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Maria was Giuseppe's first wife. They were married about 1911 in CdS. They had a daughter, Angelina, about 1913. Maria must have died before about 1919-1920 as Giuseppe was remarried by then.
My mother's aunt Rosina Frazzini married Giuseppe (Joseph) Buzzelli. I have an old address for Buzzelli on E 105th Street in Cleveland, OH. Her death certificate showed she was born on 5 Nov 1893. There are no birth records available for 1891 to 1893.
She was thought to have died of tuberculous. Year of death, about 1940, a guess by Benilda Frazzini. I have found out this year is correct (from her death certificate). I found this obituary:
Cleveland Public Library Archive: Cleveland Necrology File
Name: Buzzelli, Rosina Farazzinl
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #012.
Notes: Buzzelli: Rosina Farazzinl, beloved wife of Joseph, mother of Angelina and Helen, passed away Nov. 22. Funeral from P. Coreno Funeral Home, 10514 Kinsman rd. Services from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 10 a. m. Tuesday.
Information from Bina Frazzini Bozzi, Apr 2005: "I knew Rosina and her daughter Pierina before they went to America."
Angelina was Giuseppe's daughter with his first wife, Maria diMenna. Angelina was born in CdS. I have a copy of her birth registration.
1930 Census, 16y, Cleveland OH, living with parents and sister Helen. Immigration 1927.
Photo of Angelina Buzzelli, on the right, daughter of Giuseppe and his first wife Maria diMenna.
This photo was taken on 9 Nov 1949 at the wedding of my parents.
My grandmothers are on the left (DiVecchio and Frazzini).
Angelina never married and died 11 Jul 1985:
Cleveland News Index
BUZZELLI, ANGELA : Daughter of late Joseph (Obit.).
Title: * BUZZELLI, ANGELA : Daughter of late Joseph (Obit.).
In: * Plain Dealer 15 Jul, 1985, pg. 08 sec. D
Subject: * BUZZELLI, ANGELA
* Obituaries --1985 --B
System ID no: * ABN-6183
Angela Buzzelli, beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (nee Di Menna). Died July 11. All services to held Tuesday, July 16 at St. Michael's Church (3114 Scranton Rd.) at 11 a.m. Friends will be received at the the Salerno Funeral Home, 1622 Broadway, Maple Hts., (between Libby and Lee), 662-8222. Visiting Hours Monday 2-4 only. Contributions to St. Michael's Church Restoration Fund would be appreciated.
SSDI: ANGELA BUZZELLI 14 Jan 1913 Jul 1985 44113 (Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH) 276-16-9357 Ohio
I found Angela's record from the Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio:
This record pointed me to Marlene Hazeltine. I wrote Marlene and she wrote me back. Marlene was a neighbor of Angelina and was the executrix of her estate after she died. Angelina was Marlene's god-mother (commare). One item Marlene sent was a birth certificate which confirmed Angela's birth date as 14 Jan 1913 and the names of her parents. She also sent me a copy of Angelina's father's naturalization certificate.
Marlene sent me the following email:
"Angie was not related to us, but was a close friend of my mother, Anna Rinaldi. She was also my godmother. We lived on east 110th St in Cleveland until I was 12 years old and Angie lived about two blocks from us. She would come over our house for all the holidays and to celebrate our birthdays. She had no relatives in the area after her father past away. She worked all her adult life at the Peterson Nut factory in downtown Cleveland. She loved baseball and especially the Cleveland Indians. She listened to them on the radio, or TV and went to the ball park. She was a true fan. She also loved the Cleveland Zoo and went there with us many times.
Unfortunately the neigborhood that she had lived in most of her life changed and she had to move. She moved to the near west side of Cleveland but was never happy there. I wish I could tell you more about her and her family, but I didn't know any facts about them. I will try and find a picture of her and send it to you. Good luck in your family research!"
Marlene also wrote:
"Hi Mark, Angie is buried at Calvary Cemetary in Cleveland, OH. My mother was not a baseball fan but when my parents were first married, they lived on E. 111th St in cleveland. They rented the house in front and Angie and her father rented the house in the back of the lot. They shared a common backyard and that's how my mom got to know her. I knew she had cousins in Akron, but they never saw each other and did not come to her funeral. I always called her commare, which means godmother, and my parents and brothers called her that also. We were like family to her. I'm sorry that I don't know more about her family, but when you're young, you don't think to ask questions and now no one is alive now with the answers. I found some pictures of her that I will send to you.
1955 Marlene Hazeltine and Angela Buzzelli
1984 Angela, photo taken at the Cleveland Zoo
In a newspaper article about Angelina dated Nov 1929, it says she is caring for her year old baby sister. That would put the birth of Helen at about 1828. From her death certificate, I found that Helen was born on 23 Sep 1928 in Cleveland.
1930 Census, 1y, Cleveland OH, living with parents and sister Angelina. Born in US.
Benilda Frazzini remembered she was 16y at death.From her death certificate, I found that Helen died of tuberculous in Cleveland in 1945.
