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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.