Angela Paolercio May 23, 1921 – June 16, 1922
Born in Cairano, a little town on a hill in the province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. She joins her father and mother, Michelangelo and Rachael and her four siblings Lione, Concetta, Pasquale and Salvatore. She leaves behind her four children, Deborah, Abele, Sunamita and Giona. Fourteen grandchildren and twenty Eight great-grandchildren.
We could write a book about my grandmother because she was so amazing. She lost her mother at a very young age and had to learn how to survive. She would tell me stories about the older women in the village taking pity on her and teaching her how to cook and run a home. I loved her stories about living through war times and how she and my grandfather, nonno Pietro would go out in the middle of the night to grind the wheat and hide it from the soldiers. She was left with four small children alone to raise while my grandfather worked in Switzerland, those were very difficult times for her, but she was tough and a survivor!
My grandmother was a perfectionist and an innovator. She had the most beautiful garden in New Rochelle. What didn’t she have in that garden? The pepper plants looked like little soldiers all lined up perfectly and she would line the borders of the garden with lettuce just like a flower garden! She grew enough figs to feed the entire neighborhood. She would often tell me that little garden was a little piece of heaven for her. I can still see her sitting there on that chair in the middle of the garden.
My grandmother was always ready to listen and give a little wisdom on the situation. She always had a wise proverb to share. She would cry with you and loved to laugh, she had the best laugh! It was infectious!
I’m grateful that I could speak Italian so we could have all those great conversations in her kitchen basement while making bread, homemade past and cookies. Her signature dish was “cingoli” with meat sauce but I loved her tagliatelle’s cooked in Milk and mint. Unforgettable! Everything she touched turned to gold!
The thing I admire the most about my grandmother was her faith in God. She lived through enough bad times to know God was the one getting her through. She was devoted to her faith and God. I can hardly remember a time that her Bible wasn’t open on the kitchen table when I would visit. She knew every chorus and hymn by heart. Even in her recent years of dementia she still sang all the songs and continually gave God thanks. She prayed for her children and grandchildren and told me she loved us all.
I will eternally be grateful for the legacy nonna left to our family. Honor, hardwork, love and faith in God. she will be very missed and I’m sure she will live on in our hearts always. We will miss you nonna……
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love Him” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 20 from 4-8pm.
Service to be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30am.
Entombment to follow at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, CT.