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Salvatore J. DiTavi was born sometime between 1835 and 1845 in
Riesi, Caltanissetta, Sicily.

In 1881, in Riesi, Caltanissetta, Sicily, Salvatore married Rosaria Vitello (born 1848 - died 1942).
NOTE: Rosaria had been previously married at age 13 and widowed at age 16. DiTavi was her second marriage.

Rosaria (Vitello) DiTavi



Salvatore and Rosaria (Vitello) DiTavi had four children:

Guiseppa "Josephine" DiTavi Born: 08/08/1882 Died 07/18/1969
Angelina DiTavi Born: 01/25/1885 Died: 10/06/1945
Rocco DiTavi Born: 18?? Died: 19??
Angelo DiTavi Born: 18?? Died: 19??


Salvatore J. DiTavi died in Sicily.

Rosaria (Vitello) DiTavi died March 12,1942 at age 94. She hadn't been feeling well and went to her bedroom to lie down. Her daughter Josephine, whom she was living with, brought her in a tray and found that she had passed away. Josephine bathed her mother and then she called the undertaker.


Salvatore J. DiTavi
and Rosaria (Vitello) DiTavi's Offspring


Guiseppa DiTavi was born August 08, 1882 in Riesi, Caltanissetta, Sicily.

Guiseppa went by the name of "Josephine" Some members of the DiTavi family remember her as being called "Zia Pippina".

Josephine DiTavi married
Vincenzo Zuffante in Riesi, Caltanissetta, Sicily.
Josephine DiTavi and Vincenzo Zuffante's wedding picture.

Josephine's dress was a burgundy color.
Years later, Josephine would use it for material
to make a skating dress for her daughter Teresa.

On May 1, 1903 Rosaria DiTavi's two daughters, Guiseppa "Josephine" Zuffante and Angelina Butera left Sicily by ship and emigrated to the United States of America with their husbands.

They left Riesi, Sicily and traveled north, 100 miles, [161 KM], to Palermo where they boarded a ship and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, arriving at the Port of New York City, Ellis Island.

Vincenzo Zuffante (line# 24 on manifest) age 23, occupation 'Barber', and Josephine 'Guiseppea' DiTavi (line# 25 on manifest) arrived on the Napolitan Prince on May 31, 1903. Vincent had $12.00 in his pocket, their destination from NY was listed as Charlestown, MA.


The Napolitan Prince
Built by Scott’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Greenock, Scotland, 1889. 2,900 gross tons; 363 (bp) feet long; 42 feet wide. Compound engines, twin screw. Service speed 12 knots. 1,175 passengers (25 first class, 1150 third class). Two masts and one funnel. Built for Portugese Government, in 1889 and named Rei De Portugal. Sold to Prince Line, in 1902 and renamed Napolitan Prince. Mediterranean-New York service. Sold in 1911 and renamed Manouba. Marseilles-North Africa service. Compagnie de Navigation Mixte line. Scrapped in Italy in 1929.

NOTE: Until the 1920s, many of the Riesi inhabitants worked in the nearby sulphur mines Trabbia and Tallarita. The owners of the mine greatly exploited the impoverished population. Many families had to let their children work in the mines as indentured servants in order to survive. As you enter the city today, there is a large memorial commemorating the sufferings of the miners.

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Once they had made their way to Boston, they found jobs and homes. Sari opened a cobbler's shop and Vincenzo opened a barber shop in Dorchester, MA. Vincent and Josephine moved to Dorchester and lived at 1836 Dorchester Avenue. Some years later, Angelina and Guiseppa's ['Josephine'] mother, Rosaria, immigrated to the United States.

Rosaria lived with her daughter Josephine and took care of her grandchildren while Josephine worked as a seamstress at the I.J. Fox Company on Winter Street in Boston.

Around 1920 Rosaria and her daughter, Josephine, had a disagreement and Rosaria asked her other daughter, Angelina, to move to East Boston with her and so Angelina took her five children and moved. Rosaria and her daughter Josephine eventually made up and Rosaria moved back in with her again.




Guiseppa "Josephine " and Vincenzo had 5 children:

Rosaria "Rose" Zuffante Born: 06/15/1905 Died 02/01/1978
Saverio "Sal" Zuffanti Born: 05/04/1908 Died: 03/18/1976
Salvatore "Johnny" Zuffante Born: 06/30/1911 Died: 06/29/1952
Vincent "Vin" J. Zuffante Born: 09/01/1920 Died: 04/22/1991
Teresa A. Zuffante Born: 10/09/1921 Died: 05/20/1993

In 1908 Josephine and her sister Angelina were both pregnant at the same time. Josephine gave birth to her second child, Saverio Zuffanti in May 1908 and Angelina gave birth to her third child, Rosina Butera in November 1907. They were later baptized together at Sacred Heart Church, a Catholic church in the North End of Boston.
Vincenzo Zuffante died February 17, 1945. Guiseppa "Josephine" carried her unconscious husband, Vincenzo, upstairs from their wine cellar after he had taken a heart attack and he died soon after.
Josephine lived with her daughter Teresa in Braintree until Teresa's family moved to Florida. Josephine then lived with her daughter Rose in New York for several years. She lived for a short time with her son Vincent in Massachusetts until she moved into a nursing home in Dorchester.
Guiseppa "Josephine" (DiTavi) Zuffante died July 18, 1969 just before her 87th birthday.


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Angelina DiTavi was born in Sicily January 25, 1885.


Angelina (DiTavi) Butera

Angelina married Sari Butera.

Sari was also known as "Russell" by some.
On May 1, 1903 Angelina emigrated from Sicily by ship to the United States of America with her sister
Guiseppa "Josephine" to join their husbands, Vincenzo Zuffante and Sari Butera. They first settled in the North End section of Boston and later lived on Everett Street in Dorchester, MA. Sari's father, Joseph Butera, lived with them.

Sari Butera's father, Joseph Butera.

In 1908 Angelina and her sister
Guiseppa "Josephine" were both pregnant at the same time. Josephine gave birth to her second child, Saverio Zuffanti and Angelina gave birth to her third child, Rosina Butera. They were later baptized together at Sacred Heart Church, a Catholic church in the North End of Boston.
Angelina and Sari Butera had 5 children:

Marie "Philomena" Butera Born: 1903 Died: 1998
Joseph C. Butera Born: 1905 Died: 1963
Rosina "Rose" Butera Born: 1907 Died: 2004
Angelina "Anne" Butera Born: 1908 Died: 1976
Sarah Butera
Born: 1910 Died: 2003



Sisters


Sari Butera was a cobbler who made shoes for people and had a contract to make shoes for the Boston Police Department.

Sari would call all five of his children into the cobbler shop to watch them while their mother Angelina took in sewing. She was a tailor who made men's suits that sold for $500.00. Angelina would spend her day picking up items to mend while her husband watched the children and then she would stay up until 2:00 in the morning sewing. She made all of her children's clothes and would have them "show off" their clothes around town to increase her business.
Sari Butera died at the young age of 36 from Pleurisy which left Angelina a young widow with five children after 14 years of marriage. Angelina's mother, Rosaria gathered up the five children and brought them all to the hospital to say goodbye to their father.
Angelina (DiTavi) Butera, Dorothy Zuffante & Marie (Phil)

At Falmouth, MA

Angelina (DiTavi) Butera died at October 6, 1945.





Angelina (DiTavi) Butera
and Sari Butera's Offspring


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Marie "Philomena" Butera was born in December 12, 1903.


Marie "Philomena" (Butera) LoVerme

This picture was taken in 1994.

