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Spring Courses Announced

Hi, The honey class scheduled for this Saturday will be delayed a few weeks. We look forward to seeing you in the future to discover the value and importance of Honey Bees in our world.

Happy International Woman’s Day!
Auguri per la Festa della Donna!!!

A day to celebrate the first was celebrated in the 1909 while Italy commenced celebrating in 1922.

To many, International Women’s Day is remembered since 1857, when a strike by garment workers in New York led to the formation of the first women’s union in the United States.

In Italy, women are traditionally gifted with the women’s day yellow flower, the mimosa, which expresses female solidarity.

Auguri per le feste di San Patrizio, 17 marzo e San Giuseppe, 19 marzo…in Italia, anche festa del papa’. Buon Onomastico a tutti di nome Patrizio, Patrizia, Giuseppe, Giuseppina…19 marzo, sabato, sara’ il primo giorno di classi al Centro Pandola. Non dimenticate di visitare il tavolo di San Giuseppe nella Chiesa di San Leone, qui nella nostra benamata Piccola Italia.

Wishes for the feast days of St. Patrick, March 17th and Saint Joseph, March 19th, which also celebrates Father’s Day in Italy. Happy name day to all of the Patricks and Patricias and Josephs and Josephines. Saturday, March 19th is also the 1st day of classes at the Pandola Learning Center!!!

Don’t forget to visit the Saint Joseph’s Table in St. Leo’s Church, here in our beloved Little Italy.

Rosalinda Mannetta

          It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Sister-in-Law and dedicated student Mrs. Frances Ranieri Vitale. A loyal friend of our Center, she participated in numerous sessions and urged family and friends to support us. Having graduated from St. Leo’s Elementary School, she was so pleased that we were now developing it as a learning center for Italian language, history, and culture. She was our most ardent advocate!

          Her husband, Dominic Carlo Vitale was also immensely proud of the school and began teaching numerous students the Art of Playing Italian Card Games using Italian decks of cards. His students enjoyed the sessions and he loved donating his skill and expertise.

          Upon his passing, Frances and her daughters decided to name our center as the recipient of donations made in his memory. This aided us in further enhancing our program.

          Our Center is successful to the support of our family and extended family and community members.

          The students and staff of the Rev. Oreste Pandola Center extend deepest sympathy to Frances’ beloved family. This gentle, caring woman has given so much to everyone. May she rest in peace.

Please read the following obituary.

Obituary for Mrs. Frances Helene Vitale (nee Ranieri)

          On February 28, 2022, Frances Helene Vitale (nee Ranieri) beloved wife of the late Dominic (Domenico) Carlo Vitale; dear mother of Maria C. Vitale, Anna Lybrook (the late Donald E. Lybrook Jr.), Donna Dix (Francis M. Dix), Lucia Sperato (the late M. Joseph Sperato Jr.); dear grandmother of Christopher Rippie, Christen Eastman, Natalie Lybrook, Francis D., Andrew, David and Dominic Dix; dear great-grandmother of Lacey Rippie; devoted sister of the late Salvatore B. Ranieri and the late Peter A. Ranieri; dear sister-in-law of Rosalie Ranieri, Rose Ranieri, Maria Celia Lijoi, Aurelia Vitale Frustaci, Mario Vitale, Rinaldo “Aldo” Vitale, and the late Celina, Giuseppe, Francesco, Bruno, Teresa, Regina Vitale and Vincenzo Lijoi. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and special friend of the family, Robert Adsit.

          Friends may call at MITCHELL-WIEDEFELD FUNERAL HOME INC. 6500 York Rd Baltimore, MD 21212 on Thursday and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Leo the Great 227 S. Exeter St. Baltimore, MD 21202 on Saturday, March 5th at 10AM. Interment Cedar Hill Cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to The Rev. Oresto Pandola Adult Learning Center, 914 Stiles St. Baltimore, MD 21202.

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Paint Your Pets Class at Pandola

Bruschetta Class and Receipes

Chef Nino and Rosalie Ranieri

Chef Nino Germano of La Scala Resturant and Rosalie Ranieri at the Sicilian Pasta Dishes Course.

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