Marriage Photo of Vera (Vita) Marvulli and Angelo D’Attoma

For Wordless Wednesday I posted this beautiful wedding photo of Angelo D’Attoma to Vera (Vita) Marvulli that was shared with me by my 3rd cousin Toni. Below I have identified the members in this photo.

VeraMarvulli'sWedding copyFrom left to rt seated: Rosa (Marvulli) D’Attoma (sister to the bride), Vera (Marvulli) D’Attoma, Maria Covito, Rosa (DiGirolamo) Caso standing: John D’Attoma (brother to the groom) Angelo D’Attoma, Antonio Scici, and Gaetano Caso (Rosa D. husband)

This photo screams roaring 20’s to me with Rosa on the left, the poster girl for the era. Notice the shorter skirts especially for the bride. Those flowers and that headdress, seed beads and/or pearls, the cascading gorgeous delicate veil – all makes me swoon. I have tried to look very closely at this photo and while impossible to see all the detail there really is so much to see. I am guessing there are 24 white roses in Vera’s bouquet, I could actually count 18 with some blurring for the rest. Satin ribbons cascade out of the bouquet with ferns for the greenery. There is a very wide satin ribbon that can be seen below the skirt line and covering her legs with possibly a scalloped edging to the dress. I am not spotting any jewelry on Vera although she may be wearing pearl stud earrings with sparkling through on the left. Maria looks regal with a three strand pearl necklace and satin shoes. Her dress does not appear to be sleeveless, with maybe a 3/4 sleeve of some type of sheer material and she is wearing elbow length gloves with a delicate ribbing on the back of the hands. Her bouquet has a large satin ribbon bow cascading down but impossible to tell the type of flowers. The bodice of her dress is embroidered.  Rosa Caso’s dress is really quite something. The deep V neckline is decorated with some type of sparkling beads, seed pearls perhaps or maybe some type of sparkling glass beading which is also along the sleeve cuffs. Her inside blouse is done in a material that matches these beaded accents. At the hip you can see there is  a nosegay of sorts. White short gloves and possibly an accent bracelet or watch is on her left wrist. Love her shoes too.

Their marriage took place on Dec. 12, 1926 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Long Island City, Queens, New York.

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Vita, know as Vera, was born on June 4, 1905 in Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. She was the daughter of Giuseppe (Joseph) Marvulli and Lucia DiGirolamo; the birth took place on Via Giardino Ugenti 37 @ 3:30am

She joined 1 sister, Rosa who was born March 9, 1903; Piazza Independenza 39 @ 2:00am

Happiness for this family was extremely short lived as Joseph became a widow with the passing of Lucia on June 11, 1908, Grumo Appula. Lucia was only 24, leaving Joseph with two small daughters ages 3 and 5. Such sadness must of prevailed. While researching this family, one document attached to Joseph really left and impression on me. Rosa arrived in 1921 and Vera followed the following year, in 1922,  leaving Joseph home in Grumo where he would remain until 1938 before he traveled to N.Y. to join his daughters, his 3 sisters, Rita, Angelina and Nicoletta and 1 brother, Giovanni (John) and their families, already here. From Joseph’s passenger record his profession was listed as barber and under the heading ‘nearest relative or friend from whence alien came’ Jospeh replied – no-one. At age 49 it was time for Joseph to leave home and follow his family.

Joseph Marvulli Passenger Record 

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Vera’s older sister Rosa had immigrated to New York arriving on the 15th of April, 1921. She was 17 and listed her father as her nearest relative left behind, traveling to her Aunt Angela (Angelina) Marvulli (spelled Marzulli) living at 351 W. 25th St. Traveling with her was Anna Peragine, 20, and Rosa DiGirolamo, 19 (in the wedding party  picture) On their travel record, for Rosa it was written ‘marriage’ ‘Promised’ Caso, Michele, W. 25th St 432

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Vera  immigrated the following year in 1922, 17 years, leaving from Naples in July arriving on the 5th of August aboard the Conte Rosso. Her records states she left behind her father Giuseppe and was traveling to her cousin Michele Caso @ 432 W. 25th.

