Castellammare di Stabia
Part 3 - Brooklyn
Frank & Elizabeth
Giuseppe & Petronilla
Ciro & Louisa
Carmela & Catello LaMura
Salvatore & Maria
Lanzara Ancestral Chart
Bonifacio Ancestral Chart
Lanzaro Ancestral Chart
Lanzaro Ancestral Chart
LaMura Ancestral Chart
Causes of Death
LANZARA-LANZARO-LAMURA FAMILY WEBPAGE
Part 3 - Brooklyn
Last update 10/3/2019
Frank and Elizabeth
The first Lanzaros to emigrate from Italy to America were Francesco and Elisabetta Lanzara and their two children, Giovanni and Grace. As I said previously,
the Lanzara name changed to Lanzaro when they got to America. However, there is some evidence that the name changed in Castellammare di Stabia before they emigrated. I will try
to provide more detail about that later. For the time being, we will proceed with the understanding that the Lanzara's of Italy became the Lanzaro's of Brooklyn. Note that I have
also abandoned the color coding for names that I used in Parts 1 and 2.
Generally speaking, the immigrant's journey began in their hometown. They needed bribe money for some of the local officials to clear records such as military obligations and debts,
as well as pocket money and travel money to the port city of Naples. Our ancestors made their way from Castellammare di Stabia to the port of Naples (15 miles) by the only means they could:
on foot or by donkey cart.
There waiting for them were the steamship representatives who put them up in shantytowns for the three day preparation and processing procedure.
Also waiting for them were opportunists looking for their money. The steamship companies made money by the head and it was in their best interests to make sure that these people
would survive a rough trip below deck. They were given medical exams, vaccinations, cleaned up, given a blanket and eating utensils and then manifested.
Once on board the passengers were briefed on the rules of the ship, which meant that they would stay below deck for two weeks in the noisy cramped quarters near the propeller shaft.
Beds were bunk style and separated by a curtain. There were no showers and the common sink served multiple purposes. The 900 to 1500 people below deck often arranged themselves
with friends from their village. Whatever mattresses were used often became infested with lice. People often got sick and many died during passage.
For those who survived the trip to the port of New York, they now had to endure more hardships. The ship disembarked first and second class passengers on the lower west side docks
of Manhattan while steerage class passengers had to wait, sometimes for days on board, to be processed.
Besides the change in surname, many of our ancestors also Americanized their given names. Francesco became Frank, Elisabetta became Elizabeth and Giovanni became John.
In October of 1887, they arrived in New York City, less than a year after the statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World” was erected in New York Harbor.
Why don't I know the exact date of their arrival or the name of the ship they travelled on? I know the October 1887 date only from the citizenship papers filed by John Lanzaro
many years later in 1907, when he was 24 years old. That's what he entered on the form. Since he was only 5 years old when he arrived, I can only hope that he was correct in his memory. When Frank, Elizabeth,
Grace, and John arrived, the immigration process was not as organized as it would be when Ellis Island opened in January 1892. Those entering the United States for the first time
were processed through Castle Garden, a fort-like structure located on the southern tip of Manhattan. After Ellis Island opened, all of the records kept at Castle Garden, going all the
way back to 1855, were transferred to Ellis Island. That's where all those precious documents were when a fire broke out on June 14, 1897, and every one of them was destroyed.
The voyage that brought Frank and Elizabeth from Italy took two weeks to complete. With them were their children, 5-year-old John and his sister Grace. I don't know when Grace was born,
but I believe she was younger than John. Grace became ill on the voyage but, in answer to Elizabeth’s prayers, lived long enough to be buried on American soil rather than being thrown into
the sea as they had seen happening to others during the long and difficult trip. They made their way to Brooklyn, probably by walking across lower Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge,
which had been completed only 4 years earlier in 1883. They settled in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Frank found employment as a barber while Elizabeth worked as a dressmaker.
I do not know when Grace died or where she is buried.
On March 23, 1888, another child, Maria Lanzaro, was born. Since this was only five months after they arrived in America, I am assuming that Elizabeth was pregnant when she made the trip.
