Josephine PasquarelloJosephine is the tenth child of an immigrant Italian woman who is the heroine of this book. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother, living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated from West Philly Catholic Girls’ High School in 1967. During her lifetime, she has worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, owned a house cleaning service, and owned and operated a successful store in the Philadelphia area for 13 years. In 2000, she finally retired to devote time to her family. Her hobbies include traveling, working out, cooking the way she learned from her mother, and writing.

Despite the seriousness of some of the topics she is prepared to discuss, her sense of humor always shines through in her writing and speaking. It’s also clear her mother passed on her courage, her work ethic, and her compassion.

Her desire is to honor her mother’s memory by sharing the character qualities, habits, and skills that made Romania Pasquarello such a remarkable woman. In the process of sharing this family saga, she imparts nuggets of wisdom that you can immediately apply to your own life and circumstances.

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Presentation topics include:

Growing Up Italian

Discover how time around the table and taking care of family through food can create a rich legacy instead of just hours in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes.

Single Parenting

Learn how one mother of 12 did it all on her own after her husband was killed. What did it feel like? How hard was it for her just to get up each and every day with a positive attitude? What did she do when money was tight? What were her biggest struggles and how did she overcome them?

Dealing With Sudden Death

As a survivor, you are not just dealing with your loss and grief. If your loved one’s death was brutal, you also need to know how to handle shock, uncertainty, fear, and concerns about the welfare of your family.

Being Both Mother And Father

She never wavered doing the impossible. Protector, police, financier, helper, chef, cleaner…as a single mom, she was all of these things and more.


As an adult, you may be handling end-of-life and funeral arrangements as well as your own grief. Learn what your children may be keeping bottled up inside themselves in an effort to keep you from worrying about their feelings, too.

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Josephine’s engaging speaking presentation topics include: Growing up Italian, Single Parenting, Dealing with Sudden Death, Being both Mother and Father and Burial.

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