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Dr. Angelo “Ange” Ortenzi, 91, of Stroud Township passed away on December 3, 2023, after a long-term stay at Moravian Village in Bethlehem, PA. He was the loving husband of Kathleen (Stewart) with whom he celebrated 59 years of marriage in August of this year. Ange was born on May 4, 1932 in Hershey, PA to Italian immigrants, the late Pietro and Santa (Rozzi) Ortenzi. From a young age family was very important to him. Caring for his siblings and contributing financially to his family fostered a strong work ethic, determination, and sense of responsibility.
After serving as Staff Sergeant in the US Army and working at Indiantown Gap, Ange attended The Pennsylvania State University, where he met Kathy, and received his Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees. Penn State athletics, particularly football, was a staple in the Ortenzi household; all his children also received a PSU degree. He served as Dean of Students at Stout State University (now University of Wisconsin-Stout) in Menomonie, WI, then returned to Pennsylvania in 1968 and began his career at East Stroudsburg State College/East Stroudsburg University. He served as Dean of Students then as Vice President for Student Development. During his tenure at ESU, Ange continued his education through an evening cohort at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1986. After retiring from ESU in 1991 he practiced law in Monroe County until 2021.
Ange was an active member of many community organizations. He was a faithful member of The Church of St. Luke, serving as a lector for many years. He volunteered his time helping to organize and run many social gatherings, his favorites being Italian Night and manning a booth at the church festival each summer. He was a longtime member of Rotary International, serving as an Assistant Governor for District 7410 and President and Sergeant at Arms for the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs. Ange also had a perfect attendance record for over 50 years. He and his family were frequent hosts of international Rotary exchange students and professionals. One of his most memorable experiences was leading a group of Pocono Rotarians on an exchange trip to Tuscany, Italy. As a member of the Italian Mutual Benefit Association of Stroudsburg, he established a scholarship for students of Italian heritage. He was also an integral part of the scholarship committee for the Penn State Alumni Association Pocono Chapter.
Ange was a devoted sports enthusiast. He and Kathy were staples at numerous ESU sporting events including their beloved basketball games, football, and gymnastics. His life-long love for golf began at age 12 while working as a caddie at the Hershey Country Club and lasted for 75 years. Ange scored a hole-in-one at age 85 and organized annual golf trips to Myrtle Beach for over 30 years. He could regularly be seen jogging at ESU’s track and in later years working out at their athletic center almost every day, even when he was 90. He was fondly referred to as “Dr. O” on campus, truly enjoyed the company of the students, and took a personal interest in their studies, lives, and families. Everyone at the gym knew when Dr. O had arrived because music was switched to easy listening and oldies stations specifically for his enjoyment.
Angelo is survived by his wife and three children Thomas of Seattle, WA, Ann and husband James Colizzo of Villanova, PA, and Angela and husband Cameron McKenzie of Harrisburg, PA. He is also survived by sisters Anna Cramer and Rosemarie Witt. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Antonio, Nazzareno, and Giovanni and sisters Rita and Maria (infant). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff and caregivers at Moravian Village. Their personalized and compassionate care to Ange was tremendously comforting.
There will be a closed-casket visitation on Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 2-4pm at the Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home, 23 N. 9th Street, Stroudsburg, PA. Family will also be receiving friends from 10-11am on Monday, December 11, 2023, at The Church of St. Luke, 818 Main Street. Stroudsburg, PA. A funeral Mass will follow at 11am. Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 11:30am at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA.
Memorial donations may be made to: ESU Foundation in support of the Dr. Angelo and Mrs. Kathleen Ortenzi Basketball Endowed Scholarship fund. Donations can be sent to the ESU Foundation, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 or made online at www.esufoundation.org/ortenzi-endowed-scholarship; The Church of St. Luke, 818 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA via check only with a memo indicating “In memory of Angelo Ortenzi.”