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Weekly Bulletin February 20, 2022
by Terrie Evans
On this Sunday we recall the Morra/Moore Families and their connections to many other families within the San Antonio Church community. There were two brothers, Dominic Antonio (1877-1959) and younger brother Louis Morra (1896-1980). Dominic married Mary Minella on April 30, 1905 and resided at 1937 Queen City Avenue. Their children Angelina (1906-1984), Pauline “Palma” (1907-2001), twins Jeanette (1911-2002) and Joseph (1911-1986) and Rose (1926-1993). Before World War I, Mary traveled back to Italy with her young children Angelina, Palma, Jeanette, and Joseph to visit her parents, Vito, and Palma Minella. Their travel plans changed when Italy entered the war in 1915 with the United States following in 1917. They finally returned to America on May 18, 1921, on the Ship San Giovanni when the children were older.
When Mary and the children were in Italy, husband Dominic was living at 1937 Queen City Avenue, with Mary (Minella) Morra’s brother, Silvano Minella age 22, Donato Tedesco 20 years old, and Pasquale Lucia age 22. Their homestead was on the corner directly across from Haynay’s Grocery that dated back to the mid 1800’s and was said to be a blacksmith and livery stable. During Mary’s absence Dominic was working for Union Gas & Electric (CG&E) and in 1920, Dominic relocated to 2326 Symmes Street to live with his brother Louis‘s family while Mary and their children were delayed in Italy.
In the 1930 census, Dominic and Mary were residing at 2326 Symmes with the twins (Jeanette and Joseph) now 19 and the youngest, Rose age 4. Dominic and Mary built a home at 6610 Coffey Street in Mt. Washington where they became parishioners at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Their children: daughter Angeline (Morra) (1905-1984) married Joseph Bonavita (1902-1972) in 1928 with children: Rafilia (Lee) Frank, Dominic, and Angelo. Palma (Morra) (1907-2001) married Anthony Del Vecchio (1900-1962) in 1924. To support his family, Anthony worked as a Machinist at P&G. They had Ciro “Jerry” Del Vecchio (1927-1996), Kay Gibbons (1930-2018), and Mary Jo Parrott (1925-2003). Palma (Morra) Del Vecchio relocated to Boynton Beach, Florida after Anthony’s death. Jeanette Morra (1911-2002) married Joseph Henkenberens (1911-1982) they had daughter, the late Sandra (1947-1949). Joseph Morra (1911-1986) married Catherine Mangano (1912-1987) having daughter, the late Mary Kay Combs and son, Donald J. Morra. Rose Morra (1926-2009 ) married Paul Bennet in December 1943 in Covington, Kentucky with two sons born to them, the late Michael and Randy Bennett.
Dominic’s younger brother Louis (1895-1980) came to America in 1913 at the age of 17 on the ship Santa Anna. Louis wed Josephine Roberto (1901-1986) in 1919 and resided at 2206 Champlain Street with Grandpa, Antonio Roberto with neighbors, Carmen Bonaventure at 2189 High Street, Pasquale Galardo 2212 Champlain, and Frank Roberto at 2208 Champlain Street. Louis and Josephine had seven children – Joseph, Anthony, John, Louis, Frank, Donald, and Rosemary. The oldest son was Joseph Moore (1920-1988) who served in the Army before marrying Betty (Kidd) Moore (1933-2007) having a son, the late Timothy Joseph (1947-2012). Son Anthony Moore (1922-1997) served in the Army WWII and received the French Croix de Guerre “Cross of War” Medal with Palm for Heroism from the French Government, 5 Bronze stars and a Purple Heart for his service. Anthony married twice, 1st Angela M. Rocchio (1925-1977) then 2nd, Jane Stapleton in 1982 in Clermont County, Ohio. After raising their blended family Anthony and Jane moved to central Florida in 1993 having children Robert, Bonnie Jean, Scott, and Deborah. Son John Moore (1924-1995) married Glenna Sylvania( Wittkamp ) (1925-2014) having daughter Linda. Son Louis Moore (1928-1928) died shortly after birth. Son Frank (Mousie) Moore married Arlene( Garthaus) having children Nancy and Connie. Son Donald Moore (1932-2020) married Rosemary (Schweppe) in 1959 after serving in the Marines during the Korean War. They welcomed children Barb, Donnie, Carol, Paul, and Gary. Don along with Rosemary supported our church for many years with Don dedicating many years of service to San Antonio Church. Louis and Josephine’s daughter, Rosemary (Moore) married Ken Carrier on the July 4th weekend in 1952. Their ceremony was the 2nd wedding of the day celebrated at San Antonio Church as the 1st was the JoAnn Augustine and Buddy LaRosa wedding. They have one son Michael Carrier. Rosemary and Ken relocated to Cumming, Georgia where they will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary in 2022.