Angela Fields

Angela Fields, age 97, of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully on Thursday February 1, 2024. She was born in 1926 and raised in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania by her parents John and Angela Zuber along with brothers Mike and John Zuber and sister Emily Klecha.

She along with her mother and siblings relocated to New Jersey when their father John passed away just as Angela graduated from high school. As she was patriotic during the Second World War, Angela moved to New York City and became an Emergency Room Registered Nurse and lived the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Manhattan. She was in Times Square as a nurse on VJ day of WWII. After serving as an ER nurse for a number of years including at a VA Medical facility, she followed the recommendation of her Senior Resident Surgeon and decided to offer her skills to the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant.

Her relationship with the USAF and the military would strongly influence most choices she made for the rest of her life. While on active duty she met and married her love Richard Fields, a USAF fighter pilot. Sadly Richard passed away in 1967 in an aircraft accident leaving Angela with two preschool sons, Robert and David. Angela and sons relocated to New Jersey to be closer to family support and she went back to school to complete her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees and serve as a nurse and hospital administrator. When her sons finished school she relocated to central Florida and she spent many happy working and retired years along the Atlantic Coast.

Angela is survived by sons Robert Fields and David Fields (Mary), along with grandchildren Kenny Fields and Catherine Vasquez as well as Sisters-in-law Rita Rae Nossaman and Judy Rutledge and Brother-in-law Harold Rutledge as well as numerous nieces and nephews on both Richard’s and Angela’s sides.

She was predeceased by parents John and Angela Zuber, her husband Captain Richard Fields and her siblings Mike and John Zuber and sister Emily Klecha as well as their spouses. She was the last surviving member of her generation on her family’s side. She was also predeceased by Parents-in-law Kenneth and Aneita Fields and Brother-in-law Kenneth “Corky” Fields. Angela maintained lifelong friendships with fellow nurses and relationships with all family members as well as often meeting new friends and cultivating recent friendships. All who knew her loved her numerous stories of her fascinating life and admired her dedication and support toward all people associated with the US military.

She loved and was a proud member of the Society of Air Force Nurses. She was a Vietnam War veteran and was extremely honored to have been able to participate in a Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C. during her later years. She was blessed with frequent visits from friends, veteran, volunteer and church support groups and she remained forever grateful to all those wonderful folks.

On Thursday March 7, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Celebration of Life and Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church Chapel at 5125 South Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando, Florida 32819 followed by a dedication and interment in the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida at 2:30 p.m.

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