Rosa Maria “Rosella” Gardini, 78, of Dardanelle, died Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Dardanelle Regional Medical. Rosella was born July 3, 1942 in Torino, Italy, to Gaspare and Luigia Rosso Gardini. They lived in Italy until 1958. After her mother passed away, her father sought a new life by moving to the US with his two daughters. Rosella completed her studies in Linguistics and Literature at Boston University. She was an Assistant Professor at Newton College teaching French and Italian. When Rosella was able, she attended a ladies Bible Study at Second Baptist Church Russellville, where she developed several special relationships.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Rosella is survived by a sister, Ornella Gardini of Cambridge, Massachusetts and four cousins: Luigia Mascarone, Giovanni Mauricio Mascarone, Anita Maria Mascarone, and Silvia Mascarone all of Italy.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00AM, Monday, June 7, 2021 at Oakland Cemetery in Russellville under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Robert Heflin will officiate. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
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