I was contacted by a Buzzelli descendant in Jan of 2007:
Tue, 02 Jan 2007 22:44:37 -0500
From: Ed & Darlene Weir <dweir734comcast.net>
Subject: I'm Giuseppe Buzzelli's Family
Hi I'm very happy I finally found you, my name is Darlene Buzzelli of Troy Michigan, my dad's name is Achille Buzzelli born in Glassport Penna in 1910, my dad's parent's name are Lorenzo and Filomena Buzzelli lived in Akron Ohio, Lorenzo's parent's names are Achille Buzzelli and Guiliana (Julia) Salvatore of Castel di Sangro, Italy, their children's name are Lorenzo (my grandpa) Amico, Philip, Giuseppe, I can't remember the names of 2 or 3 more brothers and 1 or 2 sisters, one sister is partly blind lived in Castel di Sangro, Lorenzo, Amico lived in Akron Ohio, Giuseppe lived in Cleveland, I can't remember which one of brothers moved back to Italy from Akron, so my grandparent's Lorenzo and Filomena bore 4 children. Names are Achille (my dad), Arthur, Mary and Anthony in Akron Ohio.
My aunt Mary Buzzelli is still alive. She will be 91 years old in Jan 23. Mary is doing fine she said she remembers Angela Buzzelli of Cleveland Ohio, she have some pictures of Giuseppe Buzzelli and I'll find them. Do you want me send them to you? My youngest daughter's name is Lorelei she said she will contact you by email tonight. We were so thrilled we finally found you,
I have a big picture of Achille Buzzelli and Guilana Salvatore, do you need me to get a copy for you?
If you need anything please contact my daughter Lorelei. My aunt Mary Buzzelli moved and lives with us. Mary still remembers all of her parent's families.
We hope to hear from you real soon.
thank you very much
Darlene Buzzelli Weir
I've been trying to find your family since I started my genealogy research about four years ago.
My mother, Benilda (or Betty) Frazzini, told me about Giuseppe Buzzelli along with his second wife Rosa Frazzini and their two daughters, Angelina and Helen. Rosa Frazzini is my great aunt.
I know that Angelina was Giuseppe's daughter from his first marriage to Maria diMenna. My mother (who is now 94 years old) remembers Angelina and I have photos of Angelina at my parent's wedding in 1948. These photos got me started looking for the Buzzelli's.
You probably read on my web site about Angelina and the emails from her god-daughter, Marlene. I was able to learn a lot about Angelina from her.
My mother also remembered Giuseppe. She said that she visited the family many times in Ohio back in the 1930's and 40's. I never
met any of the family. I know that Rosa Frazini and daughter Helen both died around 1940 possibly from tuberculous. Angelina took care of her father until he died in 1961.
I was able to find Giuseppe's obituary and that told me a lot about his brothers and sisters. I wrote a bunch of letters to Buzzelli and Sansonetti families in Ohio.
About six months ago, I heard from Adelia "Lu" Sansonetti. She married Joseph Sansonetti who is the son of Chiara Buzzelli, the sister of Lorenzo and Giuseppe. She just happened to call me today again on the phone and I asked her about you and she remembered that you lived in Michigan. Lu lives near Akron. She didn't, though, have any information about Giuseppe or Maria.
Lu was not a direct Buzzelli descendant, her late husband was.
You are the first direct Buzzelli descendant to contact me.
So what would I like to learn about the Buzelli's?
Well to start, I'd like to learn more about my great-aunt, Rosa Frazzini, Giuseppe's second wife. Then also about Helen, who would be my mother's first cousin.
I'd love to have photos of Giuseppe's family and of any Buzzelli's as far back as possible. If you have some, I don't really need the original photos if you can get the photos scanned by a computer. Maybe your daughter can do that and email them to me.
As far as my family goes, my mother, Betty, just had her 94th birthday. My father is 89 years young. I have two sisters, one lives with my parents in Aliquippa.
I never knew my grandfather, Emiliano Frazzini, Rosa's brother. He died in 1942 and is buried in Beaver Falls. There were 8 children in all in Emiliano and Rosa's family. Four died very young. One daughter never got married. The last son, lived in Italy and I am in contact with his granddaughter.
I'm looking forward to learning more.
My aunt Mary finally found an old photo of Giusseppi Buzzelli, please check it to see if that's him, I'll send you more.
Picture of Achille & Julia Buzzelli we'll pick them up at kinko copies on friday. Did my daughter Lorelei contact you?
Please let me know
the photo she sent. I
am trying to get confirmation that this is Giuseppe and if the woman is
Maria diMenna or my great-aunt Rosa Frazzini.
is as photo of Giuseppe's brother Lorenzo and and his wife Filomena at
their weldding in Castel di Sangro, sent to me by Darlene Weir, Jan
2007. From US census records, they were married about 1908.
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