Vera, traveling under her given name Vita

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Rosa listed Michele as her cousin. It’s a bit confusing and here is my best explanation for the relationship. Rosa DiGirolamo born 1901, married to Michele Caso, was the daughter of Giuseppe DiGirolamo and Vita Servidio. Giuseppe and Vita had another daughter named Lucia DiGirolamo born 1883 (18 years age difference between them) who was married to Joseph Marvulli, they were the parents of our Vera and Rosa. Michele was Vera and Rosa’s mothers sisters husband so really he was her Uncle by marriage. The ages and generation difference however did seem to line up more as cousins.

You may be asking who was Anna Peragina going to her sister Antonia and how and if she is connected to the family. With out going down the rabbit hole and getting lost for days, to understand the connection to the Peragina family I had to go back to my 3x great grandfather Vitobino Luigi Civitano (1803) in Grumo who married Isabella Elisabetta (1806) D’Amico also of Grumo. Their daughter Rosa Civitano, (1828) married Giuseppe Peragina ~ and from here the family connection was established.

The parents of Angelo D’Attoma were Giovannantonio D’Attoma and Antonia Stanisci, both of Conversano, Bari Italy. And as you have seen in the photo above Vera’s older sister Rosa married Angelo’s brother John (Giovanni). Their marriage took place 2 years earlier on 21st Sept., 1924, in N.Y.C.

And this wraps up some of the details for this amazing photo shared with our family by the Fraticelli family.

 

 

Remembering Vincent Civitano Jr.

 

Vincent (Vinny Daze) Civitano Jr.

7 July 1967 Bronx, N.Y. ~ 11 March 1996 Bronx, N.Y.

Today I remember my brother Vincent who passed away at the age of 28. Although I never met him, he passed before I met my birth family, I know him through the pictures and stories shared with me by my family.

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I know him through his artistry as a sought after Tattoo Artist.

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I know him through his art work.

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I know him as a musician and member of the band Demolition Hammer.  I can feel his pulse and zest for life through the beat of his drums and through listening to their music on you tube.

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I know him by the words and memories shared by his fans.

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I know him through the sweetness of these photos.

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I know him in the face of my daughter who’s resemblance to her Uncle is striking.

I know him in the mannerism’s and gestures of his brothers, my brothers.

I see him in their eyes reflected back at me.

I know him through his Mom who has anchored us together and accepted me as hers.

I know him through my Uncle who so willingly shares and reflects unconditionally.

Today I whisper ~ I love and miss you ~

May his memory be a blessing and a comfort to all who knew him.

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Gaetano (Guy) Thomas Caso Sr.

For Wordless Wednesday last week I shared the photo of Gaetano (Guy) Thomas Caso. (below) It has been the highlight of my week as he continues to share more of his fathers ‘story’ along with more photo’s. Before going any further I want to say a big thank you to the Guy Caso family for sharing with me all the wonderful photo’s in this posting and  allowing me to share them with you.

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Gaetano Thomas Caso was my 2nd c 1x removed, born September 10, 1923 in New York. He was the middle child of 3 children born to Michele (Michael) Caso and Rosa DiGirolamo. Rita was born in 1922 and Vita (Vera) born in 1932.

Gaetano, under the name of Guy Thomas Caso, served in WWII with the 147th NCB: Naval Construction Battalion in Okinawa, Japan. He was a Machinists Mate Second Class (CB) He served from January 4, 1943 and was honorably discharged on February 9, 1946. He was 20 years old when he entered the Navy.

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WWII Draft Registration Card – Ancestry.com

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Guy was a SeaBee during the war. The Seabee’s are part of the Construction Battalion of the Navy, they were deployed to Okinawa to build airstrips and fueling tanks to allow a safe distance for an invasion of Japan ” he went on to say “my father told me that this job was very difficult. He had to operate heavy equipment with his M1 Carbine strapped to him and was under constant sniper fire.”

 

Gaetano and his M1 Carbine Okinawa copy

From the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park, North Kingston, Rhode Island

“On December 28, 1941,  Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks (BUDOCKS), requested specific authority to activate, organize, and man a unique, very special organization that would support the Navy and Marines in remote locations and defend themselves if attacked — the Naval Construction Battalions. On January 5, 1942,  he was given that authority and the original Battalions were formed at a new Naval base in Davisville, Rhode Island.

