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Army Veteran Meta Monteleon passes away at 108

Meta Monteleon, a treasured resident at Dublin VA, passed away peacefully in her sleep May 3. She was 108.

Monteleon served in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII. After discharging in 1944, she continued with her nursing career for an additional 50 years. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest living WWII nurse.

A devoted champion for Veterans, Monteleon attended countless ceremonies and celebrations at Dublin VA over the years, including Veterans Day, Memorial Day and most recently, Dublin VA’s 75th anniversary on April 22.

“My mother loved serving in the Army, Red Cross and as a nurse, but she was also a superior Scrabble player and continued driving herself to games until she was 94 years old,” said Martha Duke, her daughter. “Her laughter could light up a room, and she will be deeply missed.”

In the photo above, she was a guest speaker at a 2013 Memorial Day program.

Born in 1914, Monteleon was one of the few Americans who toughed it out through two pandemics—the Spanish Flu in 1918 and COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Monteleon was a resident at Dublin VA, where stringent protocols were put in place to protect Veteran residents at its five Community Living Centers and Hospice Care Unit.

Two centenarian sisters were both WWII nurses

Monteleon made national news during the pandemic by using Facetime on a smartphone to call her centenarian sister Virginia Dupree Phillips who also served as a WWII nurse. After speaking with Virginia in 2020, Monteleon said, “I think we’re lucky to be as safe as we are. Having the ability to stay in touch with family during this time is wonderful and important.”

“When I served as an emcee for various events at Dublin VA, I always introduced Ms. Meta when announcing special guests, and we became quick friends,” Army Vietnam Veteran Johnny Payne said. “I’ll always cherish the memories we had and the stories she shared as we both served during war time, and that’s a bond that’s uniquely special.”

Memorial to be added to Avenue of Flags

“It’s truly a privilege and honor that Ms. Monteleon trusted us with her care as we put our nation’s heroes at the center of everything we do,” said Medical Center Director Manuel Davila. “Celebrating her 108th birthday last August was a historic, inspiring event that I’ll cherish forever.”

A memorial brick with Monteleon’s name will be added to Dublin VA’s Avenue of Flags for Deceased Veterans at the base of the main flagpole later this year.

This post, Army Veteran Meta Monteleon passes away at 108, was originally published by the Veteran's Administration.

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