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Weekly Bulletin May 22, 2022
by Terrie Evans
We continue our 100th year Anniversary San Antonio Church celebrations by introducing another historical family, the Guerrera Family. There are many different families connected with the start of their family especially the Panaro’s and the Grieco’s. Virginia Mary (Panaro) (1869-1931) married Anthony Grieco (1866-1949) on December 28, 1888, in Potenza, Italy. Virginia was the daughter of Vincenzo (1846-1910) and Maria (Maturo) Panaro (1845-1941) and sister of Lawrence Panaro (1873-1940). Virginia and Anthony’s 1st child, Maria (Grieco) Guerrera was born in Italy when Virginia was 19 and Anthony was 23. The couple arrived in New York in 1892 when daughter Maria (Grieco) Guerrera (1889-1947) was about 3 years old. Virginia’s brother Lawrence and their parents journeyed to America prior to the Grieco family who arrived around 1890. They settled in Cincinnati where Nellie (Grieco) Dallessandro (1893-1970), Joseph Leo Grieco (1896-1953) and Helen (Grieco) Robinson (1910-2005) were born.
Maria (Grieco) would marry Giuseppe (Joseph) Guerrera (1885-1953) journeyed to America around 1900 from Italy and were married on June 18, 1905, when he was 20 and Maria was 17. In the 1930 census, they were living at 1938 Queen City Avenue and were Naturalized Citizens. Joseph Guerrera is seated between Frank Gargano and Pasquale de Carro in the dedication picture in 1922. Their family consisted of Agnes Guerrera (1906-1951), married Pasquale “Patrick” Sarraino (1895-1934) who served in the Army in 1918 during World War I. Agnes (Guerrera) Sarraino was a member of the St. Ann’s Married Ladies Sodality, Little Flower Aux. No. 244, Knights of St. John. Nicholas Guerrera (1907-1935) was married to Emma Beasley before he died suddenly on January 11, 1935, and was buried from San Antonio Church. Virginia Guerrera (1910-1970) wed Dominic Stevens (1905-1987) who was seated next to Dominic Acito in the dedication of the St Anthony Neighborhood House picture. Virginia (Guerrera) Stevens was a member of Little Flower Ladies Aux. No. 244, Knights of St. John, and St. Ann’s Married Ladies Sodality. Virginia and Dominic’s family, Donald Stevens (1931-2008), Mary Lou (Stevens) Russo, and Joseph “frog” Stevens (1940-2003) was a U.S. Army Veteran. Lawrence Guerrera (1910-1994) wed Francis “Honey” Wetterick (1909-2001) had sons Ronald Guerrera (1934-1934) and Nicholas Guerrera (1937-2013) who moved to Dandridge, Tennessee. Annie Guerrera (1915- 2007) who was married for 63 years to Melvin Berning Sr. (1908-1999), a member of the Price Hill Old Timers Baseball team, children: Jo Ann (Berning) Lyons, Judi (Berning) Renners, Carol (Berning) Papania who died in 2021, Linda (Berning) Price, Marilyn Berning, and Melvin Berning Jr. Ruth Guerrera (1919-2001) wed William Kallmeyer (1915-1988) children Janice (Kallmeyer) Kearns), Joyce (Kallmeyer) Faye, Diane Kallmeyer, Maria (Grieco) Guerrera ‘s sister, Nellie Grieco (1893-1970) married Vincenzo Dalessandro who died in 1918 at the age of 31 and left Nellie with 4 children: Dominic, Anthony, Philomena ”Minnie”, and John.
Maria’s brother Joseph Leo Grieco (1896-1953) served during WW l, married Florence (Kroger) (1895-1973) children Harold Grieco (1924-2011) who married Jane Manning (1924–2011) was a pharmacist, children Kim and Todd. Joseph Grieco Jr. wed Irene (Buchanan) welcomed children Jeri, Toni, Pam, and Joe. Laverne (Grieco) married James Ellis welcomed children Glenn and Debbie. Lorraine (Grieco) wed Robert Yunger and their family consisted of Carol, Mark, and Gary. The Ellis Family were neighbors and good friends to Harry Panaro’s parents, Anthony, and Virginia. The youngest sibling of Maria (Grieco) Guerrera, Joseph Grieco, and Nellie (Grieco) Dallesandro was Helen (Grieco) (1910-2005) who married John Robinson (1910-1998) children Rose Anita (Robinson) Smith (1941-1994), Jerry Robinson, the late Jackie (Robinson) Sagers, Debbie (Robinson) Kostoff (1954-2009), Leo and Mike Robinson. These families were with San Antonio Church since the beginning and have supported our church and the many fundraisers we have held over the years.