Marie was known by most people as "Phil" although she preferred to be called Marie. Philomena was just a nickname given to her as a young girl and she never liked the name.

In 1920, when Marie was only 16 years old, she moved with her grandmother, mother and siblings to East Boston. She had a job, studied hard to graduate from high school and then married John LoVerme who later became a Neurosurgeon in New York City.

Marie and John LoVerme had a son, Stephen Russell LoVerme on August 30, 1921.

The marriage didn't last and Marie moved back home with her family. Marie's mother Angelina had to take her 14-year-old daughter,
Rosina out of school to stay at home and help care for her sister Marie's baby, Stephen, as well as to help take care of the rest of the family while they worked.
Marie, (aka Phil), was also was a wonderful baker and everyone always looked forward to her visits, as she would bring her delicious pastries.

Phil baked the wedding cakes and made the bride's garter for many family weddings over the years.

Phil lived with her sister Sarah in Dorchester, MA and later in Quincy, MA.

Phil worked as a Cost Accountant for many years at various companies and didn't retire until she was age 85. She took public transportation to get to and from work and to shop.


Marie "Philomena" (Butera) LoVerme died in 1998 at age 94.
Stephen R. LoVerme was born August 30, 1921.
Stephen LoVerme   Teresa Zuffante   Vincent Zuffante   Phil Grecco

This picture was taken around 1926.

Vincent Zuffante
Steven LoVerme and
Stephen LoVerme and Sal and Anne and Vincent Zuffante

1939 at the New York World's Fair.

Stephen had a private practice of cosmetic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery in New Jersey. His father was a Neurosurgeon in New York City.


Stephen married Eleanor Alcott.




Stephen and Eleanor LoVerme had four children:

Stephen R. LoVerme, Jr. Neurologist in Beverly, MA
Paul J. LoVerme Plastic Surgeon Verona, NJ
    3 children:   2 boys, 1 girl.
William E. LoVerme Plastic Surgeon - Wellesley & Boston MA
Mary Lou LoVerme Physical Therapist, Bloomfield, NJ


Stephen and Eleanor LoVerme's children

William                         Paul             Stephen
            Mary Lou


William Loverme

Paul Loverme

Stephen R. Loverme, Jr.

Eleanor LoVerme passed away February 21, 2001.

Stephen R. LoVerme passed away August 27, 1991 (just 3 days before his 70th birthday).

More about Paul Loverme

Paul J. LoVerme, MD is a 2nd generation Plastic Surgeon and Founding Director of the LoVerme Center for Plastic Surgery located in Verona, New Jersey. Dr. LoVerme is a past-president of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School where he has participated in teaching the art of Plastic Surgery to New Jersey and New York area students since 1985.

Dr. Paul LoVerme graduated from Boston University with a degree in Biology and received his M.D. degree from UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School in 1978. He completed residencies in General Surgery at UMDNJ and in Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo.

He joined his father, Stephen R. LoVerme, M.D., in the private practice of cosmetic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery after 12 years of accredited training in Medicine, Surgery, and Plastic Surgery.

Paul LoVerme, MD has dual board certifications in Surgery and Plastic Surgery and a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. He currently limits his practice to Plastic Surgery at his New Jersey clinic, with a strong emphasis on Aesthetic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. LoVerme is past-president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and is a former Governor from New Jersey to the American College of Surgeons at their national headquarters in Chicago. Currently, Dr. LoVerme serves as a spokesperson for ASPS.

Growing up in a medical family influenced Dr. Paul LoVerme to be a surgeon at an early age. Besides his Plastic Surgeon father, his grandfather was a Neurosurgeon in New York City. His brothers have also followed the family tradition - William is a Plastic Surgeon in Wellesley and Boston, MA, and Stephen is a Neurologist in Beverly, MA. His sister Mary Lou is a physical therapist.

The single most important factor in the success of Plastic Surgery is the surgeon you select. While Dr. Paul LoVerme is proud that his honors and certifications attest to his knowledge it is, his skill, training, and experience as a surgeon that is his greatest accomplishment. He has an excellent reputation for his natural appearing results and is often chosen by his colleagues and nurses for their plastic surgery needs.

Dr. Paul J. LoVerme, MD and patient

Dr. Paul LoVerme has traveled to Mexico, Kenya, El Salvador and Ecuador as a Trip Chief with Healing the Children/Midlantic, providing reconstructive surgery to over 500 needy children in impoverished areas. Dr. LoVerme has also treated children from Ethiopia, Russia, Dominican Republic, Columbia, and Afghanistan who were flown here for care that they could not receive in their home country.

Dr. Paul LoVerme's commitment to his patients is to provide state-of-the-art, high-tech care in a personal, warm and private setting. It is his combination of artistry, knowledge, skill and compassion which appeals to the most discriminating New Jersey and New York patients.

Paul LoVerme, MD and his wife reside in northern New Jersey. Together Dr. LoVerme and his wife have three children. The LoVermes enjoy water sports (especially sailing) and gardening. They also enjoy good food and wine, and have started a gourmet club with friends.

Dr. Paul LoVerme has been listed as a Top Doctor in New Jersey and in the New York Metro Area by Castle-Connolly, New York Magazine and New Jersey Monthly and as Top Surgeon in the Guide to America's Top Surgeons Consumer's Research Council of America. He was also listed as New Jersey's Top Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey Life Magazine and is included in Ten Leaders in Plastic Surgery in New Jersey.



Joseph C. Butera was born May 08, 1905. He was named after his paternal
grandfather.

As a young man Joseph traveled around Europe alone studying art. He worked on a steamer ship to pay his way.

Joseph won a scholarship to the Wagner School of Sign and Commercial Art, (which was founded by Charles Wagner in 1910).


Joe Butera at Ogunquit, Maine

Joseph Butera founded the Butera School of Fine Arts in 1932. His sister Rose would work there each day until noon with him selling student supplies before going to her bookkeeping job at the Columbia Road Garage in Dorchester where she worked 1:00 to 6:00 pm six days a week. Rose remembers many debutants arriving at the college in limousines.

In 1953 Joseph bought out the Wagner School and since then, the Wagner programs have been part of the Butera curriculum.
Joseph married Sylvia Lyon and they had one son:   Joseph Lyon Butera.

Sylvia with her son, Joseph Butera.

Taken at Hyannis, MA

Joseph L. Butera married Elizabeth "Betsy" Roylance Yates, who grew up in Darien, CT and New York City. He met Betsy when she was 12 years old and he was 11. She had summered in Massachusetts on Cape Cod and began working for Joseph C. Butera in one of his Art stores on Main Street in Hyannis, MA.
Joseph L. and Elizabeth "Betsy" Butera had one son
John Gunter Butera who currently runs the Butera School of Art that has now developed into a Commercial Art School.

Joseph C. Butera died November, 29, 1963 from a massive heart attack at a restaurant while dining with his lawyer.


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Rosina Butera was born in November 19, 1907.



Rosina always went by the name of "Rose".

Rose was a very smart girl in school but had to leave high school at age 14 to help take care of her sister
Marie's baby when Marie returned home after a failed marriage. Rose went to night school to continue her education and earned her high school diploma.
Rose was an "associate" at Saint Anne's in Cambridge where she almost became a nun. The priest told her she would make a wonderful mother and would not allow it.
In the late 1920's Rose was maid-of-honor at her cousin Rosaria Zuffante wedding when her cousin married Giacomo "Jack" Messina. Rose remembers that she wore an orchid velvet and chiffon gown and carried tiny yellow roses on a circle lace doily.
During World War II Rose was a "pen pal" to all of the soldiers who were from her church and were overseas fighting the war. Friends have told Rose that they still remember receiving her letters and how much it meant to them so far away from home.
Years ago, Rose's neighbor had lost his wife in childbirth leaving him with 5 small children to care for. Rose asked him what he was going to do and he told her that he would have to give the children up for adoption. Rose who is Episcopalian wrote to the Catholic Richard Cardinal Cushing and advised him of this man's situation. She asked if there was anything that the Catholic Church could do. The Cardinal made arrangements for a live-in caretaker to stay with them until the children became of high school age, paid for by Catholic Charities. (The payment was made directly to the man so that he could pay the helper himself.)
Rose was elected "Woman of the Year" by the YMCA for her acts of kindness and social work.


