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It’s All About Family


Salvatore & Maria Theresa Mazzotti,

Their Children & Grandchildren

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It’s All About Family


Salvatore & Maria Theresa Mazzotti,

Their Children & Grandchildren

Joan C. Mazzotti

Produced by Family Heirloom Arts


Portland, Oregon

Joan C. Mazzotti: Project Director

Lisa Kagan: Project Manager, Book Designer

Emily García: Book Designer, Production Manager

Joseph Webb: Digital Graphics Artist

Elizabeth Hibbard: Digital Photography Artist

Copyright © 2012 Joan C. Mazzotti

All rights reserved.

Printed by Stevens Printing, Portland, Oregon.

Book binding by Grossenbacher Bros., Inc.

Front Cover Caption: The Mazzotti family, from left: Josie, Millie, Rose, Louie, Salvatore, John,

Maria Theresa, Frank, Tony, Lena and Peggy.

Cover design by Emily García.

This book is

for my son, Andrew

dedicated to the

memory of my parents





Chapter 1

Grandpa & Grandma: Salvatore

& Maria Theresa Mazzotti


Chapter 2

My Father & Mother:

Frank & Carol Mazzotti


Chapter 3

Aunt Rose &

Uncle Frank Romeo


Chapter 4

Aunt Josie &

Uncle Louie DeSant


Chapter 5

Uncle Tony &

Aunt Jennie Mazzotti


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Chapter 6

Aunt Lena &

Uncle Nick Fuccillo


Chapter 7

Aunt Peggy &

Uncle Mike Salamone


Chapter 8

Uncle John &

Aunt Edith Mazzotti


Chapter 9

Aunt Millie &

Uncle Larry Fusaro


Chapter 10

Uncle Louie &

Aunt Lee Mazzotti




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My son Andrew, me and my husband Michael Kelly



I have created this book for my son, Andrew Graff Kelly. I wanted to capture the life and

legacy of my grandparents, parents, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins. I wanted Andrew to

experience his great-grandparents’ immigration to America, the impact of World War II, the joy

of growing up in Patchogue and the music, food and love that filled our homes and defined our

lives. I wanted him to know his roots and carry them with him forever.

This book, which covers the first half of the 20th Century, is a collection of personal recollections,

photos and artifacts, along with articles that appeared in the Patchogue Advance

during the period 1927 to 1959. Taken as a whole, these materials tell the story of our family:

Salvatore and Maria Theresa Mazzotti, their nine children and twenty-six grandchildren (of

whom I am the youngest).

As you read the articles, study the photos and enjoy the reminiscences, you will see how the

large family was intertwined. Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins served in the War

together, worked together, played together, went to school together and celebrated together. It is

this solid foundation on which our lives are built.

I have done my best to include every cousin, but was limited by the resources available to me.

I also have one note of caution as you page through this book: it is very possible that dates may

be inaccurate, individuals in photos misidentified or recollections not quite right. If that has

occurred, we must consider that years have passed and memories have faded. But, in all cases the

story remains rich and vibrant.

I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone who generously shared their photos and personal

recollections. A special thanks to these very special resources:


Deanna Salamone Ayers not only added her wonderful memories and photos

from Aunt Peggy’s collection, but also was my cheerleader throughout this

process. We found it great fun to pore over family photos and share our favorite

stories and recollections.

K K Rita Crocitto King made an enormous contribution to the book by sharing an

interview of Aunt Rose, which Rita conducted in 1984. Aunt Rose’s recollections

are central to the family’s story in Chapter 1. Without Rita’s work, much

of our family’s rich history would have been lost to many of us. Rita also generously

added her memories of her grandmother Rose and grandfather Frank.

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Rita is a beautiful writer and we are very fortunate to have her involvement

in this project.


Jean Fuccillo Aragona Korosh was my “go-to person” for details and contact

information. I called her often as we tried to remember names, dates and

places. We had many laughs as I tested her memory on a number of details.

I am thankful that her memory is much better than mine.


Joe Fusaro added a number of wonderful photos from Aunt Millie’s collection

that filled out many of the chapters. I had not been in touch with Joe for many,

many years and was delighted to reconnect with him.


My brother Frank added his recollection of his older cousins and the impact

they had on his life. He is the only family member with whom I shared pages

of the book while it was in progress.


And cousins, Michaelyn DeSant Reed, Ellen Mazzotti Farrell, Robert Mazzotti, Jr.

and Marie Mazzotti Maler Krapf, graciously searched their photos and contributed

images of additional family members.

This book would not have been done without the generous and loving spirit brought to the

project by my husband, Michael Kelly. Mike helped me select photos, type copy and navigate the

technology needed to move the pieces around. I love him for his collaboration on this book and

for making all my dreams come true.

This undertaking has been for me a truly life-affirming endeavor. I have loved looking at

each picture, reading each article and appreciating each recollection. As we live our busy and full

lives, taking a moment to remember from where we came is truly a treasured opportunity.

After all, it’s all about family.

