Amesbury, MA — Florence Patricia (Minnella/Manella) Low, 91, died peacefully at home, in the arms of her husband of 48 years, on July 3, 2013. She was born in Thomas, W.Va., October 2, 1921, raised in Bayonne, N.J., and lived in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. She married Robert in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., and lived in Richmond, K.Y., before moving to Amesbury, Mass., in 1986.
Florence was the daughter of the late Carmelo and Vincenza (Territo) Minnella. She was predeceased by her sisters, Lillian Colari, Rosemary Amato, and husband, Nunzio, Marion Bellero and husband, Sam, and Louise Madonia and husband, Jack, and her brothers, Michael and his wife, Mary, and James.
Flo was schooled in Bayonne, N.J., through high school and she wrote the 1939 class song. She sang her song at her graduation and she received a medal. She went on to nursing training at the Baby’s Hospital in Newark, N.J. After her marriage, she attended Felician College where she graduated with an AAS degree in nursing. She was accepted by her fellow students when she attended college (as a 50 year old lady). She was elected to class offices and was “group leader” for the hospital training and labs.
As a pediatric nurse, Flo worked in several New Jersey hospitals and was held in high regard by the doctors. She frequently accompanied her baby patients to care for them in their homes, where she met some prominent parents. She was a camp nurse in the Adirondacks. After college she did private duty and worked in a skilled care home in Richmond, K.Y., before retiring.
Flo sang in the Three O’clock Club in Bayonne, N.J., and on radio station WAAT in Jersey City, N.J., accompanied in the studio by Tony Mottola and Al Caiola and met Frank Sinatra before he left the band and went on his own.
Everyone who met Flo met a beautiful, bright, energetic, smart lady who inherited her mother’s humor. She faced her life through these eyes, with a beautiful smile and her patients and friends were relaxed by her love and care. This smile and personality has been mentioned by all who met and cared for her and it remained with her until she passed.
Flo was an expert in hand quilting, chair seat pad “hooking” and blanket crocheting.
Flo spoke Italian and comforted many older patients who were isolated by their lack of English.
Florence is survived by her husband, Robert; and her nieces and nephews, C. Vincent Minnella and his wife, Jean, of Cortland, N.Y., Anita B. Smith and her husband, George, of Georgetown, Texas, Kenneth Madonia and his wife, Maryann, of Murrysville, Pa., Pamela Williamson and her husband, Rob, of France, James Minnella of New Jersey, Lisa Minnella of New York, Janine Minnella of New York; and at least 8 grandnieces and nephews; and at least 6 great-grandnieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of Flo’s life and internment in Everett, Mass., will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, take your loved one out for a nice dinner and consider a memorial to your favorite charity or a memorial to Friends of the Amesbury COA, Amesbury, MA or Felician College Alumni Association, 262 South Main St., Lodi, NJ.