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Re: JOSEPH PALUMBO 1888-1981
Posted by: Donatelle Mascari Date: December 22, 2001 at 13:01:58
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH PALUMBO 1888-1981 by Corey of 223

My grandmother was Joseph and Emily's sister, Maria Donata, thus my name, Donatelle. I have much here for you both.
Maria Donata married at 14, Michael Gorgo,name used to be Urgo,from Laurenzana (I could be wrong on spelling of town name). Brother Joseph was older, Sister Emilia was younger. I knew her well. Lived in our neighborhood, a suburb of a suburb, with many, many of her children and grandchildren. Used to have me come into her little red house on the corner instead of my standing outside in Illinois' cold weather. Great and wonderful cook. Known far and wide for it. A huge woman, always with her arms clasped across her chest. Knives crossed on the door so lightning wouldn't strike. All the old superstitions and remedies.
Joseph was a lighting man in Hollywood. Quite the ladies' man. Had more money than Croesius, bragged about it, loved it, was very, very stingy with it...he and his kids fought over it all the time. He used to say what @#$@%s they were. They hated him. Used to beat my grandmother's children mercilessly. In later years, he corresponded heavily with my father. I even have a cassette recording from him to my father. Like it never happened.
They had a young brother, Eddie. According to the story I heard all my life (until my grandmother and "Aunt Millie" as she was known, died, the parents used to pick little Eddie up by the arms and his shoulder was dislocated. He died on an operating table during or just after surgery. My grandmother remembered sweeping up the bones from the surgery.
My grandmother, Mary or Marie as she was known, had four children from her arranged marriage: Anna, William,Peter,and Joseph. I am still very close to my cousins and to their children, and am very much in touch with "Millie's" granddaughter, Linda DeCicco. Millie had many, many children with her husband, Benjamin DeCicco. I believe that there might be four or so left. While I feel at liberty to discuss much about their childhood and the way it was for these immigrants and second-generation immigrants...much is to be learned from the culture...I am not available to discuss the lives of the living.
My research is mainly ethnocentric; I have a story-based file that will serve future generations well, but have not been able to dig deeply into past generations.
OK...same family, no doubt.
Cory, who are you? Are you Irish's? Bill's? Emmy's???
Be in touch!
Warm wishes for a great holiday season to my cousins.


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