News from San Antonio Church – Oct. 17, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin October 17, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday, we  introduce the next  historical San Antonio Parish Family  to be honored on November 7th, the Bonaventure Family.  The Patriarch and Matriarch of this family is Patrizio Nicholas Bonaventura (1880-1943) and Estella Grace (Ventre) (1883-1947).  Patrizio started his life as a foundling taken in and adopted by members of the  Cerrullo Family  who are linked to the Minella, Pagnoto and Sabata Families.  He was given the name  Patrizio Nicolas with his last name, Bonaventura meaning  Good Fortune and came to America with members of the Cerullo Family at age 16.  When he arrived in New York at Ellis Island Patrizio was able to read and write as the Cerullo Family took much time in schooling him.  Estella  came from the large  Ventre  family  also from Felitto and was the sister of Louis, Domenico, Vito, Rosario, Antoinetta, Maria Grazia, Theresa, and Luciano Ventre.  Patrizio and Estella  were married on January 8, 1905.  When they settled in the Little Italy section of South Fairmount, their family consisted of  Marie Bonaventura (1907-1976) who married Nicolas Musselli  (1900-1963); siblings Josephine, Patrick Nicholas, Anthony, Stella Marie and Carmen. 

Caroline “Carly” Bonaventura  (1908-1982) wed Joseph Romelli in 1951  siblings Fern Roberto, Roy and Patrick Romelli.  Herman Carmine “Nuch” Bonaventura (1912-1989) wed Carmella Smeraldo (1915-1984) in 1936 and lived at 2189 High Street and welcomed daughters Mrs. Thomas Ruehl and  Fern Webster.  Anna Rose Bonaventura (1914-1985) came next and then  son Joseph Patrizio Bonaventura (1917-2005) known as an excellent athlete who would train by running up White Street, qualified for the 1936 Olympics in Munich-wrestling team and was a Sgt. During World War II with the Rangers in the European Theatre.  Joe  married  Marie Elsa Cottman (1921-1958) and after her passing, 2nd Florence Jones (1922-2020), siblings Joy Marie Niehaus-Jenkins (1950-2010) and Robin Lee Bonaventura.  Helen Marie Bonaventura (1920-1999) married Christos Dektas, who was President of the San Antonio Men’s Club around the 50th Anniversary of San Antonio Church.  Their children were Tina (1952-2004) and Michael Dektas.  Rosemary  Bonaventura (1923-1996), married Edward Delph (1921-1978)  daughters Barbara Strasser, Teresa Hudson, son Prof. Edward Delp.  Estelle “Jennie” Bonaventura (1925-1993) married Clifford Walkenhorst (1925-1995) their family consisted of John and Steven.  Some of these siblings were part of the 1st Communion, Confirmation and May Crowning’s held at San Antonio Church who were prepared to receive the Sacraments by Sister of Charity, Blandina Segale, Servant of God. 

In the 1930 Census, the Patrizio and Stella Bonaventura Family  resided at 2164 Queen City Avenue.  In the 1940 Census, Patrizio was working on the infrastructure within the city laying sewers while living  at 2144 Queen City Avenue. As their family grew, the Patrizio Bonaventure Family moved to 1911 Biegler Street closer to San Antonio Church where they volunteered  and made many friends. 

Another San Antonio Church Parishioner and neighbor of the Bonaventures was Michael and Barbara  Scorziello.  Michael (1880-1954)  from Roccoadaspiede, Italy  and Barbara( Venice) Scorziello  (1887-1963) from Cirigliano, Italy came solo to America and settled in Peru, Indiana.  Michael Scorziello had family connections and started working for the railroad as a Section Man.  When Barbara Venice arrived with her family, they  married the next year in Peru, Indiana.  They settled in Little Italy at 1907 Biegler Street when Michael worked at the  Lunkenheimer  Company.  Michael Scorziello is on the Santa Maria Welfare Center Dedication Picture with all the men from  San Antonio and is seated between Vito Gramaglia and Angelo Fariello.    Michael  was on the Festival Committee in 1932 while  Barbara was a member of the St. Ann’s Married Ladies Sodality; both worked  at many of the Spaghetti Dinners  during those years.  Barbara is one of the San Antonio Ladies in a photo with Mrs. Josephine (Palmieri) Panaro working at a Spaghetti Dinner in the 1950’s.   

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