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.