Rosaria (Luisi) Minicola’s sisters who settled in Peterborough married into well-known Italian families. Maria (Mary) Nicola Luisi married Leonardo Campanaro on the 29th of November 1906.
Giovanna Annunziata Luisi married Giuseppe (Joe) Vitarelli on the 8th of July 1913 and Filomena Luisi married Domenico della Rochetta on the 7th of November 1912.
The Vitarelli’s and Campanaro’s both settled on Elm St., Peterborough’s “Little Italy”. The Vitarelli’s lived at 541 Elm (now Hopkins), The Campanaro’s lived at 553 Elm.
Carmella Luisi lived with Rosaria and Leonardo Minicola for a number of years at their home and store on Erskine Avenue before leaving for Orange, NJ and marrying Giovanni Scarponcini. There was a large Italian population in Orange, NJ and that’s also where my great grandfather, Donato Minicola, met and married my great grandmother Adelina.
Back in Roseto Valfortore, their father, Filippo Luisi had been widowed twice and each time had remarried.
Right: L-R back row – Luisi sisters Rosaria (Minicola), Carmella and Maria (Campanaro). Front L-R: Donato Campanaro, Rose Minicola and infant Philip Campanaro about 1909