Passing of William “Bill” Milazzo, April 30, 2022

William “Bill” Milazzo
April 30, 2022 (age 60)

Obituary for William “Bill” Milazzo

William “Bill” Milazzo, 60, Apr. 30, 2022, Green Township. Beloved husband of Diane O’Connor Milazzo, devoted stepfather of Dr. Christian Goans (Cari), loving son of Alma “Monie” (nee Barnes) & the late William A. “Bill” Milazzo, dear brother of Maria Stout (John); Tony (Kim), Charles (Lisa), Angelo (Hannah) & the late Joey Milazzo, brother-in-law of David & Susan O’Connor. Also survived by an aunt & uncle, many loving nieces & nephews & cousins. Bill was an alum of LaSalle High School & had a career with FedEx. Visitation Fri., May 13, 4-8 PM at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves, OH 45002. Mass of Christian Burial Sat., May 14, 11 AM at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 5222 North Bend Rd., Cinti., 45247 with interment at Spring Grove Cemetery. Following the interment, friends are invited to join the family for a reception at Nathanael Greene Lodge, 6394 Wesselman, Cinti. 45248.In addition, Bill’s life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service Sun., May 15, 2:30 PM at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 703 Compton Rd., Cinti. 45231, light reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either of these causes: Samaritan’s Purse, Matthew 25: Ministries or American Red Cross

News from San Antonio Church – May 15, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin May 15, 2022

by Terrie Evans

           On this Sunday we remember one of the early families of San Antonio Church who settled in the Little Italy section of South Fairmount.  The Dominic (1863-1928)and Philomena (Maffia) Dalessandro  family moved to  1824 Westwood Avenue after their arrival in 1901  from Roccadaspide, Salerno, Italy with 3 children,  Vincenzo (1886-1918), who married Nellie (Grieco), Magdalena (Dalessandro) (1889-1985), who wed Pasquale Marckesano and had 11 children:  Philomena (Marckesano) Schare, Jenny (Marckesano) Flemming, Louise (Marckesano) Studt, Shirley (Marckesano) Kramer, Rose (Marckesano) Panaro, Nellie Stath, Mary Schwartz, Ralph, James, Ann, and Jean Marckesano. 

Daughter, Assunta “Sue” (Dalessandro) (1901-1986) wed Louis Urti (1890-1922) when she was 17 and after his passing due to a tragic accident,  married   Edward Z. Walpole.  Assunta “Sue”  had one son with Louis, Michael Urti, our late parishioner: 2 children with Edward Walpole Sr., Betty Schlemmer and Edward Walpole Jr. and one son John, with Phillip Cipriani.  Dominic and Philomena relocated to 1962 Montrose Street and attended the old Sacred Heart Italian Church on Broadway, as San Antonio Church was not yet established.  Dominick worked hard to support his family by taking a job in the hair factory. 

Through the next generations and marriages, the Dalessandro’s have connections and many cousins from the Panaro, Marckesano, Grieco, Guerrera and Robinson Families.  The oldest son and brother of Magdalena and Assunta, Vincenzo Dalessandro (1886-1918) wed Nellie (Grieco) (1893-1970) the daughter of Anthony  (1867-1949) and Virginia (Panaro) (1870-1931) Grieco.  They were married on July 5, 1908, when Nellie was 19 and Vincenzo was 22.   Nellie’s siblings were Maria (Grieco) Guerrera, Helen (Grieco) Robinson, and Joseph Grieco and they were the grandchildren of Vincent (1846-1910) and Maria (Matura) Panaro (1845-1941), Virginia(Panaro) Grieco’s parents.  Virginia (Panaro) Grieco’s brother Lawrence and wife Josephine (Palmieri) Panaro were their Aunt and Uncle.

When Vincenzo and Nellie established their homestead in a house built in 1848 at 1940 Queen City Avenue, he was as his father employed at the hair factory to support his family.  On May 4, 1918, Vincenzo Dalessandro died from pneumonia at the age of 31;  wife Nellie (Grieco) Dalessandro was 24, their children, Dominic was 6, Anthony was 4, Philomena “Minnie” was 2 and the youngest, John was a baby.  Nellie stayed in her home at 1940 Queen City Avenue and in the 1930 Census, she was 36, Dominic was 18, Anthony 16, Philomena 14, and the youngest, John was 12.  Also living with them was Grandmother, a widow, Maria (Matura) Panaro.   Maria (Matura) Panaro buried her husband Vincent in 1910, daughter Virginia in 1931 and son Lawrence in 1940.   Nellie (Grieco) Dalessandro was very close to her Grandmother and became a loving dedicated caretaker until she passed in 1941, at the age of 94. 

