Sarrubbi nèe Robiati
Alma was Augusto's dear companion for fifty-nine
In his book "Ricordi Immagini Pensieri"
there are some poems that cover the beginning
of this love: "Un dono dal mondo dello
Spirito" (Asmara, January 1941) and "Un
matrimonio di guerra" (Asmara, June 1941).
In a poem entitled "Alma Adorata"
published in the book " Pensieri su Dio,
l'Uomo, il mondo"their life together is
you were the passion
of the green years, you are the tenderness of
the grey years
They met in Asmara in Eritrea during the war
Alma went to Eritrea as a young girl in the
mid-thirties when Eritrea was still an Italian
colony. Her family was made up of her mother
Augusta Falquier, Swiss, and her father Ettore
Sarrubbi (Neapolitan), three sisters Mercedes,
Vittoria, Carmen and three brothers Umberto,
Ettore and Gillo.
Her father Ettore lived for several years in
Paris in France where he was a cadet pilot with
the famous aviator Chavez. After the marriage
he moved to Montreux, Switzerland where he met
his companion Augusta. His daughter Carmen inherited
his passion for flying and was one of the first
women to do soaring. Carmen was killed due to
complications on landing.
a few years spent in Como, all the family moved
to Eritrea, where Ettore took part in military
aviation. He died at Asmara at the age of seventy
two and was buried in the cemetry of Forte Baldissera
that overlooks the city of Asmara.
having met Augusto, Alma married in the Cathedral
of Asmara on 8th June, 1941. From their marriage
they had Vittorio, twins Anna Maria, Maria Grazia,
and then Giuseppe. The years after the war were
very difficult, as can be read in the biographic
books found on the web site, and Alma was a
great help to Augusto, encouraging him to overcome
those moments, difficult both in Eritrea and
in Italy after their return in 1962, when they
had to start again from the beginning.
Alma now lives in Monza with her memories looked
after by her children and grandchildren.