Our grandmother was a woman of many convictions. She believed firmly in the doctrine and message of the Roman Catholic church, the unbreakable bond of family, the designated hitter and the beauty of the slot machine bonus round.
She lead her family by example, lived her life based on the teachings of the bible, thrilled in our accomplishments and liked nothing more than to argue politics and read the stock pages.
Born in Connecticut, she lived with her beloved grandparents. She moved to New York, where she met our Grandfather, Angelo. From what she's told us, it was love at first sight for him. She required convincing.
Finally, they married, had two daughters and raised them, owning almost nothing but posessing an abundance love and grace and taught them to be strong, independent women.
Our Grandparents moved to Connecticut in 2000, and enjoyed several happy years in West Haven, walking along the water, putting in lottery tickets, and most importantly: loving each other.
She was not a typical grandmother. She didn’t own an apron and never once baked us a pie. She was not the person you'd go to for placating, idle conversation but she WAS the first person we all thought to call with a difficult decision or a problem that needed sorting out. She would tell you the truth, whether you were prepared to hear it or not.
She kept our secrets, was a loving mother, a dear friend, and most of all, a truly unique woman who made us all better people.
We are luckier for having had her in our lives, and we will miss her forever.