Remembering Patricia "Pat" C. Rosini

Posted: January 2, 2014

From Rob Wheary’s article: “NCCT greenhouse named for its ‘driving force’”:

COAL TOWNSHIP - The Intergenerational Nutritional Greenhouse at the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center has been bridging the gap between young and old for two years, fulfilling a dream of the late Patricia "Pat" C. Rosini.

On Friday, she was remembered as the project's driving force when the facility was dedicated as the Patricia C. Rosini Nutritional Greenhouse.

"It was a lovely ceremony, and a lovely dedication to her memory," said her daughter, Paige Rosini.

Pat Rosini was killed in a February 2012 vehicle crash in Everglades City, Fla., that also claimed the lives of her husband, Jim; Jim's brother, William Rosini, and William's companion, Deborah Korbich.

Pat Rosini, as deputy administrator of the county Area Agency on Aging, was integral in the design and planning of the 2,160-square-foot greenhouse. It features radiant floor heating, geothermal and solar capabilities, computerized venting and shading systems and a 500-gallon water reclamation tank.

During the ceremony, Area Agency on Aging administrator Patricia Rumberger spoke about how well the program is working.

"Both the students and the seniors love this program," she said. "A lot of credit goes to (school) director Jim Monaghan and culinary arts instructor Jim Schiavoni, because they are so easy to work with."

Local senior citizens help the students grow vegetables at the greenhouse, and culinary arts students in turn use the food to prepare dishes for the local senior centers.

"The seniors love the meals and the students love making them with fresh, off-the-vine vegetables that they get right from the greenhouse," Rumberger said.

'The right place'
Brian Duke, Pennsylvania's secretary of aging, said he was honored to be the keynote speaker. He said he remembered hearing about the greenhouse, but that when he came for the opening two years ago and approached the school grounds, he thought he was at the wrong place.

"When I pulled into the driveway and saw Pat, I knew we were in the right place," he said.

Friday's ceremony was also a chance for attendees to remember a friend and colleague. A slide show of photos of Rosini ran in a loop while honored guests spoke, and the program featured photos of Rosini.

Duke said every time he thinks of the Department of Aging's mission statement - "To enhance the quality of life of all older Pennsylvanians by empowering diverse communities, the family and the individual" - a voice inside reminds him of Rosini.

"I am reminded of her vitality and the connection that she had to her community and her ability to do the right good for it," Duke said. "Pat was a connector, and without those connections, nothing gets done."

"Exactly one year and nine months ago, we lost Pat, Jim, Bill and Deb, but they will all live on in our hearts," Rumberger said. "Her memory will always live in the good works that are done through this greenhouse, and we dedicate it today to her with love."

Following the ceremony, members of the Rosini family, agency staff and invited guests gathered outside to unveil a plaque with the new name. They also released environmentally safe green balloons into the air.