Philomena Christine Nardozzi died at Danbury Hospital September 8, 2013. She was born in Palmerton, PA in 1935, the daughter of Pauline (Lisella) Nardozzi and Joseph Nardozzi, and was raised in Summitt Hill, PA. As valedictorian of her Summitt Hill High School class, she received a scholarship to attend Moravian College for Women in Bethlehem, PA, however, at the urging of her cousin Dr. Anthony Gristina, she attended Barnard College, majoring in mathematics. Following her graduation, she received a Master's degree in education from Harvard University and then did post-graduate work at the University of California in Berkley. Ms. Nardozzi had a long and rewarding career as a high school math teacher, for six years at A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, NY, then for 26 years at Roslyn High School in NY. Her joy of teaching and love of “her kids” was evident, not only from her enthusiastic descriptions of her classroom events, but from the many contacts she continued to receive from her students long after their graduation. Not long ago she received an email from one of her advanced algebra students from 1963 who wrote the she was the “BEST math teacher (he) ever had…(and) made everything understandable and fun. (He) wanted to tell (her) that (he) never forgot her.” Following her retirement, Ms. Nardozzi served as the secretary of the Retired Roslyn Teachers. Family was very important to Ms. Nardozzi, and she served as the unofficial family historian. She was particularly fond of her two cousins, Dr. Anthony Gristina and Dr. Jerome Gristina, and their children and families. In recent years she moved from Long Island to Redding, CT, residing at the Meadow Ridge Residential Community, where she was an avid reader, emailer to friends and family, and cheerful participant at family events. In addition to family, Ms. Nardozzi treasured the friendship of, and adventures with, her teaching colleagues, with whom she remained in close contact. She appreciated their unflagging support and good humor over many years. Ms. Nardozzi is survived by her Aunt, Doris Lisella, and cousins; Fay Ella Lisella (Peter) Coshignano, Pauline Lisella (Joe) Coshignano, Guido (Helena) Lisella , Sandra Lisella Schlemmer , Susan Gristina, wife Anthony Gristina (dec.), and Jerome (Mary Gail) Gristina, as well as all of their children and grandchildren. There will be a viewing at St. Ann's Chapel 604 S. Main Street in Phoenixville, PA, Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:15 followed by a Funeral Mass at 1:00 pm, then internment at St. Ann Cemetery. For those who might wish to do so, in lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to any program furthering children's education.
Suzanne (Schlemmer) Ross
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