As far as I know, Maria (Mary) was the first Lanzaro born in the USA. Another daughter, Anna Lanzaro was born a year later, on May 27, 1889. Another son, Vincent Lanzaro,
whom the family called Jim, was born October 2, 1890.
The family lived in an apartment above a barbershop at 44 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Frank worked as a barber in the shop.
He was providing a satisfactory income for his wife and four children when he died suddenly on January 6, 1892, leaving Elizabeth with baby Jim, 4-year old Anna, 5-year old Mary, and 10-year old John to survive on their own.
Some family members later recall being told that Frank died from a heart attack, but his death certificate states it was of acute pneumonia.
Elizabeth was a brave woman who managed her family by taking in laundry.
Then, as the children became old enough, they found ways of earning and assisting the family. Elizabeth had offers of marriage but would not consider any other person representing
fatherhood to her beloved children.
When Frank died, there was no money for a funeral or burial in a regular cemetery. Instead, he was buried in a "potter's field" called County Farm.
It was actually a large mass grave used by the adjacent Kings County Psychiatric Hospital to bury the mental patients who died there and were unclaimed. The poor residents of Kings County
could also be buried there. This was Frank's case. There is no evidence that he was ever a patient at the Psychiatric Hospital. It took me several years of research to
finally locate the area where the Psychiatric Hospital and potter's field used to be, immediately east of the newer Kings County Hospital on Clarkson Avenue, between Albany and Utica Avenues.
The Psychiatric Hospital was torn down in the 1990's. The area is now a gated community of apartments. The bodies were all presumably moved a long time ago. I have never been able to find
anyone who could tell me what happened to all the bodies and whether they had been relocated.
By 1900, Elizabeth and her four children were renting an apartment at 192 Degraw Street in Brooklyn. The building at this address was no longer standing in 1940.
Elizabeth continued to sustain her family by taking in laundry and 20-year-old John found common labor jobs to add some support to the family, although he would be unemployed at least half the time.
By 1910, they had moved a block away to a rented apartment at 183 Sackett Street. John and Vincent (Jim) had opened their own music and record shop called the Neapolitan Talking Machine.
Anna was working as a saleslady for a dry goods firm, while Mary stayed at home to help her mother maintain the household. This would all change within a few months when Mary married Vito Desiano.
Vito had a job working for Mary's cousin, Ciro Lanzaro, who owned a "soda water" business. Vito, who had arrived in America in 1903, worked first as a driver, then as a bottler. After he and Mary
were married, he moved in with her and Elizabeth and they started raising their own large family (10 children).
____________________ John J. Lanzaro and Josephine Cuccurullo ____________________
On March 21, 1907, John J. Lanzaro submitted his Declaration of Intention to become an American citizen. He was 24 years old and gave his occupation as "Dealer in Photographs."
He had a dark complexion, stood 5 feet 5 inches, and weighed 135 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes. By September 2, 1909, he had submitted his Petition for Naturalization and granted full
citizenship on March 17, 1910.
John married Josephine Cuccurullo on July 27, 1913.
Josephine was born January 20, 1893 in New York, the daughter of John Cuccurullo and Concetta Maresca.
For awhile, the couple lived with John's mother Elizabeth, his brother Jim, and sister Anna and her husband Vito Desiano at 183 Sackett St.
It was around this time that John started his own music supply business out of the apartment.
Sometime later, possibly 1921, John and Jim opened their own music and record shop called the Neapolitan Talking Machine, located at 311 Court Street in South Brooklyn.
John and Josephine lived above the store.
My father remembers visiting the store when he was in his late teens or early twenties (around 1933). He also remembered that his brother Larry bought a saxophone from John.
By 1930, they had moved to 920 Homecrest Court, down in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.
In 1935, Jim retired from the business and left John in full ownership. Sometime later, John worked as a real estate broker.
John and Josephine had 4 children:
Elizabeth Lanzaro, born July 11, 1914, married Michael Siano. She died July 7, 2000 just before her 86th birthday. My father seemed to have fond memories of her.
They were around the same age. Ironically, she and my father died within five days of each other.
