In Remembrance of Alfonsina Riggi

Alfonsina Riggi

Alfonsina Riggi

Dunmore, PA April 18, 1921 ~ September 4, 2012 Date of Service: September 7, 2012

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my beloved mother, Alfonsina Riggi. Mom was a woman of unwavering faith, courage, and determination. Mom’s spiritual bond with God and St. Padre Pio enabled her to overcome the many challenges she encountered during World War II as a young woman to the crises she faced as she aged.

Born in Vastro, Italy, my mother left her native land as a young war bride to begin a journey filled of uncertainties, for she faced a new country, customs, people and language.

Her perseverance and strong will allowed her to succeed in any endeavor from adjusting to a new life, cooking a wonderful meal for us, to designing and sewing my clothes.

For 30 years she worked in the Globe Store and became an accomplished and masterful seamstress. She provided a loving and warm home for dad and me. Her dedication to us was the cornerstone of our family.

Mom’s remarkable spirit was my inspiration. She motivated me through her love and guidance. Her passion for her family was reflected in the daily meals she prepared, the beautiful home she kept, and the exquisite clothes she designed and made.

After the death of my father Cataldo in 1963, mom was employed by the Globe Store where she was recognized as a talented, creative and accomplished seamstress.

Mom’s faith sustained her through the many unexpected events in her life. Mom was truly a woman of substance. To those who knew her may she continue to live in your memories and conversations. To those who had not had the opportunity to know her perhaps these thoughts have given you a glimpse of the remarkable woman who is my mom. She will always be a part of my present. I hope others will have the opportunity to know someone who is such a beautiful spirit.

Family and friends are invited to join me on Friday at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis funeral home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore from 9:45a.m. till 10:45a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore

If you would like to remember her in a special way please send a donation to Convento S. Maria de Grazie, 71013, San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia.

Our journey which began 65 years ago has only been separated temporarily. In time we will once again be together. I thank all of you who were in some way a part of this journey.

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Marlene Kobar Stowell
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Alfonsina Riggi
Reply #10 on : Fri September 21, 2012, 00:35:16
I worked in the Globe Store during high school and college and was often sent to alterations to consult with your mom. A beautiful and sweet woman who was an expert in her field. Obviously, she raised a wonderful and loving daughter who composed such a lovely tribute. My deepest sympathy to you for your loss and may you find much comfort in your beautiful memories.
Gloria Rizzo
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Re: In Remembrance of Alfonsina Riggi
Reply #9 on : Wed September 19, 2012, 12:46:05
Lucia,
My heartfelt sympathy goes to you! Your mother was a beautiful lady - much loved - and very talented. When they say the apple didn't fall far from the tree - it is a tribute to the both of you!!! My only regret is that Marie & I never did get to stop by!!! Your obituary words touched our hearts!!! God be with you!♥♥♥
Sam & Deb Palermo , with Anna Palermo
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With deep sympathy
Reply #8 on : Mon September 10, 2012, 18:58:22
We're very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My mother, Anna Palermo and she were great friends ever since 1946, and shared a common journy from Italy. I can still vaguely remember the both of you! Mom is still around, and had occasionally asked about her through my aunt, Anna Murtaugh. Mom sends her prayers and sympathy.The memorial you wrote does her great honor, as she deserved.

Sam [Salvatore] Palermo
Lou and Maureen Guzzi
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Very Sorry
Reply #7 on : Fri September 07, 2012, 19:16:36
Lucia,

We're so sorry.

We put your mom's picture on our refrigerator to remind us to pray for you. it is the place in our house where we put all the significant people of the past year....you will be in our prayers....

Molto affettuosamente,
L & M
Erica Pizur
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deepest sympathy
Reply #6 on : Fri September 07, 2012, 18:12:19
Dear Ms. Riggi,

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Erica Pizur
Janet Barnes Beck
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Re: In Remembrance of Alfonsina Riggi
Reply #5 on : Thu September 06, 2012, 22:10:09
Dear Lucia,

What a wonderful tribute to your Mom. Her obituary was beautifully written and captured so much of her.

I too worked at The Globe Store as department manager and buyer of the better dress department so I knew her well. Indeed, she was very talented and did beautiful work. I remember she always wore black to honor your father and I believe she visited St. Peters church on her way to work every day.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Janet Barnes Beck
Mary Grace Lipski Basco
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Prayers
Reply #4 on : Thu September 06, 2012, 13:54:41
Ms. Riggi,

Your mom's love, strength, and success live on through you. You continue to be among the teachers that made a difference in my life.

Prayers to the Riggi Family.

Mary Grace Lipski Basco
Alameda, CA
Michael C. Bussacco
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Alfonsina Riggi
Reply #3 on : Thu September 06, 2012, 10:05:04
I am taking my mom to her eye appointment on Friday, Sept.7 at 9:30 A.M. I want to extend my sincere condolences to you from Bernie and me. May she rest in peace and let pepetual light shine upon her. God bless your for your constant care of your mother.
Jackie Coyne
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condolences
Reply #2 on : Thu September 06, 2012, 08:29:59
My deepest sympathies to you. Mom was a major part of your life. She will be missed.
Paula Lalli
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deepest sympathy
Reply #1 on : Thu September 06, 2012, 07:23:56
Lucia,
deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. I have to sy that the obituary was the most beautiful that I have ever read. Someday perhaps my children will feel the same about me.
Respectfully,Paula