Scarlato, POSC, Sr. Fernanda R.
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Sister Fernanda R. Scarlato, POSC
Sister Fernanda (nee' Rosina) Scarlato, POSC, a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts entered into eternity on June 24, 2013 lovingly cared for by her community of Sisters. Born on September 25, 1927 in Savelli (Cosenza), Italy, she was the daughter of Francesco and Victoria (Rotundo) Scarlato. Sister Fernanda is survived by her sisters Giuseppina and Maria and her brothers Raffaele and Franco as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Italy and Argentina.
Sister Fernanda faithfully served as a religious for 65 years. In October 1948 along with eight other Sisters, Sister Fernanda left Calabria at the age of 21 to establish a new apostolic mission in the United States. True pioneers, they came to Stamford with little in the way of material goods but well-grounded by their charism and commitment - the formal education and spiritual development of children. Upon her arrival, Sister Fernanda was assigned to Saint Basil's Preparatory School as well as the Chancery of the Bishop of the Ukrainian Diocese of Stamford. From 1962 to 1998, Sister taught kindergarten at Our Lady of Grace School and during this time, also served as convent superior. From 1998 to 2007, Sister served as superior of Villa Divino Amore Convent. She remained a member of the VDA community until her passing.
Sister Fernanda was instrumental in establishing two educational institutions in Stamford - Our Lady of Grace Nursery School and Kindergarten in 1962 and Villa Divino Amore Nursery School in 1989. Both of these facilities have provided a much-needed service to the local area, which has particularly benefited the children of working parents. For more than 50 years, generations of children have been educated and nurtured at the schools that Sister Fernanda helped to build.
Known for her maternal love for her community of sisters, her kindness and quiet generosity, Sister Fernanda will long be remembered for her spirit of sacrifice, her capable and pragmatic leadership and her unwavering courage in facing the many challenges in establishing her congregation's work in America. A trailblazer in her community, Sister Fernanda was the first to undertake new responsibilities, develop new skills and seize new opportunities to further her mission.
Friends may call at Saint Maurice Roman Catholic Church, 358 Glenbrook Road in Stamford from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 29, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:00 AM. Entombment will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Darien.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 is honored to assist the Sisters with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, c/o Our Lady of Grace Convent, 635 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, CT 06906 1409 or Villa Divino Amore Convent, 117 Hope Street, Stamford, CT 06906.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com
Published in StamfordAdvocate from June 27 to June 28, 2013