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 Pauline Lena “Polly” <I>Lombardi</I> Morrelli

Pauline Lena “Polly” Lombardi Morrelli

Denver, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Death 30 Nov 1985 (aged 89)
Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
Burial Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
Plot J-H-20-2W
Memorial ID 100000229 · View Source
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Pauline's birth name: Pasqua Ehlena Lombardi
(Pasqua means: Easter, in Italian)

Brother: Michele Lombardi
Sister: Stella (Iacino)


*An alternate birth date of: Nov. 28, 1896, (See Ogden S.R. Obituary) has been recorded with the 'Mike' Morrelli family. Polly's "birthday did not appear on the baptismal certificate the same as the one she used." (per her Bio.) Headstone & SSDI records agree with date: Nov. 5th, 1896. (Mary [Morrelli] Morrison records Nov 4th, as her birthday in her Biography. Mary says her birth date was established through her Baptismal record, because they could not find her Birth certificate. Mary said also, Pauline was known, by the family, to be 7 years older than her husband Amico, rather than 5 yrs as the S.S. record shows.) The 1910 US Census show her as 12yrs, probably born in 1998.


Pauline "Polly" Lena Lombardi Morrelli

Pauline was born November 4, 1896, in Denver, Colorado. She was the daughter of Caramuele "Carman" Lombardi & Maria Lucia "Lucy" Carmosino.

Her parents migrated from the region (in Italy) of what was then called "Abruzzi e Molise". The village which they came from, Pagliarone, was in the commune of Vastogirardi, which was about 75 miles southeast of Rome, and right in the central part of the Apennines range of mountains. Initially, workers from Forli del Sannio came to this area during the day to work. Over time workers built houses there for convenience and the village was developed. In 1933, Pagliarone endured a serious disaster, remembered by all as "La Frana", "The Landslide". Many of the inhabitants were forced to relocate to a nearby area. In 1960 another, more ferocious, landslide occurred. At that time, the remaining population had to be relocated to the new area which is now called Villa San Michele. The village of Pagliarone is now only ruins.

Pauline's father (Carman) came to this country in the year 1884 and her mother (Lucia) came March 15, 1893, with her oldest child Michele, born April 9th, 1884, aboard the Italia out of Naples, Campania, Italy. Shortly after arriving, Stella was born in 1894 and then two years later Pauline was born.

Her dad (Carman) bought a little house under the via-dock on Osage and Bell (Streets) in Denver, Colorado, in which they lived many years. A second mortgage was taken out to finance a business, brother, Michele wanted to go into. The business was the American Beauty Macaroni Co., which is still in operation today. Michele decided to sell his shares for some property in Arizona, which turned out to be a fraudulent deal so the family lost the home. Mike's wife (Kate) designed the logo for the company, which they still use.

This was a very trying time for the family. Father (Carman) Lombardi's health was deteriorating. The family was very poor. Father Lombardi passed on when Pauline was but 13 of age. She remembers him sitting up night after night trying to breathe.

Stella and Pauline worked very hard to keep the family going. They were able to finish the 8th grade. At 14, Pauline went to work as a check maid.

Pauline's hair was always very beautiful. (Sheri and Mary had hair much like hers). Her hair was clear down to her knees. Her sister used to curl it with the stove pot. It would take about 50 curls to get it all curled. (Later when it was cut, she kept it and had it in the drawer at home. I used to love to wear it.)

Pauline loved to dance and used to go to the church dances with her sister. She remembered dancing with the tallest man in the world.

One of the jobs she held was a shopper for a big dry goods company in Denver. People would order things from their store through the catalogue and if they did not have the product mom would shop for it at other stores. This job she liked.

