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At 10:38am on May 21, 2015, Noel Castiglia said…

Lisa Welcome to the site .. and thanks for sharing the memories.. if you would post some of the memories you are comfortable sharing this would be great.. Good to meet you.. you have spent more time in Lauropoli then those of us born in the USA..

At 10:42am on May 21, 2015, Noel Castiglia said…
At 11:20am on May 21, 2015, Lisa said…

Noel,

Thanks for your condolences; I am very lost without my dear husband who visited Lauropoli, and if he were alive could probably tell more stories because he and my Uncle Frank Rizzo spent  many hours together during our trips there.

I know that my Father's father's name was Luigi Rizzo, and my brother was named after him--the Italian tradition, first born boy is named after grandfather.  I have no idea if and/or his wife passed and if he remarried.  I do remember a portrait/painting of him and he had a mustache (those ones that curl up a little at each end.  He was tall and handsome.  Sorry I don't know any more.

Thanks for welcoming me to the site; because of my deep love for my relatives (most of them passed away in Lauropoli (from my father's side), and my love for that wonderfully quaint town, I consider myself a true Rizzo, and though my husband was not, they used to say he was more Italian than me!

We planned many things to do in the future and one was to go back to Lauropoli.  I don't know if I will ever return.  

Did you know Antonio Bloise?   He and his wife, my first cousin (my Father's niece) owned a big store on Via Laura Serra; he was a fine tailor as well.  Now the store has been closed and I'm sure that it has been replaced by a modern store.  They lived above the store.  Too much has changed, however, I still keep in touch with the younger generation through emails every so often.  Most of them could not find decent jobs in Lauropoli or nearby towns, so they are working in big cities in Italy but they come home to visit their parents.

Ciao for now, Lisa (by the way, everyone calls me Lisa, however, my birth name is Elisa after my maternal grandma who was from Messina, Sicily.)

At 8:03pm on June 25, 2015, Noel Castiglia said…

Lisa Robert Golden updated this about Frank Rizzo  a little history..Noel

 Caro Natale,
 
Interesting.  One tiny correction: My distant relative, zia Francesca Madeo (married to Nunziato Gabrielle) told me that Frank Rizzo was honored in Lauropoli by being called:Donfranco.  She emphasized that it was one word.  In America, his contranome was "The Professor," given to him by Frank Costello when he showed up in NY, recommended by his mother, in a formal suit with tails such as academics used to wear in Italy.  Frank gave him his first job to count the cases of liquor being delivered to make sure he was not being short-changed.
 
Ciao,
Roberto  
At 8:09pm on June 25, 2015, Noel Castiglia said…

Maria Castiglia 1813-1900 married Luigi Rizzo after her first husband died.. but I am not sure when but around 1870's is my guess. Her parents Anastasia Pippa and Giuseppe Castiglia 1776-1844 where my Great Great Grandfather Domenico Castiglia's parents.

At 8:19pm on June 25, 2015, Noel Castiglia said…

Nick Not sure I forwarded this to you from Lisa who was Frank Rizzo's neice. Turns out Maria Castiglia Married Luigi Rizzo sometime after her 1st husband Leonardo Garofalo died.  May be the same Luigi Rizzo hence a connection.. Ciao  Noel  

See below comment about Antonio Bloise..

Thanks for your condolences; I am very lost without my dear husband who visited Lauropoli, and if he were alive could probably tell more stories because he and my Uncle Frank Rizzo spent  many hours together during our trips there.

I know that my Father's father's name was Luigi Rizzo, and my brother was named after him--the Italian tradition, first born boy is named after grandfather.  I have no idea if and/or his wife passed and if he remarried.  I do remember a portrait/painting of him and he had a mustache (those ones that curl up a little at each end.  He was tall and handsome.  Sorry I don't know any more.

Thanks for welcoming me to the site; because of my deep love for my relatives (most of them passed away in Lauropoli (from my father's side), and my love for that wonderfully quaint town, I consider myself a true Rizzo, and though my husband was not, they used to say he was more Italian than me!

We planned many things to do in the future and one was to go back to Lauropoli.  I don't know if I will ever return.  

Did you know Antonio Bloise?   He and his wife, my first cousin (my Father's niece) owned a big store on Via Laura Serra; he was a fine tailor as well.  Now the store has been closed and I'm sure that it has been replaced by a modern store.  They lived above the store.  Too much has changed, however, I still keep in touch with the younger generation through emails every so often.  Most of them could not find decent jobs in Lauropoli or nearby towns, so they are working in big cities in Italy but they come home to visit their parents.

Ciao for now, Lisa (by the way, everyone calls me Lisa, however, my birth name is Elisa after my maternal grandma who was from Messina, Sicily.)

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