Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ma Familia in the Buffalo News

My father's baby brother is Charlie Fletch (from R to L, he's 3rd). My Dad had 9 siblings with three different last names. My grandparents couldn't read or write so they would say their last name to the person who was filling out the birth certificate and it got messed up most times. In fact, we're not exactly sure what our original name is. There's a debate between it being "De Felice" or "Feliccia". We know for sure that "Fletch", "Felich", and "Feliche", the three existing names for my fathers siblings, are not the original family name. Based on some research I have done, I am reasonably sure our family name is De Felice, but I am met with violent opposition whenever I suggest this to my aunts and uncles, so I lay low on this subject.

Back to my Uncle Charlie...the Buffalo News did a nice article about him and a group of his friends who have been married for 50 years. I know each of the men in the article having played golf with them when I used to visit Buffalo each year. Check out their names- Joseph Maiorana, Vic Carbone, Vinnie Pantano, Louie Miceli, Sam Maiorana and Michael Giallella. Growing up in Western New York with my family circle, I was sure 90% of the world was Sicilian...what a disappointment it's been to find out I was mistaken.

You can read the article here.

The part of the article I like the most is what my Uncle Charlie says at the end when asked how they preserved their relationship. Uncle Charlie said- "You have to have the Lord God in your relationship." Uncle Charlie was raised a Roman Catholic like his brothers, me, and all my cousins. For as long as I have known Uncle Charlie and Aunt Mary Ann, they have professed faith in Christ. In recent years they have joined an evangelical church and have become more vocal and bold about their faith in Christ, it's been a great joy to see and I am grateful for their example of commitment to God and each other for these 50 years of marriage.

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

What a beautiful tribute and what a strong legacy to leave your children and grandchildren. Sure didn’t know that about all your uncles last names being different. That is quite a hoot!