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Stuccio family of Pittston travels to Sicily and Calabria

This family photo, taken during the visit of the Stuccio family of Pittston to the land of their ancestors, includes some members of the Stucci family of Italy. The visitors were surprised to learn that one of their father’s nephews, Jerome Stucci, lives in Cranford, N.J. with his wife and children. Jerome met them for the first time at the Newark International Airport prior to their departure for Italy.

Members of the Difrancesco family of Serradifalco, Sicily, are shown here with the Stuccio, Grabo and Andrush families.

Theresa Grabo, left, Fred Stuccio, center, and Rose Marie Andrush are shown in front of the home of their father, Serafino Stuccio.

Making a recent trip to Sicily to meet family members for the first time are, from left, George Andrush, Rose Marie Andrush, Fred Andrush, Fred Stuccio, Arlene Stuccio, Theresa Grabo and Daniel Grabo.

Rose Marie Stuccio Andrush, Theresa Stuccio Grabo and Fred Stuccio, children of the late Serafino and Mary Stuccio, of Pittston, and grandson Fred Andrush recently traveled to Sicily and Reggio Calabria to meet their parents’ families for the first time. Their spouses, George Andrush, Daniel Grabo and Arlene Stuccio also made the trip.

After an Internet search, they were able to locate the nephews, nieces and cousins of their father, Serafino (Stucci) Stuccio, in San Ferdinando, Reggio Calabria.

To their surprise, a banquet was held at The Peperoncino Restorante in their honor and in remembrance of their Stucci ancestors with more than 50 relatives in attendance. The travelers were treated to the most delicious plates typical of the Calabrian tradition.

The family also prepared a video presentation of the highlights of the Stucci family, starting with their grandparents Ferdinando and Maria Stucci and their father Serafino, the eldest son of Ferdinando and Mari Rosa.

Serafino immigrated to the United States as a young man and settled in Pittston, never to return to his native land. More than 100 relatives live in San Ferdinando, Reggio Calabria while others live in Genoa, Italy. The local television station was on hand to capture the occasion.

In Serradifalco, Sicily, they met their mother, Mary DeFrancesco Stuccio’s first cousin Angela Difrancesco and her family. They had the opportunity to enjoy the local food and eat fresh walnuts from the walnut tree on their patio.

Another highlight was participating in the procession of Our Lady of the Rosary in Montedoro, Sicily. In addition to connecting with family, they toured the Valley of the Temples, a vast archeological complex featuring 5th century BC Temple Castor and Pollux the Temple of Hercules and Concord and the Temple of Hera.

They visited Mount Etna Volcano, visited the luxurious seaside resort of Taromina, “the Queen of the Mediterranean,” and sampled the local wine at a vineyard in Sicily.

The travelers said it was the opportunity of a lifetime to meet and spend time with their families and connect with their heritage.

Note: Stuccio is Stucci in Calabria and DeFrancesco is Difrancesco in Sicily.

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