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Madonna School honors two families

The Pietramale and Rotella families of Omaha were honored for their support of the Madonna School mission Aug. 29 at the school's annual fundraiser.

Joyce Pietramale and her late husband, Jack, and their children have been supporters of the Madonna School for many years. The couple's oldest child, Father John Pietramale, is in his 10th year on the Madonna School Board as spiritual chaplain and board member. Their daughter, Rebecca, chaired both the silent and oral auction in 2006.

Louis Rotella Sr., and his wife, Helen, have been supporters of the Madonna School after a strong relationship grew between Louis Rotella and Sister Evangeline, founder of the school. The couple's oldest son, Louis Jr., and his wife, Kathy, also have a personal involvement in the school. The support carried over to the family baking company, which is an active sponsor of a variety of programs at the school.

The $160,000 generated at the "Angels for Angels" celebration provides educational programs for students with special needs who want to learn, live, work and become as independent as possible.

Karen and Brad Lemkau, parents of a Madonna School student, chaired the event, and many volunteers made the event possible, said Sister Michelle Faltus, SFCC, president of the school.

Sister Faltus said supporters should know their "generosity helps us to develop innovative programs and techniques for our students."

The support "for the students is measured through the light in their eyes and the joy in their smile," she said.

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