�helmearc Mourns Passing of Mistress Michaele del Vaga

Mistress Michaele del Vaga, recently recognized with an Augmentation of Arms for her effort on behalf of the SCA, has died after a long illness. Mistress Michaele del Vaga, age 58, of Irondequoit New York, died early Tuesday, April 20th. Michaele is survived by her loving husband, Stefan Wolfgang von Ravensburg, her brother, George Stone of Murphys, California, and several other relatives.

Michaele del Vaga, recently recognized for her effort on behalf of the SCA with an Augmentation of Arms, has worked in the exchequerate at every level of the SCA, from Local exchequer to Corporate Treasurer. Her labors have helped bring our Society into the modern world of proper accounting by developing the policies currently in effect throughout the SCA.

Not content with being 'just' an exchequer, Michaele excelled in the gentle arts. Her research and needlework were as meticulously executed as one of her financial reports. Michaele led and taught dance classes in a variety of locations including Pennsic.

The true scope of her influence on the gentle arts, however, can be seen in the generations of SCA artisans, especially in those in the kitchens. Her feasts, and those of cooks she has helped to teach are known far and wide throughout the Known World. Michaele's expertise in the kitchen was known in the Modern World as well. Michaele was a consultant for Medieval feasts at local Rochester institutions, including the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Science Center, and the Rochester Civic Garden Center.

Michaele's awards include:
* Augmentation of Arms 10/11/03
* Mistress of the Laurel (East) 07/10/93
* Companion of the Sycamore 07/18/92
* Companion of the Manche (East) 07/18/92
* Companion of the Keystone 12/01/90
* Queen's Cypher (East) 10/05/85
* Mistress of the Pelican (East) [w/ PoA] 01/14/84
* Court Baroness [w/ GoA] (East) 04/24/82
* Companion of the Silver Crescent (East) 08/21/82
* Companion of the Raven's Feather (Thescorre) 12/19/81
* Companion of the Terpsichore (East) 05/09/81
* Queen's Cypher (East) 04/03/81
* Companion of the Burdened Tyger (East) 09/06/80
* Award of Arms 06/14/80

Following a double lung transplant in 1995, Michaele's life became more complicated. The complications in no way slowed down her activities and devotion to the SCA. Michaele continued to influence many people's lives with her knowledge, her pragmatic approach to life, her incredible determination, and her lack of tolerance for fools. She will be sorely missed!

Funeral arrangements are private. A gathering to celebrate Michaele's life will be held from 2 to 6 PM on Saturday, May 1st at the home of Jeff and Harriet Carter. If you plan to come, please RSVP via e-mail to harriet.carter@usa.xerox.com. Directions will be provided. Crash space is available.

A gathering to celebrate Michaele's life will also be held during the middle weekend of Pennsic. Details will be posted in the Pennsic Daily Tidings.

For gardeners, Michaele wished to be remembered with a red Gallica Rose.

Donations in Mistress Michaele's Modern name (Michele Stone) can be sent to:
Barnes Jewish Hospital, Lung Transplant Fund
c/o Rebecca Bathon
MS 90-23-263,
1 Barnes Jewish Plaza,
St Louis, MO, 63110

Please forward as appropriate.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank You,

Lady Marguerite de la Marche
Prot��to Her Excellency, Mistress Michaele del Vaga

Posted by request of Lady Marguerite and of Mistress Michaele's family.