Deirdre Elizabeth Vanko, was born July 8, 1971. She was only 47 years old. She is survived by the legacy of her two children Ariella, 26, and Austin, 22, her beloved parents Donnamay and Richard, sister Danielle and brothers Darryl and Dale. She studied at Cleveland State University where she attended the swim team. Deirdre was known for her outgoing, unfailing, and positive spirit which has touched many lives. She enjoyed teaching water aerobics and swim lessons. She was a lifeguard, personal trainer and an expert in wellness and health. She also worked as a caregiver to twin 3 year olds girl and boy who ask for her daily while reciting songs she taught them from her own childhood Girl Scout days. She was a devout catholic and always lent a caring ear for those needing counsel. She attended mass often at St. James The Apostle Catholic Church. She loved dancing, Christian concerts, her children, beach days, chocolate, bike riding, walking and sunsets. In memory of Deirdre the family asks that any donations can be made to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium specifically for the dolphins, her favorite animal. She’s our ray of sunshine and missed by many.