:: Angela Fungone D'Alessandro, 1933-2009 ::
We said goodbye in October 2009 to the parent and friend who gave us life, protected us in our youth, looked after us throughout our lives, introduced us to our cultural and culinary heritage, fed us sumptuous meals and spoiled us with yummy sweets, and gave us unconditional love and laughter for 76 wonderful years.
:: AJ ::
My pride and joy, no longer a boy, not yet a man, and oh my gosh, he's now a teenager!! :) Strong-willed, opinionated, competitive, funny, moody, occassionally contemplative, energetic and warm. A nice mix of two families, cultures and personalities...my son Andrew Jose - AJ.
:: Happy 1st! ::
The Fonfrias and Garcia clans gathered with family & friends to celebrate the first birthday of Linda & Alex's cutie-pie of a daughter, Nelinda.
:: Merry 2007 ::
A relaxed, quiet, holiday celebration with family this year...
:: Croton BBQ Picnic ::
Hailed as the most fun since Beatlemania hit Broadway in the late '70's, the Fonfrias family & friends Beatlesfest barbecue picnic party was successfully held under warm, sunny skies at Croton Point Park, at Croton-on-Hudson, Nuevo Jork. Interesting permutations of friends of friends meeting family and friends, all soothed by the harmonious croonings of Beatle Jumbi and his Beatlemaniacs.
:: Elliot's Baptism ::
A perfectly lovely day, and weekend, to bring family and friends together for the baptism of you master Elliot Delany D'Alessandro, not quite three year old progeny of Chris and Mark, at the handsome late 19th Century Episcopal church of St. Mark's, just across the street from one of the buildings of the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC.
:: Easter 2007 ::
Always an opportunity to celebrate the lovely Christian holiday along with Mom's birthday, this year found all three of us siblings, and our kids, assembled with our beloved matriarch to celebrate her...ummm, 54th birthday, was it...? ; )
:: Christmas 2006 ::
Our holidays in Staten Island & Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
:: Thanksgiving 2006 ::
Another year, another scare for the D'Alessandro family and our ailing matriarch, but she's still with us, and this Thanksgiving we truly had thanks to give for her resilience and strength. We also were able to celebrate the birthday of one of the new generations, young Steven, turning six this week, and were joined by our extended family - son number 4 - Dan Mason and his young family.
:: Reunion for Aunt Mary's funeral ::
Never mind weddings - almost all of us have had more than one ourselves - our family rarely gathers together from three corners of the country except for the traumatic event of the passing of a loved one. As a stimulus for family reunion, it's a very strong, compelling one, the need to comfort each other, and particularly those most directly affected by the loss.
Unexpectedly, we lost our sister-aunt-mother, Mary Fungone Williams, this August 4, 2006, and thus another extended Fungone family reunion was held. A sad event, yes, but there's still joy to be shared being among those with whom we share blood, genes and history.
To see my last photo of Mary, visit http://www.pbase.com/ambadale/image/33377380
:: Nifty 50 ::
With a positive attitude, no birthday has to feel like the pell-mell rush towards the bottom of the hill, and our cousin Doreen threw a birthday barbecue bash to vibrantly celebrate her half century gracing this green, brown & blue rock with her buoyant, ebullient joyfulness. We were very happy to join in the festivities on a lovely July Saturday afternoon.
"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative."
:: Memorial Day 2006 ::
Yardwork + barbecues + a father-son baseball catch = family reunion
on a suddenly warm holiday weekend, in Staten Island, NY
:: Easter 2006 ::
Mom's finally given in to her natural gray, and it looks good. We're all glad to be able to celebrate another birthday, and Easter, together, young,old, bald, gray or moptop.