Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 Today, on this Fourth of July, as the United States turns 242 years old, my mother, Joan (Schiavon) Huesca, would have turned 90. We lost her 31 years ago this Fall. Sometimes it seems as though I saw her only yesterday. Other times it feels like it … Continue reading "Happy Birthday, Mamma!"
Frances (Gaffney) Cherry (1868 – 1953) I wish I knew more about my great-grand aunt Frances (Gaffney) Cherry. When I look at this picture of her, taken from a larger portrait with her five sisters, I see a dreamy young woman with faraway eyes and perfectly coiffed hair. I can’t tell whether she is happy … Continue reading "Wishful Wednesday: Frances (Gaffney) Cherry"
Happy Mother’s Day Feliz Día de las Madres Bonne Fête des Mères Buona Festa della Mamma Hyvää äitienpäivää Lá na Máthar Shona ar No matter what your language, “Mother” is the sweetest word of all. Margaret … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: To the Mothers in Our Lives"
Joan Joyce Schiavon (1928 – 1987) My mother, Joan Joyce Schiavon Age 26 Chicago, 1954 “So when are you going to write about my Grandmother?” A few evenings ago, my son, Michael, asked the question I have avoided for far too long. I told him I was trying to work toward … Continue reading "My Wonderful Mother"
Ralph Schiavon January 27, 1898 – August 16, 1970 Twilight (Last in a four part series about my wonderful grandfather) Ralph Schiavon, at train station, Chicago (date unknown) My grandmother Alice had lost her eyesight in the early 60s. Her diabetes worsened, and she died at home on New Year’s Day in 1963. My parents … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Four: Twilight"
Ralph Schiavon Born January 27, 1898 Died August 16, 1970 The following is Part One of a four part series on the life of my wonderful Italian grandfather. Auspicious Beginnings My maternal grandfather, Ralph Schiavon, was one of those rare children born with a veil over his head. The “veil,” known … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part One: Auspicious Beginnings"
Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon Born June 14, 1895, in Conneaut, Ohio Died January 1, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois My beloved grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon, was a bit of a rebel. Charming, but a rebel nonetheless. As a child, she did not want to go to school. She would line up in the morning … Continue reading "Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon"