A Ferncliff Cemetery Visit

A big thank you to my brother Frank Civitano and our 1st cousin Karen Nordone nee Oliveri for visiting Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Westchester County, N.Y. yesterday, where so many of our family members are laid to rest. As my brother wrote ‘for the blog sis’ and so for the blog it is.

My grandparents Francesco Civitano and Catherine Langellotti

Karen’s mother, my Aunt Colette (Nicoletta) is laid to rest by her parents along with her partner Joseph Puglia

Along with Frank and Catherine in the same row are 3 of Catherine’s siblings

Not at Ferncliff, but I wanted to include for this posting are Catherine’s three other siblings, Emily, Margaret and Anthony

Anthony Francis (Antonio) Langellotti 1909 – 1958 was married to Maria Visaggi – Anthony is at rest at St. Raymonds, Bronx. Maria later went on and remarried.

Margaret (Immacolata) Langellotti 1907 – 1983 married John Leone – They too are both at Ferncliff.

Emily (Erminia Maria) Langellotti and her husband Frank (Francesco) Tanzillo at St Raymonds Cemetery, Bronx

And I must include at St. Raymonds Cemetery the parents (in order of age oldest to youngest) Emily, Vincent, Margaret, Anthony, Catherine, Rita, & Arthur

Also at St Raymonds Cemetery is Joseph’s brother Angelo

Angelo Antonio & his wife Caterina Bocchio

Laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens is Joseph and Angelo’s brother

Theodore Langellotti 1864 – 1934 and his wife Philomena 1868 – 1946

Before changing branches I need to add my father Vincent and my brother Vincent both laid to rest at St. Raymonds

Back at Ferncliff and the photo sent to me, off of the Vito Luigi Civitano branch, is Domenico (Dominic) Civitano and his wife Jenny (Giovanna) Maggio and two sons Onofrio and Michael.

Dominic and Jenny also have two other son’s laid to rest at Ferncliff in a different section.

Son Frank Joseph ( Francesco) 1915 – 1996 and his wife Jean (Vincenza) Cancellieri 1919 – 2011

Son James Vincent 1919 – 1970 and his wife Viola Marie Gioia 1918 – 2007

Daughter Angelina 1909 – 2003 is laid to rest at Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro, N.J. along with her husband Carmine (Carmelo) Paglia 1905 – 2003

Son Louis James (Vito Luigi) 1911 – 1994 is laid to rest at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, N.J. his wife was Madeline Mary (2nd) Lasorella 1917 – 2002 and she died in Dallas, Texas

The last son to mention was Dominick (Domenico) Civitano 1913 – 1991 and he is laid to rest in Long Island National Cemetery

Before I close this posting, I wanted to mention the parents of Filomena DeLellis married to Joseph Langellotti (seen above) – both her parents immigrated and are laid to rest here in the states. Her father Francesco Saverio DeLellis 1827 – 1908 was laid to rest in Johnston, Rhode Island and his wife Caterina Loffreda 1851 – 1918 is at St Raymond’s.

While this was originally meant to reflect those at Ferncliff adding all of the family felt most appropriate for this posting.

If there are other family members at Ferncliff that I have missed, I would love for you to share this information with me.

In Memory of Frank Civitano Nov. 8, 1907 – Nov. 23, 1982

Francesco (Frank) Civitano

Today, November 23rd, marks the anniversary of my grandfathers passing. He was born on the November 8, 1907 in Manhattan and died in 1982 at the age of 75.

Frank was the son of Vincenzo and Nicoletta (Marvulli) Civitano, natives of Grumo Appula, Italy, who immigrated to start a new life in the early 1900’s. Frank was the older brother to Giuditta (Julia) born in 1909. The excitement of their new life was cut short when on the 12 of October, 1909 Vincenzo was murdered. After a trial, and the assailant was sent to prison, Nicoletta returned to Grumo with her two children. There, she remarried Nicholas Gisondi. Life was not easy and the memories of that time was not openly talked about or shared.

Frank returned to New York at the age of 15 on June 7, 1923. He was sponsored by his cherished cousin – more like an Uncle to him, Francesco (Frank) Civitano – oldest son of his father’s brother Vito Luigi Civitano. Sister Julia followed in June of 1925.

