With heavy hearts we share that our beloved teacher, colleague, and friend Rosanna Estrella, P '15 passed away this weekend after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mrs. Estrella has been on leave from her teaching duties in the Science Department since late September 2017.
Her care and gentleness; the strength with which she advocated for her students and invited them to grow and embrace new challenges; her intellectual curiosity and joyous wonder at the world of nature and scientific discovery; her artistic vision and gifts; and, above all, her love for God, her family and friends--all of these qualities and traits--made her special and precious to us all.
In her final months, weeks and days, even as she struggled with her illness and experienced physical weakness, we marveled at her quiet dignity and her ability to still care for us, and for others. In all of this, she witnessed to the power of faith, hope and love to shape and form us, even through our human weakness, into women and men for others.
It is an understatement to say that we will miss her. Even as our hearts ache, we pray that angels accompany her final journey to her eternal resting place where she will know the depth of God’s peace and joy. We pray for her family as well -- for her husband Enrico, for her children Kristel, Karina, Gregory ‘15, Rebecca -- may they be assured of God’s compassion and consoled in their memories of Rosanna’s love for them, and them for her. And may all of us take comfort in the promise of the Risen Christ whose love transcends even death itself.
Eternal rest grant unto Rosanna Estrella, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
We invite you to remember Mrs. Estrella's witness by readingher reflection from the Immaculate Conception Mass at Fordham Prep in 2017.