The first naval construction unit to actually deploy from the United States left Davisville, Rhode Island, less than two weeks later on January 17, 1942. It was designated the First Construction Detachment. The 296 men arrived at Bora Bora on February 17, 1942. ”

https://www.seabeesmuseum.com/seabee-history

You can read about the Seabee’s at the link above

Guy on some of the heavy equipment

 

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Before being deployed Guy was part of the Navy’s Marching band. A drummer, he continued his love of music when  “he formed a quartet and got to play at the officers’s club to fill up some of the down time” Guy  told me.

 

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Guy’s story does not end with his service to his country nor did it start there. Sharing a few of the memories with his son, Guy shared that his father had told him that his Uncle was an ice man, and that he helped him on his ice route sometimes. Without knowing who he meant exactly, as quite a few of the men in the family delivered ice/coal, Guy’s age does seem to line up/point to that ‘uncle’ may have been my grandfather, Frank Civitano. Looking at the other men in business during that time, they all had sons in the right age group to help out their fathers with the exception of Frank’s son, Vincent, my father, under ten during that time. But it’s just a guess at this point. As a young boy Guy Sr. also shared that his father (Michele) had given him a shoe shine box filled with polish. He would go to the local Irish bars and shine shoes for extra money for the family. Guy Jr. wonders if this might have contributed to his fathers love of corned beef and cabbage 🙂

In 1947 a year after his discharge from the Navy, Gaetano (Guy) Thomas married Elizabeth Panacciulli. Elizabeth was the daughter of Antonio Panacciulli and Antonia Albanese.

Below ~ the parents of Elizabeth and Guy Thomas

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Work was sparse, so Guy joined forces along side his sister Vita’s husband, Donald Andreoli. They tried their hand at various jobs including an egg route, selling Christmas tree’s, waxing floors, any odd job that could be found. Eventually they bought a Good Humor Ice-cream truck along with some good routes. Guy. says he can remember the truck parked in the garage at his home. Who didn’t love the Good Humor ice-cream man?  It was one of the best parts of my childhood summer memories.

*add on to original post, family members have expressed that it was a Howard Johnson’s ice cream truck.

His luck turned when a friend suggested he check into the Stagehand Union as a replacement, they were always looking for extra people, so he did. This lead led to a life long career within this industry. Guy worked the 1964/65 NY World Fair, Radio City Music Hall, NBC, ABC, CBS. He built scenery for the Metropolitan Opera House during the day and at night he would work on numerous Broadway shows. He retired in 1987 at the age of 64. 

Gaetano (Guy) Thomas Caso Sr. passed away on July 1st, 2018 at the age of 94.

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May his memory be a blessing

I would again like to say thank you to Guy Caso family for sharing so willingly the story of his father and his branch of the family and the wonderful family photo’s.

 

 

Memories That Bind Us Together

Over the years I have made some wonderful connections with ‘cousins’ through blogging our families past. One of those connections is with Rose Naef nee Nappi and through this blog and email exchanges, it has been absolutely wonderful to share and grow our friendship.

Our shared common ancestor was Francesco Civitano and Giuditta Maria Sportelli (both of Grumo Appula) my 2x great grandparents. Francesco and Giuditta had sons Louis (Vito Luigi) and Vincenzo – our immigrating ancestors who started it all here 🙂 Rose falls off of Louis branch and I follow Vincenzo’s.

Louis married Angelina Marvulli – they had Rose Civitano who married  Domenico Simone – they had Maria (Mary) Simone who married Carmine Nappi – they had Rose

Vincenzo married Nicoletta Marvulli – they had Francesco Civitano who married Catherine Langellotti – they had Vincenzo Civitano who had me with Marlene Haimowitz (they were not married)

Over the last fews years Rose has shared many wonderful little snippets from her memory of the family and has given me permission to share them. Most recently she wrote

Dear Sharon,    

I am sitting reading the blogs over and over and over, trying to recall certain memories, some falling into place, and others not making sense to me.

I do remember visiting with my mom to see my great grandmother which everyone called “BaBorn”, she lived in a very small cottage with a black firestone oven,——she was always dressed in black, her gray hair tied in a bun.   I was very frightened of her, she knew this, therefore would always send me home with a small trinket of hers and lots of kisses.

I also remember the great picnics the entire Civitano, and Forese family would go on.  I particularly remember my mother’s cousin, Lena who had a daughter named Colette, she was older than I, but we always hung out together at the picnics.  I also remember one cousin who died in the garage of his home from the fumes of his car, he had a son named Mickey who also hung out with us as children, eventually moved to California —- before you know it, everyone died, everyone lost contact with each other, contacts that were such great memories for me as a child.

