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|Arturo Colaianni and his four children. His wife, Libby diSanza, died in 1950. This photo was taken in 1955.
|Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 21:30:33 -0500
From: Angie Frazzini <afrazz510hotmail.com>
Subject: So, I talked to my dad....
Hello! I know I sent you an email earlier, but my dad just got home and I showed him the pictures from Rayna and his jaw hit the floor and kept on goin'....
My dad guesses that the connection comes in with Libbie diSanza Coliainni (sp). Her mother, like in your family tree, was married, and her first husband died, so she married, my dad's grandfather Nunzio. Libbie must have changed her name when her mother remarried. Nunzio and Maria Rosa (who may father always knew as Rosa) had three children: Pasquelina (Lina, d. 1988), Ferdinand married Margurite Kauth, d. 1983), and Josephine. Ferdinand and Margurite had three children: Ferdinand (b. 1948, aka Fred), and Lawrence and Charles (twins, b. 1951). Charles is my father, he married Mary Bizic in 1977 and I was born in 1984 and my sister Gina Theresa was born in 1986.
I showed my dad the Coliainni pictures of the Chicago family from your website, and he noticed a few people who weren't named in the photos. In the second picture down, of the large group around the table, a few of the unnamed people are: Michael Guil(l)iano, aka Buddy...he's the unnamed grandchild (on the left). He is the son of Josephine (Frazzini) Guiliano...he's the son of my father's aunt.
My dad recognized instantly the person hiding his face--3rd from right. He is Antionette's husband George Ambroswicz...my father said he died approx. 1995. Also, the spelling of these names is entirely a guesstimate.
In the 4th picture down, with the standing lady in the dark dress is my dad's aunt Lina (Pasquelina). She was the oldest sister of Ferdinand Frazzini (my paternal grandfather) and Josephine Frazzini.
My dad was 4 years old at the time these photos were taken, and he remembers going to Edward Coliainni's wedding later that year or sometime in 1956 (it may have been spring/summer 1956). My dad also remembers his uncle Arthur dying in winter 1958/59.
In the pictures...the smaller child named Ronnie now lives in Wisconsin. His father was Art (in the pictures). (Wanda married Arthur Coliainni-4th face from left...Art)
Also, in looking at the familiy trees on your website, we noticed that all the Freds in the family were labeled as Frederick. Their names are actually Ferdinand...the Italian version. My uncle Fred was born Ferdinand but always goes by Fred...same with his son, and we still call him Freddie. So he wouldn't be Ferdiand III, they named him Ferdinand Hugh (after his maternal g-gpa). His mother is Karen Rogers Frazzini, and in addition to Freddie, they have twins: Peter and Kristie (b. 1986) and Kathleen (b. 1990). My dad's twin, Larry, has 5 kids with his wife, Virginia (Ginny). They are Tony, (Anthony, b. 1983), Pamela (Pam, b. 1985), Holly (b. 1987), and Amy and Christopher (Chris, twins, b. 1990). Do you know if there's any record of twins going back further than this particular branch of Frazzini's? My father thinks there may have been but he's not entirely sure!
Anyway, not sure if any of this can help! My dad always remembers hearing about a Betty Frazzini, but he doesn't know if he ever met your mother or not...but Italians always talk about family, so he may just remember hearing your mother's name without actually having met her!
My parents can't believe all the information you've put together! We kept scanning family trees and my dad kept saying, "I've never seen so many Frazzinis in one place...." He's even searched the Ellis Island databases, but since we learned that Frazzini was once Frazzino, that explains why we can't find any good information!
Hope this links us somehow! It'd be great to know where we line up in the grand scheme of the Frazzini family!
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