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Serena De Bellis

Serena  de  Bellis,  age  88,  of   Sioux  Falls,  died  on  Monday,   February 6, 2017 at the Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. According to Serena’s final wishes, she requested no memorial  service  to  be  held.    Inurnment  will  be  at  a  later  date  in   Graceland Cemetery, Madison, SD. Serena  Jane  (Rubin)  de  Bellis  was  born  in  Madison,  SD,   attended public schools in SD and in MA.  She was a violin  major, New England Conservatory, Boston, BM Magna cum  laude (1950), Simmons College, Boston, MLS (1956) and was  music  librarian  in  Quincy,  MA  (1952-57)  and  Portland,  OR   (1958-62).  She married Frank V. de Bellis of  San Francisco in  1962.  She was the curator of  the Frank V. de Bellis Collection  at San Francisco State University (1963-1989).  Serena was a  Visiting Scholar, American Academy, Rome (1987).  She was  Librarian Emerita since 1989. She was a member of  Executive Committee of  SF Chamber  Music Society; Board of  Directors, Book Club of  California;  member  of   Roxburghe  Club,  SF  Colophon  Club,  SF  Music   Library Association; Past President MLA of  N. Calif.  Produced  “Music of  the Italian Masters” weekly radio program (1968-83)  and produced public lectures, concerts, seminars, exhibitions  for the de Bellis Collection (1968-89).  Twice she was honored  by the Italian government for contributions to Italian cultural  history:  Commendatore (1976) and Ufficiale (1987).  In 1994,  she retired and moved to Sioux Falls. She  is  survived  by  her  nephew,  Richard  John  Kachel  of    Madison,  TN  and  her  niece,  Pamela  Jean  Kachel  of   Costa   Mesa, CA. Preceding  her  in  death  were  her  parents,  John  &  Luella;   husband, Frank and sister, Beverly Rubin Kachel. Weiland Funeral Chapel 320 North Egan Avenue Madison, SD 57042 (605) 256-2870

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