I also remember the Centrone family, you see, we all visited each other quite often, as a matter of fact one of the Centrone girls married a florist who did my wedding flowers for me.

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Thank you to Rose for sharing and allowing me to post her gorgeous wedding photo.

In an attempt to identify some of the family members that Rose remembers, looking back in our tree, the cousin of her mother Mary may have been Lena (Angelina) Simone, daughter of Vito Simone and Julia (Giuditta) Civitano. Lena married Nicholas (Nicola) Forese on 18 Jan, 1931 at St Dominics Church, Bronx. Their witnesses were Giuseppe and Mary Primavera. 

Lena and Nicholas had 3 children, Rose b. 1932, Mickey (Michael Frank) b. 1936 and Judith Mary b. 1942 (all have passed)  – this is the Mickey Rose is referring too. I did not find a daughter named Colette (that was most likely Nicoletta)

Vito Simone and Julia (Giuditta) Civitano had another daughter named Mary (Maria) Simone and this Mary married Joseph (Giuseppe) Simone on 3 Oct 1926, Bronx. Living on Rosedale Ave, Bronx in 1940 I found 4 children list Vito b. 1927, Charles b. 1932, Angelina b. 1934 and Frances b. 1937. Again I did not find a Colette. I am curious if perhaps this daughter Angelina may have had a daughter Colette that Rose is remembering.

But the question remains, who is the Colette that Rose remembers and who is the man that a Centrone daughter married who was a florist.

On the 1940c for Mary Simone married to Joseph Centrone there was the daughter Angelina b. 1934 and Frances b. 1937 – Frances however was recorded as a male and not a female – I can not determine if this was an error. Rose mentioned her memory of the ‘Centrone girls’ so I am suspecting that this could have been a census error.

As for Colette – my aunt was Nicoletta known as Coletta or Colette and she was born in 1930.

but I suspect that the Nicoletta (b.1938)  was the daughter born to Nicholas Forese b. 1909 and Julia (Giuditta) b. 1909.

(You may be thinking is this the Nicholas I read about above and the answer is no. There were two Nicholas Forese in our family tree. One falling off Rose’s branch and one falling off of my branch) 

I always appreciate hearing from Rose as well as all the other cousins I have discovered over the years. If anyone remembers who the florist may be please leave a comment and let us know. If anyone knows of anyone Rose is remembering we would love to hear from you.

These are the memories that bind and remind us we are a family and that will never change. We may lose touch but that memory, those memories, teether us together.

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~ Julia and Angelina Civitano ~ Cousin Connection

Recently I shared the photo below. In the middle is my Great Aunt Julia Civitano married to Nicholas Forese (1930). At the time of the posting, the other two women were unknown to me. Additionally, I had posted that I felt there was a strong resemblance between Julia and the taller woman on the right. 

Cousin Peter Marino to the rescue with an identification ~ always thankful to Peter for his continued help and collaboration with our family history. 

This is Angelina Civitano born November 1, 1909 ~ New York City. She was the oldest daughter of Francesco Civitano and Rose Di’Armiento. Angelina was sister to Peter’s grandmother, Julia. 

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Angelina, the oldest child of Francesco and Rose was joined by siblings Mary (1911), Louis John (1912), Helen (1914), Dominic John (1920), John Robert (1922) and Julia (1929)

Another favorite family photo ~ Parents Rose and Frank on the left, Lena standing in the back with her husband Salvatore (aka Sam) Vizzo – their two daughters Roseann Galati and Marion, sister Helen & her son Frankie Hardina, Peter’s grandmother Julia, their sister Mary and her husband Tony Gentile along with my grandmother Kate and grandfather Frank Civitano the Iceman.

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Remembering Maria Forese and asking Why?

Maria Forese #2 was born on August 23rd, 1919 in the Bronx, New York. She was the daughter of Michele (Michael) Forese and Rose DiSantis both from Grumo Appula, Italy.

