Thursday, October 17, 2013


Gloria Brescia Cafarella in High School.
We have a bit of a shine on the photo, but Janice and I will work to get it removed. 
Thanks Janice Cafarella Crossen.


Rudy Cafarella in High School  Thanks Janice Cafarella Crossen.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Rudy Cafarella and Mike Crossen

Thanks Janice Crossen for the picture of your Father and son.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rudy and Aunt Josephine

From 1967
Thank you Janice Cafarella Crossen for the photo.
On Biltmore Street in Malden, Ma..

Thomas and Mary Cafarella

This was taken in the Summer of 1967, on the great boulder/ledge at the top of Summer Street  in Malden, Ma..  Now the land is completely grown in so the views are no longer this panoramic.  This was land owned by Janice Crossen's grandfather, Gaetano Cafarella, and then Tony Cafarella.  This is also the place where my Grandmother and Grandfather built their tar paper shack to live in when they were first married.
I remember Tom's "look" from the 60'...we all looked that way.  You had to.  Mary was pretty attractive, for a lady in her fifties.  Thank you, Janice Cafarella Crossen for the photo.

Tom was the son of Rudy and Gloria Cafarella
Mary, recently deceased at this writing, was the daughter of Gaetano Cafarella and sister of Rudy and Col. Joe Cafarella.  She never married.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Janice Cafarella Crossen at Age Five.

Mascot for the Malden High School football team.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sangiolo Group Photo

Thanks to Maria Sangiolo for this great group photo.
This photo was taken in 1941, at Sunnyview Farm in Duxbury, MA.  My father(Louis) is all the way to the left. His brother Joe is all the way to the right.  Maria

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mary Cafarella July 20, 1917 - June 4, 2013

Whenever the subject of Mary Cafarella came up between my sister and myself, she always said that she always dreamed of being as pretty as Mary.
Mary spent many years working in the family store, and always said that she did not see much of the world when she was doing that.  But, I will be willing to wager that she was well known in the neighborhood while working there.  When she was older, she worked in the Malden courthouse.  
I only knew Mary in her nineties.  She was very gracious to me when I visited, though I had not know her all my life.  She lived in one of the houses that her father, Tom(Gaetano) built on Chester Street in Malden.  Her back door looked out onto another house on Sterling Street, also built by her family.  Her father's brothers and sister all lived very close to each other on the present site of the stadium and on Judson Street.  They all had small community stores all over the area. one right where the present Malden Center MTA station now stands.
In later years, as she was more and more confined to the house, she was often visited by her brother, and her many nipoti.
When I called my sister in the wilds of northern Maine, all she could say was, "That is the end of  my dream to be as beautiful as Mary Cafarella".