This white hat was imported from Paris
Rose got this hat at Wethern's.
   
Rose wore this "silly" hat (as she called it)
on her first date with Malcolm Applegate.

Rose wrote a beautiful book of poetry with 85 poems. Channel 13 wanted to interview Rose but she would not be interviewed on television. Instead, they read two of her poems on the air with her name displayed on the television screen. Her son Bob recorded the reading and Rose's grandson, Geoffrey, enjoyed his grandmother's surprise. A 30" Poem written in Calligraphy is hanging in a Dorchester Nursing Home.
Rose worked for eight years as a secretary and social worker at All Saints Church in Dorchester, MA before she married Malcolm Hurd Applegate (b-1902).

Rose Butera and Malcolm Applegate's wedding picture.


Rose's sister Anne and Anne's husband Sal lived with Rose and Malcolm. When Rose discovered that she was pregnant, Sal and Anne moved into Sal's mother's home in Dorchester.

Rose and Malcolm Applegate had one child:

Robert Gerald Applegate born: 1947

Rose and Bobby Applegate


After Rose married she did volunteer work at her church for the next 22 years until her husband became disabled.

Rose worked for the next six years as a caterer at Saint Paul's Cathedral on Tremont Street in Boston, MA where she prepared delicious meals for many large functions and for famous guests. Rose retired at age 69.

Rose was very active in the social activities and had also written for the newspaper at Presidential Manor in Dorchester where she had become a resident.
Malcolm Applegate passed away.

Rose (Butera) Applegate passed away in 2004 at the age of 95, soon after she completed writing her life story. At her funeral, a man came to pay his respects, and it turned out he was a child of the woman Rose had helped many years ago by writing to Cardinal Richard Cushing to help his father and siblings after his mother had died. He remembered that Rose was the one who helped keep his family together. He had copies of the letter from the Cardinal.
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Rosina (Butera) and
Malcolm Applegate's Offspring

Robert Applegate was born in 1947.


ROTC

Robert goes by the name of "Bob"

Bob graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1970.

Bob joined
Feldman Land Surveyors in 1968 through Northeastern University's Cooperative Education Program. Bob Applegate is a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) and Vice President of the company.

He is an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers; the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping; and the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Bob is happily married and has two adult children. He is an avid reader, a Boston history buff and an attendee at many classic rock concerts throughout the year

Bob has retired from Feldman Professional Land Surveyors where he had worked since graduating from Northeastern University.


Bob Applegate married Elizabeth (Betty) Louise King on May 21, 1977 at All Saints' Church in Dorchester.




Betty and Bob Applegate have two children:

Geoffrey Applegate
Melissa Applegate





Bob and Betty Applegate's children

Geoffrey Applegate Melissa Applegate


Geoffrey graduated from high school, enjoys wrestling and is employed as a baker.

Melissa graduated from high school and plans on studying for a career in the beauty industry.



Angelina Butera was born in January 23, 1908.

Angelina went by the name of "Anne".
Angelina "Anne" Butera


Anne graduated from high school and worked as a secretary at an insurance company until she married
Saverio "Sal" Zuffanti, professor of Chemstry at Northeastern University.

Sal and Anne made their home in North Quincy, MA.

Anne and Sal Zuffanti had one child:

Dorothy Zuffanti Born 03/01/1936 Died 08/15/1971

Anne Zuffanti and Josephine Zuffante

with Vincent Zuffante at his 5th birthday October 12 1951
taken at Center Street in Dorchester, MA.

Saverio "Sal" and Angelina (Butera) Zuffanti
Photo taken at 12 Centre Ave. in Dorchester, MA.

Partially shown just below Sal and Anne are Sal's sisters Rosaria and Teresa.

Sal was a professor of Chemistry at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He wrote and published several Chemistry books.
Professor Saverio Zuffanti

Saverio "Sal" Zuffanti died March 18, 1976. He had suffered with severe crippling rheumatoid arthritis for several years and had never gotten over the death of his daughter Dorothy in 1971.

Angelina "Anne" (Butera) Zuffanti died October 14, 1976, alone in her apartment in Quincy, MA — it is said from her heart-breaking loss of her beloved husband Sal and beautiful daughter, Dorothy.


From the left:   Rose (Butera) Applegate holding her son Bobby;
in the center is Sal & Anne (Butera) Zuffanti & their daughter, Dorothy;
& Mary Zuffante holding her son, Vinny.

Photo taken at Savin Hill Beach, Dorchester, MA around 1948.


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Sarah Butera was born October 14, 1910.

Sarah was named after her father, Sari. Sarah also was known to have called herself "Sally" which is how she often signed her cards and letters.
Sarah, being very smart, graduated from high school in only three years.


Clockwise from top:
Steven LoVerme, Sarah Butera
Dorothy Zuffanti and Ann (Butera) Zuffanti,

Sarah worked for Dr. Meigs, a GYN doctor, as a medical research secretary for many years at Massachusetts General Hospital, co-writing several books with him. Sarah retired in 1975.

Sarah dated a Pasqual "Pat" Provenzano for many years, but they did not marry until Pat's mother passed away, as he was supporting her and his brother.

Sarah Butera married Pasqual "Pat" Provenzano when they were in their 60's. Sara and Pat enjoyed traveling together and showing their slides of their trips to Italy.


Sarah Butera and Pat Provenzano's wedding picture.
With them are Ethel and Andy who were maid of honor and best man.

Sarah's sister
Marie "Phil" lived with Sarah and Pat on Fuller Street in Dorchester, MA near the Ashmont train station.


In 1978 Pat purchased a two family home in North Quincy where the three of them resided.
Sarah (Butera) Provenzano

This picture was taken in 1994.

Pat Provenzano passed away in 1997.

Sarah (Butera) Provenzano passed away June 2, 2003 at age 92.





Rocco DiTavi was born in the late 1800's in Riesi, Sicily.

Rocco was married, lived in Rochester, New York and was a chef. He had 3 children:

Rosaria DiTavi
Born: ?
Josephine DiTavi
Born: ?
Salvatore "Sam" DiTavi Born: ?




"Sam" DiTavi
Sam owned a restaurant in New York
or a Grocery store in California.

Julia DiTavi, Sam's wife.




Angelo DiTavi was born in the late 1800's in Riesi, Sicily.

Angelo married Crocifissa Vitale in Riesi.

They emigrated from Sicily to the United States and made their home in the North End section of Boston, Massachusetts.
Angelo and Crocifissa DiTavi had three children:

Rosaria DiTavi
Born: ? Died: ?
Francesca DiTavi Born: May 05, 1905 Resides ?
Salvatore DiTavi Born: July 31, 1911 Resides: Maynard, MA

Crocifissa (Vitale) DiTavi lived to be 107.






