Wedding Wednesday: Tom and Angie Schiavon

Ralph Thomas Schiavon (1924 – 1993) Angelina (Ciliberto) Schiavon (1923 – 2004) Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thomas Schiavon exiting Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church, Chicago.  The man behind Angie is her brother, Joe Ciliberto.  Angie’s father is on the far right, beaming with pride at his daughter. The wedding took place inside the exquisite Gothic church of Saint Philip Neri, on Chicago’s … Continue reading "Wedding Wednesday: Tom and Angie Schiavon"

Talented Tuesday: Domestic Goddess

Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) My great- grandmother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis, wearing a dress she  made for her engagement.  Conneaut, Ohio, circa 1884. Known for her generous heart and her delicious pies, Mary Jane McGinnis held a special place in the memories of her descendants who knew her.  My mother, Joan Joyce … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: Domestic Goddess"

Mappy Monday: The Schiavons and the McCormicks in the 1940 Census

  Map shows the walking route that sisters Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon (House “A”) and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (House “B”) might have taken to visit each other’s families in 1940 Chicago, Illinois.  (Courtesy Google Maps, 2012) Visiting the 1940s Chicago of the Schiavon and the McCormick families, we can see the beginnings of a decade of change for … Continue reading "Mappy Monday: The Schiavons and the McCormicks in the 1940 Census"

Those Places Thursday: The Medinah Children’s Theatre

Starring… Phillip “Buddy” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Jane (McCormick (1927 – 2011) and Joan Schiavon (1928 – 1987)   Cover of the program for the one act play, “Darby and Joan,” presented by the Medinah Children’s Theatre   My mother, Joan Schiavon, always loved drama and musicals.  An imaginative little girl, she spent hours playing with her cousins, … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: The Medinah Children’s Theatre"