March 18, 1939 - October 12, 2013 Rosita Nicoletta Mal, 74, of Santa Monica, peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013 after a brief illness. She was born to the late Raffaele Lo Russo and Giovanna Lo Russo on March 18, 1939 in Bari, Italy. She and her parents immigrated to New York when she was an infant and later settled in California. She attended Whittier College and then UC Berkeley where she earned a Masters degree in Library Science. In the mid-1960s, Rosita worked as a librarian at the UCLA Geology Library where she met her husband-to-be Ajit. She later worked at the UCLA Research Library. She devoted much of her life to charitable activities, and especially loved volunteering at the Friends Bookstore of the Santa Monica Public Library. Her passions included literature and family trips to Europe and India. She is survived by her husband Professor Ajit Mal, son Siddhartha, daughter-in-law Nisha who all loved her deeply. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her family wishes to thank those who spent time with her and cared for her in the past few months, and they will host a private tribute to her life on October 19, 2013.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2013