At 17, mom went to Ogden, Utah to work for her brother (Michele) who owned a grocery business. She learned how to do the books and became an excellent bookkeeper. Daddy (Mike) used to say that mom could add a column of numbers faster than anyone he had ever known could. In Ogden mamma met daddy. She returned to Denver and daddy followed her. He wanted very much to marry her, but he felt he had to settle in Utah because of his terrible hay fever problem, which was much worse in Denver. Mom did not want to leave her mother, sister and friends. But, she finally gave in and they were married in 1920 June 20, and settled in Ogden Utah. They were married at Mt. Carmel Church and daddy had to pay all the expenses.

Mom's mom (Lucia) passed away when mom was only 23 years old. Grandmother Lucia was killed when she fell boarding a streetcar and hit her head on the curb. Aunt Stella had to go down and identify her. It was a very trying time of her life. This left her without any parents. She lived with Aunt Stella for a period but they charged her almost her total wages for board and room. She had only money for car fare and a little lunch left.

They moved to Ogden and lived at first with friends (Mike & Elizabeth ‘Bettina' Riche, on Lincoln Ave.) then moved to the hospital to a little very hot upstairs 2-room, where they lived for about 3 years. My older sister (Virginia) and my brother (Sam) were born here.

Mom experienced her first nervous breakdown after my sister's birth. She had an unexplainable fear of death. She knew Jesus had died for her but could not shake off this horrible fear. She was a very sensitive person and took to heart the teaching on purgatory, which at that time was taught as hell but just not forever. Being sensitive she carried the whole weight of her sin, and something must have happened that really made her so guilty. She said to me one time "if I hadn't done such and such my brother wouldn't have died" and yet daddy said there were no other brothers except Uncle Mike. Her name was not the same as the one she used and her birthday did not appear on the baptismal certificate the same as the one she used. There were some unanswered questions, but this fear haunted her for 40 years.

In the middle '60's mom (Pauline) had a lobotomy, which did take away the fear but left her with compulsive habits, such as clicking her teeth (and washing her hands).

Her life was not easy and she did come to realize that Jesus died for her sins and she need not worry. God takes us where we are and knows where we have been. I found it a pleasure to have her with me after dad's death. She stayed 3 months with me, 3 with Michael, and 3 months with my sister a year. She told me many things about the past I had no idea about. It was good going back over the years.

After living 3 years at the hospital, Dad scraped enough money together to buy land on the north side of town. He bought a little old house in the middle of an orchard on which is now Liberty Ave. The first thing he did was to bring water into the house and then shortly after that the toilet facilities. He later closed in the porches for little bedrooms for us kids.

Our second sister was born June 30, 1926. Her name was Gloria. In her second winter she contracted pneumonia and died on Valentine's Day 1928.

I (Mary) was born June 29, 1929. As I grew in this loving family we also outgrew the house. Dad decided to build a new house next to our little one, which he did working morning, nights and weekends for 15 months. My brother (Sam), who was 12 then, worked by him all the way. We moved into our beautiful new home (on Liberty Ave) when I was in the 3rd grade.
When I was in the sixth grade a new little brother arrived. Michael was born Oct. 14, 1940.

Our brother Sam was taken into the (military) service in 1945 and was killed just before Christmas of that year just before the battle of the bulge. He was in the (44th) infantry.

He had almost 2 years of college and was an A student & also a very loving brother.

My dear mom passed on November 30, 1985. She had been with us until after Easter. She had very high blood pressure, and was very weak. In the 2nd week of November, my sister felt she could no longer take care of mom because of her weakness, so she entered a convalescent home. She died shortly after eating a little supper there at the home. Two weeks after entering the home at age of 89.

I missed her and think about her often, but I know now all her dreams are fulfilled. Relationships are all healed. God says we cannot fathom what he has in store for us who love him, but we do know she will have no more tears and we will behold God.

Biography was written by daughter: Mary June (Morrelli) Morrison,
edited by Camellia Flower Acker & Grandson Robert S. Morrison


For Pauline's Grandson: Samuel Joseph Morrelli Memorial,
See Memorial #56923772

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pauline Lena “Polly” Lombardi Morrelli (5 Nov 1896–30 Nov 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100000229, citing Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Robert S. Morrison (contributor 47963056) .