This past week Omega Phi Alpha lost one of it’s beloved sisters, Ann DeMatteo, after she lost her battle with breast cancer. She was an inspiration to so many and a wonderful friend to sisters across the country, both new and old. Ann embodied the principals of O Phi A in all the she did and was an amazing example of what OPA’s lifetime membership could be like in the years after leaving the college environment. She served on the national executive board for many years as whats now considered VP Communications role, VP Administration, and as National President. Ann attended national convention multipul times over the past 20 years, both while she was serving on the NEB and when she wasn’t. She had a passion for teaching younger members the national songs and ceremonies, and about incorporating new songs and traditions into the sisterhood experience. She is also the only OPA sister to have ever received the Susan Terzian Award twice! While it is sad to see her go, Ann has left a great legacy. Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22) as she joins Susan Terzian and our other sisters who have passed. As the DeMatteo family and friends attend the funeral services to say goodbye, sisters nationwide are asked to wear their OPA letters, colors or their pin.
O Phi A love to Ann’s family and sisters <3