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Westport 'Spiritual Channel' Pat Rodegast Dies

WESTPORT, Conn. — Patricia Claire Mosca DeVitalis Rodegast, 86, of Westport, died April 4.

Rodegast was the author of three books based on her experiences as a "channel" for a spirit guide named Emmanuel. According to a biography on her website, she began to experience visions, including “telepathic auditory guidance,” after practicing transcendental meditation.

She was born March 17, 1926, in Stamford. Rodegast graduated from Stamford High School in 1944. She married the late Albert Pia, and later married Anthony Chirco and Roland Rodegast. After writing "Emmanuel's Book: A Manual for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos" in 1987, she followed with "The Choice for Love" and "What's an Angel Doing Here?"

Rodegast made her home in Westport, New York and Naples, Fla. Four years ago, she retired from holding readings and workshops after being diagnosed with dementia. Rodegast was a longtime member of the Pathwork and loved to travel. Her favorite destination was Assisi, Italy.

She is survived by two children, Cliff Pia of Carlsbad, Calif., and Valerie Giglio, of Easton; a sister, Adele Domagala; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Pia, and eight grandchildren. Rodegast was predeceased by a daughter, Claudia Clark, in 2000.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday at 5 p.m. in Westport Unitarian Church. Reservations may be made at

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