It is with extreme heartbreak and pain that I inform the Whitestone Academy family that my dear mother and the founder of the school passed away this Sunday. Mrs. O, as she was called, started the school over 40 years ago. She wanted a place for all students to feel at home. Her simple philosophy was that every student was her child and anything that child needed she would supply. Whether it was money for lunch, a place to feel safe, or a place where someone that was a little different felt secure, she could–and would–provide it for them. No students’ concerns were too big or too small. Everyone was treated with tender loving care and a little bit of discipline. I know that through the Whitestone Academy she touched the hearts of thousands of people. Her work at school and her memory will never be forgotten. I cannot begin to tell you how many people still come by, or stop me on the street, and tell me stories of how Mrs. O helped them or gave them the chance that they so desperately needed. These are the current doctors, lawyers, firemen, police, and people in every aspect of society that help us all. They never would be where they are today without the help and kindness of Mrs. O.
To honor Mrs. O’s passing the school will be closed for her funeral mass. For anyone that would like to attend, the mass is at St. Andrew Avellinos church on Thursday, January 13, at 10:00 AM.