Angelo and Crocifissa (Vitale) DiTavi's Offspring


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Rosaria DiTavi married Stefano Trainito and they had seven children:

Gaspero C Trainito
Born: ? Resides: East Boston, MA
Gaetana Trainito
Born: ? Resides: ?
Crocifissa Trainito
Born: ? Resides: ?
Rosaria Trainito
Born: ? Resides: ?
Angelo Trainito
Born: ? Resides: ?
Valerie Trainito
Born: ? Resides: ?
Stephen Trainito
Born: ? Resides: ?


The information below is from an email that was received from the daughter of Gaspero C. Trainito:

My name is Rosemarie. My father's name is Gaspero C. Trainito. He lives in East Boston Mass. I see you have him on your family tree and my grandmother and great-grand-mother. This site is wonderful. I loved it, brought tears to my eyes just seeing so much.

Well, my father married my mother Lois E. Robinson. Lois had 3 children from a previous marriage and when my parents married my father adopted them; Peter S. Trainito, Daniel E. Trainito and Stephen M. Trainito. They also had 2 children together; Scott A Trainito and myself Rosemarie Trainito.

Crufissia is my fathers grandmother. What a wonderful woman she was and my grandmother. I am so glad I found this site. Thank you so very much.

Danny, Peter, Scott and Stephen Trainito
at Crocifissa DiTavi and Rose Trainito House

Anthony Trainito

Brittany and Gaspero Trainito

Rosemarie, Gaspero, Lois and Scott Trainito

Doris McClean and Daniel Trainito

Gaspero and Scott Trainito

Joshua, Derek, David, Daryll and Rosemarie

Gaspero and Rose Trainito

Scott, Stephen, Rosemarie, Peter and Daniel Trainito

Valeria Trainito

Lois and Gaspero Trainito

Brittany and Justin Trainito

Scott Trainito

Stephen Trainito





Francesca DiTavi was born May 5, 1905.

Francesca married Carmelo Garufo.

Francesca ran a bridal shop in the North End of Boston and made wedding gowns.

Francesca and Carmelo Garufo had two children:

Philomena "Phyllis" Garufo
Born: ? Married to Fred Anzalone
One child: Lisa Anzalone
Resides in Bangkok, Thailand
     
Carmelo Garufo
Born: ? Married, two sons:
Gian Garufo
Single - Resides in Maine

Christopher Garufo
Married with 4 children
Resides in Boulder, Colorado





Salvatore DiTavi was born July 31, 1911.

Salvatore married Josephine "Josie" Zuccala.

Salvatore DiTavi was a barber in Boston and was also a constable for the Boston Water Department for many years.

Josephine and Salvatore DiTavi had one son:

Angelo DiTavi
Born: 1947 Resides: Maynard, MA



Salvatore DiTavi currently resides with his son, Angelo.

Josephine (Zuccla) DiTavi died October 1995.
Angelo DiTavi was born January 29, 1947.

Angelo married Yolanda D'Alleva on May 16, 1971.
Angelo is an optician in Brockton, MA.

Angelo and Yolanda DiTavi had three children:

Christopher DiTavi
Born: 1972 Married Susan 10/10/98
Optician.   Resides in Maynard, MA
Has one son: Joseph (b-01/09/2002)
     
David DiTavi
Born: 1974 Married Elizabeth 09/1999
Optician.   Resides in Chelmsford, MA
Has one daughter: Isabel (b-01/05/2002)
     
Kimberly DiTavi
Born: 1976 Married to Eric Buckman 12/2000
Resides in Wrentham, MA
Has one son: Kurt Buckman (b-2001)




Back Row:   Angelo,         Christopher,        David,         Eric
Front Row:   Yola,   Susan & Joey,   Elizabeth & Isabel     Kim & Kurt


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Calogero Zuffanti was born in 1770
Calogero Zuffanti married Rossa Scimona (b-1783)

Calogero and Rossa Zuffanti had 2 sons:

Crocifissa Zuffanti born -???? Married Francesco Riggo
Don Saverio Zuffanti born 1805  

Don Saverio Zuffanti was born in 1805.

Don Saverio Zuffanti married Gaetana Turco (b-1806).

Don married a second time to Concetta Maria Lo Bartolo (b-1812).

Don and Concetta Zuffanti had one son:

Guiseppe Zuffanti   born in 1828.

Guiseppe Zuffanti was born in 1828.

Guiseppe Zuffanti married Concetta Maria Giuliano (b-1835)

Guiseppe and Maria Zuffanti had one son:

Saverio Zuffanti   born in 1853.

Saverio Zuffanti was born in 1853.

Saverio married Rosa Maria Terranova (b-1850).

Saverio and Rosa Zuffanti had seven children:

Guiseppe Zuffante
Born: 1879 Died: 1948
Vincenzo Zuffante Born: 08/28/1883 Died 02/17/1945
Concetta Zuffante Born: ? Died: ?
Leo Zuffante Born: ? Died: ?
Frances Zuffante Born: ? Died: ?
Salvatore Zuffante Born: ? Died: ? WWI
Teresa Zuffante Born: ? Died: ?

Rosa (Terranova) Zuffanti died in 1911 at age 61.




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Guiseppe Zuffante was born in 1879 in Sicily, Italy.

Guiseppe married Maria Esposito. Guiseppe and Maria Zuffante had one daughter:

Rosina Marion Zuffante
Died: 2001

Guiseppe and Mary immigrated to the United States with their daughter Rosina in 1910.

Guiseppe died in 1948.



Rosina Marion Zuffante was born in Sicily June 18, 1904. She immigrated with her parents to the United States in 1910 at age 6.

Rosina Zuffante married Carmello Golisano (b-10/22/1900 d-12/02/1974). They made their home in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.

Rosina and Carmello Golisano had 3 children:

Ernest Golisano
Born: April 20,1936
Olga Golisano Born: December 18,1937
    married (FN ?) Segalla
Doris Golisano Born: May 27,1944

Olga Golisano has a daughter, Donna Scagnelli (Segalla).


Carmello Golisano died December 2, 1974.





Vincenzo Zuffante was born 08/28/1883 in Riesi, Caltanissetta, Sicily.


Vincenzo Zuffante

Vincenzo married
Guiseppa "Josephine" DiTavi in Riesi, Caltanissetta, Sicily.


Vincenzo and Josephine Zuffante's wedding picture.

This dress was burgundy in color.

Years later, Josephine used the dress for material
to make a skating outfit for her daughter Teresa.

They left Sicily on May 1, 1903 and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean arriving at the Port of New York City, Ellis Island.

Vincenzo Zuffante (line# 24 on manifest) age 23, occupation 'Barber', and Josephine 'Guiseppea' DiTavi (line# 25 on manifest) arrived on the Napolitan Prince on 31 May 1903. Vincent had $12.00 in his pocket, destination from NY was listed as Charlestown, MA.

They lived in Dorchester on 1836 Dorchester Avenue and Vincent worked in Dorchester as a Barber.




The Napolitan Prince
Built by Scott’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Greenock, Scotland, 1889. 2,900 gross tons; 363 (bp) feet long; 42 feet wide. Compound engines, twin screw. Service speed 12 knots. 1,175 passengers (25 first class, 1150 third class). Two masts and one funnel. Built for Portugese Government, in 1889 and named Rei De Portugal. Sold to Prince Line, in 1902 and renamed Napolitan Prince. Mediterranean-New York service. Sold in 1911 and renamed Manouba. Marseilles-North Africa service. Compagnie de Navigation Mixte line. Scrapped in Italy in 1929.
Once they had made their way to Boston, they found jobs and homes. Sari opened a cobbler's shop and Vincenzo opened a barber shop. They had apartments upstairs from their shops. Some years later, Angelina and Guiseppa's ['Josephine'] mother, Rosaria, immigrated to the United States and lived with her daughter Josephine.


