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"
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"