Rosa Delmás Menocal, 88, Spanish teacher

Rosa D. Menocal
Rosa D. Menocal
Posted: June 10, 2014

Rosa Delmás "Totty" Menocal, 88, of Wayne, a Spanish teacher at Radnor High School for 30 years, died Friday, May 30, at home of causes related to aging.

Mrs. Menocal, a 53-year resident of Wayne, was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. She studied education at the University of Havana, where she earned a doctoral degree in pedagogy in 1948.

After leaving Cuba in 1960, she came to the United States. She taught Spanish at Radnor High until retiring in 1992. She also coached the girls' field hockey and lacrosse teams.

"A natural teacher, her passion was to share her strengths with her students, her friends, and, most of all, with her family, thereby making them smarter and better prepared to handle all the challenges of life," her relatives said in a tribute.

Mrs. Menocal also was a skilled craftswoman. She won first prize in a 1987 Main Line Quilters contest for an embroidered quilt. Each time one of her 11 grandchildren was born, she made a quilt to celebrate the arrival.

She did crocheting and needlepoint projects, and, working from memory, built a miniature replica of the Spanish colonial Menocal ancestral home in Havana.

She also played piano by ear and cooked Cuban dishes. Her signature rice-pudding dessert is on the menu of the four Cuba Libre restaurants: in Washington, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Enrique Villalón Menocal; son Enrique Javier; daughters Elisa Delmás and Lucia Menocal Pernot; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter, Maria Rosa, died in 2012.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, 1001 Eagle Rd., Wayne. Interment is private.


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