Frank Richard Lanzaro, born May 20, 1916, married Anna Manzione. Anna was born May 13, 1920. They had a son and a daughter. Frank was 80 years old when he died on November 19, 1996 at Victory Memorial
Hospital in Brooklyn. He is buried with his brothers John and Fred at Ocean View Cemetery on Staten Island. I recently learned from cousin Betty DeGennaro that Anna died on January 3rd of 2011.
She was 90 years old.
John A. Lanzaro, born February 5, 1922, was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Signal Corps in Germany. He never married.
I spoke to John on the phone a few times in the 1990's. He spoke about the family rumor that the Lanzaro name means Lance Makers and that the family originated from the
Spanish island of Lanzarote.
This conversation sparked my curiosity, so I did some research. Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, lying off the northwestern coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean.
It was known for its beautiful gardens and fruit trees until a series of volcanic eruptions lasting over 2000 days between 1730 and 1736 forced massive evacuations of the populace.
Could our ancestors have made their way through the Straits of Gibralter into the Mediterranean and on to Italy? I posed this question to the Giuseppe Lanzara who currently lives in
Nocera Inferiore, the Italian town where our Lanzara ancestors came from, and he claimed he never heard of any such story.
Following a series of strokes, John died at New York Community Hospital in Manhattan on June 22, 2000, two weeks before his sister. He was 78 years old.
He is buried with his brothers Frank and Fred at Ocean View Cemetery on Staten Island.
Ferdinand Joseph Lanzaro, born May 20, 1923, was 19 years old and studying letterpress printing and commercial photography at the New York School of Printing when he was inducted into
the Army on February 9, 1943. Fred, as he was more familiarly known, was 5' 2" in height and weighed 113 pounds at the time. He began his overseas duty with the Army Air Force
September 1, 1943. He was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant and was a tail gunner on a B-25 with the 75th Bombardment Squadron of the 13th Air Force when he was wounded
over the Celebes Islands in Indonesia. It was his 25th bombing mission. Its bombs unloaded, the plane had returned to strafe ground installations. It was only 50 feet from the
ground when Fred's arm was blown off by enemy fire.
Although the crew applied a tourniquet to Fred's arm immediately, it was feared he might not last until the plane landed. He was given a blood transfusion on the plane
and then an emergency landing was made on the northern Indonesia island of Morotai. Having established previous contact with the base, the bomber was met at the field by an
ambulance where Fred was given his second transfusion.
Fred survived World War II. Like his brother John, he never married. He was 60 years old when he died on April 11, 1984 at Flatbush General Hospital in Brooklyn.
He is buried with his brothers Frank and John at Ocean View Cemetery on Staten Island.
Josephine and John were living at 1129 40th Street in Brooklyn when she entered Unity Hospital for an operation for a fibroid Uterus. She died at the hospital one week later,
on April 5, 1943. She was only 50 years old. She was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn in the same family plot as John's mother who died two years before in 1941.
Sometime later, John married Bertha Farber. Bertha was born October 24, 1895 in Lehe, Germany. Her parents were Wilhelm Farber and Johanna Duser.
She was 5'5" tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She arrived in America in June of 1923 and worked for several years as a maid for the Solowey family in Brooklyn.
John and Bertha were living together at 40 Caton Place in Brooklyn when he died there on February 7, 1955 at the age of 72. He was buried with Josephine at Holy Cross.
Sometime around 1959, Bertha moved to Corona, Queens. Ten years later, in 1969, she moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut to live with her niece, Ann Perrotta, at 29 Atwater Street.
Bertha died there on November 2, 1970, one week after her 75th birthday. She was buried at Saint Michael's Cemetery in Stratford, Connecticut.
____________________ Mary Lanzaro and Vito Mario Desiano ____________________
Maria (Mary) Lanzaro was living with her family at 183 Sackett Street when she married Vito Mario Desiano on July 24, 1910
at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 500 Hicks Street in Brooklyn. Vito was actually living next door in a boarding house at 181 Sackett Street.
He had arrived in America in 1907. My father called Vito "Mateen", but I wasn't sure why until a few years ago when someone in the family told me they called him Martin (for Mario?).