NOTE: Until the 1920s, many of the Riesi inhabitants worked in the nearby sulphur mines Trabbia and Tallarita. The owners of the mine greatly exploited the impoverished population. Many families had to let their children work in the mines as indentured servants in order to survive. As you enter the city today, there is a large memorial commemorating the sufferings of the miners.

Southern Italian Immigration

Vincenzo and Guiseppa "Josephine" (DiTavi) Zuffante had 5 children:

Rosaria Zuffante Born: 06/15/1905 Died: 02/01/1978
Saverio Zuffanti Born: 05/04/1908 Died: 03/18/1976
Salvatore Zuffante Born: 06/30/1911 Died: 06/29/1952
Vincent J. Zuffante Born: 09/01/1920 Died: 04/22/1991
Teresa A. Zuffante Born: 10/09/1921 Died: 05/20/1993

Vincent traveled back to Sicily
Vincenzo Zuffante with his automobile.

This was taken in 1931.
The car may be a Chrysler from the late 1920's.
Look closely through the windshield and you'll see 2 people inside.

Here's another picture of Vincenzo with his car.

Owning a car was something to be proud of back then.
Notice the watch chain and the cigar.



Here's a picture of Vincenzo from the early 1940's.

Most likely taken in Dorchester on Center Street
Vincenzo still wears a watch-chain and now has a pipe.

In February of 1945 Mary saw her mother-in-law, Josephine (Guiseppa) carry her unconscious father-in-law, Vincenzo, up a flight of stairs from their wine cellar after Vincenzo had taken a heart attack and soon after died.




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Josephine (DiTavi) and
Vincent Zuffante's Offspring




Rosaria Zuffante was born June 15, 1905 in Massachusetts.


Rosaria went by the name of "Rose".


Rose married Giacomo Messina (b-07/02/1897). Giacomo was known as "Jack".

Rose and Jack Messina


Jack was a carpenter by trade, originally from Vita, Sicily. He was a very tall and handsome man.
Rose and Jack Messina had 5 children:

Josephine Messina Born: 1929 Resides in New York.
Marie Messina Born: 1931 Resides in New York
Harold Messina Born: 1935 Resides in New York
Helen Messina Born: 1938 Resides in New York
Vincent Messina Born: 1943 Resides in New York

Rose and Jack first lived in Brooklyn, NY and later settled on Long Island in a town called Hicksville, where they raised their five children.

Two of Rose and Jack's daughters, Marie and Josephine, bought homes on Myers Avenue in Hicksville and lived with their families, right next door to their parents.
A 1943 photograph of Rose and Jack Messina.
They are holding their son Vincent
Messina.

Rose (Zuffante) Messina

Rose is holding Patty Zuffante - Dorchester 1953

Vin, Anne Marie and Mary Zuffante

with Jack and Rose Messina taken June 1977

Rose (Zuffante) Messina died February 1, 1978.

Jack Messina died October 13, 1984.




Rosaria (Zuffante) and
Giacomo Messina's Offspring


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Josephine Messina was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, NY.


Josephine Messina's graduation day.

— 1943 —

Josephine married Felix "Phil" Teneriello (b-1929).

Josephine and Phil bought a home on Myers Avenue in Hicksville, NY. They lived right next door to Josephine's sister Marie, who lived right next door to their parents, Rose and Jack.



Josephine (Messina) Teneriello
- 1994 -

Josephine (Messina) Teneriello
- 2011 -



Felix Teneriello died in 1981.

Josephine (Messina) Teneriello lives in New York.


Marie Messina was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY.

Marie Messina's
graduation picture


Marie Messina graduation picture
Marie Messina
Marie Messina


Marie Messina married Gaspare Gerard "Gerry" Giarraputo (b-03/09/1927) who was an Export Manager from Brooklyn, NY.

Marie and Gerry bought a home on Myers Avenue in Hicksville, NY located in between her parent's home, and her sister Josephine's home.

Marie and Gerry Giarraputo had one son:
James "Jimmy" Giarraputo. b: 1957 Married Marion Donnelly

Gerry Giarraputo died on December 30, 1960 at age 33. Marie, Gerry and their son, Jimmy, were traveling by automobile to New Hampshire to meet
Sal, Anne, Dottie and her husband Bill Perkins when they were in an automobile accident in central Massachusetts, killing Gerry and injuring Marie and Jimmy.


On May 7, 1966 Marie (Messina) Giarraputo married Glen Latham (b-1934) who was from Hicksville, NY. Glen owned a gas station. They made a wonderful home in Miller Place, NY.

Glen adopted Marie's son, Jimmy .

Jim married Marion Donnelly and lives in New York.

Jim, Marion and Marie Lathem 2003

Glen Latham passed away.

Marie (Messina) (Giarraputo) Latham passed away May 10, 2011 after a brief illness.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

In the Spring of 2005 another James Giarraputo found this website while searching the Internet and sent an email to Pat Zuffante, the web developer of this site. He said that his father was 11 years younger than his Uncle Gerry (Gaspare)and that he couldn't "get over the resemblance of Gerry and pictures of my father when he was younger". He had only vague memories and really enjoyed the website. He message read, "I came across your website and was pleasantly surprised to find a common link. My name is James Patrick Giarraputo. Marie Messina was married to Gaspare Gerard "Gerry" Giarraputo. Gerry was my father's (Vincent Giarraputo) brother. So James "Jimmy" Giarraputo is my 1st cousin. Unfortunately, we haven't remained in touch but I do remember a couple of times as a little kid going to Marie's Miller Place, NY house.

Marie had a party for herself just months before her passing and the wine served at this most happy event was Giarraputo Wine, brought by James Giarraputo.


Harold Messina was born in 1935.


Harold's graduation picture

Harold married Rita Scala

Harold and Rita have two children:
Pamela Messina born: 1964
Michael Messina born: 1967



Helen Messina was bornin 1938.


Helen Messina married Anthony Lombardo (b-1933).

Helen Messina's wedding day.

With Helen is
Dorothy Zuffanti.

To the left of Helen & Anthony Lombardo are:
  Gerry & Marie Latham   and   Dorothy Zuffanti

On the far right is Rose (Zuffante) Messina, Helen and Marie's mother.


Helen (Messina) Lombardo
- 1994 -

- Helen and Tony Lombardo
- 2010 -

Helen and Anthony Lombardo had two children:

Loretta Lombardo Born: 1957
Charles Lombardo Born: 1963

Helen and Anthony Lombardo reside in New York.
1977 - Helen's daughter, Loretta's:

Helen's grandson - Tommy Condit - Loretta's son:

September 2003

Vincent Messina was born in 1943.

Vincent is a barber and owner of Maple Barber Shop in Smithtown, NY.

Vincent Messina
Brooklyn, NY

Vincent Messina
- Miller Place, NY - 2010



Vin Messina married Lyn Neal and later divorced.


Vin married Jeanne Stalla.

Vin and Jeanne have five children:
Cindy Messina born 1963
Edward Messina born 1965
Jack Messina born 1969
Tina Messina born 1974
Francine Messina born 1975
Jeanne (Stalla) Messina passed away December, 2008.

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Saverio Zuffanti was born May 04, 1908.

Saverio went by the name of "Sal" and spelt his surname with an "i" at the end.

Sal Zuffanti was Vincenzo and Guiseppa's second child, their first son.
Sal fell in love and married Angelina
Butera*.
* Angelina Butera was the daughter of Angelina (DiTavi) Butera.

Angelina went by the name of "Anne".

Sal and Anne made their home in North Quincy, MA.
Angelina (Butera) and Saverio (Sal) Zuffanti

Partially shown just them are Sal's sisters Rosaria and Teresa.

