Fernanda Christine Molino was born December 24, 1940 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, the youngest of three daughters to Paul and Eunice Molino. She was raised in West Philadelphia with her 2 sisters Marie and Paula on the 5900 block of Thompson St. and attended the local elementary Catholic school, St. Rose of Lima School from first to eighth grade. She attended The West Catholic High School for Girls where she received The Connelly Award, which provided her an opportunity to attend Rosemont College. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a master’s degree in Elementary Education.
Fernanda spent 30 years as a dedicated teacher at the John Greenleaf Whittier School. During her tenure, she became a Lead Teacher, helping to inspire and direct her fellow teachers in their chosen profession. On May 10, 1984, Wilson Goode, the current mayor of Philadelphia, presented Fernanda with the Rose Lindenbaum Award for Teacher of the Year, of which she was most proud.
Upon retirement, she kept very busy working at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and teaching reading skills at several branches of the Free Library. She was also hired by Temple University to train and instruct volunteers in classroom management in encouraging children to read.
Fernanda was a valued member of the St. Athanasius choir and was instrumental in working on the church’s Christmas Bazaar and many church events. Throughout her adult life, Fernanda loved to travel with her family, exploring many countries of Europe. Fernanda was the family historian and often told stories about her family’s legacy of accomplishments. She loved to sing, dance, and act. Her legendary Easter dinners were always a steady family tradition, completed with a mega-Easter egg hunt for all the kids.
She will be remembered by her sisters Marie Watson and Paula Jones, her nieces and nephew, Michelle Watson, Angela, Stephen, and Alicia Jones. Her grand nieces and nephews Kimberly Ashby, Joshua, and Daniel Eddy and Maria Jones. While she will be missed by her whole family, she will also be missed by those many dear friends who became “family” to her.
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