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Edwin Vargas (#46789442)
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Tom Raub
Max Hassel
Nice of you to dig up a new photo of Max Hassel and to sponsor the page. I have been researching him for years. Thanks Tom Raub
Added by Tom Raub on Jun 03, 2015 4:00 AM
Mary Alequin
RE: Senen Luciano
Your welcome.
Added by Mary Alequin on Apr 17, 2014 8:23 PM
Mary Alequin
Senen Luciano
I do not know if you have the date of born and death.
Here it is born 14 Aug 1932
And died 18 Sept 2002 in Adjuntas.
This infor. is from Genealogy Bank there
Mary Alequin
Added by Mary Alequin on Nov 26, 2013 9:36 PM
Jack "The Dandy" Parisi Photo
Just a note to thank you for adding the photo. After taking pics of my cousin's relatives in M.P.B. Cemetery, I took a photo of "Jack", not knowing who he was and my cousin,83yrs at this time,whispered in my ear "When we get out of the cemetery, I'll tell you about this one". She refused to tell me until we left. Then she told me he was a hit man for the Mafia. I love going there and talking to the older people. It seems all of Hazleton knew who he was and all have stories. Of course, they all were kids at the time.Two old gents told me the story of how religious and generous Jack was to the church and a hard working man. Seems he always sent flowers for the alter at M.P.B.. He use to kiss the top step when going into church. One time, when he was going into church, some kids threw some "cherry bombs" and the one old man telling me this story laughed and said, "you should have seen the guns come out! If Hazleton, was smart, they could take advantage of this type of thing and include it as a tourist attraction.
Have a great day!
Added by virginia on Nov 06, 2013 12:45 PM
Floral Designer
RE: Ernest Soricelli Grave
Ok,I just found that memorial. in 09 I must have filled a request in that area and saw this beautiful headstone.. and I made memorials for them.. That is Why I put in the bio.. genealogy only ..Know nothing about them..Hope this helps
Old St Raymonds. I do this also for the vets found out there. 10 min away or 20 min walk.
Added by Floral Designer on Sep 12, 2013 7:18 PM
Floral Designer
RE: Ernest Soricelli Grave
where is this ? I fill photo request
Please advise. Barb
Added by Floral Designer on Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM
Christopher Ryan
Hey Brother Man
By any chance are you an AGE guy in the Air Force??
Added by Christopher Ryan on Jan 23, 2013 8:06 PM
Ike Rosen
My late mother always refused to talk very much about her family of origin. Part of it was because she was the only child of two widowed people with older children, and she felt excluded from having REAL brothers and sister, having only HALF sibs. My sister and I learned early not to ask a lot of questions.

Mom was born in Utica, NY, and spent some of her years in Syracuse. It wasn't until we were adults, and the half-sister mom was closest to died suddenly while taking a nap after lunch that she was shaken enough to stay a few days with my sister, and revealed that our grandparents had been divorced. Mom was even reluctant to tell me what her parents died from when my doctor wanted to know for my medical history - and breast cancer and heart disease are not too weird.

Mom eventually died of a combination of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and spent a number of years in a nursing home. eldest half sister, who was 18 or 19 years older than her, had passed away just short of 100 years old, I went to Syracuse to pay a sympathy call on my cousins. I knew that my eldest cousin Howard was only 7 years younger than my mom, so I started asking HIM questions about the family. HE'S the one who told me about Lulu, and a book called "Tough Jews", which has a chapter about Dutch & Lulu and them all.

My mom had always told me that her dad was in "importing" and her mom had run a boarding house which she had run with her first husband. I told this to my cousin who laughed. He had also been born in Utica, and had moved to Syracuse as a young adult. When he met his future wife, he was invited to dinner, and her uncle, who knew Utica (the Jewish community in both cities are small) was grilling him about his family. HOWARD had always been told it was a hotel, and told the man the names of his grandparents and my grandfather. The uncle laughed and said he knew all of them well, but it wasn't a hotel; it was a tavern. (Not a common career for Jews, by the way)

On the way back to NYC on Amtrack, I did a little calculating. Mom was born in 1918. If she and Howard remembered this place as very small children, and were kept out of it so that the were unaware of it's nature... What was going on in the 1920's? I realized that my grandma, who died when my mother was 16, had run a speakeasy.

Howard told me that although they were divorced, my grandfather was the only grandfather he knew,and he remembered him well, and continued to see him after the divorce. He said that Ike Esterson (his name) was ALWAYS well dressed, but never seemed to have a real job. But my mom had said he was in "importing"...

His wife ran a speakeasy...

Doesn't take a detective to figure out that Grandpa Ike was a rum-runner down from Canada to supply grandma's speakeasy.

Maybe this was all made easy by grandma's nephew Lulu & his buddies. (Lulu's mother was her sister.) Unfortunately, there are no pictures. I only have 2 photos of Ike, and have never even SEEN one of Henrietta, my grandmother. And Howard passed away about 2 years after his mother did, from melanoma. So whatever information he had (he was a lawyer and may have done some digging)apparently died with him.

Added by Ike Rosen on Mar 16, 2009 1:06 PM
Ike Rosen
Unfortunately, my late mother would NEVER talk about her family. I only learned about Lulu from my eldest cousin, who was only 7 years younger than my mother (he's also gone now) after my mother was senile and HIS mother (the only other surviving member of that generation) had just died, a few months short of 100.

All Howard know was that Lulu's mother was our mothers' mother's sister, and that she lived in the Bronx. Most of the rest of what Howard new about him came from the book "Tough Jews".

I posted his name on a Jewish geneology website, and no one has ever answered.

My mother always told me that her mother ran a boarding house and her father was in importing. When I told this to Howard he laughed. HE had always been told it was a hotel, and although we have different grandfathers, since his died before my grandparents were married, my grandfather is the only one he ever knew. He told me that as far as he knew, our grandpa never seemed to have a real job, but always had money. The family was originally from Utica, NY, but when Howard was a teenager, they moved to Syracuse (if you're not from New York, they're not very far from each other, in the middle of the state)

When Howard became engaged to his future wife, her uncle began to question him about his family background during the first dinner he was invited to. He gave my grandparent's names, and his grandfather's name, and said "they owned a hotel in Utica" (by then all the grandparent's had died). The uncle laughed and said "I knew your grandparent's well, but that was no hotel, it was a tavern."

When I was on Amtrak on the way back to NYC after that visit to Syracuse when he told me that, I realized that since my mom was born in 1918, and Howard 7 years later - if they both remember an operating "tavern" in their early childhood - it was a speakeasy. And if my granddad had "no real job but always had money" and was "in importing" and his wife owned a speakeasy... It isn't hard to figure out that he was a rum runner- perhaps using gangworld connections through his wife's nephew LuLu.

Sorry I couldn't be of any more help, but if you ever find any more info on Cousin LuLu, let me know, will you?
Added by Ike Rosen on Dec 11, 2008 4:36 PM
Ike Rosen
Bernard "LuLu" Rosenkrantz
I am curious as to why you posted his gravesite? My mother was his first cousin, so I came across the posting as part of geneological research.
Added by Ike Rosen on Dec 04, 2008 12:51 PM
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