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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.