News from San Antonio Church – July 16, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin July 16, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On this 15th Sunday in ordinary time, our San Antonio Church Community sends its heartfelt condolences to the Ellerhorst and Ruehl Families on the passing of Audrey Rose “Sissy” Ellerhorst at the age of 19 years.  Sissy was the daughter of our parishioner and volunteer Gregg and Lisa (Ruehl) Ellerhorst and beloved sister of Virginia and husband Nick Zieleniewski, Ashley and husband Andrew Curtis and brothers Robert and William Ellerhorst.  Sissy was the cherished Aunt to Jackson, Cameron, Eli, and Ella; leaving behind many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and her fairy godmother Barbara Graham to mourn her.  She was an inspiration to all and was a proud 2023 graduate of the Margaret B. Rost School.  Audrey Rose “Sissy” Ellerhorst left this earth on June 28, 2023, and her Funeral Mass was held at St. Catharine of Siena Church on July 6th.  Memorials may be made to the Trisomy 18 Foundation at P.O. Box 320, Flushing, Michigan 48433.  Please keep their extended family members and friends in your prayers. 

We also announce the death of Fern (Bonaventura) Webster on June 28, 2023, at the age of 76.  Being a member of the large Bonaventura family, Fern has connections with many of the families who have attended San Antonio Church.  She was the daughter of Carmine Bonaventura and Carmela Smeraldo who were married in the 2nd temporary San Antonio Church building on May 23, 1936, with her namesake, Fern (Romelli) Roberto the flower girl witnessing her parents wedding.  Fern (Bonaventura) Webster along with her sister Estelle grew up in the Little Italy section of South Fairmount and were part of the Sunday gatherings held on Biegler Street that united all the aunts, uncles and cousins for the traditional home cooked Italian meal.  She resided in northern Kentucky at the time of her passing and there will be a memorial scheduled sometime in August.  Fern was a proud graduate of Mother of Mercy High School, attended Thomas More College and retired from Cincinnati Bell as a purchasing agent.  She leaves her son Michael, his wife Jose, 3 Grandchildren, her sister Estelle (Bonaventura) Ruehl, nieces Donna, Gina, Linda and their families.  Please keep her many family members in your prayers. 

On June 29, 2023, Joyce (Thinnes) Roberto (1940-2023) passed away at the age of 83.  She was the wife of the late Robert J. Roberto (1942-2016) who was a United Sates Navy Veteran serving on the USS Intrepid.   Joyce was a loving mother to Tina Martini, Debbie Roberto (Lonnie Tingle) Katy Marston (Phil) and Tracy Roberto (Tate Bailey).  Joyce also leaves 11 much loved Grandchildren, cousins Tina, LuAnn, Gina and many family members from the Bomkamp, Schmerber, Blome, Kuhling, Thinnes and Bley families who mourn her passing.  Joyce ‘s mother and father-in-law were the late Mildred (Wittkamp) (1917-2012) and Jospeh Vito Roberto (1914-1987) who along with her sister the late Lorraine (Wittkamp) Roberto (1921-2015) were long time members of San Antonio Church.  Those past generations of the Roberto family who were active members of San Antonio Church were Pasquale Roberto (1892-1953) and Louise( Di Stasi) Roberto (1891-1942)and their family Joseph Roberto (1914-1987),  Anthony H. Roberto (1917-1984), Patrick Roberto (1920-1972), Alexander J. Roberto (1922-1990), Vito Joseph Roberto (1924-2000), Louis Roberto (1928-2000 ), Angelina (Roberto ) Buck (1913-1969) and Rose (Roberto) Baudendistel (1917-1964).  The Roberto family resided in the Upper Lick Run Section of South Fairmount with their homestead located at 2153 Queen City Avenue and were active in the Men’s Club and the St. Ann’s Married Ladies Sodality in the early years of the church.  They were also active in the Felitto Club that united the next generations from the first wave of Italians who settled in Cincinnati from the small towns and villages in southern Italy.  Pease keep the large Roberto and Thinnes family in your prayers.

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