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Remembering “Big Nonna”

For the past two months, I have been writing about how we need to talk to our older relatives and learn everything you can, because once they leave us, their memories of those who are long gone will no longer be accessible to us. That happened on Nov. 3 when our family matriarch, Mary Purpura, finally succumbed to old age just short of 101 years old. Technically, she was my grandfather’s kid sister. In reality, she was “Big Nonna,” grandmother to practically everyone whose lives she touched, including me. Why “Big Nonna”? Well, she was mother of 11 children and …

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