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Sons of Little Italy Lodge #2286-Baltimore
& Hall Rentals
Sons of Italy in America
OSIA Little Italy Lodge #2286, in the heart of Baltimore's century-old
Italian neighborhood, welcomes you to its home. We
invite you in - to immerse yourself in the old-world charm and
rich cultural heritage of a thriving Italian community, to participate,
no matter how far away you may be, in the timeless Italian traditions
of hospitality and generosity, to find comfort and joy in discovering
that, yes, family and good food and laughter can still be found
in a too-often fragmented and melancholy world.
our home, drop in often and celebrate life and family with us.
Lucy Mary Pompa
Died: August 19, 2015
Little Italy Lodge is deeply saddened by the passing
of our dear lifetime member, Mrs. Lucy Pompa. The
Little Italy Lodge will conduct a memorial service on
August 22, 2015 at 3pm. The membership is asked
to attend. We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers
to Ms. Lucy
and her family.
On August 19, 2015 Lucy Mary Pompa; beloved wife of the
late Vincent J. Pompa, Sr.; devoted mother of Dominic
Pompa, Rosanna Pompa and Vincent Pompa, Jr. and
his wife Susan; loving grandmother of Max, Vincent, Lucy Jane and Dominic Pompa;
dear sister of Rosetta “Fanny” Siminski, Nicholas Palmere and thelate
Anthony, Michael, Joseph, John, Phillip and Orlando Palmere.
call at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 York Road (Beltway
Exit 26A) on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 from 2-4 and 7-9pm.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church
on Monday, August 24 at 11am. Interment Gardens of Faith Cemetery. In lieu
contributions may be made in Lucy’s memory to St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic
Church 227 S Exeter St, Baltimore, MD 21202.
from The Baltimore Sun, August 22, 2015 by Frederick N. Rasmussen
M. Pompa, who was known at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic
Church in Little Italy
as the “Matriarch of Meatballs,
Ravioli and Tomato Sauce” and in the neighborhood as
of Ravioli,” died of a heart attack Wednesday at the
Exeter Street home where she had lived since 1948. She was
96. She was
the daughter of immigrants from Foggia, Italy, who met and
fell in love aboard a steamer bound for America and later
Her father was Nicola Palmiere, a contractor, who changed
his last name to Palmere, and her mother was Rosa D’Aloia
Palmere, a homemaker.
Lucy Mary Palmere was born at home on Robinson Street in
Highlandtown, one of nine children. She later moved with
her family to White Avenue in Hamilton. Her
education ended in 1932 when her mother died of pneumonia. Over the objections
of her teachers at Hamilton Elementary School, her father removed her — his
eldest child — from school to care for her siblings.“My mother always
preached education and how important it was for her children to complete their
schooling,” said a son, Dominic “Chuppers” Pompa of Towson. “She
was proudest whenever any one of us graduated from an institution of higher
Mrs. Pompa worked as a secretary for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and
waited until all of her siblings were raised and married before she married
J. Pompa Sr., who was a city inspector, in 1948. The couple settled into
the Exeter Street home where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
died in 1997.
Beginning in the 1960s, she worked as a teacher’s aide when the Head Start
program was initiated at St. Leo’s Parish School, and then worked in a
similar capacity at St. Patrick’s School, until retiring in 1983.
Pompa’s greatest and lasting fame stemmed from the mountains of ravioli,
meatballs, pizzelle and vats of tomato sauce (that she called “gravy”),
as recounted in a 2007 article in The Baltimore Sun. As senior cook, she presided
over the volunteers who helped prepare food for St. Leo’s Church’s
biannual spaghetti and ravioli dinner that is served to thousands. It wasn’t
uncommon for the workers to make 14,000 pasta squares, 8,000 spiced meatballs,
hundreds of gallons of tomato sauce and 3,000 salads. After the meatballs were
rolled, they were placed, at her direction, in rows of 10 down and six across
on trays and then covered with a thin layer of olive oil. One volunteer told
the newspaper that Mrs. Pompa’s meatball instructions were to be followed
to the letter, and if in any way they were violated, “Lucy will fire
“‘Luce,’ as most call her, knows her pasta but has no illusions
about her title and stature,” The Sun article said.“It’s because
I’m the oldest, they got to respect me, and half of us here are related. … I
like being here with these people. We are all good friends and good workers in
our church,” she said.
In 2006, Mrs. Pompa told The Sun that when she made pizzelles for the annual
Feast of St. Gabriel, the herculean effort that resulted in about 4,000
of the wafer-like cookies required 25 pounds of butter and 300 eggs for
never enough,” she told the newspaper. “We always run out.”
Last year in an interview with the City Paper, a nephew of Mrs. Pompa’s,
Willie Matricciani, told the weekly that his aunt probably made more than a million
ravioli during her lifetime.“I don’t think it’s an unrealistic
number,” he said. Mrs. Pompa told the weekly, “Oh, my God. I’ve
made so many, I see ’em in my sleep.”
She also revealed her recipe for the perfect ravioli.“Good dough, good
ricotta,” she said. “And it’s important how you fill them.
Just a scoop with [less than] a tablespoon. If you put in too much ricotta, they’ll
break open when you cook them.” And then one end is folded over the ricotta
and crimped with a fork. “You bend [the tines] of the fork back a little
bit so it’s more curved,” she said. “That way you close
them up good without the fork tearing the dough.”
Despite the passing of the years, Mrs. Pompa still cooked at St. Leo’s
and for the Feast of St. Gabriel until this year. She was a member of her church’s
Sodality and the St. Vincent Pallotti organization. She was the first woman
to serve as president of the St. Gabriel Society, which was founded in the
by male immigrants from Abruzzi.
“Miss Lucy was just angelic,” said Gia D. Fracassetti, who had known
Mrs. Pompa since she was a child and a student at St. Leo’s. “For
years, she was a fixture at all of the festivals and dinners at St. Leo’s.
She always led the way with her meatballs and ravioli,” said Ms. Fracassetti. “And
during the spring, summer and fall, she sat each evening on a bench with her
friend Ann, catty-corner from St. Leo’s.”
Meet Ali Tinelli
President of The Little Italy Lodge
LA FAMIGILIA SCHOLARHIP NEWS
The La Famiglia Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce
the four recipients of the 2015 competition.
The Mr. Guy Matricciani Senior Scholarship in the amount of $5000.00
was awarded tos
Elizabeth is beginning her junior year at Stevenson University
in Stevenson, Maryland. Her Little Italy
Lodge sponsor is Barbara Goodman.
The Doctor Bernard Vondersmith Scholarship in the amount of $3,000.00
was awarded to Nicholas Butta.
Nicholas will be entering his senior year at the University of
Maryland in College Park, Maryland. His
Lodge member sponsor was Victoria Butta his grandmother. Victoria
passed away in April of this year.
A Little Italy Lodge Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 was
awarded to Brooke Lorber. Brooke will begin
her junior year at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Her Lodge member sponsors were Joan and Fred Petrella, her grandparents.
A Little Italy Lodge Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 was
awarded to Anna Berrettini. Anna will be
beginning her freshman year at Franklin and Marshal University
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her sponsors
were Lodge members Grace and Leo Otterbein, her grandparents.
The La Famiglia Scholarship program is a benefit for children
and grandchildren of Lodge members in good
standing. The 2016 Scholarship competition will begin on January
1, 2016. Information regarding the
2016 competition will be offered in future issues of La Notizia.
are very busy, some less so at The Lodge Friday Night Dinners.
But busy or not, there's plenty of good food and new
friends to meet.
Stiles Street (Bocce Court)
Entrance to the Lodge
Street in Little Italy