In memory of
LOFARO--Gabriella. It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Gabriella Lofaro. Born to Alfredo and Agnes Sargenti in Roma, Italia, the sixth of seven children. Always a star that shone brightly, she was discovered by Beniamino Gigli (the Caruso of his time) when she was 13 years old singing in the apartment building that they shared. He urged her to study Opera and he became her mentor. The war erupted, and her path changed. She fell in love with an Italian American Medical Student (Dr. A. Lofaro) who worked with the OSS. She chose to have a family, and they married. They shared Idealism, personal responsibility, duty, honor, faith, a distaste for Fascism and desire to preserve humanity. Both individually did their part for the war effort. Though quite modest, Gabriella was honored October, 2015 by the Anti-Defamation League in Association with the film "My Italian Secret." She hid a Jewish family of four in the store room of her home in Rome. Asked why she did this, she responded, "I am a human being, I would hope someone would do the same for me." She lived her life honorably and with courage. She was as decorous in death as in life. She lost a valiant battle with cancer and bronchiectasis. She is remembered as the most loving mother with uncanny insight. She is survived by three children, Kathy, Sal and Laura, nine grandchildren and ten great-grand- children. She was 93. Wake on Friday, 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Ave., NYC, NY. Service on Saturday at 9am at St. Vincent of Ferrer, 151 East 65th St., NYC, NY.
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