Sal and Anne Zuffanti had one child:
Dorothy Zuffanti Born - 1936 Died - 1971

Sal was a professor of Chemistry at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He wrote and published several Chemistry books.
Professor Saverio Zuffanti

Here is the newspaper article about Sal

November 3 1955.


Click here to read a wonderful email message received from one of Professor Zuffanti's students, Frank G Bryson

Saverio (Sal) Zuffanti died March 18, 1976. He had suffered with severe crippling rheumatoid arthritis for several years and had never gotten over the death of his daughter Dorothy in 1971.

Anne (Butera) Zuffanti died October 14, 1976, alone in her apartment in Quincy, MA — it is said from her heart-breaking loss of her beloved husband Sal and beautiful daughter, Dorothy.
From the left:   Rose (Butera) Applegate holding her son Bobby;
in the center is Sal & Anne Zuffanti & their daughter, Dorothy;
on the far right is Mary Zuffante holding her son, Vinny.


Dorothy Zuffanti was born June 01, 1936.


Dorothy's daughter, Lisa,
also wore this halloween costume.


Dorothy was beautiful and smart. She was a cheerleader at North Quincy High School and she graduated from
Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Dorothy worked as a Social Worker.
Dorothy Zuffanti
Taken at Nantasket Beach, Hull, MA around 1950.

With her are her young cousins,
Vincent M. Zuffante (b-1946) & Robert G. Applegate (b-1947).



Sal, Dorothy and Anne Zuffanti

Dorothy married William Perkins on August 29, 1959.

Dorothy's wedding day

— 1959 —

Dorothy and Bill Perkins had two daughters:

Lisa Perkins Born-1961
Dianne Perkins Born-1965

Dorothy (Zuffanti) Perkins was diagnosed with cancer and tragically died August 15 1971 at the young age of 35.

Bill Perkins re-married Pauline who had lost her husband and they raised their children together. Bill and Pauline divorced and Bill later married Dorothy's best friend, Peg.

Dianne and Lisa Perkins

Dianne and Lisa
Summer, 1976

Lisa and Dianne
Summer, 2014

Lisa and Dianne Perkins both graduated from college.


LISA PERKINS

Dianne and Lisa - Halloween
Lisa is wearing her mother,
Dorothy's, costume.

Lisa Perkins married Arthur J. Dunphy A.J. who tragially died at age 47 on October 11, 2010 in an accidental fall while taking pictures in Deception Pass State Park, north of Seattle, WA.



Lisa remarried on August 20, 2013 to Greg Tarolli an lives in Arlington, WA.




DIANNE PERKINS

Dianne Perkins married Michael Pacheco and is a pediatrician in Massachusetts.

Dianne and Michael Pacheco have three children:

Michelle Pacheco
David Pacheco
Stephen Pacheco


Michelle

Michelle, Stephen and David

Mike and Dianne


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Salvatore Zuffanti was born June 30, 1911.

Salvatore went by the name of Johnny and spelt his surname with an "i" at the end.



Johnny married Rose Louise Isbister (b-05/26/1917) who went by her middle name, Louise.
John and Louise Zuffanti had two sons:

Thomas Zuffante born 1948
John Peter Zuffante born 1950

Johnny Zuffante — 1948

Johnny is holding his nephew,
Vincent Zuffante.

Salvatore "John" Zuffanti died June 29, 1952 when his sons were only 2 and 4 years old.

John "Peter" Zuffante of Holbrook, MA died at age 59, July 3, 2010.

Thomas Zuffante was born in 1948. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.


Thomas Zuffante married Kathleen Parziale (b-04/18/1949).

Tom and Kathy Zuffante have four children:

Colleen Zuffante born 1973
Brian Zuffante born 1976
Katie Zuffante born 1978
John Zuffante born 1981



Tom and his cousin,
Vin Zuffante 2003


Kathy and Tom Zuffante 2003


Tom and Cathy's grandson 2003


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Vincent Joseph Zuffante was born on September 1, 1920

Vincent was the third son of Vincenzo & Guiseppa Zuffante.

Quick link to Vincent Zuffante's list of children


Vincent J. Zuffante
Vincent J. Zuffante-1923 Vincent J. Zuffante-1930 Vincent J. Zuffante-1933 Vincent J. Zuffante-1936
Vincent spelt his surname with an 'e' at the end.

Vincent was a handsome young Italian man who met a girl four years younger than himself in Dorchester. Her name was Mary Byrne. Vin enjoyed going over to the Byrne home because Mary's mother, Effie Byrne played the piano. Vin and Mary's brother Martin Byrne, (who everyone called Brother because he had 8 sisters) would play their harmonicas along with Effie's piano tunes while the whole group would do a sing along.
Vincent J. Zuffante

Vincent J. Zuffante-1936
He gave this picture to his sweetheart, Mary Byrne

Vin bought Mary her first pair of ice skates when she was only 14 years old. They used to flood the park across the street from the Byrne home for ice-skating. Everyone would gather at the Byrne "clubhouse" to put on his or her skates and walk across the street to skate.

Vin's father Vincenzo, who was a barber and owned a barbershop in Dorchester, went to visit Mary Byrne when she was 17 years old and was recovering from having her tonsils out.

Vin dated Mary, taking the subway, as he had no car, going to the North End and walking to the Boston Gardens. They fell in love; he bought her a hope chest in 1942 for Valentine's Day and proposed.

Vincent J. Zuffante married Mary Elizabeth Byrne the following September 26, 1943 at St. Mark's Church in Dorchester. Mary's sister Beatrice was her maid of honor and their wedding reception was held at Vin's parent's home at 12 Center Avenue, Dorchester, MA.
Vincent and Mary Zuffante-1943


Vin and Mary Zuffante



Vin went in the Army in 1942 to serve in WWII. Vin lived at
Camp Gordon in Georgia with Mary where he was stationed until he left to go overseas in September 1944.

While Vin was stationed overseas Mary lived with his family in Dorchester, MA. Mary learned to cook Italian meals from her mother-in-law Josephine (Guiseppa) and to understand the broken English mixed with Sicilian language that was spoken by the extended family living within the home or nearby.

Vin was discharged from the Army in January, 1946. He camae home on the U.S.S Monticello and was sent to Camp Kilmar in NJ and then to Fort Devens, MA. Vin's oldest brother, Saverio, (aka Sal) took Mary by train to visit Vin at Fort Devens.


U.S.S. Monticello

Brothers — Sal and Vin

After the war was over, Vin returned to Dorchester. Mary and he had their first child in 1946 and their second in 1950. They finally bought their first car. Vin worked for White Brother's Milk company.

Vincent and Mary had three children:
Vincent M. Zuffante Born 1946 Resides in MA
Patricia A. Zuffante Born 1950 Resides in MA
Anne Marie Zuffante Born 1958 Resides in NH


Vinny and Patty Zuffante - 1953

In 1954 Vin and Mary bought a nice 3-bedroom ranch house in Braintree, MA.

In 1958 they had a third child and Vin took on a second part time job as an Orderly at the
South Shore Hospital, in Weymouth, MA.


Here is a picture of Vincent and Mary's three children.

Taken Easter 1959
Vincent, Patricia and Anne Marie.

Whiting's Milk Company bought out White Brothers Milk Company and then a NY firm bought out Whiting’s Milk Company putting Vin out of work. He went on full time at the South Shore Hospital, working his way up to Chief Nursing Assistant. Mary took a job as a proofreader at J. L. Hammett Company, in Braintree, where she worked until she retired.