Vito was born November 27, 1885 in Lacco Ameno, a small coastal village on the island of Ischia, located just off the coast from Naples, Italy.
Vito's father was Raffaele Desiano and his mother Grazia Marzalla.
In 1883, a great eathquake killed more than 1700 people on the island and nearly destroyed Lacco Ameno. Somehow, Raffaele and Grazia survived and Vito was born two years later
amid the rubble of the town.
Vito worked at the time of his marriage as a driver for the Lanzaro Brothers (Ciro and Salvatore) Soda Water business.
Initially, Mary and Vito lived with Mary's widowed mother, Elizabeth, in her home at 183 Sackett Street. By 1920, they had moved a few blocks west to 329 Court Street,
and by 1930, just around the corner back to Sackett Street, at 328 Sackett Street. With each move, Mary brought her mother to live with her, and to help her raise her 11 children.
Wherever it was, Mary’s house became the family focal point. Everyone went there for coffee. They had a long table that could seat 30 people.
Vito was about 5'6" tall and weighed 150 pounds. He had brown hair and a scar on his right cheek. Mary was 5'1" in height.
Mary and Vito had 11 children; 2 daughters and 9 sons; 7 of the sons served in the military during World War II:
Ralph Desiano, born May 7, 1911, married Josephine Tomaka, who was born August 3, 1911.
The marriage took place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in 1937.
This is the same church where their cousins Dolly Desiano and Peter Carulli, and Frank and Anne Murray were married, in 1942 and 1944, respectively.
Ralph and Josephine lived in a large tenement at 3083 Crescent Street in Queens, New York.
In September of 1943, they moved to a neighborhood within Piscataway Township, New Jersey, called Arbor.
Ralph worked for Mack Trucking and the Singer sewing machine company, and he may have owned a pawn shop in Brooklyn at some point in time. He and Josephine had a son and daughter.
The daughter, Valerie Desiano, was born on Valentine's Day in 1938. In July of 1955, she married John T. Deering in Rahway, New Jersey.
She had a second marriage, to James Farmer, before or after moving to Mississippi where she was head cashier for Dirt Cheap.
At some point, Ralph and Josephine joined Valerie in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Josephine died there in June of 1985 and Ralph on December 13, 1986.
Valerie was living in nearby Escatawpa, Mississippi when she died at the age of 62 on December 21, 2000.
Elizabeth Desiano, born April 2, 1912, married Mateo Capoziello on April 14, 1940. Mateo, or Matthew, was born June 19, 1911 in Brooklyn,
the son of Mateo Capoziello Sr. and Lucia Volonino.
At the time of their marriage, Mathew worked for the City Parks Department.
Elizabeth was 28 years old when she married. For years, her grandmother, Elizabeth Bonifacio Lanzara, would nag her by asking "When are you getting married?",
and Elizabeth would say "When I'm 28, just like you." Actually, her grandmother was 30 years old when she married, at least, according to her marriage certificate.
Elizabeth and Matthew had two sons and a daughter. The daughter, Theresa A. Capoziello, was born December 18, 1946.
Although I have never met personally with any of my Capoziello or Desiano cousins, I did share several emails with Terry, including a phone conversation in March of 1998.
I remember another conversation where she told me she had quit her job in September of 2000, after working for the same employer for 18 years.
At the time, she was becoming increasingly worried about taking care of her aging mother (88 years old), with whom she lived. Her old job required her to travel from one hour to 90 minutes each way.
A few months later, she accepted a job as office manager with her chiropractor, whose office was only a few blocks from her home. She was very happy that this made it easier for her to care for her mother.
Matthew died on May 22, 1992 at 80 years of age, and Elizabeth was 93 years old when she died on March 9, 2006. Terry passed on June 13, 2017 at the age of 70.
Frank Desiano, born June 26, 1913, married a woman named Julia. Julia was born March 15, 1917. Frank, a veteran of World War II, enlisted in the Army
just before his 29th birthday, on June 26, 1942. Frank and Julia had two sons. Julia died in October of 1987, Frank on February 5, 1994.
She was 70, he was 80.
