Porsia F. Palumbo, 91

March 02, 2019

Porsia F. Palumbo, 91, longtime resident of Lancaster, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019. She was born November 26, 1927 in Lancaster, daughter of the late Antonio and Dorothy Palumbo.

She was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Lancaster, where she attended school grades 1 through 8. She attended Lancaster Catholic High School for three years and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Lancaster in 1945. Porsia graduated from Millersville State Teachers College in 1948 where she was a member of the Delta Phi Eta, a national honor society Porsia obtained a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Delaware.

Porsia began her teaching career at John F. Reynolds Junior High School where she taught geography and Spanish. She later transferred to J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster where she taught Spanish III, IV, and V and Italian I. She also served as an instructor in Spanish at Elizabethtown College. In 1999 she was an initial member of the Lancaster Italian Cultural Society.

She traveled through Europe and studied in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and at the University of Perugia, Italy.

Surviving is her niece, Anne F. Roe of Landenberg, PA and cousins in Lancaster, Italy and France. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Francis A. Palumbo and his wife Dianne.

A Viewing will be held from 9-10:30AM on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 with Msgr. Richard A. Youtz as celebrant. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Porsia’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus School, 235 Nevin St, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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March 22, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Sra Palumbo’s death. She was a remarkable teacher. I still talk about her after 5o+ years. RIP senora. Gracias para todos!! abrazos a la familia, Diane 

March 22, 2019

Dear Family of Sra. Palumbo,
I had Sra. Palumbo for Spanish in the late 1960’s at McCaskey…she was one of my favorite teachers.  I knew I always needed to be prepared in her class.  She had high expectations for all of us, she was direct and no nonsense with a commanding presence for someone of such short stature, and she was able to convey a love of Spanish history, culture, and people that went beyond just a typical language class.  I thought of her again just last year when I traveled to Spain and was able to converse…I will never forget her.  My condolences to the family,
Joe Carper, Newburyport, MA

March 14, 2019

Miss Palumbo was my Italian teacher in twelfth grade, in 1977. She was one of my all-time favorite teachers. As part of our class, we went to her home on Race Avenue and made a trip to Immaculata College for a foreign language in education seminar. She spoke up more than once! I still have my Italian-English dictionary from that time and think of her every time I see it.  My condolences to her family.

March 12, 2019

Miss Palumbo was my fabulous Spanish teacher at McCaskey.  Anytime I read or speak Spanish, I hear her voice.

March 11, 2019

Miss Palumbo was a legend at Reynolds.  Many members of McCasmeys class of 1960 remember her
From our time at Reynolds.
She cared about her students, and worked hard to get the best from her students. 
She was a fine example of a dedicated teacher in 1956 and 1957.  She also served as teacher for
Plays.  And was quite good at that.  I remember a Father Know best play from 1959,
Proud to have known her.

March 10, 2019

Porsia was a wonderful neighbor to our family on Race Ave. She visited my mom at Moravian Manor.  She loved the city and Buchanan park.  We will miss her.
Kathy Kunkel 

March 10, 2019

Mrs. Palumbo will forever be one of my favorite people. She lived on the same block as my grandmother Betty Byers and was one of her dear friends. She would always buy my grandmother biscotti’s for her coffee. I remember visiting her over Christmas and she would show me her tree that her niece would buy gold special ornaments for. I always appreciated her genuine concern for me and my family. A beautiful person, neighbor, and friend inside and out. I hope she is catching up with my grandmother as we speak. Sincere condolences to her family.

March 08, 2019

We we’re blessed to know you for a time. You were a delight to our family.  You will be missed. Rejoicing in your presence in Heaven and eternal peace. 

March 07, 2019

Porsia was such a dear and valued friend to our mother Izora Bowermaster for many years and our family sends our deepest sympathies and prayers for peace and comfort 

March 06, 2019

Our prayers are with you Anne and the family.  Stan is with her and your father as they rest in eternal peace. Stay strong.

March 06, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. Miss Palumbo was my Spanish teacher at McCaskey for three years. Her dedication to learning was something that I drew on when I became a teacher also. Miss Palumbo really cared for her students. I can still remember the way she said my Spanish name, Juana, and also how she would sometimes get irritated with our class, but she would be smiling in her eyes. I’m happy she had such a long and interesting life. I’m grateful to have known her. 

March 06, 2019

I am so sorry for this great loss to you, Anne, and the entire family. Porsia was such a dear soul and a dear friend. Porsia lived for her family and loved and served them with all her heart and soul. I would say that she dedicated her life to her family, her teaching career, and above all her God. I am holding you in my thoughts, my prayers, and my heart as you grieve her absence.

March 06, 2019

Dr john and karen palumbo, so sorry for your loss.

March 06, 2019

Sra. Palumbo was a wonderful influence in my life. She was extremely supportive of my quest to become a Spanish teacher. I often quote her in class and have taken some of her advice to heart some 40 years later.
Descansa en Paz, Sra.

March 06, 2019

Oh my—I am so happy she lived such a long and full life.  I cannot begin to say how much this lovely woman influenced me in my life. Teacher, mentor and friend. I fell in love with Spanish and Italian because of her (and Miss Shanfelder!). She was dedicated to her profession but one of the most approachable teachers I had.  She had a great sense of humor. My friend and I were lucky enough to spend our first “Life Week” at McCaskey learning Italian cooking from her and her mother and talking history with her father. Wonderful people –as was her brother.  She will be greatly missed but Heaven has another great resident.

March 06, 2019

My sympathies to the family. I taught with Frank and Diane Palumbo. Frank was an inspiration through teaching and GSPA. He had a profound effect on everyone he met.
Sincerely, Priscilla Fias

March 06, 2019

Dear Family of Porsia Palumbo,
Miss Palumbo was my seventh grade geography teacher at John Reynolds Junior High School.  She was a most fair and considerate teacher, and her excellent teaching skills were evident even to me at that age and my parents.  She certainly was a scholar and educator of note all of her life, and I am grateful to have had her as a mentor so very long ago.
My deepest sympathy to you all.
Deborah Benson Everett, North Andover, MA

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