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On May 9th, 1911 Rose, traveling under her maiden name of DiSanits left Grumo Appula and arrived in New York joining her husband Michael who had come ahead of her. Traveling with her was daughter Maria 1 b. 1898, son Nicholas 1 (Nicola) b. 1902 and son Nicholas 2 (Nicola) b. 1909. I am labeling them with a #1 and #2 to make it easier. There had been another son b. 1900 also named Nicholas (Nicola) but he passed away in the same year, 1900, in Italy.

Maria 2 was born on the 23rd of May 1912 in the Bronx, New York. When she was 4 years old she and her siblings welcomed a baby sister name Angelina (Angela) born on June 8, 1916, Bronx. Their happiness was short-lived when baby Angela passed away on the 22nd of June, 1917 of bronchial pneumonia.

In my last post, I wrote about Julia Forese nee Civitano, the sister of my grandfather Frank Civitano who married Nicholas Forese 1. It is her husband that this story attaches too. Nicholas Forese was the husband of my great aunt.

Beautiful little Maria 2 was the sister to the two Nicholas’s and sister Maria 1 born in 1898.

The interweaving of the Civitano, Forese, Simone, D’Armiento families of Grumo Appula is a tapestry of families all intermarried and connected. It is almost impossible to unravel and make sense of, but I will try. While Nicholas 1 married a Civitano member so also had Nicholas 2.

Nicholas 2 married a woman named Angelina Simone and if that name sounds familiar to followers of this blog and our family, this Angelina is the daughter of Vito Simone and Giuditta Civitano, the God-parents of Julia Forese nee Civitano the wife of Nicholas Forese 1 that I am writing about.

Tragically, little Maria died on May 31, 1919, when she was only 6 years old, 9 months and 8 days. It was her cause of death that made her passing even more horrifying. According to the death certificate, the cause of death was shock: 2nd-degree burns of back and (?) ‘the contributing causes were’: clothes set fire by match – homicide. Had she been playing with matches? The word homicide indicates a deliberate act, murder, killing of another by another and the word was used. But who? I could find no record of this using newspaper.com

Death Certificate of Maria Forese

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The question is now, who, how, why had this happened. I don’t have an answer and most likely we will never know.

Tragedy strikes again

Eight months later on January 1, 1920, Rose Forese, mother of Maria and Angelina deceased, died from ‘hydatid cysts of lungs, liver and other scleroderma visceral’. Hydatid cysts are caused by a tapeworm infection, caused by contaminated animal feces.

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Rose Forese nee DiSantis left behind her husband Michele/Michael Forese (47) and her two sons Nicholas 1 (18) and Nicholas 2 (12) and Maria 1 (22)

Rose is buried at St. Raymonds Cemetery along with sweet Maria and her infant daughter Angelina  (Section 12, Range 16, Grave 62)

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Source: Find A Grave

Sweet Precious Maria 

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The Story of Giuditta/Julia Civitano

The year was 1923, June 7th, when Francesco Civitano (my grandfather at age 15) returned from Italy to New York. Two years following on May 2nd, 1925 Giuditta/Julia (15), his sister, returned to New York also. Both had been born here. Francesco on November 8th, 1907 and Julia on the 18th of July, 1909.

Julia’s birth certificate 

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Their parents were Vincenzo Civitano and Nicoletta Marvulli both of Grumo Appula, Bari, Puglia, Italy. At the time of Julia’s birth, the family was living at 337 W. 26th St.

On August 15th, 1909 Julia was baptized at St. Clare Church. Her God-parents were Vito Simone and Giuditta Civitano.

Julia’s Baptismal record 

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Tragically, Vincenzo was murdered on October 12, 1909, shortly after Julia had been born leaving his wife Nicoletta with the 2 small children.

Family lore says that Nicoletta remained in New York to testify in the trial that was to follow. She and her children Frank (2) and Julia  (9/12), moved in with Vincenzo’s 1st cousin, Giuditta Civitano (daughter of Francesco and Angelina Civitano) and her husband Vito Simone (the God-parents) They also had 2 children, Mary (2) and Vito Rocco (9/12), the same ages as Nicoletta’s children.

I found them in all in the 1910 c living at 250 W. 29th St., and I can’t imagine that the small tenement apartment was large enough to support this group of seven comfortably. It had to have been a very tight squeeze. Nicoletta was using her maiden name of Marvulli, and the children were listed with the Marvulli name as well. I found that curious and am not sure why that would have been. Nicoletta was working as a retail merchant in the coal and wood industry. Vito was also working in the coal and wood industry. I imagine both out of the same shop. Giuditta was at home with the four children.