Frank got down to the business of work and building a new life in New York but it wasn’t long before he met and married Catherine (Katie) Langellotti, daughter of Giuseppe (Joseph) and Filomena (DeLellis) Langellotti.

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Frank and Katie had three children. The oldest was daughter Nicoletta, then my father Vincent and younger son Joseph. They made their home in the Bronx which was often the gathering place for many family celebrations.

Frank worked hard to support and raise his family for many years in the ice delivery business and then as a fuel oil dealer and later President of a window cleaning business.

He took great pride in his home, his family and his extended family.

Frank and Katie celebrated 53 years of marriage before he lost his life in a tragic accident. Below celebrating 50 years of marriage they were joined by their beloved family and friends.

Frank was laid to rest at Ferncliff Cemetery, Shrine of Memories Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York

Three Civitano Photo’s Just Found

I have a few wonderful family photo’s to share. In my last posting there was a photo of my father Vincent with his God-father Thomas DeVito at his confirmation. You can see the post here Thomas (Gaetano) DeVito and FamilySeptember 25, 2020

While going through photo’s to find the confirmation picture, my brother Frank found a few more that he shared with me that I had not seen before.

In this photo below is my grandfather Frank Civitano with his cousin Vincent (James) Civitano with one of his daughters.

Frank Civitano with his cousin Vincent (James) Civitano and Vincents daughter

Vincent was the son of Louis Civitano and Angelina Marvulli. Vincent born in 1897, Grumo Appula, Italy immigrated in 1910 at the age of 13. He was traveling with his 10 year old brother Giuseppe aboard the SS America. They were the last of their family to leave Italy, traveling to their father on the immigration record. Written under ‘family or relative in country in which they came’ was recorded “nobody”. Vincent went on to marry Anna Plavcson on June 29, 1919. Vincent and Anna had 5 children, 3 boys, Louis (1921), Thomas (1930) and Frank Thomas (1934) and 2 girls, Angelina (1923) and Julia (1926). Checking with my uncle on this photo, he is not sure which daughter this is. I am guessing this photo was from the mid to late 40’s.

Frank Civitano and John Robert or Dominic John Civitano ūüôā

This must be one of the first photo bombed pictures I have seen. Notice the man looking in on them. The woman appears to be a advertisement. In this photo my grandfather Frank is enjoying and afternoon ride with his cousin John Robert or Dominic John Civitano. They are the son’s of Frank Civitano and his wife Rosa DiArmiento. Frank and Rosina were the parents of 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls. All were born here in the states. Angelina (19109), Mary (1911), Helen (1914) and Julia (1929) and Louis John (1912), Dominic John (1920) and John Robert (1922) My uncle could not be sure in identifying which son this was. I am leaning on this being Dominic but would love to have a family member chime in on this. Dominic married Anna Rose Servidio March 14, 1943 and they went on to have 4 children. John married Frances Kaiserman 1953 and had 3 sons. Whether Dominic or John – I love seeing them out having fun.

This last picture is of my grandfather Frank holding (who my uncle believes) is the daughter of father Anthony (Tony) Langellotti, Franks brother-in-law. Tony married Marie Visaggi on Dec 11, 1940. They had 2 daughters.

Frank Civitano with Anthony (Tony) Langellotti

Robert G. Caso Revisited

Robert G. Caso, known as Bob, was my 2nd cousin 1x removed. I never knew Bob and only recently discovered we lived within 150 miles of each other.

I wrote about Bob in a May postings of this year, highlighting his life and the fact that he played an intricate role in solving a 75 year old mystery about a missing couple in 1929 in the Port Angeles, WA area. You can access that post by clicking here Robert G. Caso ~ Solves a 75 Year Old Mystery

The Caso branch is from Grumo Appula and married into the Marvulli branch also originating in Grumo. Rita Marvulli married Gaetano Caso in 1885 immigrating by the 1900’s. (Rita was the sister to my great grandmother Nicoletta). But DeLellis and Langellotti branches please don’t feel left out as the Bob Caso’s story is as much yours ¬†because it all started as far back as about 1760 in San Gregorio, Caserta and Grumo, Bari with Caso’s and D’Amico’s, DeLellis and Langellotti’s all mingling and marring one another.

