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Weekly Bulletin March 13, 2022
by Terrie Evans
On this 2nd Sunday of Lent, our San Antonio Parishioners are ready to honor our next group of families to celebrate. The large Roberto Family lived in the Upper Lick Run area of Little Italy with Alexander at 2138 Queen City Avenue, Anthony and Pasquale (on the Festival Committee 1932) at 2153 Queen City Avenue who operated an Imported and Domestic Grocery Store until the 1940’s, Antonio at 2206 Champlain Street, Frank a member of the Contadina Society, residing at 2208 Champlain Street, and Giuseppe at 2157 Queen City Avenue. Giuseppe, Pasquale, and Antonio were all present at the dedication of the St. Anthony Welfare Center Neighborhood House and are in the dedication picture. All the Roberto men were active in the Lick run and Petersburg Reunions in the past and were present for the Reunions for the St. Bonaventure School Reunions. Alexander, Anthony, and Pasquale are mentioned on the Honor Roll of men who served during World War II on the marquee in our Hall. Patrick Roberto was the manager of the San Antonio baseball Team and from the 1st generation of Italian Americans, Louis, and Fern (Romelli) Roberto were one of the last to families reside on Biegler Street and raise their children in the area around San Antonio Church.
Giuseppe Roberto (1866-1925) wed Angela Felizia Rizzo (1861-1935) around 1891.
Giuseppe came to America in 1903 with son Pasquale (Patsy) and Angela (Rizzo) Roberto, following 2 years later in 1905 with their son Alexander and daughter Antoinette. Pasquale (Patsy) Roberto (1892-1953) became a citizen in 1922 and married Louise Di Stasi (1891-1942) Children: Joseph, Anthony, Alexander, Vito Joseph, Pasquale Jr., Louis Roberto, Angelina Buck, and Rose Baudendistle. Pasquale worked for the F.H. Lawson Co. for 30 years, was a member of the Contadina and Holy Name Society of San Antonio Church. Brother, Alexander Roberto (1899-1970) wed Leona Schumann (1904-1984) in 1923, worked as a salesman, and welcomed children Angela (Roberto) Samad, Cecilia (Roberto) Newberry, Rosemary (Roberto) Margeson, Alexander and Joseph Roberto. Alexander Roberto was a member of San Antonio Men’s and Contadina Societies, the Felitto Club, The South Fairmount Improvement Association, and the 21st Ward Republican Club. Daughter Antoinette Roberto (1896-1932) wed Vito James Gramaglia (1892-1977) left her children motherless when she died suddenly after the birth of daughter, Louise Gramaglia Bellissimo. Antoinette passed away 2 days after Christmas in 1932 at the age of 36. Louise would be placed in St. Joseph Orphanage until the age of 5 when she was able to join her older siblings. Vito kept his family together with the older siblings looking out for the younger ones. Besides Louise, children: Maria (Gramagalia) Isadore, Vincent, Joseph, Frank, Pasquale, Vetulia “Viola” (Gramaglia) Newman, and Cecilia Marie (Gramaglia) De Camp. We all remember our long time San Antonio Parishioner, Theresa (Gramaglia) Schultz, the last surviving sibling.
Antonio Roberto (1873-1954) wed Maria Perrone (1875-1930) had Pasquale, Josephine (Roberto) Moore, Peter, Anthony, and Louis Joseph Roberto between 1899-1914. Frank Roberto (1880-1961) married Angela D’Agostino, (1878-1952) sister of Rosario(1872-1954) and Antonio (1885-1926) and worked for the City of Cincinnati to support his family. Children Angela (Roberto) Gramaglia, Joseph, Mathilda (Roberto) Picadio, Margaret (Roberto) Bruser, Antoinette (Roberto) Martin, Louise Francis (Roberto) Berning, and Mary Ann (Roberto) Clift.