Agnelli, Giovanni b. August 13, 1866 d. December 16, 1945 Industrialist. He was the founder of the Fiat automobile company. Born in Villar Perosa, a small town near Pinerolo, Italy, his father, the mayor of Villar Perosa, died at age 40, when Giovanni was just five. He studied at the Collegio San Giuseppe in Turin; then embarked on a military career until 1893 when he returned to Villar Perosa, where he followed in his father's footsteps and became mayor in 1895 (a position he held until his death). He heard about the invention of the (then) new...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cimitero di Villar Perosa, Villar Perosa, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Family Chapel
Agnelli, Susanna 'Suni' b. April 24, 1922 d. May 15, 2009 Italian Stateswoman, Industrialist. She was the only female Minister of Foreign Affairs in Italy's history. Born of an Italian father and an American mother, she was raised with the massive wealth of the Fiat automotive dynasty. During WWII she was a Red Cross volunteer on a hospital ship and, in 1945, married Count Urbino Rattazzi. Over the years she maintained multiple homes in Italy and the United States, and was to introduce American-style television fundraising in Italy to advance various...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero di Villar Perosa, Villar Perosa, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Agnelli, Umberto b. November 1, 1934 d. May 27, 2004 Industrialist. He was the Chairman of Italy's largest industrial group, Fiat, and one of Italy's richest men, who lived for years in the shadow of his flamboyant brother, Giovanni (Gianni) Agnelli. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, he endured a series of tragedies that began with the loss of his father when he was an infant, his mother in 1945, and continued through the deaths of two sons and then his brother in 2003. Umberto took the top job at Fiat in early 2003 following his brother Gianni's...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cimitero di Villar Perosa, Villar Perosa, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Family Chapel
Alimonda, Cardinal. Gaetano b. October 23, 1818 d. May 30, 1891 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Genoa born Gaetano Alimonda studied at the local university, earning a doctorate in theology and was ordained priest there in June 1843. Longtime rector of the Genoese seminary, in 1877 he was appointed bishop of the diocese of Albenga, receiving his episcopal consecration on November 11 that year. A renowned orator, noted for his particular eloquence, Alimonda's sermons, preachings, conferences and pastoral letters were published through the years in various popular...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Cappella degli Arcivescovi.
Antonetti, Cardinal. Lorenzo b. July 31, 1922 d. April 10, 2013 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Romagnano Sesia within the Northern region of Italy, he completed the necessary requirements to enter the priesthood and was ordained at the age of twenty-three in 1945. He was assigned to the Diocese of Novara and furthered his studies at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He served as a diplomat and was allocated to Lebanon and later Venezuela from the late 1940s until the mid 1950s. This experience was followed by his assignment as the first section for...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cimitero Comunale di Romagnano Sesia, Romagnano Sesia, Provincia di Novara, Piemonte, Italy
Bada, Angelo b. May 27, 1876 d. March 23, 1941 Opera Singer. A tenor, he is remembered as his generation's leading comprimario, one of opera's character performers called upon to take the stage virtually every night singing a wide range of roles in a multiplicity of languages. Though little is recorded of his early days, it is known that he rained in the Northern Italian city of his birth, and made his January 1900 professional bow as a Messenger in Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida"; over the next eight years he refined his craft in such major venues...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Comunale di Novara, Novara, Provincia di Novara, Piemonte, Italy
Badoglio, Pietro b. September 28, 1871 d. November 1, 1956 Italian Military Leader, Statesman. Badoglio was an Italian general who later served as prime minister after the ouster of dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943. As a young man, he entered the Italian army in 1890 as an artillery officer, served during the First World War, and worked his way through the ranks to general. Badoglio served as chief of the general staff after the war and then became a field marshal in 1926. Badoglio was named governor of Libya in 1928 and served until 1934. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Grazzano Badoglio Cemetery, Grazzano Badoglio, Provincia di Asti, Piemonte, Italy
Beltrami, Cardinal. Giuseppe b. January 17, 1889 d. December 13, 1973 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Fossano, Giuseppe Beltrami entered the local seminary, pursuing later his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare and the Royal University. Ordained priest in March 1916, he soon went on to serve as a military chaplain in the Italian army. Joining the staff of the Vatican Library in 1923 and later that of the Secretariat of State in 1926, he acted as lawyer for the causes of canonization and beatification in the Sacred Congregation of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Duomo di Fossano, Fossano, Provincia di Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Beside the Altar of San Giovenale.