The Begots: Pietro D’Amico and Elisabetta Caso had daughter Caterina D’Amico who married Vincenzo DeLellis son of Giovanni DeLellis and Elisabetta Ciccarelli and they had Teresa DeLellis who married Gabriele Antonio Langellotti . They had Vincenzo DeLellis who married Maria Maddalena Ferritto which brought me to Joseph Langellotti marrying Filomena DeLellis (my great grandparents) intertwining these branches.

When I had connected with a 3rd cousin, Guy Caso, he shared with me the amazing story of Bob and the role he played in finding a missing couple from 1929, WA and that a book had been written about it, I had to purchase it. Below is the cover for the book written by  Dan Pontbriand  The Missing Ones РA True Story 

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It is truly an amazing story about a couple with 2 young boys. The Mom had been in the hospital. Dad left them with neighbors and went to fetch Mom and bring her home, promising the boys the following day they would attend the 4th of July celebration in the near by town. They never returned and were never found. Speculation of what happened spread, searches were conducted but yielded little to no evidence and their disappearance remained a mystery. The setting is on the magnificent Olympic Peninsula within the Olympic Nat’l Park of Washington State and Lake Crescent. Dan Pontibriand weaves a detailed tale leading up to their being found, including the history of the area, the people who settled it, and one mans obsession and mission (Bob’s) to discover what happened to Blanche and Russell Warren.

In addition there are wonderful photo’s along with a few of Bob. Copyright law prevents me from sharing them but if you have any interest in delving deeper into this story, the story of one of our fellow family members, I recommend this book.

A Fathers Day Remembrance

Vincent A. Civitano  April 24, 1934 РJune 20, 1990 

Remembering and celebrating my father Vincent

Yesterday I lit a memorial candle on the anniversary for 30 years since he has past. In his memory I am sharing a few of my favorite photos of him.

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With his older sister Nicoletta (Coletta)

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My grandmother Katie (Langellotti), father Frank Civitano, and sister Coletta

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Vincent with Coletta and his brother, my Uncle Joe

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I never knew my birthfather yet it’s the most interesting feeling, as the years have gone by, as I have continued to blog and study his photos, as stories have been shared, visits with my brothers, my Uncle, my Aunt when still with us, boundless conversations with my Uncle, wonderful cousin reunions, Vincent has become so real to me. As if we had walked hand in hand and shared those special moments fathers and daughters often have.

Vincent with his mom and ?

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With his parents Frank and Katie

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Vincent and Katie

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1953 Koren War

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The 60’s ~ with his parents and Mary Mora, my brother Franks mother

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Yesterday, on the anniversary of his passing, my brother Frank brought 4 red roses to our fathers grave for me. He placed one in honor of myself, his only daughter, one for his only grandchild, my daughter Marissa, and one for his two great grandchildren, Torance and Liam.

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Vincent is buried along with my brother Vincent at

St. Raymonds Cemetery, Bronx, New York

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Celebrating Family

Caso, Marvulli, D’Attoma Branches

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left to rt seated: Rita Fraticelli (Caso), Vera D’Attoma (Marvulli), Rose D’Attoma (Marvulli), Michael Caso, Rose Caso, on lap Lucy D’Attoma (Vera’s daughter), unknown friend. 2nd row: Angelo D’Attoma (Vera’s husband), Guy Caso, Elizabeth Caso (Panacciulli), Elizabeth’s Uncle, Elizabeth’s brother Frank Panacciulli, woman with glasses another Panacciulli family member. In Middle:¬†man with glasses white hair and woman next to him are Elizabeths parents Antonio and Antonia Panacciulli. Back row:¬†John D’Attoma (Rose’s husband), Giuseppe Marvulli, Antoinette D’Attoma, Joe Panacciulli, Toni, John D’Attoma.

This timely photo was shard with me by my 3rd cousin who I have recently connected with through this blog. Timely, because, Toni shared it was taken in the spring, possibly on Palm Sunday. Looking at the photo closely you can see a plant in the center of the crowd and the table is filled with an array of baked goods, dessert, traditional for Palm Sunday and Easter. The picture was taken by Anthony Fraticelli, Toni’s father who was an amateur photographer. The family was gathered at the home of her grandparents Michael Caso and Rosa DiGirolamo, who I have been featuring these last few postings. Their home was located at 37-21 28th St, Astoria, Queens, N.Y., a frequent gathering place for their growing branch as the basement featured a full kitchen with seating for all.