Vincenzo and Philomena ”Nellie”(Grieco) Dalessandro’s children:  Dominic Dalessandro (1912-1973) married Dorothy (Dieckman); had daughter, Nancy (Dalessandro) Albert and son, James Dalessandro (1935-2008).  Anthony Joseph “Tim” Dalessandro (1913-1975) wed Mary had daughters, Janet (Dalessandro) Steelman, Beverly (Dalessandro) Murrell, and son, Anthony Ricardo “Rick” Dalessandro.  Philomena “Minnie” (Dalessandro)  (1915-2002) wed George Wright (1900-1967) moved to Indiana and lived on a farm in Moors Hill where she grew many vegetables that were shared with family members.   Family and friends made the trek to her farm every summer for her homegrown vegetables and to select a pumpkin every fall.  John V. “Gick” Dalessandro (1917-1998)  wed Mary Jane  (Riedeman) (1919-1987) son, Anthony “Tim” Dalessandro (1938-2018) wed the late Ann (Thinnes) and became dedicated supporters of our church.  Tim and Ann were members of the Men’s and Ladies Club while Tim volunteered every Sunday as an usher at our 9:00 AM Mass.  They were active until their passing.  Ron and Connie (Mazzei) Dalesssandro welcomed son David, and daughters Antoinette “Toni” and Gina.  Ron and Connie volunteer every Sunday at Mass with Ron as an Usher and in the Hall.   Connie is also the Vice President of the Men’s and Ladies Club.  Linda (Dalessandro) wed Frank “Sparky” Claypool on May 5, 1965 and welcomed son Frank and daughter Christy.    Linda and Sparky Claypool have been very dedicated and generous to San Antonio over the years supporting all our events and fundraisers. 

News from San Antonio Church – May 8, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin May 8, 2022

by Terrie Evans

By Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day!  During the month of May, we will recall more early San Antonio Church families.  Today we introduce the Sabatelli family and in the next few Sundays,  we will highlight the Dalessandro, Guerrera and D’ Angelo Families to be celebrated on Sunday, June 5th.    We will also list the many talented Organists who have served San Antonio Church.    

The 1st group is the Pietro Giorgio (1838-1925) and Raffaella (Prinzo) Sabatelli (1868-1937) family with seven sons and one daughter, were born in Felitto, Italy and have ties to the Prinzo, Di Stasi, and Riviello Families.   1st Son, Carlo Giuseppe Sabatelli (1892-1924).  2nd Son, Giuseppe “Joseph” Carlo Sabatelli (1894-1981) came to America, lived in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, and settled in Cincinnati with his family.  3rd Son, Filippo ”Phillip” Sabatelli (1897-1967) also journeyed to Old Forge, Pennsylvania and then he too went to Cincinnati with his wife and children.  4th Son, Gaetano Rosario Sabatelli (1899-1964) settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is buried there.  5th Son, Rosario Sabatelli  (1902-1989), 6th Son, Pasquale Sabatelli (1905-1982), 7th Son, Eugenio Sabatelli (1908-1909) died in Felitto, Italy and finally youngest, daughter, Sylvia Sabatelli. 

The Siblings who journeyed to America and later settled in Cincinnati were Giuseppe “ Joseph” (1894-1981) and Filippo “Phillip”  (1897-1967) Sabatelli.  Giuseppe “Joseph” left Italy in 1909 with a cousin, Maria Grazia (Prinzo) (1887-1970) and her husband Rosario Di Stasi (1877-1969).  When they arrived at Ellis Island, Joseph was detained for 3 days due to a case of pink eye and luckily recovered, as Joseph could have been sent back to Italy.  They traveled first to Cincinnati as there were Prinzo and Di Stasi relatives to welcome them.  During the First World War years, they settled in Cleveland’s, Mayfield Village for work in the munitions factory.  The Di Stasi’s then decided on moving to Cincinnati and the Sabadelli’s located in Old Forge. 

Giuseppe “Joseph” Carlo Sabatelli married Giovanna “Jennie” Lucy Pagnotti (1901-1973) having sons, William Peter Sabatelli (1922-1973) and Leroy Carl Sabatelli (1925-2021) and daughter, Priscilla, still living.  From Old Forge, they moved to Bethel, New York next to Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm (Woodstock).  In 1945,  William wed Rose Trotta when he was in the Navy, and she was employed as a factory worker.  Leroy served in the Army as a radio operator on the C45 and C46 planes and in 1948 became a licensed pilot.  Leroy wed Virginia (Heyob) and they had a son Mark and daughter Toni.  After moving to Cincinnati, Joseph, Will and Leroy owned the Sunset Inn in Harrison, Ohio around 1947 with Leroy as the fry cook, William running the service station and his dad Joe in charge of the Inn.  

