The Cipolla and Spatafora families, from Vita Sicilia, came to The USA right after the turn of the 20th century and settled in the New York Area. Like millions of other Italian immigrants, they came in search of a better life, free of poverty and tyranny, and a good safe community in which to raise their family (and a few tomatoes). They embraced their new home and culture, but remained affectionately attached to Sicily and Italia. In this exciting and challenging time, two special immigrants, Vito Cipolla and Filippina Spatafora met in 1918 and married in 1919. They soon bought a new house in Canarsie Brooklyn and began to raise a family and live the American Dream.
Between 1920 and 1934, four lovely daughters were born to the new Cipolla family and they began the process of a happy life as the first generation of Italian Americans born in the USA. Sebastiana (Bessie), Rosina (Rose), Anna and Petrina (Bea) were each distinct and unique, but shared the common bonds of family and heritage. These bonds extended far beyond their home on Foster Avenue to many aunts, uncles and cousins in the New York Metro Area. Despite making it through the great depression in good form, the family would be significantly challenged as mother Filippa died prematurely of cancer in 1941. The girls, two older and two much younger, helped each other and were assisted by many relatives while papa Vito continued to work hard to support the family.
Despite these challenges, each sister continued to grow and thrive and, between 1949 and 1954, proud Vito walked four lovely young ladies down the aisle at Holy Family Church. Between 1951 and 1964, 9 new grandchildren were born and each began to appreciate what a generous, warm and truly extraordinary man he was. He has been greatly missed since 1979. This website is a celebration of those remarkable times. Through photographs of that era, we remember a simpler yet exciting time and share with our children and grandchildren how special it was to be connected to sisters and brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents. Also, to cherish a special time in our lives and in all of history.