire pit. 

In addition to Nancy, Terry is also survived by her parents, Ray and Adel, her brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Sue Vignola and Ted and Diane Vignola, her nephews and nieces-in-law, Mikey and Anna Vignola and Rory and Kadra Vignola, and a great-niece, Adela. She will also be missed by her father-in-law, Jim Shields, her siblings-in-law, John and Susan Hickey, Paul and Jennifer Shields, and Mike and Linda Gillan, as well as by her nieces and nephews, Meghan, Patrick, and Andrew Hickey, Ryan, Jake, and Lindsay Shields, and Alex, Kevin, Bridget, and Kerry Gillan. 

Family and friends are invited to visit at The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382 on Friday, February 10, beginning at 10:30 AM and join in a remembrance celebration at Noon. The Visitation (10:30 AM) and remembrance celebration (12 Noon) will be livestreamed here: https://youtube.com/live/4rpMxvWkQ2M?feature=share. Following the remembrance will be a Celebration of Life party befitting Terry, with plenty of food and drinks to enjoy while listening to live music and ending late in the evening with fireworks. The celebration will be held at the home of Mike and Linda Gillan in Broomall, PA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Main Line Health Home Care and Hospice, 240 North Radnor Chester Road, Suite 100, Radnor, PA 19087, would be appreciated.

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Visitation

Friday, February 10, 2023

10:30am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Donohue Funeral Home - West Chester

1627 W. Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

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Celebration of Life

Friday, February 10, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Donohue Funeral Home - West Chester

1627 W. Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

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