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Rosanne DeNiscia

My father’s parents, Rosina and Angelo DeNiscia emigrated to NY from the Naples area in the late 1880’s, eventually settling in Orange, NJ. My grandfather graduated from the University of Salerno with a degree in Architecture. Not speaking English, he was unable to work as an Architect. My grandfather, along with my uncles and father , the youngest of nine, opened a lumber yard and small building business. I was told that my grandmother entertained Italian Opera Singers who performed in Newark, at their home. My mother’s parents, Filomena and Anibale Bellofatto who were very industrious, came to Orange from Avellino. Growing up in Orange, My brother and I were surrounded by relatives, which instilled a deep sense of belonging, could be difficult at times, but lots of fun. Thank you for presenting this excellent series. Sincerely, Rosanne DeNiscia