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A Very Special Remembrance of Julia Bianca nee Civitano and the Death of Vincenzo Civitano Revisited

Remembering Julia Bianca nee Civitano 

29 August 1929 – 24 June 2018 


May we never forget and always take time to remember those we hold close to our hearts with love and affection. Julia was a 2nd cousin 1x removed and I had the great blessing of meeting her. She was a remarkable woman and is truly missed by those who knew and loved her. To her immediate family ~ all my love.


Revisiting the homicide of my great grandfather Vincenzo Civitano, the year was 1909 and ice was a commodity very much in demand. Our families business was the ice and coal delivery in those early years and following through the decades until refridgeration became common place. Family lore is that Vincenzo was killed over a delivery route dispute. There was a trial and the assailant went to prison. By 1923 after serving his sentence he had been released. We know this because my grandfather, his son Frank, at the age of 15, had returned from Italy in 1923 to avenge his death. He was talked out of it by his benefactor and Uncle, Frank Civitano (Julia Bianca’s father) who sponsored Frank and his sister Julia’s return from Italy where they were living with their mother Nicoletta and her 2nd husband Nicholas Grisondi in Grumo Appula, Italy.

icemanattruck                 Photo: New York Public Library

Back in August of 2017 I initiated an email conversation with a clerk at the New York City government records/archives dept. I was looking for help and direction in locating court documents for death/murder for Vincenzo. With the help of Peter Marino, Julia’s grandson we had been working this case for many years. Peter made a huge effort, visiting the archives and following the directions of the archiviest we were working with but with no avail in locating any records. In fact we had been turned over to another department; the interlibrary loans dept. in the hopes of ordering further microfilm to wade through. That connection went unanswered as they never responded to my attempts to correspond. I gave up at that point, putting the search on hold.

Here we are once again, the 1 year anniversary of Julia’s passing and I have re initiated a conversation with New York NARA (national archives and records administration) I thought it might be interesting and fun to follow this process through the blog.

June 24th initial inquiry contact made to be directed to the dept. where I can be helped.

Hello – I hope you can help me or direct me to the correct dept. 
I am requesting records and documents pertaining to a court action that occured in the year 1909 – 1910 in Manhattan This is the case of the homicide of my great grandfather
Vincenzo Civitano death certificate recorded under James Civitano #29785
date of death 12 Oct. 1909 Manhattan. Coroner Peter P. Acretelli took charge of the body from New York Hospital on 12 Oct. 1909 – certified penetrating stab wound of the chest Date Received: 8 Dec. 1909 under Vincent Civitano no. 4991 4th quarter I am trying to learn the identity of the assailant. As family, we know that there had been a trial in which his wife Nicoletta Civitano had testified at. The assailant was convicted and sent to prison and was released after time served. Can you help me with this? 
Thank you 


The National Archives at New York City is open to the public at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green. 

Your request has been received and will be assigned to an archivist for processing. We strive to respond to inquiries within 10 business days, but it may take longer depending on the complexity of the request. 

Our research rooms are open Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm. Access to microfilm and genealogical research on public computers is available during regular business hours and does not require an appointment.

Appointments are necessary to view original records. Researchers must submit a detailed request ahead of time for specific documents and make an appointment to access them. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 212-401-1620 to speak with an archivist.

I have come so far and made great head way with the help of Peter. This brick wall is one that haunts and taunts me continually. I know the answer is out there, it is a mystery I am determined to solve. With some time to rest under my belt, it is time to take another crack at it.

Remembering Vincent Civitano

I know my birth father through the stories told to me about him.

I know him by studing the pictures I have acquired through the years.

I know him by the mannerism and expressions of my brothers and his brother.

I know him by researching and writing about his family, my family, the family that has come before us from the simple peasant village of Grumo Appula, in the Puglia region of Italy.

As I remember him on this anniversary of his passing, those of us who knew him intimately, remember the boy and man he was and the gap left in our lives with his passing.

Vincent Anthony Civitano 

24 April 1934 – 20 June 1990

I know him by seeing myself in him

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This photo of Vincent was taken in about 1953/54. He is about 19 or 20, serving in the Army in the Korean War. The photo of myself, high school graduation, 1971 and I am 18. This was one of the very first photo’s I received after I found my birth family in 2004. I saw myself in him immediatly. Below is a picture with the two of us transposed on each other.


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Vincent was the son of Frank Civitano and Catherine Langellotti. Vincent joined his sister, Nicoletta (4) born in 1930. Living at 1114 Metcalf Ave, Bronx, his father Frank was working as an ice proprietor and later delivering coal in those early years. Many of our family members began in the ice and coal business which provided a stable and steady income for their families.


Vincent was preceded in death by his father in 1982.  His son, my brother, Vincent Jr. joined them both in 1996.


As it is with genealogy, we look back into our past to move forward and through life celebrating and remembering those who have gone before in a effort to make sense and understand our present.

Today I remember and celebrate you

Vincent Anthony Civitano



In Memory of Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti

Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti known as Joseph was my great grandfather. I have written about him before, his life, his family but today I honor and remember him on the anniversary of his passing. From his humble beginnings in San Gregorio, Caserta, Campania, Italy to his home and life in the Bronx, New York, he raised his family and lived his dream.

Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti 

20 March 1876 ~ 6 April 1947 

Joseph was the son of Vincenzo Langellotti and Maria Maddalena Ferritto both of San Gregorio, Italy. He was one of three (known) son’s born to his parents. Angelo Antonio (1870), Joseph (1876) and Theodore who I have not researched or have any information on at this time.

Overshadowed by his father’s death on 13 Dec. 1899, Joseph married Filomena DeLellis (also from San Gregorio) on 9 June 1900. Their first child, Ermina Maria (Emily) was born in 1901 followed by son Vincenzo Gregorio (Vincent James).

Times were difficult in San Gregorio and all over southern Italy. Joseph’s brother Angelo had already left for a new start in America and Joseph deciding now was his time to set sail, left Filomena and his two young children and joined brother Angelo.

A shoemaker at that time he sailed on the SS Prinz Adalbert he arrived on 22 June 1904.


SS Prinz Adalbert


By 1907 his wife and two children had joined him. News of his mother Maria’s passing in 1909 must have touched him deeply, now both his parents were gone. With Joseph and Angelo here and not knowing what had become of his brother Theodore yet, I like to believe that Maria passed with at least one of her sons still at home.

I was unable to find either Joseph or Angelo in the 1905 census but found them first in 1910. Living at 290 E. 149th St., the Bronx, Joseph (34) was no longer working as a shoemaker but was now a laborer in the building trade. Filomena had given birth to two more children, Immacolata (Margaret) (1907), and Antonio (Anthony) (1909). Living with them was brother Angelo also working in the same trade along with 2 male boarders, Marchese Deleiso and Vincenzo Ingo working in the same trade.

290 E. 149 is the small three-story gray building. I feel like the building had a facelift so it’s easy to imagine what it may have looked like in 1910 by the buildings on either side. The entrance door is the metal door below the phone number on the Pizzeria sign.


Sometime between 1910 and 1915 Angelo had sent for his wife and children to join him.  But on Dec. 28, 1915, tragedy struck with the death of Angelo at the age of 39 leaving his wife Catherine Bocchino a widow with four children, Nicola, Maria, Angelica, and John. This must have been a very sad time for the whole family as Joseph and Angelo seemed to be extremely close-knit.

Then with his own growing family, Joseph moved a few blocks away to 283 E. 149th Street. Their home was the building above the ‘Nail’s’ sign (below). By 1920 my grandmother Catherine had joined the family along with the birth of Rita Lucy and Arthur Frank. Joseph was supporting them as a street cleaner for the city now.


Doing very well during this time he purchased a home at 1141 Croes Ave. He was no longer a street cleaner but was working as scowman on the docks.  The value of his home was listed at $18,000 on the 1930c. This is the home with the red awnings.



I like to think of this time as a heyday for this family. My grandmother had recently married her husband Frank Civitano and was living with them along with her sister Margaret who had married John Leone. Sister Emily was married to Frank Tanzillo and their three children were also at the same address. Not far from them was grandfather Frank Civitano’s Uncle, Frank Civitano and his wife Rose DiArmiento at 1129 Croes Ave., with 5 of their children, Louis, Helen, Dominick, John, and Julia, along with their married daughter Lena and her husband Sal Vizzo,  Mary and her husband Anthony Gentile.

But the happiness did not last, 1932 brought the tragic death of their daughter Emily. I have written quite extensively about Emily’s story before. By 1935  the Croes St. house was sold and the family moved again to 1114 Metcalf.  No longer working on the docks, Joseph was now employed as a window trimmer. It is interesting to note too that Joseph had only a 4th-grade education and yet he came, he saw and he prospered.

Tragedy struck in 1942, 10 years after Emily’s death when his wife Filomena (65) passed away.

For the children of Filomena and Joseph Langellotti, tragedy struck again, this time with the passing of their beloved father Joseph on April 6th, 1947. He was 71.


May His, Their Memory Be A Blessing

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They were laid to rest at St Raymonds Cemetery, Bronx, New York




©2019, copyright. Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

In Memory Of Giuditta Maria Sportelli

In Memory of

Giuditta Maria Sportelli

2 November 1839, Aquaviva delle Fonti, Bari, Italy  

21 February 1908,  Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy  

Daughter of Vincenzo Sportelli and Beatrice Costantina Michele Racano

Giuditta Sportelli was my 2x great grandmother. She married Francesco Civitano on 19 February 1860. Giuditta was the mother of Vincenzo and Vito Luigi, the patriarchs of our Civitano branches here in the United States.

Her life can be remembered as nothing less than difficult and filled with heartache. One researcher records 7 infant or toddler deaths (but with no documentation) along with 3 children living to adulthood. Vito Luigi, Vincenzo, and Isabella. I have only 1 infant death with documentation at this time. Whether 7 or 1 death, Giuditta was no stranger to a hard and despairing life. Her husband Francesco, a farmer by trade, desperate to support his family or simply a man with a wild streak was convicted of stagecoach robbery and assault and sentenced to 18 years of forced hard labor in August of 1873. Six years into his sentence he died in 1879.