Vin crafted beautiful dollhouses one of which came in first place at a crafts show. Mary became a very talented knitter and made the curtains and rugs for the dollhouses.


Mary Byrne Zuffante passed away December 06, 2006 after a few months of poor health.

Vincent J. Zuffante passed away April 22, 1991 after a 6 year battle from a lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis.
Here is a picture of Vincent Zuffante's family
Taken in 1998 in Braintree MA at the annual "Zuffante Day"

Jake, Dave & Teresa Quinn, Jay & Beth Bainton, Cathy Zuffante over Jay's shoulder.
Mary in front, with Vin & Eileen over her head & their son Vinny over their heads.
Then there's Anne & Joe Canty then Darcie Daru & her mother, Pat Zuffante.


2013 - Vince, Pat and Anne


Vincent M. Zuffante was born in Dorchester in 1946.


Vincent M. Zuffante

Vincent attended elementary school at St. Marks Catholic School in Dorchester

He moved to Braintree with his parents and sister, Patty, in 1954.
Vincent graduated in 1964 from Archbishop Williams Catholic High School in Braintree, earning a scholarship to
Northeastern University, in Boston.

He graduated in 1969 from Northeastern University with a BS in Chemical Engineering.

In 1969, Vincent married Eileen Wilson, a nursing student who was from Weymouth, MA.


1969

2013


Vin works as a Chemical Engineer and travels frequently around the world, from the Middle East to the Orient, Australia and England.

Vin and Eileen Zuffante have four children and four grandchildren:
Teresa Zuffante Born 1971 Resides in MA
Elizabeth Zuffante Born 1972 Resides in MA
Catherine Zuffante   Resides in MA
Vincent R. Zuffante Born 1983 Resides in Chicago, IL


Eileen, Teresa, Beth, Cathy, Vinny and Vin

Below are photos of Vin and Eileen's four children


early 1990's

2008



Vin and Eileen with their grandchildren - 2008





Anne Marie Zuffante was born in 1958 in Milton, MA. She lived in Braintree with her sister Patty and her brother Vinny.



Anne Marie graduated from Braintree High School in 1976.



After Anne moved from her parent's home in Braintree into an apartment in Natick, MA., she ran into an aquantance, Joseph Canty (b-1958). Joe was originally from Weymouth MA. and just happened to be living near Anne's home in Natick.
Anne and Joseph Canty dated, fell in love and married in 1986.


Anne wore her mother's
wedding dress.

Joe is a Project Buyer for a company in New Hampshire and Anne is a Senior Executive Assistant to a credit union CEO in New Hampshire.


Joe and Anne Canty - Maui, Hawaii - 2011

Joe and Anne Canty
In Chicago - Cubs vs Boston Red Sox - 2012

Anne and Joe Canty enjoy traveling and make their home in Manchester, NH with their cat Brady.


Brady Canty

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Teresa Zuffante was born October 9, 1921.

Teresa was the youngest of five children. She and her brother, Vincent, were only a year apart in age and were much younger than their three older siblings. They remained very close throughout their lives.


Teresa and Vincent Zuffante

Vincenzo and Josephine (Guiseppa) Zuffante's two youngest children.


Teresa married Thomas McCarthy (b-1918).

Teresa's wedding pictures.



Teresa's parents, Vincent and Josephine Zuffante
Teresa (Zuffante)and Thomas McCarthy.

Teresa and Tom McCarthy had three children:

Teresa McCarthy Born: 1948
Edward McCarthy Born: 1949
Thomas McCarthy Born: 1954



Here is a picture Teresa with her sister-in-law Mary.

They sent this picture to Mary's husband
(Teresa's brother)
Vin Zuffante who was in the service.

Here is a picture of Teresa with her brother Vin.

This was taken in Dorchester, MA

Teresa's husband was a milkman for White Brothers Milk Company, (as was Teresa's brother Vin). They lived on Magnolia Street in Braintree with their three children and their dog, Trixy.

Teresa and Tom moved their family to Florida and then again to Maryland. They returned to Massachusetts and lived again in Braintree on Allen Street for quite a few years.

Teresa and her daughter moved to North Quincy, near Wollaston Beach, where they lived for many years until her death.

Teresa Zuffante McCarthy died May 20, 1993 after suffering with rheumatoid arthritis for years.
Teresa and Tom McCarthy's Children


Teresa McCarthy was born in 1948.

Teresa was premature and was so small that she was nicknamed "Tiny". Although many call her "Terry" most of the family members still know her as "Tiny".

Teresa McCarthy - 1964

Teresa lived in Braintree, MA until she moved with her family, first to Florida and then to Maryland when she was a young girl. The family eventually moved back to Massachusetts. Teresa lived in North Quincy near the ocean with her mother until her mother passed away.

Teresa works in the Human Resource Department of a large financial company, in their International Payroll section.

She recently bought her very own home and it's not far from the house that she had previously lived in with her mother. Teresa enjoys traveling and Disney World in Florida is her favorite place to go. She has traveled to Italy and has wonderful photographs of the beautiful places she's visited.


Edward McCarthy was born in 1949.


Edward McCarthy

Eddie lived in Braintree, MA until he moved with his family, first to Florida and then to Maryland when he was a child. The family eventually moved back to Massachusetts.

Eddie served in the Navy for 25 years and then he retired. He had traveled all over the world and met Patricia Payne (Hopgood) in Australia. He married Patricia and adopted her 3 children. Eddie and Pat had two more children, Michael (1978) and Jason (1981).


Thomas McCarthy was born in 1954.


Thomas McCarthy

Tom lived in Braintree, MA until he moved with his family, first to Florida and then to Maryland when he was a child. The family eventually moved back to Massachusetts.

Tom married Bonnie Morrill (b-1955) and adopted her son. They later divorced.

Tom married Kelly Carroll and they have one son, Patrick McCarthy.

Tom is a gifted photographer who has had his photos on exhibit. He is a fine writer who has written articles in various magazines, including one about World War II mentioning his Uncle Vinny.




Thank you for visiting our family website.
This page was designed and is maintained by Patricia Zuffante.

Do you have information about the family that you would like to share?
Or questions you would like to ask?
If so, e-mail them OR just say "hello".
Here's the e-mail address: pzuff@aol.com

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Comments from visitors:


Hi
My name is Gerard Zuffante and I came across your web site while researching the name Zuffante and am very curious about my lineage, just as it appears you were about yours also. I have had little contact with my father's side of the family after my parents split up back in the 1960's. My grandfather was named Giusepe Paulino Zuffante and my grandmother's name was Pauline Cicarelli and they were from Palermo Sicily. They came to the US in about 1900. That is the extent of my knowledge...Did those names come up in your research? Drop me a line, I would love to think that I have some relatives out there.

I really enjoyed your web site, GREAT JOB!

Thanks,
Gerry Zuffante
    Gerry,
    Glad you enjoyed the website. I actually have a manual booklet put together by my now deceased cousin, Charlie Zuffante, where I found most of the info on the website.

    He had the various Zuffante family trees divided into sections in his booklet, my family info was in section D or E, can't remember now. Anyway, there are sections on Zuffante's in the other sections that were not included in my family website.

    I'll dig out the manual booklet and see if I can find some reference to the names you gave me in your message and let you know.

    Where are you from??

    Thanks and nice hearing from you.
    Pat Zuffante


Hi,
Yes, Charles R. Zuffante lived in W. Newton so it must be the same one.