Brother, Filippo “Phillip”  Sabatelli (1897-1967) worked as a laborer in a Hydroelectric Plant in Felitto, Italy to pay for his passage to America.  He was 16 when he arrived in New York on October 2, 1913.  Filippo “Phillip” Sabatelli  wed Mary Salerno (1899-1977)  on April 27, 1919 and the couple  settled in Old Forge, Pennsylvania when he was employed as a coal miner.  Their first child, a daughter, Rafaella, lived a few weeks, and died in April 1920.  He became a naturalized citizen on June 13, 1921, a month after his son Peter David Sabatelli (1921-1977) was born.  Peter David joined the Air Force in 1942 wed Rita (Neumann) (1923-2007) in 1944 who lived on Selim Avenue and attended St. Bonaventure Church.  After the war, Peter David Sabatelli worked as a pattern maker for the Lunkenheimer Valve Company to support his family consisting of David Albert, Eileen, Rosemary, Barbara, and Vincent (1957-2013).  David Albert Sabatelli, now President of the Men’s and Women’s Club at San Antonio Church as well as a volunteer with his wife Sandy.  He is retired from his career as an Engineer at Proctor and Gamble, and they have three daughters, Angie, Kris, and Jen.  Sibling, Eileen (Sabatelli)  wed Larry Vickery and have a daughter Ann and son Anthony.  After Eileen and Larry joined our church , they became active volunteers at all San Antonio Church functions.  Sibling, Rosemary (Sabatelli) wed Earl Einhaus with daughter Charity and son, the late David Einhaus (1978-2021).  Rose and Earl support our church, volunteer every Sunday after Mass, and work all the Lunch on the House Tuesday’s.  Sibling, Barbara (Sabatelli) wed Rick Huber and is still living.  Filippo “Phillip” and Mary Sabatelli’s daughter, Antoinette Sabatelli (1926-1974) born in Old Forge worked at the Lunkenheimer Valve Company before her marriage to Edward Lanser at San Antonio Church and welcoming children Lora (Lanser) Schwallie, Claire (Lanser) Rosenbaum.  Josephine C. Sabatelli (1929-2009) was employed at Lunkenheimer Valve Company and   at the Jobs Corps as an Administrative Assistant to the Director.  Teresa Sabatelli (1933-1935) was 2 when she died of Whooping Cough and is buried in Old Forge. Phillip Sabatelli Jr. born in 1937 located to Cincinnati and grew up next to San Antonio Church at houses owned by his parents, Filippo, and Mary Sabatelli, at 1956 and 1958 Queen City Avenue.   Phillip Jr. married Judy Bone (1938-2015) in 1959 and welcomed Lisa in 1960, Terry in 1963 and Steven in 1968.  He is now retired from a career at DuBois Chemical as a Chemist, Research Director, and as a Senior Vice President of Marketing for 43 years.  Phillip Jr. and Judy came back to the neighborhood and San Antonio Church in 1998 to reconnect with his 2nd cousin, John Fariello, and other friends from his youth.  Phil and Judy worked very hard to support our church by volunteering at all fundraisers, Lunch on the House Tuesdays, and events .  Phil has served on Parish Council, as Treasurer of the Men’s and Ladies Club and as an Usher at our 9:00 AM Sunday Mass.   


News from San Antonio Church – May 1, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin May 1, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we welcome the Florimonte, Carota, Ciuccio, Mazzaro, and Horn Families as we continue our early San Antonio Church Parishioner family celebrations.  Giuseppe (Joseph) (1900-1961) and Rosaria “Rose” (Minella) Florimonte (1900-1971) are related to the Minella, Ferroni, and Cerchio families with the union of Vincent Cerchio Sr. (parents:  Alvina Ferroni and Gaetano Cerchio) to Helen “Lena”  Flrorimonte.  Joseph and Rose  (Minella) Florimonte settled in the Upper Lick Run section of South Fairmount at 2165 Queen City Avenue when they were involved in a car accident.  In July of 1939; they along with son Angelo, who was 8 at the time survived a serious car crash when they were rear ended by a Taxicab at McMillian Ave and Essex Place.  Rose suffered from shock and severe bruises of her chest while son Angelo was injured with a head injury.  They were transported to Bethesda Hospital and recovered.  Joseph Florimonte went on to be a Police Officer and in 1942 was employed as a Security Guard in charge of the Cincinnati Waterworks property.  He was hired to prevent sabotage by protecting the woods around the property during World War II.  The area was off limits to anyone who trespassed, and the guards were ordered to “Shoot on Sight” any interlopers who entered the grounds.  

The Agostino (1885-1973) and Antonia (Minella) Carota (1884-1958) family was also related to the founding members of San Antonio Church.  Their children were in the Communion and Confirmation Classes after the founding of our church in 1922.  The Confirmation Class Picture of 1927, shows Josephine, Anne, and Frederick (Reke) Carota present with our then Pastor, Fr. Vincent Graglia.  The Carota boys were known in the neighborhood as the “Fairmount Guys”  a group of young men who sometimes hung out at the White Horse Café at 1958 Queen City Avenue.  They all graduated from St. Bonnies and attended all the yearly class reunions, and the April “Mussie” Fests held every year.  The Carota Brothers owned Beppo Pizza Supply and Carota Pony Keg.  

The Vito (1902-1988) and Chiarina (Della Palma) Ciuccio  (1902-1987) family came to Cincinnati through Old Forge, Pennsylvania where other family members were already settled including some members of the Di Stasi Family.  The Vito Ciuccio Family lived at 1958 Queen City Avenue in the Upper Lick Run area and went on to became successful in the Restaurant business.  Generations of their family have supported San Antonio Church.  Relatives of Vito and Chiarina Ciuccio, the Nicola (1902-1957) and Filomena (Mazzaro)  Ciuccio (1905-1975) Family resided at 2233 Esmond Street in the Lower Lick Run area of South Fairmount.  Nicola “Nick”  is pictured in the dedication of St. Anthony Center seated between Pasquale Schiavo and Vito Guilarmo.  All the men wore the San Antonio Congregation ribbons on their lapels for this milestone event in South Fairmount.

The Mazzaro family were parishioners in the early years and have ties to the Ciuccio and Horn Families.  Antonio Mazzaro is pictured between Frank Andriacco and Rosario Fariello in the St. Anthony Center dedication picture.  The Mazzaro family resided in the Lick Run area of South Fairmount when Rosario and Belle (Bamonte) Mazzaro lost their son, Sgt. Anthony Mazzaro (1920-1944) during WWII.  He was serving with the 329th Inf. 83rd Div. when he was KIA in Belgium on December 29, 1944.  Many San Antonio Church members still recall this sad day in the history of our small neighborhood.  Sgt. Anthony Mazzaro was buried in the Veterans Section at St. Joseph New Cemetery.  We also remember the many family members of the Horn family from the time they lived at 1964 Montrose Street.  Peter Sr.  (1890-1977) and Lorraine Horn (1896-1977) have connections to our San Antonio Church families as their nine children grew up with many generations of our parishioners.  Ralph, John “Tex”, Harold “Hal”, Phil “Flute”, Glenn, and Pete Horn Jr.  had all been good friends to Richard “Mussie” Minella; and over the years returned for the reunions held at San Antonio Church.  Our parishioners will always recall Flute’s son, the late Phil, and wife Marybeth Horn who attended Mass with us every Sunday until their passing.   

News from San Antonio Church – April 24, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin April 24, 2022

by Terrie Evans

Next Sunday, May 1st, San Antonio Church will honor the Florimonte, Carota, Ciuccio, Mazzaro and Horn families and the many connections these families have to each other.  On this Sunday, we recall the family of Vito (1902-1988) and Chiarina (Della Palma) Ciuccio (1902-1987) whose next generations return every year for an annual Mass at San Antonio Church to honor the couple who both passed away in the month of May one year apart.  Vito Ciuccio (1902-1988) was born in Felitto, Italy to Pasquale and Grazia Ciuccio with siblings Rosaria and Giuseppe.  Vito served in the Italian Army in World War I, married Chiarina, daughter of Pasquale and Antonia (Gnazzo) Della Palma.  Vito and Chiarina welcomed son Pasquale (Pat) Ciuccio in Italy and soon decided to make a better life for their family.  Vito journeyed to America alone to work in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and save enough money for their passage.

There were many Ciuccio family members in Pennsylvania to welcome Vito until Chiarina and son Pasquale arrived in New York on July 30, 1928.  The couple made their way to Cincinnati where Grace (Ciuccio) Nusekabel (1929-2020), Jeanette Ciuccio (!931-1932), and Mary (Ciuccio) Runtz were born.  Vito worked for CG&E while his son Pasquale (Pat) went on to operate restaurants in the warehouse district “bottoms” near the Ohio River.  Pasquale (Pat) Ciuccio wed Lillian Leesman and welcomed daughters Deborah, Karen, and son James Vito Ciuccio, owner of Giminetti Bakery.  Pat and Lillian now 93 years young, operated   Ciuccio’s in Hyde Park with the help of Grace (Ciuccio) Nusekable after her marriage to   Bernard (Bernie) Nusekabel and welcomed children Diane, Kathy, Bernie, Bob, and Tom.  Mary (Ciuccio) wed Richard Runtz at San Antonio Church on August 13, 1961 and will celebrate 61 years of marriage this summer.  Their family consist of Pamela, Ken, Michelle, Alan.

The Ciuccio family married into the Mazzaro family with the union of cousin, Nicola (Nick) Ciuccio (1902-1957) to Filomena (Fanny) Mazzaro (1905-1975) on September 15, 1923.   Fanny’s parents were Antonio (Anthony) and Antonia (Lettieri) Mazzaro who resided at 1695 Montrose Street when they celebrated their 50th wedding Anniversary at San Antonio Church in 1955.  Nicola and Fanny (Mazzaro) Ciuccio set up their homestead at 2233 Esmonde Street near his sister, Antonio (Ciuccio) Moreno and welcomed children Madeline (Ciuccio) Richmond, Jeanette (Ciuccio) Mac Gregor, and Rosemary (Ciuccio) Wiesner.

All the members of this family attended and supported our church while, Patriarch, Nicola (Nick) Ciuccio was President of the San Antonio Holy Name Society, member of the Mother Seton Council, Knights of Columbus, the Young Men’s Italian Club, and the Italian Benevolent Association.  Nicola (Nick) Ciuccio died in 1957 after shoveling snow at his home at 5113 Sumter Avenue in the Cincinnati suburb of Covedale. 

Filomena (Fanny) was the sister of Angela “Mary” (Mazzaro) La Cortiglia and Dan Mazzaro who wed Loretta Horn, and descendant of the Phillip (1851-1922) and Mary Wetterick Horn (1854-1932) Family whose children were, Philomena (1875-1953), Agnes (1879-1962), Barbara (1881-1918), John (1882), Joseph (1885-1948), Peter (1890-1977), Christopher (1893-1962).  These 1st generation South Fairmont siblings were early members of the Lick Run, Little Italy and Petersburg neighborhoods and friends to many of our grandparents, parents and cousins who have passed on.     

The 2nd generation of the Horn Family in the early days of our church grew up on Horton Street next to Lutz’s Florist.  They were Lorraine (Horn) Metzner (1915-1936), Ralph (1916-1972) who wed Ruth Bernhard with children Howard and Ralph, John “Tex” (1917-2004) wed Mary Macke children Bernard and Linda.  Harold “Hal” (1919-2003) a Merchant Marine Veteran married Jan Smith children John, Joseph, Matthew, and the late Michael.  Loretta Horn Mazzaro (1922-2005) named after her Aunt Barbara (Horn) Cecale’s daughter, Loretta Cecale (1904-1906) wed Dan Mazzaro welcomed children, Daniel, Stephen, Tony, Sandra, and Gary.  Phillip “Flute” (1927-2019) trained as a Chef while serving in the Air Force wed Mary Stern in 1951 welcomed sons, the late Phillip who was wed to the late Marybeth (Wilhelmy) (1957-2019) James and Christopher.  A Memorial Garden in honor of Christopher Horn was dedicated by his brothers on the grounds of San Antonio Church.  Glenn Horn (1929-2017) married Rita Korte was a Combat Veteran of the Korean War and awarded 2 Purple Hearts.  Their children: Glenn Jr. Pete, Kevin, Jesse.  Glenn retired after 40 years with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.  Youngest daughter, Irene Horn (1932-2007), wed Clyde Neely (1935-1996).  Youngest son, Peter (1935-2018) was an Altar Boy who served Mass at San Antonio and St. Bonaventure’s wed Mary Ellen Nieman (1937-2016).  Peter was a World War II Veteran, worked in the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts and as a park Ranger with the Parks Department.  Peter and Mary Ellen’s family consisted of Kathy, Susan, and Gregory.


News from San Antonio Church – April 17, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin April 17, 2022

by Terrie Evans

By Terrie Evans

Buona Pasqua! We welcome everyone to San Antonio Church on this Easter Sunday as we continue our celebration in this Anniversary year of our 100th milestone celebration.  Today we recall the large Carota Family who have been members of our little mission church since the early days.  Agostino Carota (1885-1973) was born in Felitto, Italy and was married to Antonia Minella (1884-1958) in Felitto on December 13, 1908.  It seems that Agostino came to America first, sending for his wife Antonia in 1910.  She sailed from Naples on the ship “Duca di Genova” with $20.00, given to her by her father and arrived in New York on the July 4th weekend in 1910.  When they settled in Cincinnati; 6 sons and 3 daughters were born.  Their children:  Henry Carota (1912-1997), Julius “Jule” Carota (1913-1966), Anthony “Mish” Carota (1914-2002), Alfred Raphael Carota (1916-1959), Frederick “Reke” Carota (1918-1999), Anne Carota (1920-1987), Helen Carota Arnold (1923-2021), Carmen Carota (1924-1924), and Joseph Carota (1925-2007).  They established their homestead on Tillie Avenue when Agostino supported his family by working for C G & E, a job he held until retirement.  Agostino and Rosaria were active in all church events, he was a member of the Contindina Society, Rosaria a member of the St. Ann’s Ladies Society and they both were active in the Felitto Club.  They were also very proud of their 6 sons who all served in various branches of service all over the world during World War II and daughter Helen (Carota) Arnold’s husband Ensign Frank Arnold who served with the Merchant Marine.

Henry Carota (1912-1997) wed Ruby Marie (Stansberry) (1909-1993) and they resided at 6804 Vine Street when he came home from serving as a Staff Sgt.  in the Army stationed in India. 

Julius (Jule) Carota Sr. (1913-1966) married to Virginia “Virgie” White while living at 2189 High Street when he left for service as a Seaman 2nd Class in the Navy stationed in New Guinea.  On his return, Jule and Virgie moved to 3711 Queen City Avenue and then to 636 Fairbanks Avenue and welcomed 6 children:  Carol, Jeanette, Linda, Judy, Julius Jr., and Charva.  On February 9, 1966, Julius Sr. was killed in a tragic car accident at 1940 Grand Avenue after he struck a utility pole. 

Anthony “Mish” Carota (1914-2002) was married to Margaret Carota while serving with the Engineers as a Tech Sgt. In the Army while stationed in the Philippines.  In 1964,” Mish” wed Jean (Faulkner) Carota (1933-2015) children:  Debbie and Douglas. 

Alfred Raphael Carota (1916-1959) wed Corrine (Cook) Carota (1916-2006) and resided at 824 Findlay Street before being sent overseas in the Army in 1943 and was wounded on March 12, 1945, in Germany and recovered at a Hospital in England.  They moved to 2524 Ring Place and welcomed Susan, Cassey, Paulette (1948-2010) and son Alfred J. Carota (1941-2001) who served as a Sgt. In the Marines in Viet Nam.  Alfred and Corrine had just bought their home on Ring Place a few years before he was killed in 1959 while working as a Rigging Foreman for CG&E.  He was only 44 years old. 

Frederick “Reke” Carota (1918-1999) married Charlotte Gibson (1917-2001) and was living at 2423 Symmes Street; he was stationed in Holland during his service with the Army as a field Artillery man.  They welcomed children:  Joan, Fred, Henry, Joseph, and Edward.

 Daughter Anne Carota (1920-1987) remained single and became a much beloved Aunt to her siblings’ children.  

Daughter Helen (Carota) Arnold (1923-2021) wed Frank Arnold (1922-1983) just before he left for the Merchant Marine during World War II.  They welcomed daughter Toni Ann and son Hank and were generous San Antonio supporters as members of the Felitto Club.  They travelled to Italy many times along with many of their friends from church; especially Kate Minella and Vince Cerchio Sr. and his wife Helen (Florimonte).

 Daughter baby Carmen who was born in 1924 and sadly lived for only 4 days, passing away on May 20, 1924.  The youngest, Joseph Carota (1925-2007) enlisted in the the Navy at age 18 and completed training at Gunnery School at Great Lakes, Illinois before being stationed as an armed guard serving on a tanker in the Atlantic.  Joseph wed Eunice Black (1926-2017) on May 24, 1946, in Barnsburg, Ohio living at 2168 Tillie Avenue and were married for 61 years.  Joseph worked for GATX Railroad and as a park Ranger at Miami Whitewater Park.  Joe and Eunice welcomed children:  Natalie (Carota) “Boo” Bierman (1953-2005), Nancy Jo (Carota) Haynes (1947-2014) and Jeff Carota.

When Patriarch, Agostino (August) Carota (1885-1973) passed away at 87 years old, he left 22 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren to carry on the legacy of the Carota family with many friends who were all members of the Italian Societies.


News from San Antonio Church – April 3, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin April 3, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday San Antonio Church Parishioners will hold their monthly Mass and celebration in honor of the Roberto, Gramaglia and Bellissimo families.  Many generations of these 3 early families are present this morning as we countdown the next few months until our 100th Anniversary in August.  Our current church members will always remember the contributions made in those founding years up until the present days that these families have made to keep San Antonio Church going.  The Louis and Fern Romelli Roberto were supporters of our church until their passing.  Tina Roberto Kroeger has been involved with the May Crowning, sisters Gina and Lu Ann Roberto have been handling all the historical pictures for the posters.  We will never forget the times we have called on Vince and Sharon Roberto who came to our rescue many times with much needed donations.  Everyone remembers the three Wittkamp Sisters who married men from the Italian Colony of South Fairmount.  Mildred Lucille Wittkamp (1916-2012) wed Joseph Vito Roberto (1914-1987) in 1937, children James Patrick Roberto (1939-2011), Robert J. Roberto (1942-2016), Diane Roberto Runge (1949-2018) and son, Joseph Roberto.   Lorraine June Wittkamp (1921-2015) who wed Vito Joseph Roberto (1924-2000) daughter, Joann D Roberto Stephens (1942-2005), and sister, Glenna Sylvia Wittkamp (1925-2014) who married into the Morra/Moore family when she married John Moore (1924-1995) and welcomed daughter Linda (Moore) Hennessey.  They all dedicated many years for the benefit of our church.

The Gramaglia family were dedicated church members for many years and had successful neighborhood businesses.  The last surviving sibling Therese Gramaglia Schultz was a strong presence at San Antonio throughout her life while being active in the Men’s and Ladies Club, especially on the ”Mangia” cookbook committee and as Fern Romelli Roberto’s right hand for the many decisions made during the uncertain times of the 1980’s.  We all remember Robbie and Joe Schultz donating many years of service for our “Lunch on the House” twice a month meal and the annual Spaghetti Dinners.  They paved the way for the next group of volunteers who are now continuing this much needed program every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.   In the past, Rob and Andrea Schultz had served San Antonio Church as Officers of the Men’s and Ladies Club.

The Bellissimo family have a history with San Antonio Church that goes back many years when they resided in the “Little Italy” neighborhood. Today, Agnes Marie Bellissimo Di Stasi along with husband Dino Di Stasi have been generous with supplies for our twice monthly Lunch on the House.  They have given us assistance in meal planning and enough food items in times when our kitchen staff needed the extra help.  They graciously donated in memory of the Bellissimo and Di Stasi family members, who were always faithful members of our church.  San Antonio thanks these three families.  


News from San Antonio Church – March 27, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin March 27, 2022

by Terrie Evans

The Bellissimo Family has connections to the Lettieri,  Gramaglia, Di Stasi, Rinaldo and other San Antonio and South Fairmount families.  In Roccadaspiede, Salerno Italy, Giuseppe Bellissimo (1840-1923) married Maria Filomina Lettieri (1845-1927) and welcomed Angelo Bellissimo Sr. (1890-1971) who arrived in America at the age of 16 in 1906.   He went on to work as a ships mate going between New York and Italy until settling in Cincinnati by the age of 19.  During those years, Frank Lettieri was arriving in New York and would later make his journey on to Cincinnati after becoming a Naturalized Citizen in 1928.  Agnes Rinaldo was born in New York on December 28, 1895, while their ship was docked in New York Harbor.  The Rinaldo family would make their way to Cincinnati and settle in Madisonville.  Angelo (1890-1971) and Agnes (1895-1953) would later meet each other when they were both working as Domestics in a Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.   

Their wedding would take place at Sacred Heart Italian Church in 1913 in a ceremony performed by Rev. John Balangero.  Angelo was 23 and a Fireman living at 2218 Symmes Street while bride, Agnes Rinaldo was 17 and working in a shoe factory while residing at 1114 Broadway Street.  By 1920, Angelo and Agnes were living at 2323 May Street while he held a job as a Contactor with their growing family, sons:   Anthony 5 years old, Joseph 4 years old, and Daughter Violet Bellissimo, 2 years old.  Also residing with them was Agnes’ sister, Josephine Rinaldo (1897-1956) employed as a seamstress in a tailor shop.  On the holiday weekend of July 5, 1922, the family suffered a tragedy when daughter Violet Bellissimo died one month after her 5th birthday on June 2nd.  

In the 1930 Census the Bellissimo family had bought their first home located at 1885 Montrose Street after Angelo became a   Naturalized Citizen. Living nearby was a relative, Frank Lettieri at 1695 Montrose Street. In 1930, Angelo was 40, Agnes 34, Anthony 15, Joseph 14, Franklin 9, and Philomena 7.  By 1940 Angelo was promoted to a Foreman when he was 49, Agnes 45, Anthony 25, Joseph 24, Franklin (frank) 20, Angelo Jr. 19, Philomena 16, and at that time, Agnes’ niece, Victoria Rinaldo was residing with them.  Victoria was working in a bakery before her marriage in 1945 to Anthony J. Metzner( 1911-1993 ) a widower with a minor child after the death of his wife Lorraine Catherine (Horn) Metzner (1915-1936).  To support his child and new wife, Anthony worked at the HH Meyer Packing Company on Central and Linn Streets.  There were other Rinaldo neighbors, Joseph Rinaldo (1901-1973) at 1933 Queen City Avenue whose Funeral Mass was held at San Antonio and son Frank (1927-1997) a sheet metal worker at 2161 Queen City Avenue. 