Both her sons set out for America leaving Grumo Appula between 1903 and 1907. Giuditta would live just one additional year after her two son’s had immigrated. Daughter Isabella had married Michele Sollecito in 1891, remained home in Grumo where she would raise her family and die.

Death Certificate - Giuditta Sportelli candleburning

May her memory be a blessing 

In Memory of Rosa Simone nee Civitano and her son Louis Simone

In Memory of

Rosa Simone nee Civitano

27 August 1893 Grumo Appula, Italy ~ 7 February 1933 Bronx, New York

Daughter  Vito Luigi Civitano and Angelina Marvulli

Louis Simone

10 September 1919 New York City, New York  – 9 February 1932 Bronx, New York 

Son of  Domenico Simone and Rosa Civitano


Rosa married Domenico Simone on 6 October 1912 in New York City.  Together they had six children. Of the six born, they would lose their 1st daughter Angelina one year after she was born. Adding to their sadness, son Louis (Vito Luigi) born in 1919 would pass away in 1932 at the age of 13.

Death Certificate of Louis Simone

Death Certificate - Louis Simone p.1


Simone, Rose - St. Raymond's Cemetery

They are buried at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, New York


May Their Memory Be A Blessing

In Memory of Catherine Saccoccio nee DeLellis

In Memory of 

Catherine Saccoccio nee DeLellis 

7 October 1912 Rhode Island ~ 3 February 1938, Cranston, Rhode Island

Daughter of Luigi DeLellis and Annunziata Cordini

Catherine is at rest in the St Anne Cemetery in Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island


May Her Memory Be A Blessing 


Catherine was one of nine children born to her parents. With the exception of a brother, Francesco b. 1908 d. 1909, she was the first in her family to pass away, and at the young age of 26. I  can find no record or mention as to the cause of her death but whether it was from a natural cause, sickness or accident it was a tragedy. Married in 1935 to Anthony Saccoccio, Catherine passed just 2 years later. Prior to her death, 2 children had been born. A son Louis, and a daughter named Madeline who would later marry Robert Frank Montaquila. I have written about the family in an earlier post where I detailed a newspaper article for Madeline.  The article sited Madeline, the daughter of the late Catherine DeLellis Saccoccio.

In the 1940 census, I found father Anthony (son) with 2 children Louis 7 (grandson ) and Madeline 6 (granddaughter) living with his parents Louis (64) and Madeline (67) along with 2 sister’s and a brother at 15 Randall St., Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island. Anthony was working as a mould maker. An earlier 1935 census for Anthony lists him as married, living at 12 Knight St., Cranston working as a toolmaker in Jewelry Factory. I also found the 1935 census for Catherine at the same address. Interesting to me is the Rhode Island 1935 census is recorded on an individual punch type of card, like one might use in the older fashion of voting.


In Memory of

Vera Mosca nee DeLellis 

25 January 1917 Cranston, Rhode Island ~ 5 February 1987 San Bernardino, California 

Daughter of Luigi DeLellis and Annunziata Cordini 

Vera is at rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California


May Her Memory Be A Blessing 


Vera was a younger sister of Catherine. She was married by 1935 to Louis Mosca. Beyond that, I know very little about Vera nor was I able any information on Vera. Both Vera and Catherine were my first cousin 2x removed.




©2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

In Memory of Erminia Langellotti and Nicoletta Marvulli

In Memory of 

Erminia Maria (Emily) Langellotti 

4 March 1901 San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy ~ 1 February 1932 Bronx, New York 

Daughter of Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti and Filomena DeLellis

I have told the story of Emily Tanzillo before.  Her life ended tragically at age 31, leaving her husband Frank Tanzillo with 3 young children to raise. He was given considerable help and a roof over their heads with her sister Katie, husband Frank Civitano and their family. Emily is buried at St Raymond’s Cemetery (new) in the Bronx along with her husband Frank Tanzillo and great-granddaughter Dorine Falantano.

Tanzillo, Frank

Rest in Peace



In Memory of

Nicoletta Civitano nee Marvulli

10 September 1877, Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy ~ 2 February 1962

Daughter of Domenico Marvulli and Rosa D’Armiento




Nicoletta was my great grandmother. Arriving in 1906 at age 29 she joined her husband Vincenzo Civitano who was already here. Their first child, a boy was born in 1907 followed by a daughter in July of 1909. Happiness was short-lived as Vincenzo was murdered Oct 12, 1909. After a trial, Nicoletta returned to their home town of Grumo Appula with infant daughter Julia and son Frank, then 2. Not much is known about her life back in Italy. She did remarry a gentleman named Nicholas Gisondi. Details of this marriage are sparse. It is believed he too was a widower with children. Nicoletta’s children returned to New York in 1923, living with the family of Frank and Rose Civitano. Frank was his 1st cousin, son of his father’s brother. After the death of her second husband, Nicoletta returned herself, making her home with her daughter Julia and her family.  Nicoletta is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California



May Their Memory Be A Blessing