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




Memorial Day: Joseph Civitano & Peter Marvulli/Marvilli


Joseph Civitano 

PVT 114 INF 44 DIV

DEC. 8, 1944

Purple Heart

Buried: Epinal American Cemetery, France


I have yet to identify who and how this Joseph Civitano connects to our family but the connection is there – back in the tangled branches of our tree from the province of Bari, Italy. While so many of our 1st and 2nd generations served our country, and continuing today, in preparing for a possible Memorial Day post, I located only one record for a life lost during WW11.

From the National Archives and Records Administration. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. 

Name: Joseph Civitano
Death Date: 8 Dec 1944
Cemetery: Epinal American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot: Plot A Row 28 Grave 55
Cemetery City: Epinal
Cemetery Country: France
War: World War II
Awards: Purple Heart
Title: Private
Rank: Private
Service: U.S. Army
Service ID: 12175601
Division: 114th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll


From the Headstone Inscription and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942–1949. Series A1 43, NAI ID: 7408555. Records of the American Battle Monuments Commission, 1918–ca. 1995. Record Group 117. The National Archives at Washington, D.C. 


From the above record, I learned his father was Frank Civitano of 2310 Valentine Avenue, Bronx. I have been unable to locate a Frank in the 1940 census at this address. Looking back at the 1930 census, Bronx, I did find the family of Frank and Mary Civitano, with son Joseph (7), Antonette (6), Moneantonio  (5), and Leonora (2). The family was living at 1376 Ogden. Frank was working as a butcher on his own account. Could this be the family of Joseph? I will continue to research with the hope of identifying Joseph and his family. But for today:


Thank you for your commitment and sacrifice

Joseph Civitano

Thank you to his family and friends who knew him intimately

May his memory be a blessing


  • This is an addition to my original posting. Please take a look at the comment made by Donna below. She has solved the puzzle for me/us as to the connection of this ‘Frank Civitano’. His branch of the Civitano family descends off of my 4x great grandparents Francesco Civitano (1763- 1829) and Rosa Spano (1764 – 1824) both of Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy


Peter Marvulli (Marvilli)

Born 7 June 1923  Died 28 May 1944

Interned 10 Aug 1948

Cypress Hills National Cemetery

Section 9 Site 13377


Peter was my 1st c 2x removed. The son of John Marvulli and his 2nd wife Maria Fazio. John was the half brother of my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli, who married Vincenzo Civitano.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 7 Jul 1948 - Page7

“The bodies of 117 Brooklynites were among the 4,842 World War II dead returned from temporary military cemeteries in Italy aboard the army transport Carroll Victory, which docked yesterday at the Brooklyn Army Base. Aaron L. Jacobs, chief clerk of the Surrogates Court, who delivered the principal address, told more than 400 relatives of the deceased servicemen present at the memorial service on Pier 3 that America “must be strong and prepared in order to preserve the freedom for which these soldiers fought and died.” The Brooklyn Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) . 07 Jul 1948, Wed . Page 7 


From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) . 30 Aug 1944, Wed . Page 13 Peter’s sister Mrs. Rose Alestro of 340 Stockton St is listed as his contact person. Alestro was a miss spelling as this was Rose Alesia wife of Nicholas Alesia.

40479_2421406260_0495-01042U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962


Thank you for your commitment and sacrifice

Peter Marvulli/Marvilli

Thank you to his family and friends who knew him intimately

May his memory be a blessing


Angelo Antonio Langellotti continued

In my last post, I wrote about my great grandfather Giuseppe (Joseph) Langellotti. In writing a bit of his story I began to understand the close bonding ties he held with his older brother Angelo Antonio who was b.1870 San Gregorio Martese, Caserta, Italy. Angelo passed away on 28 Dec. 1915, Bronx, New York. He was buried at the Old St Raymonds Cemetery in the Bronx. (On most all of his documents, his name was written as Angelantonio but I will refer to him as Angelo)

Angelo arrived in New York in 1904 ahead of his wife Caterina aka Catherine Bocchino and their 3 children, Nicola (1897) Maria (1899)  and Angelica (1903).  Their last child, a son they named John Frank was born in 1911 in New York. Four years after John’s birth Angelo passed away at the age of 45 leaving Catherine with 4 children to raise. Curious about the young age of his passing, I had sent away for his death certificate and it has arrived.


There is no telling how long Angelo had pneumonia but according to his death certificate, he passed away from Acute Broncho Pneumonia after being treated for only 5 days by the attending physician.