Bovone, Cardinal. Alberto b. June 11, 1922 d. April 17, 1998 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The youngest of five male children, Alberto Bovone entered seminary in Alessandria at an early age, undergoing studies at the Turin State University. Ordained priest by Monsignor Giuseppe Angrisani at Casale Monferrato on May 26, 1945, following his ordination, he served briefly in the diocese of Alessandria, later pursuing further studies between 1946 and 1951 at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, earning a doctorate in canon law, and at the Sacred...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Felice di Frugarolo, Frugarolo, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy
Braganza, Maria Pia b. October 16, 1847 d. July 5, 1911 Queen Maria Pia of Portugal was born Princess Maria Pia of Savoy on October 16th 1847 in Turin, Italy. She was the daughter of King Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy and Adelaide Habsburg-Lotharingen. She married in 1862 with Luis I, King of Portugal. She lived to see her son become King Carlos I of Portugal. Tragically, King Carlos and her eldest grandson Prince Luis Felipe were both murdered in Lisbon in 1908. Her other grandson Manuel became King of Portugal on the death of his father and...[Read More] (Bio by: David) Stupinigi Castle Savoy Mausoleum, Stupinigi, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Buscaglione, Ferdinando 'Fred' b. November 23, 1921 d. February 3, 1960 Singer. Born in Turin, Italy, he developed a strong passion for music since his childhood. In his teens he could usually be found playing violin and double bass in the city's clubs. After World War II he joined the Allied Radio Orchestra in Cagliari, Sardinia, where he started playing American-style music such as swing. By the end of the war he had created his own singing persona, styled like a "Clark Gable moustached "girls 'n whisky" damned club singer". In the 1950s, coupled with Leo Chiosso...[Read More] (Bio by: Luca Cottone) Cimitero Monumentale di Torino, Turin, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Cafasso, Saint. Giuseppe b. January 15, 1811 d. June 23, 1860 Roman Catholic Saint. A native of Castelnuovo d'Asti, presently Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Giuseppe Cafasso came from a family of peasants. Entering seminary in Turin he was ordained priest in 1833. Furthering his theological studies at the university of the city and later at the Institute of Saint Francis, despite his frail health, suffering from a deformed spine, he went on to become a brilliant lecturer in moral theology at the named institute. An active opponent on Jansenism, fighting intrusion...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica Santuario della Consolata, Turin, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Cavallero, Gen. Ugo b. September 20, 1880 d. September 14, 1943 Marshal of Italy. A Senator of the Kingdom of Italy. He participated in the Italo-Turkish War and at the First World War where he distinguished himself during the retreat from Caporetto, as to be appointed at the head of the Operations Command. In 1918, he devised the plan for the Battle of Vittorio Veneto and promoted General for exceptional merit at just 38 years. In 1920 he left the Army and became general manager of the Pirelli company. Member of Parliament from 1924, he was Under-Secretary...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Parrocchia di Ponzano Monferrato, Ponzano Monferrato, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy
Cheli, Cardinal. Giovanni b. October 4, 1918 d. February 8, 2013 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Turin, Giovanni Cheli was raised on his grandfather's farm in Asti. Entering seminary there, he was ordained priest by the local bishop on June 21, 1942. Prefect of discipline and professor of French, history and mathematics at the seminary of Asti, he pursued further studies in Rome. Chaplain of the Sisters of Mercy of Verona, in the populous district of Prenestino, Cheli entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See, being assigned as attaché of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Duomo di Asti, Asti, Provincia di Asti, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Cripta dei Vescovi.
Coppi, Fausto b. September 15, 1919 d. January 2, 1960 Professional Cycler. World Champion Cycling Professionals in 1953 at Lugano. Won Tour de France and Giro d'Italia in 1949. He is buried with his brother in CASTELLANIA (Italy) in a small memorial park beside the family house. Coppi was buried after his death in Castellania's cemetery, in 1960 near the grave of his brother Serse (a ciclist who also died during a race). In 1969 the city built a mausoleum near the City Hall where both were translated and are resting in peace today. (Bio by: Enrico Perego) Mausoleo di Castellania, Castellania, Provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy Plot: Buried near the grave of his brother Serse.
d'Orléans, Anne Marie b. August 27, 1669 d. August 26, 1728 Queen of Sicily and Sardinia. Anne Marie d'Orléans, daughter of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, and his wife Princess Henrietta Anne of England, was born at the Château de Saint-Cloud in France. Her mother died less than a year after her birth, and she was raised by her stepmother, Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine. Her uncle Louis XIV arranged her marriage to Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, then Duke of Savoy. A proxy marriage took place at Versailles on April 10, 1684, when Anne Marie was 14...[Read More] (Bio by: Anne Philbrick) Basilica di Superga, Superga, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy