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Weekly Bulletin July 18, 2021
by Terrie Evans
On Sunday August 1, 2021, San Antonio Church will hold a Mass and Reception in our Hall to kick off the celebration for our church’s 100th Anniversary next year. We will cover the years of 1922-1931 to gather stories of the neighborhood, our church and the families who were part of the fabric of that history. To start our milestone event, we will introduce four early families who will bring in their information, documents and pictures to share . These families were present when on the 6th of August, 1922 with the opening of the St. Anthony Welfare Center and were there at the formal opening on October 8th, 1922.
The 1st Family from that time is the Cupito Family who made their homestead 1897 Montrose Street in the Lower Lick Run area of South Fairmount when Antonio Cupito became Vice President of the Festival Committee. The Cupito family consisted of Antonio ( 1891-1939), Maria Grazia (Di Stasi) Cupito (1885-1947), with children, Joseph (1913-1984), Antonio Jr. (1914-1927), Russell (1916-1995), Victor J. (1919-2021), John (1920-1921), Noble (1920-1991) and Rose Marie (Cupito) Young.
The 2nd Family is Pasquale and Maddalena (Dalessandro) Marckesano and their family who resided at 1960 Montrose Street in the Upper Lick Run section of South Fairmount. Their family members were sons Ralph and James and daughters, Anna, Jeanie, Philomena (Marckesano) Schare, Rose (Marckesano) Panaro, Nellie (Marckesano) Stath, Louise (Marckesano) Studt, Jenny (Marckesano) Fleming and Mary (Marckesano) Schwartz.
The 3rd San Antonio Family from those early years were Gennaro Palmire (1851-1929), wife Maria (Schiavo) Palmire (1857-1922), daughter Mary Josephine (Palmire) Panaro (1880-1973), and son Anthony Joseph Palmire (1892-1960). They resided at 2149 Queen City Avenue with Anthony later residing at 2120 Queen City Avenue. Gennaro, Maria and little Mary Josephine came to America around 1888. Anthony Joseph was born after they settled here in 1892 and went on to become the Chairman of the 1st San Antonio Festival. Anthony married Esther Yost and had 3 daughters Rose Ann, Toni, and Mary Jo.
The 4th family we are highlighting is the Panaro family, Vincenzo (1847-1910) and Maria (Matturo) Panaro (1844-1941), who came to the United States after son Lorenzo (1873-1940 ) and daughter Virginia( Panaro) Greico (1870-1931) sent for them in 1900. Daughter Virginia Panaro wed Anthony Greico (1867-1949) in Italy and their family consisted of Maria, Helen, Joseph and Nellie. Son Lorenzo Panaro married Mary Josephine Palmire on June 16,1895 at Sacred Heart Church and their family consisted of Bernadina (Dena) (1897-1984), Eugene (1899-2003), John (1903-1986), Frank (1904-1974), Anthony (1905-1985), Mary (1908-2002), Larry (1910-1986), and William (1914-1995). They lived at 2149 Queen City Avenue with the Palmire family for a few years and then re- located to 1998 Queen City Avenue to accommodate their growing family.