My Prayers and thoughts are with your family. In love always, Eddie
My “cousin” Josephine Mucciolo - a “distant” but a most important family relative.
Josephine was the daughter of Rosario Faso, one of eight siblings of Giovanni & Caterina Faso. One of the other daughters was Concetta – later to become Concetta Prinzi, my mother, making Josephine a first cousin to my sisters Maria (Gianfortune) and Giuseppina (Vota) and me, John Prinzi.
My earliest memory of Cousin Jo is when we all lived in Queens near the old World's Fair Grounds. I remember that Cousin Jo migrated from New York to California in 1944 because her husband Anthony had been wounded in the war and was hospitalized there. While I was recuperating from a wound in Brussels, I received a letter from Tony Mucciolo and for a while we managed to communicate with one another.
As the post war years went by, my mother and sisters exchanged letters with cousin Jo. The Mucciolo family saw us on visits to NY in 1948 and 1953. Other than those visits, we only exchanged Christmas cards.
A continent apart, each of our families grew in size. My first direct contact with my distant cousin Jo in Burbank occurred in 1962 while in San Francisco on business. My family joined me and we decided to fly to Southern California to Disneyland. I contacted Cousin Josephine who was ecstatically happy at the prospect of hosting our stay. The hospitality extended by the Mucciolo family to the Prinzi family was not to be believed, a subject of conversation even to this day.
Cousin Jo and I never saw each other again. The years flew by. Communication between us was little - Christmas cards and a scattering of notes in-between.
In 1998, I decided to take my wife, Ona to my birthplace, Caccamo in Sicily. That's when I really needed cousin Jo. She was the expert with family in the old country.
She provided long-distance introductions to my only remaining relatives in Caccamo: The “Scaletta” family, direct descendants of the Faso family. Josephine's introductions were paramount to bringing me and my wife Ona, face to face with my only remaining direct relatives on my mother's side: the FASO family…. its patriarchs, matriarchs, and siblings of the newest generation. They were most kind to us and like cousin Jo, their hospitality was superb.
Cousin Jo's magnanimous intercession allowed my daughter Debbie with her husband Michael to visit the Scaletta family when they too decided to travel to Sicily to meet her father's relatives a few years later.
Although we seldom saw each other face to face in our lifetimes, my cousin, Josephine Muccciolo will be always remembered by the Prinzi family, as a dear, most accommodating, ready-to-assist albeit long distance, descendant of the Faso family.
She's undoubtedly in heaven, already organizing a bingo game and growing some of the finest fig trees ever seen. Cousin Jo will be sorely missed – I only hope she'll welcome me as she always did, when it's my time.
Goodbye, Grandma. I am so proud and lucky to have known you. You will be missed.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Meagan, May god comfort you and your family with peace and strength at this sad time. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Love Karen and Thurmon Dickson