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Weekly Bulletin February 27, 2022
by Terrie Evans
On this Sunday we mention the last of the 4 families to be honored on Sunday March 6th at Mass and a Reception in our Hall. Today we introduce the Prinzo family who were members from the early days of San Antonio. These San Antonio Church parishioners were active in the Men’s Society, St. Ann’s Married Ladies Sodality, and the Felitto Club. The Prinzo family history dates to matriarch, Josephine (Scairato) Prinzo (1849-1913) coming to America after the death of her husband, Angelo Prinzo (1839-1899) in Felitto, Italy. They had 12 children between the years 1869-1895. One of their sons, Carmine Prinzo(1887-1977) moved to Akron, Ohio married and worked for the Mohawk Tire and Rubber Company. His brother, Vito Antonio Prinzo came to America in 1907 (1890-1968) married Virginia Schiavo (1899-1978) on September 27, 1914. Virginia( Schiavo’s) Prinzo’s sister Giovanna “Joan “ Schiavo (1901-1967) wed youngest brother Rosario Prinzo (1893-1923) on June 19, 1919, after he was Honorably Discharged from serving in World War I (Sept. 1918-April 1919). They established their home at 1937 Queen City Avenue.
Sadly, Rosario died on October 14, 1923, at the age of 29 while working for the Cincinnati Traction Company. Widow, Giovanna “Joan” Prinzo would later marry Edward Feldkamp (1899-1953) and have a family. Virginia “Virgie’s” parents were Nobile Schiavo and Mathilda Rosa (Minella) (1871-1938) who married in Italy on November 22, 1890. Besides Virginia Schiavo Prinzo and Joan Schiavo Prinzo Feldkamp, Nobile, and Mathilda Rosa (Minella) Schiavo’s other children were Maria Rosaria (Schiavo) Gnazzo (1891-1965), Antoinette (Schiavo) Neighbors (1907-1978), Bridget (Schiavo) Bowler (1909-1998) and Samuel Frank Schiavo (1912-1969).
Vito and Virginia (Schiavo) Prinzo resided at 1916 Queen City Avenue while he held a job as a welder for the Street Railway Co. Vito is pictured in the St. Anthony’s Welfare Center’s dedication picture in the front row with his son Robert” Robbie” Prinzo between Gennaro Palmieri and Pat Gallardo. Vito and Virgie’s children were Joseph (1915-2002), Patricia Angelina (1917-1995) and Robert (1920-1991). Joseph Prinzo wed Lorraine “Bit” White (1918-2000) on September 25, 1937, in a ceremony performed by Rev. Edwin J. Anweilier after they met crossing the Western Hills Viaduct. Joseph Prinzo was called up for military service on March 20, 1945, at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio while a married man with young children. Lorraine was working as a tailoress at the time while Joseph was employed as a skilled lineman and servicemen with the telegraph, telephone, and power (CG&E). They had son Robert “Butch” Prinzo (1939-2021) who wed Gladys (Hetzer) children Robert, Pam, Tony, Cyndi, Vince, and Debbie. Joseph’s and Lorraine’s Daughters, the late Joyce Prinzo (1943-2008), children Mary, Sherry, Tony Joe, and Jason. Audrey Prinzo wed Denny Davis, children Shelly, Denny, and Jerry. Teresa Prinzo wed John Baker’s younger brother of our parishioner, Jack Baker, children Gina, the late Angie, and Keith Baker. Vito and Virginia’s “Virgie” daughter Patricia “Sis” Prinzo (1917-1995) wed Donald Hasenohr (1920-1987) who served as a Cincinnati Firefighter for 29 years with ladder Company 13 until his retirement. Their children Nancy Yankoviak, Denise Sierra and the late Mark Hasenohr, a Cincinnati Police Officer. Nancy (Hasenohr) Bocklet Yankoviak married Robert “Toby” Yankoviak and were continually active volunteers at San Antonio until his passing in 2105. Nancy and Toby donated a new bird bath for our Memorial Brick Garden. Youngest son, son Robert (1920-1991) wed Marian Eisert (1922-2010) and with their family relocated to Dade County, Florida with children the late Patricia “Pat-Pat” Ann Prinzo Lezaca (1943-2010 , Sandy, Rick, and Michael Robert Prinzo.
The Prinzo family is connected to the many families who left Felitto, Italy to journey to Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Akron or Cincinnati, Ohio to establish themselves as American citizens and live to see their families grow. Our San Antonio Church Community was sad to lose one of our last Prinzo church members, Butch Prinzo in 2021. On Sunday, March 6th we hope to welcome members of Butch and Gladys Prinzo’s family and the next generation of this historical family for our Mass and Celebration along with members of the Esposito, Gargano, and Moore Families.