Whether still waiting for the trial or it had already happened, the heartache that encompassed Nicoletta must have been insurmountable. She spoke only Italian and had been in the U.S. for just three years. She had left her mother Rose D’Armiento back in Italy, herself a widow. The census indicates Nicoletta had 6 children born and only the 2 were living, and now she had to work to help support them along with coping with the death of her husband. Her decision on what to do next, remain or return to her home in Grumo Appula must have been difficult as so many of the family had now arrived and made their home here in New York. Return she did, with Frank and Julia in tow. I have no records for when they returned exactly but we know that once she was back home she went on to marry a man named Nicholas Gisondi.

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We know from my grandfather Frank that one of the motivating factors for returning to New York was to avenge his father’s death. Word had gotten back to the family in Italy that the murderer of Vincenzo had served his required sentence and had been released.

* I have been working on identifying the assailant/murder of Vincenzo for some time now. It is believed again from information gleaned from the family that an argument leading up to Vincenzo’s death was business-related, possibly due to an infringement on ice delivery routes. My thought alone: because so many of our family members were in this business, and because Nicoletta had to remain to testify, and because they were aware of his release from prison, is it possible the assailant could have been a family member?

Luckily Franks Uncle, his namesake, and benefactor, Francesco (Frank) Civitano, married to Rose D’Armiento, had talked him out of the vendetta that motivated his return. It was this Uncle that sponsored Frank and Julia’s return to the states and who they lived with. *In an attempt to clarify another duplicate name (this can get very confusing)  Rose D’Armiento married to the benefactor Frank was the niece of Rose D’Armiento who was Nicoletta’s mother.

Julia’s passport for her return

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Source: Ancestry.com

In 1925 at the home of Frank and Rose Civitano, 160 19th Ave., the house was full. Frank 42, was the owner/store (not indicated of what) Rose 36, tended house filled with their children Anna 16, Mary 15, Louis 13, Helen 10, Dominick 5, John 4, my grandfather Frank 18, working as a factory porter and sister Julia 16. With the exception of Dominick and John still at home, the others were listed as in school. Not yet born was their daughter Julia who would be born in 1929.

Julia (middle) at the beach ~ date unknown ~ I just love this photo, the pearls ’round Julia’s neck, the heels on her friend on the left but the girl on the right intrigues me as she and Julia seem to resemble each other to me.

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On March 30, 1930, at St. Dominic Church, Julia Civitano married Nicholas Forese, son of Michele Forese and Maria DeSantis both of Grumo Appula, Italy.

 

Julia Civitano and Nicholas Forese

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It was not long after they were married that their first daughter, Rose Mary, 1931 was born. Second child, son Micheal John joined the family, 1933 followed by Nicolette Rose in 1938.  By 1940 the family was living at 1819 Wallace Ave., Bronx. Nicholas (37) was working as a laborer in the building trade and Julia (30) was home caring for her children. The census reports that both of them only had up to a 4th-grade education.  Rose was 9, Michael 6 and Nicoletta 2. I think it is interesting to note that while this census reports only a 4th-grade education we did see that in 1925 at the age of 16 Julia was attending school.

This August, I had the delightful pleasure of a visit from my brother Frank (from New York).  Joining us were our two 2nd cousins, granddaughters of Julia Forese nee Civitano, sister to our grandfather Frank Civitano, Ann and Isabella. It was my first time meeting them. Frank and Ann had met years ago before her parents moved the family to California in 1972. Isabella had never met either of us. Ann is the daughter of Rose and Isabella the daughter of Nicoletta.

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Myself, Ann, Isabella & Frank

We had great fun and lively discussions going over our family history. The connection we all felt was amazing.

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In the photo below,  Julia, her mother (our shared great grandmother) Nicoletta, and Julia’s two daughters Rose and Nicoletta

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Julia passed away on the 14th of October 2004 and is buried alongside her husband Nicholas at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Buried along with her parents is their daughter Nicoletta.

 

Nicholas and Julia’s son Micheal John passed away on October 7, 2003, in Grapevine, Texas and most recently we said goodbye to their daughter Rose Mary on November 21, 2018, Los Angeles, California.

 

May their memories bring many blessings