I wanted to let you know that the cemetery is celebrating their 150th anniversary and looking for biographies for a book.
See the article below. I thought you might want to participate. I sent in a few for the few relatives I have in the cemetery. Mine were not very large. Just the names of the individuals who they married who their kids were and what they did for a living. Here is the article:
If you’re of Irish descent and your family is from Lockport, chances are good you have a relative buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. If that’s the case, Shelley Richards would like to hear from you. Richards, along with other members of the Cemetery Committee, are seeking biographies of people buried in the Glenwood Avenue site to be included in a booklet celebrating the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the cemetery. The Cemetery Committee was formed last year in anticipation of the anniversary, and members have been busy ever since — trees have been cut down, brush has been removed and a concerted effort is being made to chronicle each and every gravesite in the cemetery. Richards said that was no easy task, and so far, she has more than 11,000 documented graves, including three separate sections called “Babyland” where infants were buried side by side. “It was hard to get the information together, since a lot of the paperwork is scattered. Luckily, Mike Niethe, the new police chief, documented a lot of the graves in 1992. If it wasn’t for that, we’d be in trouble,” Richards said. Every person buried in the cemetery has a story, and now that most of the graves have been identified, Richards is interested in knowing more about the lives of the cemetery’s residents. So she and the committee are hoping that relatives and friends of the deceased will share their stories, to be included in a book to be published this spring. Richards, who has many relatives buried in the cemetery, said they’re not seeking the biographies of just “famous” folks, they want the stories about anyone and everyone. The stories can include what the person did for a living or a hobby, how they came to Lockport or details of their daily lives. Stories must be 500 words to less and may be edited for publication. All submissions must include the submitter’s name, address, phone and email and the biography subjects’ full name, date of birth and death, and the writer’s relationship to them. The committee is asking that all entries be electronic and be emailed to email@example.com. If this is absolutely not possible, items can be sent to Cemetery Stories, c/o All Saints Parish, 76 Church St., Lockport NY 14094. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 22.
"Frank Messina" AND Lockport AND 1966 she will be the first item on the list. If you select it on the left, the newspaper page will show up on the right and you can print it or download it. It can take a few minutes to show up and different browsers work differently as to how to print and save. Sometimes you have to move your mouse around the page to find the save button.
If you can't figure it out let me know. Tomorrow I will put out information on St. Patrick's website and request headstone photos and we can cross our fingers that someone will fulfill them.
RE: Vincent LaPorta There is a website called fultonhistory.com which is free and has NY newspapers going back to the 1890's through 1970's. It is digitized so you can search like on google.
It looks like you need to login, but you don't need to
It takes a bit of trial and error, but I always set the settings on the left to boolean rather than all of the words and at the bottom left I set the sort type to Name. In the search box I did "Frank Messina" and then paged down the left side until I came to Lockport Newspapers because those and the Medina newspapers are the ones for the area.
You can see his name highlighted then.
I could have done "Frank Messina" AND Lockport and I would have got there quicker and had I known he died in 1960 I could have done
"Frank Messina" AND Lockport AND 1966 then it would be the 4th on the list
RE: Vincent LaPorta They are buried in Lockport at St. Patrick's. That is a cemetery that we haven't done yet. We took a couple of photos there a few years ago and then haven't gone back. It is quite large. I only go back once a year so I wouldn't be able to take a photo until next year. If you put out a memorial in St. Patrick's Lockport (Not Barker) NY and then put a request for a photo, someone may fulfill it before next year. If you don't know how, let me know and I can do it for you.
I found both of their obituaries
Frank Messina, 84, Gardener, Dies
Frank Messina, 84, of 321 Hawley St, a retired gardener, died Saturday (July 9, 1960) in Buffalo. Born in Italy July 4, 1876 he came to this country at an early age. He worked for a Medina florist as a gardener until hist retirement about 20 years ago. He has lived here for the past several years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lucy Gugliuzzo, three daughters, Mrs Anthony Laporta of Hempstead L.I., Mrs. Vincent Campana of Medina and Carmen D'Angelo of Lockport, a son, Samuel Messina of Kenmore; a sister Mrs Anthony Martino of Medina, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8:30 Tuesday morning at the Taylor and Reynolds Funeral Home Niagara and Transit Streets. A requiem mass will be celebrated at 9 Tuesday morning at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Mrs. Messina Long Ill, Dies
A native of Italy, Mrs. Lucy Messina, 87, formerly of 24 S. New York St., died Monday (Jan. 17. 1968) at St. C l a r e Manor, Lockport, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 11, 1878 in Italy, the daughter of Angelo and Lucy Capadonna Gugliuzzo She had lived in Lockport for about 50 years. Her husband, Frank Messina died on July 9, I960. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Anthony LaPorte of Hempstead, L. I., Mrs. Vincent Campana of Medina, Mrs. Carmen D'Angelo of Lockport: one son, Samuel Messina of Cheektowaga; nine grandchildren and six great - grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Carmello Ardire of New York City. Friends may call at the Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, Niagara at N. Transit Street, where funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and at 9 from St, Anthony's Church Burlel will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
RE: Vincent LaPorta My sister and I decided to completely document the St. Mary's cemetery in Medina so we took photos of all of the headstones. He is buried in the section at the far right of the cemetery as you come in about half way back before it heads up the hill.
There is a small section of headstones devoted to children.
I don't live in NY, but we go back each year and devote a week to genealogy and this year was St. Mary's.