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The DellaPietra family gathered on the weekend of July 22nd and 23rd to celebrate the birthday of Tony DellaPietra, son of Josephine LaPietra and Paul DellaPietra of East Rochester. Tony shares his birthday with his eldest son, T.J., who came from Tokyo, Japan with his two oldest sons,Nico and Teo, to join in the festivities.
Extended family gathered for a picnic on Saturday and immediate family hosted a brunch at Midvale CC on Sunday. It was a weekend of fun, laughter, food and talk that will not be forgotten by all its participants. Happy Birthday Tony and T.J.!


Cousins met for the first time in July, 2017 because of summer school teaching assignments at Rochester City School #5. Bob Beauchamp, son of Gerard and Christine DellaPietra Beauchamp and grandson of Maria Rosa and Gaetano DellaPietra recognized the name of a colleague. Phil LaPietra, the son of Janice Wood and Antonio LaPietra and the grandson of Catherine and Carmine LaPietra, had a name familiar to Bob and the two became acquainted. Bob learned that he taught in the same program as Jan LaPietra about 20 years ago and the two never connected at the time. Despite the difference in the last names, their grandfathers, Gaetano and Carmine, were brothers who immigrated to this area from Lanciano, Italy in 1905 and 1911 respectively. What a happy coincidence for first cousins once removed to finally meet under these circumstances.


It was a happy day on June, 25, 2017 when Heather Sudano, daughter of Elaine Susan Petti Sudano and granddaughter of Joseph and Elizabeth LaPietra Petti was married in Sparks, Nevada in the Red Hawk Golf and Resort gardens. Heather’s spouse, Andrew Gregory, a military veteran, is currently studying Mechanical Engineering while Heather continues to be employed by Intuit in Reno, Nevada. Heather’s uncles, Gary Petti and wife of Florida and Jack Petti and family from East Rochester attended the wedding. Heather and Andrew live happily in Reno with their two mutts. All of Heather’s relatives in East Rochester and beyond wish the couple many years of happiness and success.


It is with sadness that we report the death of Rose LaPietra Dorazio in Longwood, Florida on May 23rd. Rose was the oldest daughter of Victoria (Vecchiarelli) and Nicola LaPietra. Rose was born and raised in East Rochester and attended school there from K-12. Rose was together with her husband Alton Dorazio for 70 years beginning in high school in East Rochester. Their children David, Diana, Donna and Karyn were raised and educated in East Rochester also. Because of Al's work at Stromberg-Carlson the family relocated to Florida and have resided there for many years. Rose's life was centered on her four children, twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters: Joanne Bazinet, Mary Jane Dorazio and Patricia Bowmer and their families. Her extended family remembers "Rosie" fondly. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who loved Rose as a wife, mother, grandmother and sister. 


A find by Bob Beauchamp, son of Christine (DellaPietra) and Gerard Beauchamp, brought back memories of the entrepreneurship of our immigrant ancestors in East Rochester. Pictured here are tool aprons given out to customers by East Rochester Lumber, a company founded by Paul DellaPietra. Bob Beauchamp also had aprons with contact information for DellaPietra Building Supplies a business begun by his grandfather, Gaetano DellaPietra and continued by his parents. The founders of these businesses,cousins Gaetano and Paul,came to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families. They did not know English, had the equivalent of a 5th grade education in Italy and no more than $25 in their pocket when they arrived in the area. It is a testimony to their hard work and ambition that they established businesses that flourished and provided a good life to their descendants. Bob's find provides a look back at a treasured family memory.


Their father, Francesco Paolo LaPietra (aka Peter Paul) called them the "The Big Three" in reference to the 3 leaders during World War II (FDR,Churchill and Stalin).  They were the youngest of the nine children of Peter Paul LaPietra and Angela Nasuti of Fairport,NY and were famous for always coming and going together until they married. This year we celebrate their milestone birthdays in the LaPietra family.  From left to right:  Elizabeth LaPietra Petti of East Riochester celebrates her 88th birthday on July 8James LaPietra of Sacramento, CA celebrates his 90th birthday on June 22nd and Lucy LaPietra Molica of Baldwinsville, NY celebrates her 92nd birthday on July 7th.  Though health issues have affected their quality of life they remain the "elders" of this family and are remembered with affection by all the descendants of the LaPietra clan scattered far and wide. Happy Birthday Uncle Jim, Aunt Lucy and Aunt Liz!!


We are very sorry to report that  Ralph Thomas Brongo, age 66, passed away Oct. 28, 2016 after a 4 year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Ralph was the husband of Linda Beauchamp Brongo, daughter of Gerard and Christine (DellaPietra) Beauchamp, and granddaughter ofGaetano and Rosa (Damelio) Della Pietra. Besides his wife, Ralph is survived by 3 children and their spouses, 4 grandchildren, 4 siblings and their spouses, 6 sibling in-laws and their spouses, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.Ralph's incredible strength during his illness will always be remembered by those who loved him. May he rest in peace.


Canadian & American Cousins’ Reunion – Gathered in August in Niagara Falls, Ontario were cousins from both sides of the border renewing their connection to each other. Members of these families traced their bond to the sisters Grace Ciampini and Rosaria Sacco of Lanciano, Italy. The reunion was held at the vacation rental home of Mark and Monica Bodogh in the heart of Niagara Falls. It was an occasion to catch up on everyone’s news and reminisce about past gatherings. Good talk, good food, bocce and picture-taking contributed to the day passing too quickly. All in attendance departed carrying good memories, good wishes and the hope to reunite again in the future.


DellaPietra Reunion – In June, TJ. DellaPietra, his wife,Sayaka and three sons: Nico, Teo and Luca traveled from Tokyo, Japan to spend two weeks at Canadaigua Lake. It was an opportunity for members of the DellaPietra family to gather and enjoy being with each other and catching up on all the latest events in their lives. Family members in attendance were captured in this picture and the time spent with each other was captured in their memories. We hope this event will happen again in the near future.

The bagpipes played, the guns saluted as World War II veteran, Gerard Beauchamp was laid to rest on April 4th. Gerard passed away on March 23, 2016 at the age of 93. He was predeceased by his wife, Christine DellaPietra, daughter of Gaetano and Mary Rose DellaPietra of East Rochester. Gerard was a very proud WWII veteran and belonged to a number of veterans’ organizations. He is survived by his
seven children, many grand and great-grandchildren and a large extended family.
R.I.P. Gerard.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Diane LaPietra of Rochester in February 12, 2016 at the age of 63. Diane was the daughter of Sandy and Judy LaPietra (deceased) and the granddaughter of Peter Paul and Angela LaPietra of Fairport (also deceased). She is survived by her brother, Douglas of Florida as well as many close relatives and friends. Those who knew Diane while in the East Rochester schools and in her career work, recognized her creativity, unique style, strength and intelligence that she shared freely with all she met and befriended.  R.I.P. Diane.

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