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My husband and I came to New York for a wedding, so last Friday I want to go to St. Patrick's church," Rocky Marciano's mother said. "I go and light a candle like I always do for Rocky. Then I come out and in a store I see a pretty hat and I buy that. Then on the way back to the hotel, I buy a paper, and I see Rocky's pitch in the paper. What's his pitch doin' in the paper, I wonder. I brought it upstairs to my husband who was in bed because he wasn't feelin' good. 'Look,' I said, 'we are goin' to read the paper...there's somethin' about Rocky.'
" 'I know, I know,' my husband tell me, 'Rocky was already here. Rocky's retired.' "
Mrs. Peter Marchegiano repeated the phrase, "Rocky's retired." She liked the sound of it. "Rocky's retired," she repeated. It was something she had dreamt about and lit many candles for, but last Friday her prayers were answered.
"It's like something big is off my shoulders," said the mother of the retired heavyweight champion.
"I didn't see Rocky then for two hours," she went on, "he was with so many people having what you call a press conference. Then when Rocky come here, he was happy, and he was a little sad too.
" 'I don't know whether I did the right thing, mom,' he said.
" 'Yes, you did. You did the right thing,' I told him."
Mrs. Marchegiano's words were echoed by Barbara Marciano, Rocky's wife, who was at the Marciano home in Brockton at the time with her 3�-year-old daughter, Mary Anne.
"It's wonderful," she said. "It's what I've wanted. Now it's finally happened."
Rocky's sister, Conge (short for Concetta), reflected her family's feeling when she said, "Everybody's real thrilled."