December 4, 2006
Anna Gramoglia-Lang, 36, Teacher, Skilled With Children
By Brandon Bain, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.
Dec. 4--Anna Maria Gramoglia-Lang, an educator and Long Island resident, died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. She was 36.
Gramoglia-Lang died early yesterday at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside.
Gramoglia-Lang was born June 28, 1970, in Oceanside. Her parents, Mario and Lina Gramoglia, emigrated from Italy to Long Island in 1962.
Raised with her brother, Robert, Anna Gramoglia-Lang spent most of her life in Rockville Centre, where she attended Southside High School.
She later pursued degrees in education and received a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a master's degree at Hofstra University, relatives said.
Known for being quiet, patient and sensitive with a knack for handling children, she taught first-grade for a decade at the St. Rose of Lima parochial school in Far Rockaway.
"She loved teaching. ... I think she was born for it," said her cousin Daniela Hansen, an editorial assistant at Newsday. "She was very good with the students and very good to my children."
In July 2001, Gramoglia-Lang married lawyer Andrew Lang at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Rockville Centre.
Gramoglia-Lang ended her career as a teacher after being diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2005.
Gramoglia-Lang said her final goodbyes to friends and family recently at her daughter Ava's third birthday party in September, Hansen said.
She is survived by her daughter, husband, brother and parents.
Viewings will be held tomorrow at Macken Mortuary in Rockville Centre from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., with a funeral Mass on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes.
The family asks that donations be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.
Copyright (c) 2006, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.
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