Michael Nardozzi and Clara Caputo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Michael Nardozzi and Clara Caputo

Archangela Swozzo; click to see larger image

Michael Nardozzi was born in Italy about 1871. He married Clara Caputo. Clara came to America when she was 9 years old. Her parents were Nicola Caputo and Archangela. They lived in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy and came to America in 1897. In 1920, "Michial Nardozzo," then 49, was living with his family at 178 Vidette Street.
Source: 1920 Federal Census Tables, Enumeration District No. 538, Page 9

Michael's wife was Clara, also born in Italy. Mary Caputo-Kamerer explained that Clara's "parents were Archangela (born 1867, d. 1921) and Nicola (b.1864, d. 1936)." Archangela and Nicola Caputo had nine children. They were: Murphy Caputo and Assunta Piccininni Click to see larger image

  1. Onomfrio ("Murphy") Caputo, b. October 21, 1893; d. March 24, 1973 married Assunta Piccininni, pictured here. Click on small image to see larger version.
    Murphy and Assunta had Archangel, Nicholas, Mary, and Francis (Frank). Murphy and Assunta's son Frank married Jennie Lombardo and had six children:
    (1)  Frank Caputo,
    (2)  David Caputo,
    (3)  Joanne Caputo,
    (4)  Louis Caputo,
    (5)  Mary Caputo-Kamerer - MARY1313@aol.com and
    (6)  Susan Caputo Dearden. Susan married Joseph Dearden, son of Maria Dascenzo and William Dearden.
  2. Lena Caputo, b. September 30, 1900; d. January 1986
  3. Rose Caputo
  4. Mark Caputo, b. July 25, 1908; d. March 3, 1977 who married Rosemarie Guiffra
  5. Angelo Caputo
  6. Netta Caputo
  7. Nobla Caputo
  8. Lucy Caputo
  9. Clara Caputo, b. September 27, 1888; d. January 19, 1978 who married Michael Nardozzi.
Michael and Clara Caputo Nardozzi; click to see larger imageMichael and Clara are pictured here, courtesy of Kathy Pollock Fuller, Michael and Clara's great-granddaughter. Michael and Clara had ten children:
  1. Michael and Clara's oldest child was Carmen F. Nardozzi who was born about 1905 in Pennsylvania. Carmen's children were Michael and Clara "Toots" Nardozzi Fedishen. Carmen died in 1967. His obituary read:
    On Monday, Dec. 25, 1967, Carmine J. of 529 Fieldstone Dr., Monroeville, beloved husband of Caroline Solomon; father of Mrs. Clara Fedishen and Michael J.; son of Mrs. Clara and the late Michael Nardozzi; brother of Anthony, Mrs. Lucy Vento, Samuel, Mrs. Angel Angelo, Patsy of Calif., Michel, Mrs. Ruby Sebastian and Nick; also two grandchildren, Patti and Michael Fedishen. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME, 11735 Frankstown Rd. (at Rodi Rd.), Penn Hills. Funeral Saturday at 9 a.m. Requiem High Mass at St. Bernadette's church at 10:00 a.m. Visitation with the family 1 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wednesday, December 27, 1967, page 26.

  2. Michael and Clara's second child was Anthony Matthew Nardozzi [May 4, 1906 - June 7, 1983]. Michael married Marion Elizabeth Sepp [November 27, 1909 - May 23, 1988], daughter of William Sepp and Mary Alexander on February 2, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Anthony and Marion "Elizabeth" had four children: Anthony, Jr., Patrick, Dorothy and Helen "Heather." Heather married J. Thomas McAdams, and is the mother of David J. McAdams.

    Anthony died in 1983. His obituary read:
    Anthony M. Sr. on Tuesday June 7, 1983; beloved father of Anthony M. Jr., Patrick, Dorothy Pollock of OH & Helen Abrams; brother of Nick, Mike, Patsy, Lucy Vesta, Ruby Sebastian & Angel Angelo; also 13 grandchildren. Friends received at Findlay C. Wylie Funeral Home, 10985 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial Mother of Good Council Church Fri., 10 a.m. Visitation 2-4 & 7-9.
    Source: Pittsburgh Press, June 8, 1983.
  3. Michael and Clara's third child was Lucy M. Nardozzi. Lucy Vento died in November, 2001. Her obituary read:
    LUCY A.
    Age 93, of Penn Hills, wife of the late John A. Vento; mother of the late Joanne Vento Ross; grandmother of John Ross, Linda Ross Eazor and Joseph Ross; great-grandmother of Shelsi, Shane and Haley Eazor. Friends received Wednesday, 10am-11am, at Mother of Good Counsel Church, St. Charles Lwanga Parish, with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11am. Arrangements by SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patti Fedishen Zollner Scholarship Fund, Woodland Hills High School, Greensburg Pike, Pgh, PA 15221, c/o Adel Caruso, (412) 244-1100 Ext. 5193

    Published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wednesday, November 7, 2001

  4. Michael and Clara's fourth child was Samuel Nardozzi [December 17, 1909 - March 1968].

  5. Michael and Clara's fifth child was Pasqua Nardozzi who was born about 1913. Patsy Nardozzi passed away on Feb. 17, 2001 in California and he was 88.

  6. Michael and Clara's sixth child was Archangel Nardozzi [Angelo]. [January 14, 1915 - June 10, 1998].

  7. Michael and Clara's seventh child was Clara Nardozzi who was born about 1917. Clara passed away when she was in her late twenties.

  8. Michael and Clara's eighth child was Michael Nardozzi [January 18, 1919 - April 12, 1995].

  9. Michael and Clara's ninth child was Ruby Nardozzi [May 24, 1921 - October, 1992].

  10. Michael and Clara's tenth child was Nicholas Nardozzi [July 22, 1924 - October 1984]. Nicholas married Isabel R. Kuba. Isabel died in 1985. Her obituary read:
    Isabel R. (Kuba) on Aug 7, 1985, wife of the late Nicholas; sister of Robert C., James E., and Frank David. Friends received the Findlay C. Wylie III Funeral Home, 2300 Leechburg Road, North Bessemer (783-4730) where a blessing service will be held Sat Aug 10 1985 at 9 a.m. Visitation 2-4 & 7-9.
    Source: Pittsburgh Press August 9, 1985
    Isabel's cousin is Daniel Mink dmink@mtneer.net
Clara died in 1978. Her obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Press:
On Thursday, January 19, 1978, Clara of Penn Hills; beloved wife of the late Michael; mother of Lucy Vento, Mrs. Archangel Angelo, Mrs. Ruby Sebastian, Tony, Patsy of Cal., Michael and Nick Nardozzi and the late Carmen and Samuel Nardozzi and Clara D'Ambrosia; sister of Mrs. Lena D'Magglio and Mrs. Netta Albanese and the late Mrs. Nobla Cefola, Mrs. Lucy Tedesco, Mrs. Rose Di Vigglio, Angelo, Murphy, William (Tocts) and Mark Caputo; also survived by 19 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the WILLIAM F. GROSS FUNERAL HOME, 11735 Frankstown Rd. (at Rodi Rd.) Penn Hills. Funeral on Sat. at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Mother of Good Counsel Church at 10 a.m. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Thanks to "Toots" Nardozzi Fedishen, Mary Caputo-Kamerer, and Kathy Pollock Fuller, and Kathy's sister, Paula Welkerfor the information on their family.

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