During those early years of our church, Angelo Bellissimo Sr. was a proud member of the Contadina Society and on the weekend of June 11 &12 in 1938, he was on the Committee for the San Antonio Italian Church 17th Annual Summer Festival along with Joseph Fernbacher, Vito Prinzo, and Daniel Acito.  Their Festival Committee planned a Band Concert, a Circus Clown Revue, and a Fireworks Display.  All South Fairmount and those families from the suburbs were in attendance as they looked forward to this festival every year.  At that time, Agnes Rinaldo Bellissimo was a member of the Ladies Altar and Rosary Society scheduling the women from the neighborhood for cleaning and maintaining the church, taking care of the linens, and representing San Antonio Church as ambassadors for all Funerals and special church events.   

The Bellissimo family Children and Grandchildren:   Anthony (1915-1985) who enlisted at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana and served in the Army during World War II.  Anthony Joseph worked at the H & S Pogue company at 4th and Race Streets.  He would later relocate to Florida and is buried there.  Joseph (1916- 1968) who resided on Queen City Avenue worked for the Cincinnati gas & Electric Co. at Front Street.  Frank Joseph (1919-1996) wed a girl from Weirton, West Virginia, Genevieve A. Paolisso (1921-2018) after serving our country in the Army as a Sgt during World War II.  Frank and Genevieve were married on May 31, 1951.   They welcomed daughter Agnes Marie named after her grandmother who married into another San Antonio Parrish   family, the Di Stasi’s when she wed Mark Di Stasi.

Angelo “Bliss” Bellissimo Jr. (1930-1991) wed Louise Gramaglia  (1932-2020) on New Year’s Eve,  December 31,  1951 at San Antonio Church before he left to serve in Korea.  While he was in the service, Louise worked as a telephone operator awaiting his return.  Bliss enrolled in college to become an electrical technician and for many years worked at CVG as an Air Traffic Controller until his retirement.  They had two sons Jay and the late John Bellissimo.    Philomena “Phyliss” Bellisemo (1923-2016) wed Elmer Jones (1917-2001) children Janice, Joyce, Joanne, Jeana, Jerrilyn. 


News from San Antonio Church – March 20, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin March 20, 2022

by Terrie Evans

The Gramaglia Family journeyed from Modugno, Bari, Italy and today generations of this large family are still united to many parishioners from San Antonio Church.  The Patriarch and Matriarch, Vincenzo Gramaglia (1856-1935) and Vita Maria (Tarinta) Gramaglia (1863-1926) welcomed children Pasquale Gramaglia (1887-1937), Cecilia Gramaglia (1891-1978), Vito James Gramaglia (1892-1977), Simeone “Sam” Gramaglia (1901-1981), Maria Gramaglia (1902-1945) and Francesca Gramaglia (1903-1903 ).  Vincenzo and Vita Maria Gramaglia never journeyed to America and are buried in Italy.  The oldest sibling, Pasquale born in 1887,  journeyed to New York and died there in 1937.  Vito born in 1892 came to Cincinnati in 1910 and a few years later, Sam born in 1901, came to America in 1913. 

The Gramaglia brothers married two Roberto cousins with Vito (1892-1977) marrying Antoinette Roberto (1896-1936) on February 15, 1914, in a ceremony performed by Rev. John Balangero, Pastor of   Sacred Heart Italian Church.  Vito was 21 and Antoinette was 16,  and they established their homestead at 2138 Queen City Avenue.  Vito worked as a machinist at Eastern Machinery Company for 25 years, retiring in 1955.   He then went on to a new venture, founding Pasquale’s Pizza with sons, Vincent, and Pasquale.  Throughout his life, Vito always kept up with the needs of his hometown village and enlisted other Italian businessmen from Cincinnati to support the cause.  This dedicated group would also go on to help the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Vito and Antoinette’s  children Marie (Gramaglia) Isadore (1915-2007) wed Joseph Albert  Isadore (1914-1995)  in 1939, and at onetime operated Isadore’s Pizza, Vincent Gramaglia (1917-1999) operate Liberty Bakery and was  one of the Pasquale Pizza founders married Gladys Kurtza (1918-2000) in 1940, Joseph Gramaglia (1920-2015) wed Helen Rebennack and was one of the 8 Italian graduates from the St. Bonnies Class of 1934 that started the yearly reunions with Dan Andriacco, John Augustine, Frank Bellissimo, Joseph Bonaventura, Victor Cupito, Herman “Nouch” Di Stasi and John “Bap” Soldano.  Son, Frank Gramaglia (1922-2004) wed Helen (1910-1998) on July 3, 1947, Pasquale Gramaglia (1924-1980) caused a quite a scare in the neighborhood when he went missing from school due to a bad report card from St. Bonaventure School.  The police were called as he waited out his punishment at a family member’s house. 

