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In Memoriam: Anna Rapagnani, longtime Italian language instructor


Anna Rapagnani of Brookhaven, Pa., passed away surrounded by her family on Dec. 10. Anna grew up in Citta S. Angelo, Pescara, Italy, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Istituto Magistrale. At age 22 she became a certified elementary school teacher and began teaching second grade.

In 1972 she came to the United States and married Nick Rapagnani. She wanted to let everyone know how important it was to learn the Italian language, music, culture and cooking, as well as to think like an Italian. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco. She taught Italian for more than 20 years with evening classes that started at Don Guanella Village and continued at Neumann University. She also conducted private lessons at home.

She was the daughter of the late Fernando and Dora Massimini. She is survived by her husband Nick Rapagnani; her children Danielle (Rob) Raushi and Nicholas (Carolina) Rapagnani; and grandchildren Kaylee, Robert and Paolo.

The Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Charity Church in Brookhaven  Anna was laid to rest at Saints Peter & Paul Garden Mausoleum.

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