Joan C. Mazzotti

Haverford, Pennsylvania

October 1, 2012

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Grandma and Grandpa

Chapter 1


Grandpa & Grandma:

Salvatore &

Maria Theresa Mazzotti

Salvatore Mazzotti

(1868 – 1941)

Maria Theresa Mazzotti

(1872 – 1946)

Rose Mazzotti Romeo (1893 – 1993)

Josephine Mazzotti DeSant (1895 – 1996)

Anthony Mazzotti (1897 – 1957)

Lena Mazzotti Fuccillo (1899 – 2000)

Margaret (Peggy) Mazzotti Salamone (1912 – 1992)

John Mazzotti (1907 – 1959)

Amelia (Millie) Mazzotti Fusaro (1908 – 1993)

Frank Mazzotti (1913 – 1982)

Louis Mazzotti (1915 – 1983)

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In 1896, Grandma and Grandpa Mazzotti

arrived in America with their two young

daughters, Rose, who was born in 1893, and

Josephine, who was born in 1895. They came

from a village in Calabria, Italy, called Terra

Nova di Sibari. They decided to travel to the

United States at the request of Grandma’s

brother, Louie Lotito, who needed help working

as the caretaker on the Roe farm in

East Patchogue.

After they settled in America, their first

son, Anthony, was born in 1897, and two years

later their third daughter, Lena, was born.

Grandma and Grandpa stayed on the Roe

farm for about five years and then returned to

Italy with their children for reasons that are

not known. During the voyage back to Italy,

Grandma was pregnant with a fourth daughter,

Margaret (Peggy). Not long after their

return to Italy, Grandpa soon realized that life

in the United States was better for their family,

so after sixteen months, he returned to the

Roe farm by himself. He left the rest of the

family in Terra Nova until he could get established

and send for them. Grandma and their

children rejoined Grandpa in about 1905.

Grandma and Grandpa and their children

shared a house with Uncle Louie’s family

on the Roe farm. They did not have electric

lights, only kerosene lamps; and one of the

children’s jobs was to keep the lamps cleaned

and filled. Their main forms of transportation

were by bicycle or horse and carriage. Aunt

The Story Begins


Rose would deliver milk throughout the area

with Grandpa in a horse and carriage. A coal

stove provided heat in the house and the coal

was stored outside the kitchen door in a bin.

At Christmas, the tree was decorated with

candy and little homemade treats. The children

hoped that the “ornaments” would fall

off so they could eat them. Christmas gifts

were practical rather than frivolous and fun.

The children usually received clothing rather

than toys.

In 1905, Uncle Louie Lotito left the Roe

farm to pursue other endeavors. He opened

a number of stores in Patchogue on the four

corners of South Ocean Avenue and Main

Street. Uncle Louie and his family moved

to 48 Railroad Avenue, and, when they

later moved into a larger home at 68 Jayne

Avenue, he offered the Railroad Avenue

house to Grandma and Grandpa in exchange

for assuming the mortgage on the property.

When Grandma and Grandpa moved from the

Roe farm to the house on Railroad Avenue,

Grandpa opened a taxi service with very

attractive, enclosed horse drawn carriages.

Grandma and Grandpa then completed

their large family with the birth of three more

sons: John in 1907, Frank in 1913 and Louie

in 1915. Their youngest daughter, Millie, was

born in 1908.

These reminiscences were provided by Rose Romeo,

as told to her granddaughter, Rita Crocitto King,

and by Jean Fuccillo Aragona Korosh.

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Ship’s manifest, April 1902, with Salvatore Mazzotti listed on line 29

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The Patchogue

L O N G I S L A N D ' S L E A D I N G N E W S PA P E R

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Articles featuring Salvatore & Maria Theresa

Mazzotti & their family, July 1928–February 1946.

My Parents

Chapter 2


My Father & Mother:

Frank & Carol


Frank Mazzotti

(1913 – 1982)

Caroline Graff Mazzotti

(1917 – 1994)

Frank Mazzotti


Joan Mazzotti


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L O N G I S L A N D ' S L E A D I N G N E W S PA P E R

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My Dad, receiving the Bronze Star Medal

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L O N G I S L A N D ' S L E A D I N G N E W S PA P E R

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A Joyful Legacy of Food


“Cream puffs were a tradition in my family. My mother’s mother, Jeanette

Damizi, lived with us and was a great baker. In addition to cream puffs, her

pies and cookies also were ever-present in our house. When my grandmother

died in 1967, my mom picked up the baking mantle. I am fortunate to have

all of my mother’s recipes, many in her handwriting. My mother’s cream puffs

were amazingly popular. All of her recipes were informal... as is this one.”

Joan Mazzotti

Cream Puffs

Melt 4 tbs. of butter with ½ cup of

water in a small saucepan.

Add ½ cup flour — all at once.

Take the pan off the burner.

Add 2 eggs.

Beat until stiff.

Drop small balls onto an

ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 35 minutes at 400°.

Fill with whipped cream or other

sweet fillings.

My Mother, Grandmother Jeanette Damizi and me

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Uncle Frank and Aunt Rose

Chapter 3


Aunt Rose


Uncle Frank Romeo

Rose Mazzotti Romeo

(1893 – 1993)

Frank Romeo

(1884 – 1952)

Salvatore Romeo

(1911 – 1911)

Matilda (Bunny) Romeo Crocitto Salamone

(1912 – 1977)

Eugene Romeo

(1914 – 1998)

Edward Romeo

(1916 – 1981)

Marguerite Romeo Pontieri


Arthur Romeo

(1921 – 2006)

Albert Romeo


Richard Romeo


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The Romeo Siblings


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Aunt Lena and Uncle Nick and their wedding attendants

Chapter 6


Aunt Lena


Uncle Nick Fuccillo

Lena Mazzotti Fuccillo

(1899 – 2000)

Nicholas Fuccillo

(1889 – 1969)

Jean Fuccillo Aragona Korosh


Elvira (Vee) Fuccillo Bacelli


William Fuccillo


Arthur Fuccillo


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