Former ‘Rosie the Riveter’ turns grief into art

Apr 05, 2022 203


When Esther Castellano lost her husband of 66 years in 2010, her daughter hooked her up with an art therapist from the Warren City School District to help her deal with her grief. Now, 12 years later, Castellano still is creating works of art that she shares with the community on Facebook and through a “prodcast” directed by her grandson, Jim Fogarty of 2 Ticks & The Dog Productions Inc.

“My mom was always creative and loved art even as a child, but her family couldn’t afford to send her to art school,” Philomena Lucariello, Castellano’s middle daughter, also of Warren, said. Castellano, who will turn 100 on Oct. 18, was born Esther Rita Pagano on Oct. 18, 1922, in Warren. Her parents were from Foggia, Italy, and she had one sister and two brothers, who all are deceased. 

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