Grace Desiano, born September 23, 1914, but died at home right after her sixth birthday on September 28, 1920.
Restituta Desiano, better known as Dolly, was born May 17, 1916. May 17 is celebrated by the Catholic church as the Feast of Saint Restituta.
Dolly was named after the saint, who is the patron saint of Lacco Ameno, the town on the island of Ischia where her father Vito was born.
According to her grandaughter Diane Carulli Williams, Restituta was called Dolly because her face so resembled a doll.
Dolly married Peter T. Carulli September 6, 1942 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brooklyn.
Peter was born January 25, 1916, the son of Nicolo and Mary Carulli.
On February 27, 1941, Peter enlisted in the U.S. Army to defend his country during World War II. At the time, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 143 pounds
(personal observation: I'm 5 feet 9 inches tall, and the last time I weighed 143 pounds was in eighth grade!!).
Dolly and Peter had a son and a daughter.
The son, Richard Carulli, was born November 28, 1943. He was 70 years old when he died in Texas on May 28, 2014.
Peter died in November of 1975 at the age of 59. Dolly died on October 24, 2006. She was 90 years old.
Dolly, Richard and Peter are all buried together at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.
Vincent Desiano, born March 20, 1918, married Nancy D'Allessandro. Nancy was born October 22, 1923. Vincent was an Army veteran of World War II, enlisting on March 24, 1942.
Vincent and Nancy had a son and a daughter.
Nancy died February 19, 1997, age 73, while Vincent passed on August 26, 2000. He was 82 years old.
John (Johnny) Desiano, born May 5, 1919, married Assuntine (Sue) Guerrera.
Johnny was a plumber and an veteran of World War II. He was seriously wounded during his military service.
He and Sue had a son and a daughter.
In 1960, they moved to Tampa, Florida.
Johnny died in Tampa on March 7, 1988, at the age of 68. He was cremated.
Sue was 92 years old when she died in Tampa on March 17, 2009.
Louis Desiano, born August 11, 1921, married Theresa Calia. Theresa was born in Brooklyn on March 27, 1924, the daughter of Andrew Calia and Phillipa Buffa.
Louis, a World War II Army veteran, enlisted on October 19, 1942. Louis and Theresa have two daughters and two sons.
Theresa died on September 16, 2010. She is buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, North Lauderdale, Florida.
Vito Mario Desiano, born May 25, 1925, married Frances Lee. Frances was born October 29, 1928.
Vito was a World War II Army veteran, enlisting shortly after his 18th birthday on July 20, 1943.
He carried two bullets in his body until the day he died.
He and Frances had a son named Lee Desiano and Lee had a son named Joseph Vito Desiano, known as Joey.
Vito died in Tampa on April 20, 2012 at the age of 86.
Joey was working as a mechanic for an auto repair shop in Tampa when he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on January 27, 2013.
He was only 24 years old. Several months later, Frances died, in Tampa, on September 1, 2013. She was 84.
Joseph R. Desiano was born July 17, 1926. Joe worked as a mechanic and was a World War II Army veteran, enlisting shortly after
his 18th birthday on September 13, 1944. According to his daughter, Denise Desiano Fulton, Joe "served in Naples during WWII. He woke up one day sick as a dog with pneumonia.
He went to the infirmary and his entire troop was lost in battle while he was there. He was the only survivor."
As Denise puts it, "Thank God for that otherwise I would not be here."
On June 5, 1949, Joe married Margaret Fitzpatrick.
They have one son and two daughters.
They lived in Elmont, Long Island before moving to Fort Pierce in Florida.
It was Joe who traced the Desiano family's ancestry to the Italian island of Ischia.
Joe passed away on August 2, 2009. He was 83 years old. At the time of his death, he had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He is buried at Calverton National Cemetery, out on the eastern end of Long Island.
Anthony Joseph Desiano was born June 21, 1930 in Brooklyn. After graduating high school, he joined the Army, serving during the Korean War, stationed in Oklahoma.
After his discharge in 1951, he became a baker with Drakes's Bakery in Brooklyn. During his 32 years with the company, he brought home countless boxes of Yankee Doodles and Ring Dings for his family to enjoy.