Gathering together to celebrate life and family was not only a tradition but a must for all our extended families. My branch gathered together also, to raise their glasses to say ‘all vostra salute’

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I am imagining all our branches gathering together and this is by far not all of us

But as we gather this Easter 2020, or I should say as we stay sheltered in place during this Easter Sunday, so many of us alone, not by choice but necessity of this pandemic, as the years have gone by and family gatherings like these have become less and less common, remembering and celebrating our ancestors has taken on a broader and more important meaning to me. Whether we have separated by time, place, or ideas that don’t line up, we are those who came before us with their hopes and dreams becoming our hopes and dreams, we are not alone.¬†

 

Below is one of my favorite photos of my family taken at our last gatherings when all of my children were together, with their children, add four more grands born since, and then add 6 more to that photo, 1 on the way, the grands with their own children, spanning the country from Oklahoma, Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas, Illinois and Okinawa, Japan.

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From my home to yours, from my family to your family

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A very special thank you to Toni for reminding me of just how precious our family is  

Angelina Civitano nee Marvulli Remembered

I am honoring Angelina Civitano as I remember and recognize her on the anniversary of her passing of February 23, 1958 (I am a few days late but forgiven I am sure)

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Above is the only known photo of Angelina Marvulli born the 16th of January 1859 in Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. She lived one year shy of her 100th birthday passing on February 23, 1958, Bronx, New York. She was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York, Summit Plot, Range 38, Grave 63.

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Angelina was the daughter of Domenico Marvulli and Rosa D’Armiento. Both of her parents were born and passed in their home village of Grumo Appula, Italy. The oldest daughter and child of 13 born to Rosa, Angelina went on to marry Vito Luigi Civitano. Vito and Angelina immigrated to New York where they remained, prospered and raised a family of 7 children. I have written quite a bit about this branch of the Civitano family.

Off by a few days, I wanted to make mention of Angelina on the blog and bring her forward and remembered as not much is known about her by myself and no other known pictures of her has yet to be found by family I have been in contact with. It is always my hope that through the blog additional information and photo’s will be found and preserved.

Angelina was my 2x great aunt as well as the wife of my 2x great uncle. In other words Angelina was the sister of my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli who married Vincenzo Civitano. Vincenzo was brother of Vito Luigi who married Angelina ūüôā

Angelina was 86 years old when her husband Vito Luigi passed away in 1945. Prior to this in the 1940 c they were living on their own at 634 Taylor Ave., Bronx. A question for me was what happened and where did Angelina reside after 1945 up until her passing?

In her life time Angelina had experienced the pain and heartache of the death of 14 family members. She had lost 2 brothers and 4 sisters born prior to marring in 1882 in Grumo. Before immigrating to New York she would bury her father, another brother and a daughter. Once here in America she would lose 2 more daughters before losing her husband in 1945, then her sister Rita Marvulli married to Gaetano Caso passed away. followed by her son Vincenzo (James) in 1954 at the age of 57.

The photo of Angelina came from this photo for the Jr High School Graduation of my Aunt Coletta Civitano (center). Behind her is her mother (grandmother) Kate and to her left is her father (grandfather) Frank. You can see Angelina peeking out between Frank and Coletta in the back  (this photo is about 1945)

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Rest in Peace Angelina 

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Langellotti Connected ~ Can you Identify Us?

For Wordless Wednesday this week I shared this 1939 photo which included family members of my Langellotti family. Unable to be identified is the gentlemen on the right, the woman to his left and young boy below him. There is a group of three photo’s that were taken on this day, and I have included them in this posting below.

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Above left to right back : my grandmother Katie Civitano (aka Catherine Langellotti), her sister Rita Stalupi (Langellotti), Teresa Langellotti (Venerose -wife of Arthur Frank Langellotti, Katie and Rita’s brother) Front: Vincent Civitano (my father) my great grandmother Filomena Langellotti (DeLellis), and Bernard Tanzillo (son of their sister Emily langellotti Tanzillo, deceased)

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Included in this photo above with the three unknown individuals is Katie, my grandmother, Vincent, my father and ¬†Katie’s daughter, my Aunt Coletta.

Below, Filomena poses with ?

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I have been in contact with my Uncle Joe, only surviving child of Katie and he has no idea who they are. I have also been in contact with a cousin, Phyllis, daughter of Teresa and she also can not identify this family.

 

Can you help identify this family?