Local Author Tells Story of Her Mother’s Strength, Father’s Death at the Hands of the Mob


Josephine Pasquarello

New author Josephine Pasquarello of Kennett Square tells the story of her remarkable mother named Romania, and how she coped with raising 12 children in Philadelphia after the death of her husband, writes Steven Hoffman for the Chester County Press.

Love & Loyalty goes back to the author’s early childhood and the day her father did not come home. Then-six-year-old Josephine recalls in vivid detail how it felt to not see her father for the first time at his usual spot at the head of the table. In fact, he was in the hospital with only a few days to live.

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“Mom could not believe what she had just heard and fell to the floor,” Pasquarello writes in her book. “Her husband was going to die in the next few days, and they couldn’t help him.”

It wasn’t until 2009 that Pasquarello learned the truth about her father’s death, which, for 50 years, she believed was a suicide. He was actually a victim of the powerful Philadelphia mob.

The book focuses on how Romania rose up with astonishing strength and courage to care for her 12 children in the 1950s and 1960s.

Pasquarello will hold a book signing on Sept. 16 at 10 AM at the Kennett Library.

Read more about Josephine Pasquarello’s new book in the Chester County Press here.

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