Anthony married Lorraine Castagnino, and later, around 1958, a second marriage to Carol Losinno. They had three daughters and one son.
Anthony also worked as a handyman, painting many houses in the neighborhood and working various construction jobs.
He was affectionately known as "Doc" because he always had the best remedy for any challenge.
He also made little inventions to make things run more efficiently at home.
He enjoyed sports, especially fishing, painting by the numbers, and buying lottery tickets. He had an extensive collection of baseball cards and coins.
In 2003, he and Carol moved to Prince's Bay, on the south shore of Staten Island. On November 28, 2013, Anthony died at home, from cancer.
He and Carol had been married 55 years. At the time of his death, Anthony had nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mary and Martin were living across from the western side of Greenwood Cemetery, at 104 Vanderbilt Street in Brooklyn, when she died there on February 21, 1958.
She was 69 years old. Martin died the following year at Kings County Hospital when he was 73 years old on October 4, 1959. They are buried together at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY.
____________________ Anna Lanzaro and Louis DeGennaro ____________________
Anna Lanzaro was living with her family at 183 Sackett Street in Brooklyn when she married Luigi DeGennaro on February 2, 1913 at The Sacred
Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church at 500 Hicks Street in Brooklyn, the same church her sister Mary was married 6 months before.
Luigi, or Louis, was born June 21, 1890 in Italy. According to his marriage certificate, he was born in Carotto, Italy, in the province of Napoli,
but I have never been able to find a town with that name. The closest matches are Quarto and Cardito, both of which are located just north of Naples.
Louis' parents were Pasquale DeGennaro and Maddelena Gargiulo. Louis arrived in America in 1908.
Louis owned his own grocery or delicatessen store in Brooklyn, located at 498 Flatbush Avenue. The couple lived in an apartment over the grocery.
In 1917, Louis registered for the draft, as he was required to do by law. On the registration form, he describes himself as being short and stout, with light brown eyes
and dark hair, with a light complexion. He was a registered alien, but had submitted his first papers for American citizenship. He listed his birthplace as Sorrento, Italy. This is a town
located directly across the bay from Naples, just a few miles west of Castellammare di Stabia. So, we have conflicting data concerning his actual birthplace.
In 1919, Louis became an American citizen.
By 1930, the family had moved across the street from Anna's brother John, at 917 Homecrest Court, down in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, between Avenues S & T, off Coney Island Avenue.
By 1942, they were living at 211 Lefferts Avenue, in Brooklyn, a few blocks from the grocery store on Flatbush Avenue. By this time, Louis was 51 years old and working at the
General Baking Company's Brooklyn plant, across the street from the grocery, at 495 Flatbush Avenue. He was 5'3" tall and weighed 148 pounds.
Anna and Louis had 4 sons and 2 daughters:
Pasquale (Pat) DeGennaro, born November 25, 1913, married Corinne Sundstrom on July 25, 1942. Corrine was born December 22, 1919 in Brooklyn. They had three sons and two daughters.
Pat died on January 4, 1972; Corrine died May 9, 1984. They are buried together at Pinelawn National Cemetery on Long Island.
Frank DeGennaro, born August 2, 1915, married Mary Merola on September 22, 1940. Mary was born October 15, 1919 in Brooklyn. They had one daughter.
Frank and Mary divorced in 1968 and Frank married his second wife Josephine Tenore Cuomo on June 18, 1968. Josephine was born December 23, 1919 in Manhattan, NY.
Frank died April 28, 1987 in Whitestone, NY. Mary died in Matawan, NJ on the Fourth of July in 1990.
Madeline DeGennaro, born August 9, 1917. The self-declared "black sheep" of the family who dared to leave the typical lifestyle to follow a vocation other than was expected of a
nice Italian girl. She joined the Dominican Convent in Sparkill, NY, in 1939, and became Sister Ann Louise.
Salvatore DeGennaro, born August 5, 1922, died of diphtheria right before his first birthday, on August 2, 1923. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn. Madeline
recalled that after Salvatore's tragic death, her father took a break from his grocery store in order to help her mother in her grief and packed little Madeline and her older brothers,
Pat and Frank, and drove down to "Uncle Gene's" farm in Morganville, NJ. Uncle Gene was Ciro Lanzaro, who sometimes went by the name Eugene. For little 6-year-old Madeline, it was a real treat.
