Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rosella Pangallo 1954-1963

She was a girl in our second grade class; a quiet, sweet girl, with dark hair and olive skin, whose family came from southern Italy. Their name is derived from the Greek personal name "Pangalos" (pan "all" and kallos "beautiful") which means "most beautiful." She had four sisters and three brothers. Her father, Marco "Mike" Pangallo, was a veteran of the Second World War. He died in 2009, at the age of 88. He was preceded by his wife, her mother, the former Elizabeth DelVecchio.

One day, Rosella did not come to class, and we were told she would not be returning. It was fifty years ago to this day that she left us, and very little is remembered of her. Over time, she is nearly forgotten.

But not today.

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