The wedding of Elizabeth and Angelo Pasquariello in 1941 couldn’t have been at a more momentous time—both for the newly married couple and the country.
The date was Dec. 7, and after tying the knot, Elizabeth, also known as “Libby,” and her spouse went to a reception at a Japanese restaurant in New York City.
As the party went into full swing, news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor started to spread through the crowd of revelers. Many were shocked and the restaurant staff fled into the street. But Elizabeth and Angelo did not, and they stayed together for nearly five decades, a period which included a stint in the Army for Angelo and the birth of two daughters, Linda and Adele.
A dedicated mother and homemaker, Elizabeth grew up at a time when opportunities for her were limited, both by education and social norms, her daughter Linda Goldsholl said the other day.
“She was born too early,” Goldsholl said. “She would have made more of herself if she was born later.”
Pasquariello was one of 12 children, but because of illness and accidents only four of her siblings lived to maturitys, said Goldsholl, whose sister Adele Maniscalco lives in Ridge.
After living most of her life on Long Island in places like Elmont, Hicksville, Port Jefferson Station and Ridge, Pasquariello moved at the age of 90 to Maryland, first to an independent living facility and then a nursing home. On Sept. 29, Pasquariello died at age 97. Her husband died in 1999, Goldsholl said.
Pasquariello didn’t let her lack of higher education hold her back. She was an expert curtain maker and from her home plied her trade well into her 70s, including the making of curtains for local theatrical production, her daughter said.
“She taught herself how to make drapery, she was amazing, she did that all her life,” Goldsholl recalled.
Friends also remembered that Pasquariello wasn’t one to sit still, even as she got older. If not making drapes, she was playing cards or Mahjong. When her husband was alive, the couple played in bowling leagues. Her one guilty pleasure was watching the soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.”
An active woman, Pasquariello held true to her desire to help people any way she could. Goldsholl recalled that in the nursing home, her mother would constantly seek out people who seemed alone and isolated, trying to get them into the social mix and become involved with activities.
“If anyone was alone and not included, she was always one to bring them on,” said Goldsholl, who lives in Maryland. “A lot about her life was very good.”
Pasquariello also is survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.