Elizabeth Aurelia Regule
Elizabeth "Veta" Aurelia Lupu Regule, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Hermitage, and Hubbard, fell asleep in the Lord Monday evening (Sept. 16, 2019).
Veta was born on Feb. 5, 1938. Her parents, John and Elizabeth, immigrants from Romania, settled in Hubbard. There she attended school, participating in cheerleading and the band. She graduated from Hubbard High School with honors and was the salutatorian for her class.
After high school, Elizabeth earned a degree in education at Youngstown State University, a master's in education at Slippery Rock University, and then did post-master's work at Westminster College, all with the highest honors. The primary focus of her studies was special education, a field to which she would devote her entire professional life.
Veta married John J. Regule, Esq. (Family Law) in 1960. The Regules lived in Hermitage (formerly, Hickory Township), where they would eventually raise four children. They attended Holy Cross (Romanian) Orthodox Church (ROEA). At Holy Cross, Veta put her education to good use, teaching, writing curricula and directing the Sunday school for many years. Later, she served on the Commission for Religious Education (CORE) for the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.
Moreover, she would combine her love of special needs students with her expertise in education, penning a pioneering booklet to minister to them in a church setting, "A Snowflake Among Us: The Special Child in the Church School." Veta was also a member of the national women's group for the diocese (ARFORA).
Elizabeth had a long career as an educator working with special needs students. She was known as the "Star Lady" at Artman Elementary in Hermitage. There she would choose a student to be the "star" student and they would have a special "tea time" together in her office at lunch. They would dress up and use real utensils and china. She wanted them to know that they were important and could succeed. Veta was able to see what her students needed, but also believed they could shine like stars, given the chance.
Elizabeth also served as first president of Teachers of Special Education in Youngstown, regional president for the Council for Exceptional Children (tri-county area, Pennsylvania), as well as the president of Mercer County Association for Learning Disabilities (ACLD) where she and her staff worked with more than 200 children a year who needed a little extra help and support with their academics.
After Elizabeth retired from Hermitage schools and John as a lawyer and a family law master (judge) in Mercer County, they moved to The Villages in Florida. At the Villages, Veta continued to support needy students, volunteering at the local schools as a tutor. She also participated in the project for military service members abroad, Operation Shoe Box. In addition, she most recently began volunteering at the Veteran's Outpatient Hospital in the Villages, caring for combat war veterans and their war injuries, both visible and invisible.
She was constantly giving of herself to others, especially to those in need. Moreover, she and John often volunteered as ushers for various shows at the theaters in the Villages. As with all she met, Veta especially loved greeting and extending a warm welcome to the patrons.
While in Florida, Veta and John attended St. Mark the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church in Bellevue.
Veta is survived by: her husband of 59 years, John J. Regule, her daughters, Teva Regule, Ph.D. (Theology) (Boston) and Chaplain Christina Regule, DMin. (Belgium, U.S. Army); and sons John D. Regule (Diane), MBA (Pittsburgh) and David Regule (Tami), MD (Ohio), and her grandchildren Hope, Hailey, Grant (Pittsburgh) and Jacob, Maya, Lucas, and Ava (Ohio).
She is predeceased by: her parents; her brother, John Lupu; and sister Anne (Lupu) Hilsabeck; and nephews, Sgt. John W. Lupu and Jim Hilsabeck.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: the Child Development Center at the Buhl Club, 28 Pine St., Sharon, 16146; a needy school of one's choice (e.g. Santos Elementary School, 9600 US-441, Belleview, Fla., 34420); St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church (GOA), 9926 SE 36th Ave./CR 467, Bellevue, Fla., 34420; or Holy Cross Orthodox Church (ROEA), 950 Maple Drive, Hermitage, 16148.

Elizabeth "Veta" Aurelia Lupu Regule, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Hermitage, and Hubbard,
Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (9-27-19) in Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 950 Maple Drive Hermitage.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday (9-28-19) in Holy Cross Orthodox Church.
Burial: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City, following the funeral.
Arrangements by FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 5740 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, Fla.
Published on September 21, 2019


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Chaplain (CPT) Stephanie Handy
Oct 04, 2019
Sending my deepest Condolences, Mrs. Veta Regule will be greatly missed and remembered!
Violet Leathers
Oct 01, 2019
She will always be remembered for so many wonderful reasons. Eternal Memory! My condolences to you John and family!
She rests with the angels!
Violet Leathers
Oct 01, 2019
She was always smiling,gracious, and a loving individual. My deepest sympathy John and family! Eternal Memory!
Cynthia Creger
Sep 27, 2019
Heavenly and Harmony was purchased for the family of Elizabeth Aurelia Regule by Cynthia Creger.  Send flowers
Annica Radu
Sep 26, 2019
Country Basket Blooms was purchased for the family of Elizabeth Aurelia Regule by Annica Radu.  Send flowers
Robert G Stabile
Sep 26, 2019
I can still see Vet in her cheerleader uniform at Hubbard high School basketball games.
She was a warm, loving, giving person and destined to be a special education teacher, a perfect fit for her and her students. It is sad to think that she is no longer in our world but the many good memories that I have of her will go on.
Maureen Horsley
Sep 24, 2019
Special thots n love to Elizabeth's family.
What a sudden loss - her life was well lived.
Maureen Reeves Horsley
( friend of Hilsabecks)
Gerry Funelli
Sep 24, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathy to the Regule Family.
Sep 24, 2019
Fall Fantasia was purchased for the family of Elizabeth Aurelia Regule.  Send flowers
Fr. Vladimir & Preoteasa Katherine Demshuk, (ret.) May her memory be eternal!
Sep 23, 2019
☦️May her memory be eternal!
Father Vladimir & Preoteasa Katherine Demshuk (ret.), Masury, Ohio
Debbie Lupy
Sep 23, 2019
I truly loved your mom. She was an amazing woman and I am so saddened by her loss. She touched the hearts of so many. Sincere condolences to all who knew and loved her. Rest In Peace Aunt Vet. You will be missed by so many :(
Sep 23, 2019
Teva and family, my heart goes out to you at this time. What a wonderful life she had and impact on those whose lives she touched! May God grant you peace and eternal memory for your mother. ♥️
Carla Bonfanti
Sep 23, 2019
Diane, John and family, may God surround you with his love during this sad time. Veta touched so many lives, she was a special angel on this Earth and now in Heaven. My sincere sympathy to the Regule Family.
Bev Lowrey
Sep 22, 2019
Tina and family, condolences to the family.
Sanda Constantinidi
Sep 22, 2019
Sincerely condolences to the family.
God rest her!
Jerry and Jan Bradley
Sep 22, 2019
Christina and family, Jerry and I are so sorry for the loss of your mother. We God's peace and comfort over each of you during this time of grief. May God bless you.
Nick and Marie Avramaut
Sep 22, 2019
John and family, so sorry for your loss we wish we could be with you as we say goodbye to your loving wife and mother unfortunately we are out of town and won’t be back until Saturday May God bless you all and may your memories of your loving sweet wife and mom carry you through these hard times she was a dear friend to us and Marie and I will always remember her with love and fondness God bless you all
Maria Cazacu
Sep 22, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will never forget the precious moments I spent with aunt Veta and she will always be in my heart and
prayers. Dumnezeu s-o ierte si s-o odihneasca in pace!
Mary and Nelson Sundelin
Sep 22, 2019
Our sympathies to the Regule family. We are traveling and unable to attend the services.
Nelson and Mary (Tebelak) Sundelin
Richmond Hts., Ohio