I found the following in his book, not sure if it's your side of the family but here goes:

Giuseppe Zuffante Born 1875
Immigrated to the US in 1903, departed from Naples on the SS New England on 03/24/03, arrived in Port of Boston 04/07/03, listed on the shin's manifest of alien passengers as a 27 year old unmarried laborer who could read and write his native language. His last known address Villa Rosa with destination to Boston US. He had $10 in his possession and was going to join his cousin, Giuseppe Zuffante at 16 Charter Street Boston, MA, in good health and no physical deformities. Last known occupation Owner/Operator of G-Z Produce Co., Boston, MA.

He married Pauline Chicarelle who died in 1926, may have had 2nd wife named Lena.

They had 7 children:
    Natalina, b 1905
    Francesco B. b-1907
    Fortunato B. b-1912
    Fred G. b-1913
    Giuseppe P. born 12/06/1917 (married Arlene Power born 03/21/28 or Arlene Caporale), Josephine b??
    Lillian b??.

Their son listed above, Giuseppe P, born 12/06/1917 and married, Arlene had 6 children (are you one of them?):
    Paul
    Rosann
    Gerard
    Alfred
    Joseph
    Margarite
Let me know if these names and dates match up with what you know.

Thanks



Pat,
It sounds like you have the right family. Giuseppe P became Joseph Paul Zuffante who was my father. He was married to Marguerite Sullivan and had five children. Joseph Paul Jr., Rosanne, Gerard (me), Alfred, and Germaine. My father left my mother and all his kids when I was about 9-10 and moved to California with a woman named Arlene. I never heard anything about my grandfather having a second wife. Do you think that they were referring to my father?

Thank you for your help, you have been very kind. Is everyone in the family called ZUFF? It appears that your family is very close as is mine. There must be some good genes within our pool. I'll forward this info to the rest of my family, I'm sure that they will be interested.

Thanks,
Gerry

2005







"I came across your website and was pleasantly surprised to find a common link. My name is James Patrick Giarraputo. Marie Messina was married to Gaspare Gerard "Gerry" Giarraputo. Gerry was my father's (Vincent Giarraputo) brother. So James "Jimmy" Giarraputo is my 1st cousin. Unfortunately, we haven't remained in touch but I do remember a couple of times as a little kid going to Marie's Miller Place, NY house.





Hi, i was just playing with search engines and came across your site. i couln't believe it! my grandmother was Rosina Golisano(Zufante), my grandfather (carmelo golisano), and my mother Olga Golisano. My name is Donna Scagnelli(Segalla), i am Olga's daughter. I would love to add to your family tree with lots of information i have, i'm just so happy to hear about my relatives. Email me back please.

Donna Scagnelli




    Glad to hear from you and that you enjoyed the site.
    I just checked the site and I see where your information would go.
    I'd be glad to add it for you if you send the info to me.
    Where are you from??




I am from South Weymouth, Mass. originally. I now live in Raeford, N.C. I will send more information soon ok.

Donna

    Looking forward to hearing from you. I haven't had much new info to add to the website so this will be interesting to 'branch-out' that section of the family on the site. take care.



Recollections of Professor Saverio Zuffanti - 2014

As I get older (I am 73) I seem to have developed a desire to learn what happened to people who had profound effects on my younger life. On a whim this evening I Googled the name of Professor Saverio Zuffante, my organic chemistry professor in my junior year at Northeastern University, from which I graduated in 1966. Strangely, of all the professors I have had through undergraduate and later graduate schools, Professor Zuffanti was one of only two professors whose name I remember today.

He was a slender man.. maybe one might even say slight of stature. I do not recall him ever raising his voice, although on occasion several students in our class might be deserving of a reprimand.. instead, all he needed to do was to stop speaking and look their way, and silence prevailed. What I remember most about him was his profound knowledge of organic chemistry. He had such knowledge of the subject that he simply commanded respect from every student in the class. Having him teach us was an honor. He had an ability I never found in any other teacher or professor. We would file into the classroom and take our seats. The lecture hall had a blackboard on the front wall that extended completely from one wall to the other. He almost always arrived a few seconds before the starting bell would ring. He would pick up a piece of chalk as the bell finished ringing, and start writing as he spoke, beginning at the upper left corner of the board. I can’t recall that he ever stopped talking as he was writing. He covered the subject for the day clearly and precisely. He always completely filled the whole front wall with his notes, formulas, reactions, etc. We could almost tell the time left in the class, because as he wrote the last bit of that day’s lesson on the bottom right corner of the board the ending bell would ring. This was not unusual for him.. it happened day after day, week after week.

He had a bearing about him that simply demanded respect. I can’t recall a single student, and there were probably 50 or 60 of us, who had anything negative to say about him, ever. Some of us referred to him as “The Count”, because he almost had a regal bearing about him. Of course, none of us would ever say that when he was near. He was a “professor’s professor”!

I was happy to see your family history on the internet.. a monumental work by anyone’s standards, and I was pleased to see his pictures, albeit of a much younger man than I knew.

Please relay to his descendants that they should be proud of him, he was the consummate professor, and a true gentleman. I remember him fondly, and respectfully.

Frank G Bryson
Northeastern University, BS ChE, Class of 1966
Boston University/Vrie Universitiet du Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium) Joint Studies Program, MSMgt, Class of 1982

Replies to Mr. Bryson from Sal's relatives:

Mr. Bryson:
Your message below regarding my Great Uncle Sal is enriching to my memory of him. Thank you for providing your insight into his world as a great college professor, and reflection into your past as his student.

The attached PDF contains a cherished letter that Sal wrote to my mom (Marie, daughter of Sal’s sister Rose) during an extremely difficult time in my family’s history. Amazingly, it was exactly 54 years ago today (9/30/60) that mom, dad (Jerry) and I were traveling from Long Island to vacation with Sal & his wife Ann in New England. An unfortunate, tragic car accident took my dad’s life. The attached letter was Sal extending comfort to my mom.

Last night when I fed Sal’s 54 year old letter thru my scanner to form the PDF, I first marveled at the excellent condition of the parchment paper letterhead and how well it survived all these years, much like the solid memory of him living on in our mind today. I then imagined for a moment what Sal might think of today’s personal computers/scanner and what he might think of my ability to convert his handwritten note into an electronic entity now living in the Internet.

Just as your message provides unique detail of Sal’s impact as a professor that only a student would know, my letter provides insight that only a blood relative would know. Both pieces of information reveal a more complete picture of this great man.

Kind regards & fond memories,
Jimmy G. Latham
Hartsdale, NY

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Frank,
As a fellow NU ChE grad (class of 69) I too had “Uncle Sal” as my organic chemistry professor and your description of his classroom presence was extremely accurate and brought back memories. Though why he was called Sal when his name was Savario and his brother Salvatore was called Uncle Johnny I never understood.

He was the one who advised me to choose Chemical Engineering instead of Chemistry, which I had originally planned to do in college, since he said I would still have the Chemistry but make a lot more money than a Chemist, and he was correct.

He was a regular at my family’s house to watch the Saturday baseball and college football games on TV (he was also a TV repairman as a side business and kept a case of vacuum tubes and tester in his car’s trunk), and his politics were a little to the right of Attila the Hun (which he instilled in me). His only luxury in life was getting a brand new Buick every 2 years for that 5 mile drive from his small one bedroom apartment in North Quincy to Huntington Ave.

But one thought always comes up when I think of him: when I had him as my professor my dad (a younger brother) told me to work my butt off in his class to make my dad proud, and I did and did extremely well on all the tests, but because I was his nephew he would only give me a “B” in that 5-credit course … both semesters … because he didn’t want to show favoritism! It took a while for me to get over that.

Thanks again for bringing up his memory. To be remembered by others after such a long period of time is truly the mark of one who made a difference in society.

Best regards,
Vincent M. Zuffante

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