Looking at the death record that was signed by his wife Catherine (not shown) I began to think about what happened to her. I tried looking for her in the 1920 census but was having no luck. So I switched to trying to locate her through her children. I found her living by her oldest son, Nicola, using Nicholas, in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York on the 1930 census. Nicolas was now married to Ernestine Magro with children Angelo 12, Joseph 10, Catherine 7 and John 7/12. He owned his house at 29 Ashland Street, value, $8,000. He was working as an electrician with the railroad. Looking at the neighbors, it was then that I spotted Langellotti, John, 19, listed as a stepson and there above him was his mother Catherine, 51, wife of Salvatore Panetta, 55. She had remarried. Salvatore’s occupation was listed as hod carrier, industry – building ( I do not know what this job may have been unless it was an error and it is wood carrier) * this is an amendment to my original posting regarding a ‘hod carrier’ Thank you to Amy of   who did my work and found the meaning  for a hod carrier.  I always appreciate the help and collaboration with fellow researchers. According to Wikipedia

John was working as a mechanics helper – railroad and I suspect he may have been working with his brother Nicholas.


Source InformationTitle1930 United States Federal CensusAuthorAncestry.comPublisherOnline publication – Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,

A view of the two homes in 1930. The white house was Nicholas and Ernestine’s and the other where Catherine, John Frank, and her 2nd husband were renting. They were in the unit hidden by the tree. I was unable to find the exact dates for the construction of these two buildings and hesitated including them. After some thought, I decided to post it and perhaps someone may be able to say yay or nay.


With the information of Catherine’s 2nd husband, I went back to see if I could locate her in 1920 with Salvatore. This time I found them both and son John living on South Center Street in Southington, Hartford, Connecticut. They were renting and Salvatore was working as a laborer in a hardware factory. John, 8 was as listed stepfather, obviously, an error meaning son living with a stepfather.

Source InformationTitle1920 United States Federal CensusAuthorAncestry.comPublisherOnline publication – Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,

I have not been unable to find a marriage license for them, looking both in N.Y. and Connecticut.  But using the information from both censuses it was easy to approximate a marriage year. From the 1930 census, it states Salvatore’s age of first marriage was 40. Giving us a good clue they married sometime prior to the 1920 census that was enumerated on the 12, January.

By 1940 Catherine’s youngest son John Frank had married Frances Cianci. John was working as a plumber’s apprentice. His income was recorded as $880. His highest grade completed was the first year of high school. John and Frances had two daughters, Catherine, named for his mother and Marie named for Frances’s mother. The family was living with Frances’s parents Joseph and Marie Cianci at 417 Weed St., Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut.

But what happened to Catherine Langellotti – Panetta and her 2nd husband Salvatore Panetta?

I am not quite sure.

I have found two records that could be Salvatore. One could support an earlier death prior to 1940 and the other could support that they may have divorced and he was on his own. As for Catherine, I have a death date of 8 Nov. 1948 in Connecticut. But I have not been able to find Catherine. I suspect she was living somewhere in close to her son John Frank. What I do know is she is buried with her first husband Angelo under Langellotti in the Old St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.


I would love to be in touch with anyone who may be able to share more of their story with me and tell us what happened to Catherine.

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




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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.




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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 

In Memory of Vincenzo DeLellis

In Memory of 

Vincenzo DeLellis 

About 1863 San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy ~ 30 January 1915 Providence, Rhode Island 

Son of Francesco Saverino DeLellis and Caterina Loffreda

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Arriving in 1885, I believe Vincenzo was our founding family member here in the states. His wife would join him in 1887 and together they had 12 children, 6 lived through to adulthood with 1 unknown. Starting out in Pennsylvania, they made their way to Delaware settling in Johnston, Rhode Island by 1900 where Vincenzo was working as a farmer.


May His Memory Be A Blessing 


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In Memory of Angelina Vizzo nee Civitano

In Memory of 

Angelina Vizzo 

1 November 1909, N.Y.C.  ~  25 January 1999, Bronx, New York 

Daughter of Francesco Civitano and Rosina D’Armiento


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Angelina was the first born of seven children to newly arrived immigrant parents, Francesco and Rosina Civitano from Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. She married Salvatore Vizzo on 28 April 1929, however, they had applied for their marriage license on February 14, 1929.  Please be my Valentine!

More commonly known as Lena, she and Salvatore went on to have two daughters.

Lena was laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, N.Y.

vizzo, lena - gate of heaven cemetery



May Her Memory Be A Blessing 




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