A beautiful album of a visit to Sylvania by my Aunt Loretta, my mom's sister, and her granddaughter Roz, my first cousin Maria Tirone Miller's daughter, August 2011. Special and unforgettable.
|Aunt Loretta and Bill Form, first cousins from|
the "greatest generation," re-unioning in Columbus, Ohio.
August 2011. Bill can still play his horns. Also pictured:
Bill's wife Joan, Roz, my daughter Elissa and, below, Elissa's grandson Philip,
age 4, my great-grandson.
Allen and Nan King and family, in Etna, NH,
including Maribeth, Ron and Fern and spouses,
plus Ron and Gerri King's son Ethan.
I'm behind Ethan.
My mom’s mother, Julia Cornetti Luchetti, had 5 or 6 brothers and sisters, among them Aunt Mary (or Maria), who was married to Tony Form, a well-known local politician in his day in
My mom had great memories of family gatherings, including musical events with cousins. My mom played the piano; some of her cousins played flute or reeds; others the mandolin and string instruments; another the accordion. They all sang and danced. I imagine that my grandfather Luchetti, a super chef, cooked for them. The cousins were all smart, bi-lingual, and among the first of their families to go to college and become part of the American dream.
They were justifiably proud of their success, which we of the next generation took for granted. My kids and their kids don't even think about it.
My mom’s dad, my dear handsome grandfather Loretto, with sparkling green eyes my mom inherited, was also a musician, as well as a shoemaker, but as far as I know he was the only one of his family who emigrated from