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1931 - 2017 Notice
1931-2017, novelist, teacher, playwright, monologue writer and performer, passed away on June 17, 2017 in Springfield. She taught Fiction Writing in the Creative Writing Program of the English Department at The University of Pennsylvania, from where she graduated after being awarded a scholarship from Upper Darby High School. At the University's public events, she was often invited to introduce her former students that had become popular novelists. Her play, "Two Sisters", won first prize in a contest sponsored by the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and was performed there to a large and appreciative audience. Her first book, "A Bridge of Leaves", published by Athenaeum Press, was written during her tenure as a Fulbright Scholar in Florence, Italy. While living in New York for more than a decade, she taught English at The Italian School, a venue for the children of Italian diplomats. Ms. Cavallo wrote many fictionalized essays about her Italian neighborhood in South Philadelphia, where she grew up until her family moved to Upper Darby when she was a teenager. She performed these as monologues on many stages in the city, particularly at The Italian Society in South Philadelphia. She was pre-deceased by her husband, the artist, Karl Hagedorn, and two sisters, Teresa Guinan and Angie Greger. Diana will be sadly missed by her devoted nieces, Linda Smythe and Andrea Greger, and many friends and colleagues. She befriended and respected all who had dealings with her. She will be remembered as a good listener and compassionate friend who was always there for others. At Diana's request, Funeral and Service will be private.
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Published on Philly.com on July 10, 2017
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