Theresa A. Rallo, 64, a resident of Forty Fort, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and friends, on Sunday evening, Aug. 3, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Born Oct. 9, 1949, in Pittston, Theresa was the daughter of the late Jasper and Violet Pastore Arnone. Following the death of her mother when Theresa was 5 years old, her father married the late Ruth Scureman Arnone, who lovingly raised Theresa.
Raised in Wilkes-Barre, Theresa was a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School, Class of 1967.
Prior to her retirement, Theresa was employed for many years by the student service department of Wilkes University.
Theresa was a faithful Catholic and longtime member of the former Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Swoyersville. Following the consolidation of her church, she became a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville.
For more than 25 years, Theresa was a member of the General Federation Women's Club (GFCW), West Side Chapter. Theresa also enjoyed her "Card Club," which was a group of great friends that met on a monthly basis for dinner and drinks, and never actually played cards. As her children were growing up, she was actively involved in PTO and Little League.
Throughout her life, Theresa was blessed to travel to Greece, Turkey, Italy and, most recently, to Ireland with her children. She also loved taking trips to Cape May with her grandchildren.
Always a gracious mother and host, Theresa greatly enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. She was the happiest when her dining room and/or kitchen table was filled with those she loved. She looked forward to Sunday dinners, as her family and close friends would gather around her table eating her famous pasta and meatballs.
Many know of Theresa's great love for animals, especially for her beloved dogs, Lily, Gizmo and Chloe.
Family was the most important part of Theresa's life and she treasured every moment she shared with her loved ones. An adoring grandmother, she always held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren, Julia and Matthew. As if her smile was not big enough, Theresa would beam at the sight of them.
Theresa had a passion for life and many will remember her for her contagious laugh! Theresa fought a longtime battle with cancer, specifically melanoma, thyroid, and mesothelioma. Not many women are dealt the obstacles that she was and are able to go on as gracefully as she did. Throughout her illness, Theresa always remained optimistic and positive, and she exemplified courage, characteristics only a strong woman portrays. Theresa gave new meaning to the word "strength."
Theresa is survived by her husband, John A. Rallo Sr.; her children, John A. Rallo Jr. and his wife, Jessica, Shavertown; Maria Rallo Godfrey and her husband, Keith, Forty Fort; and Gina Rallo, Forty Fort; her grandchildren, Julia Violet Godfrey and Matthew William Godfrey; her nieces, Tara Hustey-Pisano, also a cancer survivor, and Deanna Hustey-Metz; and her loving friends.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Theresa's visitation, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, her pastor, officiating.
Those who will be attending the Memorial Mass are kindly asked to assemble directly at the church, as there will be no procession from the funeral home.
For additional information, or to send the Rallo family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website. www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Theresa's memory to the
, 101 W. Frack St., Frackville, PA 17931.
Joseph L Wroblewski Funeral Home
1442 Wyoming Ave Forty Fort, PA 18704
Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 6, 2014