|My grandpa was born in 6/11/1901 in
L'Aquila, Italy in the beautiful land of Abruzzo, in central Italy, last of ten children:
Santa (1883 - she married Francesco Norcia and then they emigrated to the US - ?), Filomena (1884 -1886),
Maria Domenica called Mimmuccia (1886 - 1908, tragically died), Filomena
(1887 - 1953), Maria Rosa
called Rosetta (1891 - 1949), Giuseppe
called Peppino (1893 - 1980), Maria (1895 - 1959), Vincenzo
(1897 - 1956 tragically died), Antonio
(1899 - 1986).
His parents died during an earthquake in 1915 and he himself was trapped under the rubble to be saved by his brother Antonio.
In the 1927 he married in Avezzano, L'Aquila, Italy, Eufrasia Frontini (1906 - 1995) and from them were born
Giuseppe, my father (1929-1986) and Franca (1931-1997).
In the 50's he moved to Naples with the family and remained there until the time of his
death that came on 10/4/1996.
Previously he worked as a military mechanic in Africa, and he later opened a safe and lock business.
He was always an honest and meek man. He loved his family and his city of birth, Balsorano.
He had very fond memories of his parents, especially his mother, and of his sister Santa.
I had the privilege of living along side my grandpa during the later years of his life.
I was with my grandpa the day that he died. He took my hands and asked me to come back home, to Balsorano.
I'm very grateful for my grandfather. He taught me the value of memory.
I'm grateful to my Heavenly Father for my family. I thank my parents for made of me a
person free from prejudices and able to forgive. I'm grateful for myself, for the tenacity, sensibility and love for the genealogy.