on this site since 1280 A.D. the church of Santa Maria in Piano is
the oldest in Loreto. The interior features a painting of the
Universal Judgement Cycle, whose depiction
of Hell was so disturbing that the church had it permanently
29, 1925. "I Remember Always. From the mother who thinks of you
always and remembers you much... kisses to all and a kiss to little
Adelina and to Guerino."
Your dear mother, Mariantonia
prime coccià storta nate in America. Aida and Adelina Butchella on
the occasion of Aida's first communion circa 1935. Since
born before Domenico was naturalized,
retained her right to
Italian citizenship but lost it when her father became a U.S.
citizen in 1927. Since Domenico was already an American citizen when
Aida was born, she never held the right to Italian citizenship.
drawing by Gloria Buccella depicts (L-R) our translator Gianni
Salone, Caterina Donatelli, Kristina, Adelina, Melissa and Antonio.
Gloria is the daughter of Paolo Buccella and grand daughter of
Corinto. Her seven-year old imagination seems to have captured the
essence of our trip in the year 2000...
and a happy, long-overdue
Buccella and sister Annarita are the children of Umberto Buccella
and grandchildren of
Giuseppe. They are shown with Anthony (R) and the elegant yet
intoxicated Gauhs sisters.
Buccella with husband Franco D'Armi, children Sara
and Francesco, parents Zopito and Antonietta, and Ciccio. Paola
is also a granddaughter of the elder Giuseppe. Her father Zopito and
Umberto were brothers.
Ilario's mother Concetta and daughters Gina, Assunta, Maria and Emilia.
While the sisters are all coccià storta, their offspring are not, even though Maria
married a Buccella from an unrelated line giving her children the
Kristin and Anthony at la diga di Penne with the Gran
Sasso looming in the background. Originally a Vestini stronghold
called Pinna, the town of Penne has been in existence for over 2400
years. The Vestini wisely signed a treaty with Rome in 302 B.C.
Butchella and his son Guerino became U.S. citizens on April 4, 1927 forever
relinquishing their right to Italian citizenship. After 1922,
citizenship did not transfer automatically to spouses, so Maria Nicola
never became a U.S. citizen.
goodbye to Ettore and Abruzzo. "Once
you have visited this generous region you become wedded to it
forever and even before you leave you begin to plan your
Carmelita D'Onofrio Flocco
... and his mighty