She had never seen a real live cow or heard live chickens cackling. She remembers meeting some of Ciro's children, Larry, Cat, and Carmela, who would have been 16, 15 and 12, respectively.
She also remembers meeting the little old lady they all knew as "Azee." That would have been Petronilla Lanzaro, Ciro's mother. Azee or zia was the Italian word for "aunt."
Louis J. DeGennaro, born July 7, 1924, married Elizabeth (Betty) A. Ambrose on May 11, 1957. Betty was born September 5, 1932. They had a son and a daughter and
lived in the Kings Plaza area of Brooklyn.
Louis was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Force as a Staff Sergeant in Europe from 1943 to 1945. After his discharge, he worked for the Federal Government for 40 years,
retiring from the U.S. Customs Service in New York. He was also commander of the American Legion Customs, Post 51, and served as the secretary for the National Association of Retired
Federal Employees (NARFE) in the Pittston, Pennsylvania area. He was a devoted member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Pittston, and its Holy Name Society. Louis died in Pittston
recently, on November 30, 2008. He was interred in the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth (Betty) DeGennaro, born September 13, 1927, died at the age of 3 on February 28, 1931. She is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Anna and Louis were living at 360 Avenue O in Brooklyn when she died at the age of 87 on February 6, 1977 in Brooklyn, followed only three months later by her
husband Louis, on May 7, 1977. He was 86 years old. They are buried together at St. Charles Cemetery on Long Island.
____________________ Jim Lanzaro and Eve Manley ____________________
Vincent (Jim) Lanzaro married Evelyn (Eve) Manley on July 30, 1916 at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, 500 Hicks Street in Brooklyn.
Eve was born June 21, 1889, way up in the Finger Lakes section of New York State, in a little village named Penn Yan.
The name derives from the fact that the village was settled by people from Pennsylvania and New England (Yankees).
Eve's parents were Charles Manley and Adella Dunn.
Jim and his brother John owned their own music and record shop called the Neapolitan Talking Machine, located at 311 Court Street in South Brooklyn.
John and Josephine lived above the store. Jim and Eve lived just a few blocks from them, first at 341 Union Street, then at 308 Union Street.
By 1930, Jim and Eve had moved down to 230 East Fifth Street in the Kensington section of Brooklyn.
In 1935, Jim retired from the business and left John to run it by himself.
Jim was of medium build and height, with brown hair and brown eyes.
He and Eve had two sons named Frank. The first one was born December 17, 1916 but died after only a month on January 19, 1917.
The second son, Frank Charles Lanzaro, was born three years later on September 13, 1920. This Frank was in his senior year at college and working as a receiving
and shipping clerk for a laundry machine operation in New York City when he was inducted into the Army on November 19, 1942. At the time, he was 5' 6" in height and
weighed 188 pounds. Shortly before his discharge from the army, Frank married Anne Murray on June 4, 1944 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, located at 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn.
Eventually, they moved to Hartsdale, New York.
Frank and Ann had one son, Frank C. Lanzaro, Jr., born August 28, 1945 in Brooklyn. Frank Jr. was living in White Plains, New York and working as a butcher
when he died at Fordham Hospital in the Bronx on October 28, 1973. He was only 28 years old. I do not know the circumstances of his death.
Frank Sr. died November 17, 1977 in Westchester, NY. He was 57 years old. Father and son are interred at mausoleum 1, wing 6, corridor B, crypts 3G and 12G, in the Gate of
Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.
Jim and Eve were still living at 230 East Fifth Street when he died there on October 30, 1945. He was only 55 years old. Eve was 70 when she died on March 13, 1961. They are buried
together in a mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.
To view a collection of photos of Jim, Eve, Frank, Anne and Frank Jr., click here.
The family matriarch, Elizabeth, was living at 89 East 2nd Street in Brooklyn when she died on January 14, 1941, at the age of 89. She is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.
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