Pasquale went on to wed Hazel Bradhold (1928-1998) and before he was one of the founders of Pasquale Pizza Carry Outs, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Wichita, a ship that was awarded 13 Battle stars for service during WWII.  Cecilia (Gramaglia) De Camp (1928-2003) graduated from Mother of Mercy High School wed James De Camp (1924-2015) settled in Indiana with the couple operating a Pasquale Pizza Carry Out on Troy Avenue until 1992 and are buried there, Vetulia ( Gramaglia) Newman (1926-2011),  Louise Gramaglia Bellissimo (1932-2020) operated Pasquale’s Pizza on Queen City Avenue wed Angelo Bellissimo.  Theresa Gramaglia Schultz wed the late Robert Schultz and is the last surviving sibling.  

Vito’s brother, Simeone “Sam” Gramaglia (1901-1981) was a truck driver when he married tailoress, Angela Roberto on February 10, 1922, when he was 21 and she was 16.  Angela was born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania with Sam becoming a naturalized citizen in 1926.  They settled and raised their family at 2189 High Street near the Carmen Bonaventura, Luigi Morra, and the Antonio and Frank Roberto families.  Sam and Angela were active at San Antonio Church with Sam volunteering for the Festival Committee during the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Church in 1932.

      Sam and Angela welcomed Vincent F. Gramaglia (1923-1990) who served in the Army during World War II 1943-1945 became a salesman when he moved to Clearwater, Florida.   Vincent had sons Sam Gramaglia and Guy March.  Daughter Marie (Gramaglia) Virgin born in 1928 wed John Virgin (1927-1997) who graduated from Roger Bacon high School .  They married on April 26, 1947, before he served as a Corporal in the Signal Corps during the Korean War and later welcomed son, Tim Virgin and daughter, Vicki (Virgin) Meyer.   


News from San Antonio Church – March 13, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin March 13, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this 2nd Sunday of Lent,  our San Antonio Parishioners are ready to honor our next group of families to celebrate.  The large Roberto Family lived in the Upper Lick Run area of Little Italy with Alexander at 2138 Queen City Avenue, Anthony and Pasquale (on the Festival Committee 1932) at 2153 Queen City Avenue who operated an Imported and Domestic Grocery Store until the 1940’s, Antonio at 2206 Champlain Street, Frank a member of the Contadina Society, residing at 2208 Champlain Street, and Giuseppe at 2157 Queen City Avenue.  Giuseppe, Pasquale, and Antonio were all present at the dedication of the St. Anthony Welfare Center Neighborhood House and are in the dedication picture.  All the Roberto men were active in the Lick run and Petersburg Reunions in the past and were present for the Reunions for the St. Bonaventure School Reunions.  Alexander, Anthony, and Pasquale are mentioned on the Honor Roll of men who served during World War II on the marquee in our Hall.  Patrick Roberto was the manager of the San Antonio baseball Team and from the 1st generation of Italian Americans, Louis, and Fern (Romelli) Roberto were one of the last to families reside on Biegler Street and raise their children in the area around San Antonio Church. 

Giuseppe Roberto (1866-1925) wed Angela Felizia Rizzo (1861-1935) around 1891. 

Giuseppe came to America in 1903 with son Pasquale (Patsy) and Angela (Rizzo) Roberto, following 2 years later in 1905 with their son Alexander and daughter Antoinette.  Pasquale (Patsy) Roberto (1892-1953) became a citizen in 1922 and married Louise Di Stasi (1891-1942) Children: Joseph, Anthony, Alexander, Vito Joseph, Pasquale Jr., Louis Roberto, Angelina Buck, and Rose Baudendistle.  Pasquale worked for the F.H. Lawson Co. for 30 years, was a member of the Contadina and Holy Name Society of San Antonio Church.   Brother, Alexander Roberto (1899-1970) wed Leona Schumann (1904-1984) in 1923, worked as a salesman,  and welcomed children Angela (Roberto) Samad, Cecilia (Roberto) Newberry, Rosemary (Roberto) Margeson, Alexander and Joseph Roberto. Alexander Roberto was a member of San Antonio Men’s and Contadina Societies, the Felitto Club, The South Fairmount Improvement Association, and the 21st Ward Republican Club.  Daughter Antoinette Roberto (1896-1932) wed Vito James Gramaglia (1892-1977) left her children motherless when she died suddenly after the birth of daughter, Louise Gramaglia Bellissimo.   Antoinette passed away 2 days after Christmas in 1932 at the age of 36.  Louise would be placed in St. Joseph Orphanage until the age of 5 when she was able to join her older siblings.   Vito kept his family together with the older siblings looking out for the younger ones.  Besides Louise, children: Maria (Gramagalia) Isadore, Vincent, Joseph, Frank, Pasquale, Vetulia “Viola” (Gramaglia) Newman, and Cecilia Marie (Gramaglia) De Camp.  We all remember our long time San Antonio Parishioner, Theresa (Gramaglia) Schultz, the last surviving sibling.

Antonio Roberto (1873-1954) wed Maria Perrone (1875-1930) had Pasquale, Josephine (Roberto) Moore,  Peter, Anthony, and Louis Joseph Roberto   between 1899-1914.  Frank Roberto (1880-1961) married Angela D’Agostino, (1878-1952) sister of Rosario(1872-1954) and Antonio (1885-1926) and worked for the City of Cincinnati to support his family.   Children Angela (Roberto) Gramaglia, Joseph,  Mathilda (Roberto) Picadio, Margaret (Roberto) Bruser,   Antoinette (Roberto) Martin,  Louise Francis (Roberto)  Berning, and Mary Ann (Roberto) Clift.