Alvira Scocchio

Aunt Vera

Vera Scocchio

My Aunt Vera passed away on Dec. 14, 2015.  She was 95 years old.  When growing up I didn’t get to see Aunt Vera very often, so I didn’t know her very well back then.  After my parents moved to Florida Aunt Vera eventually moved there also, so I got to know her much better. She was a wonderful person with a good sense of humor.  Every time I went to visit my parents I looked forward to seeing Aunt Vera also. One of my best memories is a trip we took down there just before Christmas one year.  We went over to Aunt Vera’s for dinner.  She had made braciole.  I had never seen this before, and I had no idea what it was.  I had to ask my father what it was (because it looked kind of strange).  It was absolutely delicious!  Aunt Vera was a very good cook, which I’m sure she learned from her mother.  I still make braciole to this day, and my eldest granddaughter always asks for it.  Aunt Vera, yours, and Grandma’s, legacy still lives on!

I maintain memorials for all family members that I have information on at FindAGrave.com.  To see Aunt Vera’s memorial and a copy of her obituary please click here.

Someone Found Me!

Well, this is a first, and a very pleasant surprise!  For the first time a relative found me.  I created this blog as an easy way for me to keep the family updated on my discoveries.  John Paul “Sonny” Lucarelli, Jr.’s granddaughter, Toni Nimmerichter, found this blog and got in touch with me through the contact form on here.  Of course, I immediately wrote back because I was so excited.  Her mother is Robin Lucarelli.  There was one daughter John had that I didn’t have a name for.  It was Robin.  I sent Toni an invitation to see the tree on Ancestry.com and, after she and her mom looked at it, she gave me some information that I didn’t have.  Armed with that information, and through the magic of Ancestry.com, Google, and Facebook, I was able to fill in a large part of John’s ancester’s, along with pictures and dates.  Thank you Toni, for getting in touch with me!

New Discoveries

Filemena "Fanny" Lucarelli

Filemena “Fanny” Lucarelli

A few weeks ago I was doing some research on the Lucarelli side of the family, and I found some information on Nancy Lucarelli.  Nancy’s father was Anthony Lucarelli, my father’s cousin.  I didn’t have much information on Nancy, so I started digging a little further, and I found out her married name now was Nancy Leaming.  After some more research, I found a telephone number I believed to be hers.  I then made one of my famous, “Hi, you don’t know me, but we’re related”, phone calls.  I got her answering machine and left a message.  I did find the correct Nancy, and she called me back.  We talked for a little while and then started to exchange e-mails.  She looked at the family tree, and gave me quite a bit of information I didn’t have about her family, and sent me a few pictures.  She then suggested that I contact her cousin, Marcy Mancini, on Facebook because she has a lot of documents and pictures.

Marcy’s Grandmother was Carmal “Millie” Lucarelli, my father’s cousin.  I found Marcy on Facebook, but I couldn’t get in touch with her there, so I started digging.  I found her on LinkedIn, and left her a message there.  I found her work e-mail address and sent her an e-mail there.  I found what I believed to be her phone number, got the answering machine, and left her a message there.  Fortunately for me, Marcy didn’t believe I was a stalker, and e-mailed me back.  She is so nice!  This week-end she looked at the family tree, told me one thing I had wrong, and then proceeded to tell me a few stories!  To top things off she sent the picture you see at the top of this post.  It’s a picture of Filemena “Fanny” Lucarelli, taken the year that she died.  The only other picture I’ve seen of her was in a group photo that I’m going to guess was taken about 1925/6.  As soon as I saw this picture I got so excited I ran into the kitchen.  Diane was right in the middle of cooking supper.  I made her stop and come back to my office so I could show her!  Thank you so much Marcy, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Robert Nicholas Colletti

In Memorium

Yesterday, my cousin, Bobby Colletti, passed away at his home near Richmond, VA.  He was just 2 months shy of his 75th birthday.  He leaves behind his mother, my aunt, Lucy Colletti, who turned 99 last May, his wife Francine, his daughters Jennifer Chandler and Julie (Brian) Carr, and a son, Marc (Mary).  He also leaves behind a sister, Barbara (Steve) Kerilla, and a brother, Edward (Joanne), 5 grandchildren, Andrew, Madelyn, Scott (Vania), Alexander, and Matthew, and many nieces and nephews.

Bobby was a great guy.  Jennifer, Bobby’s daughter, tells me that her son, Andrew, and Bobby were best buds.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Bobby that often.  Our families are so spread out, it’s difficult unless we happen to meet at a large family affair.  The last time that we saw each other was two years ago, at my father’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

My favorite memory of Bobby was a hunting and fishing trip we took around 1972.  Me, my father, Bobby, and Edward drove up to Canada for a week of hunting and fishing.  We stayed at a cabin on a lake.  We would fish most of the day, then hunt for black bear in the evening from a blind in a tree.  The fishing was terrible, we weren’t catching anything.  After 2 or 3 days, Edward and I had enough, but Bobby and my father stuck it out.  They were going to catch fish, by God!  We had a really good time up there.  Great memories.

Bobby, I am so sorry to see you go.  When you see your Dad tell him I said hi.  Also tell him I am keeping up his tradition, I have had each of my grandchildren say s***. 🙂

I don’t have very many pictures of Bobby, but what I do have I’ve put into an album, and here is the link: Robert Nicholas Colletti