Monday, January 28, 2008

Send me your suggestions!

I'd really appreciate any suggestions on location for the reunion! I am looking for an indoor location that also has outdoor facilities, anywhere in Ogden/SLC/Provo area. All suggestions are appreciated!

Message from Karen Coletti

I just got this great email from Karen Coletti (also daughter of Tony and Ruth Coletti). She's got the names of the people in the picture at the top-left of this blog:

Dear Sean, Hello from Karen Coletti in St. Louis, MO. Your dad and I are cousins, I am the elder daughter of Tony and Ruth Coletti. I am sending you the names of the family in the photograph taken in Peter and Josephine's dining room some 60 years ago! Back row, left to right: Jim Coletti, Donna Weaver Coletti, Fred Profaizer, Tillie Coletti Profaizer, Ruth Burch Coletti, baby Jane Coletti, Tony Coletti, Joe Coletti. Second row: Pamela Profaizer, Tamara Coletti, Ronnie Coletti, Robert Coletti, Karen Coletti, Violet Barker Coletti, baby Patti Ann Coletti. Front row: Freddie Profaizer, Peter Coletti, Josephine Castagna Coletti, Richard Coletti. The last time I saw any of Joe and Violet's branch was seven years ago when I visited Ogden and got to see your Aunt Patti Ann. I don't think my Coletti-Kelley clan will be able to come to the April gathering. Good luck with everything. My sister Jane will send you some pictures from our trip to Italy so you can post them. Love to all the family, Karen

Pictures from Jane Coletti

I just received these pictures from Jane Perry (Coletti), the daughter of Tony and Ruth Coletti. Enjoy!

Here's Karen and Jane (Coletti) with Batista and Domenica Coletti. They are first cousins (Domenica by marriage) of Tony, Joe, Jim and Tillie Coletti.

Home of Michele and Maria Coletti in Monasterio.

Village church in Monastero.

Town of Coassolo when Josephine Castagna is from.
If anyone has more Coletti photos, send them over!

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Change of Plans

Due to an unfortunate miscommunication, the Huish Activity Center is no longer available to us for our reunion.

This shall not be a problem, however. We will find a new location in Utah. The reunion will still occur on April 26, 2008, from 9 am to 9 pm.

I will announce the new location as soon as I can.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Email from Jane Perry

Here is an email I received from Jane Perry, daughter of Tony and Ruth Coletti. I really hope nobody minds that I put their emails to me on the blog--I think everyone who reads the blog would be excited to hear from them!

Hi Sean

I've been on your blog site and just had to get in touch with you. I'm Jane Coletti Perry, daughter of Tony Coletti, your ggrandpa's brother. I hope I have the generations right...your father is Jeff who is my first cousin whom I haven't seen for many years! He was just a little kid when we used to visit Utah in the summers--your Aunt Pat and I are the same age and have kept in touch with Christmas cards over the years.

Anyway, your plans for a reunion sound great but I'm afraid we won't be able to make it in April. We live outside Kansas City and my sister Karen lives in St. Louis. We would certainly appreciate any family information and copies of family pictures if you could somehow get them to us electronically.

The pictures on the blog are truly fantastic! Some additional information:

--The family of four identified as Jim and Donna Coletti is Tony and Ruth Coletti with me and Karen. (I'm the baby)
--The picture with Joe and Violet and Nonna includes Nonno and Uncle Jim also--Where did you find the magazine picture of Cumberland?--it's fantastic
--The moonshine pictures are historical-any more copies?
--More information about the "Chicago" ship that came from Italy to Ellis Island--do you have dates of their US arrival or a ship manifest? Years ago I tried to look up Ellis Island records online and couldn't find Peter or Josephine--I know they traveled here in different years.

Karen and I went to Italy last May to meet Coletti cousins in Monastero and see the village where our dad was born and saw the home of Michele and Maria Coletti. It was a dream come true to do this. I will try to email you a few pictures from our trip. I hope to hear from you.

All the best,



I've received some responses on the blog pictures, and realize I need to make some corrections (see below).

Sunday, January 6, 2008

More Coletti family pictures

Here are more pictures from our history. For good or bad, these events and people are part of us. We are Colettis.

Pictures of Joseph and Violet's family--

Violet, Patty, Jeff and Debra:

My uncle Joseph Gordon:

I think the caption on this one says it all:

1965 Christmas card:

Now a few from earlier times--

Here's Peter Coletti with his immediate family:

A dapper picture of Tony Coletti, one of Peter and Josephine's sons:

Jimmy and Donna Coletti with family (oops--this is Tony and Ruth Coletti, with daughters Karen and Jane):

I like this one--I know that my grandpa and grandma Joseph and Violet are in it, plus Nona Josephine, but I can't make out the other two (the other two are Nono and Uncle Jim Coletti):

Happy 68th:

Here's the home in Pleasant View:

Even earlier--home in Cumberland, WY:

A picture of Cumberland, right out of a magazine (I mean to say it "looks" like it is from a magazine, but I'm not sure either way):

Joseph and Jimmy with their dog:

Tilly, Joseph and another boy (?) with Christmas toys:

The Feds destroying the Coletti moonshine:

There's quite a bit more of those pictures. Here's the Chicago, the ship that brought us all over to Ellis Island:
And even earlier family--

Luigi Coletti (center) with Matt Bertagnoli:

Luigi with his sons:

A little later (?) Luigi with his family:
Joseph Coletti (1877-1942) with sons:
Joe and Luigi Coletti and family:
A few of Louis Coletti: