News from San Antonio Church – Dec. 19, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin December 19, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we introduce the Fariello family who will be honored for our January 2nd Mass and Reception as we get closer to our 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2022.   The Rosario Fariello (1890-1972) was born to parents Francesco and Sinfarosa Fariello, the oldest of 3 brothers, Giuseppe, Pasquale, and Vincenzo Fariello; traveled back to his home in Italy before coming back to America.  Josephine “Giosina”  Salerno (1901-1982) was born to Vincenzo Vito (1856-1911) and Virginia (Sabatella) Salerno in Old Forge Pennsylvania, the oldest with younger brothers, Gaetano,  Alfonso and Vincenzo Salerno.  At present, there are extended Salerno Family members living in the area of Old Forge, Pennsylvania.  When Rosario Fariello was 27, he enlisted in the Army during World War I and served from December 1917 to December 1918.  Rosario and Josephine married on November 29, 1924, in a ceremony performed by   Rev. J.B. Chiotti (1881-1925) Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Cincinnati, Ohio when the groom was 34 and the bride 23 with their address listed as 2330 Quebec Road in South Fairmount.   

As their family grew, they were proud to purchase their own home next to the Patrizio Bonaventura and Michael Scorziello families at 1897 Biegler Street.  In the 1940 census, their household consisted of Rosario age 49, Josephine age 39, children Rose 14, Frank 13, Vincent 10, John 3 and Margaret, the youngest less than 2 years old with Rosario supporting his family by working for the City of Cincinnati.  Their oldest daughter Rose Fariello (1925-2013) married a local boy from the neighborhood, Noble Cupito (1920-1991) parents Antonio (1891-1939) and Maria Grazia (Di Stasi) Cupito (1885-1947).  Noble proudly served in the Marine Corps during World War II and welcomed daughter Linda Brock and son Paul Cupito. 

Frank Fariello (1926-2015) served in the U. S. Navy during World War II,  married Lorraine Thomas (1928-2009) family, the late Becky Hoover (1954-2012) Debby Vanoy, Dave Fariello, and the late Theresa Dollenmeyer (1958-2002). 

Rosario and Josephine’s son Vincent Fariello (1930-2014) owned the Cedars Café in Covington in the late 1950’s, wed Helen Stirnkorb (1933-2020) and moved to their new home in the Whittaker and Hayman’s subdivision in Kentucky in 1961 with children Connie, Tony and the late Patrick and Joseph Fariello, lived in De Mossville, Kentucky, 35 miles south of Cincinnati throughout their married life. 

The youngest son of Rosario and Josephine, John Fariello (1936-2012) wed Mary Helen “Mel” Heitfeld (1938-2017) having sons Steve, Andy, and Mike.  Mel and John were faithful dedicated servants to San Antonio Church throughout their lives.  They were with us during the turbulent times in the 1980’s and supported every event as members of the Men’s and Ladies Sodality. 

Youngest daughter of Rosario and Josephine, Margaret (1939- 2021) was a staunch supporter of our church until she took residence in assisted living.  She was a member of the St. Ann’s Ladies Sodality which later became the Men’s and Ladies Sodality and she kept up with the ladies from San Antonio Church and visits from her good friends from St. Bonaventure School days, Linda Panaro, Mary Lee Lutz, and Lorraine Pieper.  

Rosario and Josephine (Salerno) Fariello passed away ten years apart at the same age of 82 and their funerals were held at San Antonio Church.  Members from the Contadini and San Antonio Men’s Societies were present for Rosario’s funeral on May 27, 1972, and the St. Ann’s Ladies Sodality and Little Flower Auxiliary were in attendance for Josephine’s  “Giosina’s” funeral Mass on December 18, 1982.

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