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Weekly Bulletin October 31, 2021
by Terrie Evans
The last family scheduled for our November 7th monthly celebration is Rosario (1877-1969) and Grace Maria (Prinzo) DiStasi (1888-1970) and their children, Mary, Clementine, Angelina, Anthony and Herman. Grace Maria Prinzo was born in 1888 to Clementina Tarallo (1851-1899) and Antonio Prinzo (1845-1910) with her sister, Josephine (Prinzo) 1890-1972) marrying Pasquale Galardo (1872-1949). Both Grace Maria (Prinzo ) DiStasi’s parents passed away before she journeyed to America. Rosario Di Stasi was born in 1877 in Felitto, Italy to parents Angelo DiStasi (1834-1911) and Maria Rosa Tedesco (1841-1910). Rosario wed Grace before coming to America in 1910. Their three daughters, Mary Di Stasi Kleinwaechter (1911-2007), Clementine DiStasi Gulino (1913-2006) and Angelina DiStasi Spencer (1915-1994) were born in Cincinnati. The DiStasi family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio for a short time where son Anthony Di Stasi (1918-1999) was born. In the fall of 1919, son Herman DiStasi was born (1919-1986) after moving back to Cincinnati.
In 1930, Rosario and Grace owned their own home located at 1894 Montrose Street when he was 53 years old, Grace was 42. They were active San Antonio parishioners with Grace now a member of the St. Ann’s Ladies Society. In that year, Mary was 18, Clementine was 16, Angela was 14, Tony was 12 and Herman was 10 while Rosario worked as a machine operator in the upholstery factory. By 1940, Rosario and Grace had the two youngest residing with them at 1894 Montrose Street, sons, Tony now 22 and Herman 20 years old.
The oldest sibling, Mary A. DiStasi was a cashier (1911-2007) when she married truck driver, Paul Joseph Kleinwaechter (1911-1982 ) in June 1939. Their address was listed at 1825 Forbus Street and later welcomed daughters, Janis and Carol. Clementine Di Stasi (1914-2006) wed Frank Gulino (1906-1986) who served in the U. S. Army during WWII and after his service became a District Manager at Kroger’s for 38 years. Angela DiStasi (1915-1994) worked as an inspector when she married Manning Spencer (1915-1987) who held a job as a clerk while living at 2308 Lehman Road and their family consisted of daughter Gail and son Bruce Spencer.
Anthony DiStasi (1918-1999) was a meter tester before marrying Helen Klump on October 25, 1941 at San Antonio Church and moving to 1246 ILiff Avenue. During WWII, Anthony was inducted into the military at Ft. Thomas, Kentucky and sent on to St Petersburg, Florida for training with the Army Air Forces. Anthony and Helen celebrated 57 years of marriage at the time of his passing. Their daughter, Linda Ann DiStasi Evert ( 1942-2016) passed away in Tinley Park, Illinois at 73. Their other children Deborah,Toni, and Lesa DiStasi. Helen Klump DiStasi celebrated her 100th Birthday in 2021!
Rosario and Grace’s youngest son, Herman Di Stasi (1919-1986) wed Anne Mary Acito (1921-1996) on April 30, 1946 at San Antonio Church. Their wedding was a milestone celebration as all of Anne’s 5 brothers safely returned from World War II and were present. During those years, Peter Acito served over 4 years, Frank Acito served 3 years in the Pacific, Tony Acito served in the Army and Merchant Marine, Dan Acito was a veteran of both theaters and Joe Acito was stationed in Europe. The groom, Herman “Nouch” Di Stasi enlisted in the Army on January 31, 1941 when he was 21 and served four years with the 37th Division in the Pacific before his marriage. He went on to serve 27 years as a patrolman, detective, and valued member of the vice squad within the Cincinnati Police Dept. Anne and Herman’s family: Mary Jo, Richard, Donna ,Danise, Dino and Mark. In 1949, after their children started their own families, Rosario and Grace sold their family home at 1894 Montrose Street to Ralph Ruwe. Their 4 room frame home that held many family memories sat on a lot that was 30 by 50. They would move on to 5846 Willow Oak Lane in the suburb of White Oak.
Other DiStasi Families who were parishioners and lived in South Fairmount were Giuseppe “Joseph” Antonio Di Stasi (1879-1929) who married 1st Giulia Amante Di Stasi in 1903. After arriving in America, son Francesco Di Stasi was born around 1909. His 2nd wife Elena (Minella) DiStasi (1890-1970) journeyed to America in 1920 to marry Giuseppe in 1921. After his mother Giulia passed away, son Francesco “Frank” spent a few years at the St. Joseph Orphanage. After Giuseppe DiStasi died in 1929, Francesco “Frank” resided with Elena (Minella) DiStasi, his stepmother on Montrose Street in the early 1930’s. The other Di Stasi Family Parish family is the Antonio Di Stasi (1863-1938) and wife Rosa Pacente family. Their daughter Maria Grazia Di Stasi (1885-1947) married Antonio Cupito (1891-1939). Their children: Joseph Cupito (1913-1984), Antonio Cupito (1915-1927), Russell Cupito (1916-1995), Victor John Cupito(1919-2002), John D. Cupito(1920-1921), Noble William Cupito (1920-1991), Rose Marie Cupito Young (1921-2011).
Other news! During our Sunday celebrations, we will be selling our famous homemade meatballs and sauce after every Mass. Meatballs are 10 for $10 and a quart of sauce for $7.00.