Andrea M. Crivelli Kovach

  • Born: September 27, 1947
  • Died: December 27, 2019
  • Location: Media, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Patterson Family Funeral Homes

43 E. Baltimore Ave
Media, PA 19063
Tel. (610) 566-3400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Andrea Marie Crivelli Kovach passed away on December 27, 2019 at home at the age of 72. She was born September 27, 1947 in Drexel Hill, PA to the late Albert & Phyllis (DeMarco) Crivelli.

Andrea was predeceased by her beloved husband Edward, brother Albert F. Crivelli Jr. and nephew Nicholas Crivelli. She is survived by daughters Stefanie Kovach, Jessica (Eric) Iraheta, four grandchildren, sisters Maryann Crivelli-Hughes, Elaine Crivelli, and many nieces and nephews.

Andrea was an avid traveler, book worm, gourmet cook, and an expert gardener with a green thumb for orchids. She was a full tenured Professor Emeritus at Arcadia University in charge of creating and overseeing the Public Health Department. She received her education from multiple institutions and her Ph.D. from Temple University.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 8:00-9:45 AM at Cavanagh-Patterson Funeral Home 43 E. Baltimore Ave. Media, PA 19063. Mass will take place in Nativity BVM Church, Media, PA at 10:00 AM. At the request of the family interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to City Team Ministries 634 Sproul Rd. Chester, PA 19013.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Andrea was a lovely person and fun friend. I really wish there had been time to get to know her better. Clearly she was loved by so many.

Posted by Melinda Parsons - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   January 09, 2020

Dr. Kovach has always been extremely helpful and supportive during my time at Arcadia University. I remember during our advisory appointment she informed me to slow down and not be in such a rush to graduate. I took her advice, stayed an extra semester but ultimately earned my Master's degree in Health Education in December 2018. She will be missed not only from me, but everyone in the Public Health department.

Posted by Naya Brown - Philadelphia, PA - Student   January 02, 2020

Dr. Kovach was an inspiring, kind, caring and funny woman. I was lucky enough to have her support my last year of grad school to complete my thesis. She was my go to and I could always count on her to listen to me and support me in anyway she could. I feel lucky and honored to have known her. I am sending my deepest condolences and love to her family and friends who I know she loved dearly by the way she spoke of them. I will miss her kind spirit very much.

Posted by Christine Vincent - Fort Washington, PA - student   January 02, 2020

I have no words to express how much Andrea meant to me as a former supervisor, friend and mentor. She was one of the kindest people I knew. Our paths crossed at the right moments and we kind of 'fell into' our working relationship which immediately blossomed into an amazing friendship. I wouldn't be where I am today without having had her in my life. She fiercely loved her family and friends. She poured all of herself into the program at Arcadia, which wouldn't be what it is today without her hard work and determination. She left such a lasting impact on every student who walked through the doors of that program. I cannot imagine her not being there to respond to my call. I hope that she understood the true impact that she made on us all.

Posted by Dr. Alison Tartaglia - Bennington, VT - Friend   January 02, 2020

I always enjoyed stopping in the hallway at Arcadia to have a conversation with Andrea. She was always so positive and so inspiring to talk to, and I treasured the input she constantly offered as we both grew our respective programs in healthcare. She was so very proud of her daughters and would share all of their accomplishments with me with such excitement. I was saddened to hear of her passing and I will miss her very much. She was a very special person, and gave so much to so many.

Posted by Bob Kieserman - Arcadia University, NJ - Coworker   January 01, 2020

My dear friend Andrea, You welcomed me into your home, sharing you lovely girls and husband, and Oliver. I so enjoyed meeting your mom and visiting with her. You mentored and offered valuable support to me in my work with PPHA. Throughout I came to know and appreciate your great capacity for giving. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Renee Ebert - Ormond Beach, FL - Friend   January 01, 2020

Dr Kovach (no, she would say, please call me Andrea). We worked together at Beaver/Arcadia. I was on the admin side of the school. There wasn't a week that our paths did not cross and EVERY time she was so positive and funny. She is a lady of the first degree. She will be missed and I will remember her at mass tomorrow. God Rest and "We'll meet again". Jim Bonner coworker and friend.

Posted by Jim Bonner - Plymouth Meeting, PA - Friend   December 31, 2019

It is hard to think of only a few things to say about Andrea. She was "everything" and meant so much to so many. One of the best friends a person could be fortunate enough to ever have. A mentor. A proud mother and grandmother. An animal lover. A gardener. A traveler. An academic leader. A writer. A researcher. Her warm-hearted spirit always be a part of those of us who were fortunate to know and love her. I will miss her forever.

Posted by Robert McKenna - Collingswood, NJ - Friend   December 31, 2019

Andrea was a generous, sweet, and loving friend, and her knowledge of her field was prodigious; I wish I'd been able to take one of her courses. I'll miss her joie de vivre!
LOVE and hugs, Dr. Melinda Parsons

Posted by Melinda Parsons - Media, PA - Friend   December 31, 2019

Dr. Kovach was a great professor and an even better person. It is because of her that I have the privilege of working in public health. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

Posted by Katie Stewart - Hackettstown, NJ - Student   December 30, 2019

Andrea in 1995 at graduation the day she and Joan Breitschneider both received their PhDs. As their dissertation advisor, I was thrilled to see Andrea and Joan both go on to academic careers in which their research and advocacy on breastfeeding made significant contributions to both policy and practice. They were friends, colleagues and loving human beings. They will live in my memories forever.

Posted by Sheryl Ruzek - Walnut Creek, CA - Teacher   December 30, 2019

Dr Kovach was a true pioneer. Her passion for public health has influenced me in so many avenues in my career. Her legacy will continue through all her students. My condolences to her entire family.

Posted by Lynette Dondero - Whitehall, PA - Student   December 30, 2019

Dr. Kovach was by far the best mentor and professor I have had in my professional career. She was a wonderful mentor and friend. You will be missed. Sending love.

Posted by Danielle Littrell - Joliet, IL - Friend   December 30, 2019

i will miss you Andrea, YOu were a great friend and Colleague.

Posted by Alan Powell Powell - Glenside, PA - Coworker   December 30, 2019

Andrea was a friend and colleague. She left a lasting impact on public health education and practice. She will be missed! My condolences to her family.

Posted by Stephanie Miles-Richardson, DVM, PhD - Atlanta, GA - Coworker   December 30, 2019


Posted by MARGARET BINETSKY - SPRINGFIELD, PA - Spouse   December 29, 2019

Im so sorry. Andrea has been our neighbor for many years and our family has many great memories of her, Ed, her girls and her puppies. We will miss her on 6th St.

Posted by Cindi Fitzgerald    December 29, 2019

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Andrea in 1995 at graduation the day she and Joan Breitschneider both received their PhDs. As their dissertation advisor, I was thrilled to see Andrea and Joan both go on to academic careers in which their research and advocacy on breastfeeding made significant contributions to both policy and practice. They were friends, colleagues and loving human beings. They will live in my memories forever.

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