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 Maria Oliva “Olivette” <I>DeJulio</I> D'Ambrosi

Maria Oliva “Olivette” DeJulio D'Ambrosi

Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
Death 29 Jun 1976 (aged 80)
Rensselaer, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Burial East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 101361372 · View Source
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Born in Castro De Volsci, Italy to Cataldo and Maria (Polidori) DeJulio Olivette came to America in 1905 with her mother and sister Loretta. Her father and older brothers had come earlier.
Olivette lived in a city in Italy, and lived in a city in America. She was a progressive woman. Went to elementary school in Albany. She learned to read and write and was the "go to" person in the neighborhood to help the other immigrant families apply for citizenship, work out problems with bills and other problems the Italian families had.
She married age 16 years to Virginio Lombardi, age 30 and a native of her hometown of Castro Dei Volsci. She and her husband began raising their family in Rensselaer where her first 3 children were born. She was expecting her fourth when her husband took ill during the Influenza epidemic in 1918. 20% of the US died in the month of October 1918. Her 1st husband was one of those casualties.
Her three children were sent to an orphanage and when her fourth was born, she was sent to the infants orphanage in Troy.
In 1919 her brother in law, Luigi D'Ambrosi married her and removed the children from the orphanage. They had another 5 children and this family of 9 would experience poverty, love, and companionship. Almost 100 years later, 5 of the 9 are still living.
Olivetta and Luigi made their home at 139 Willow Street in Rensselaer all of their lives. Baking, wine making, schooling and all the tradional Italian festivities blessed this family.
Olivette worked in an upholstery shop in Albany, made many trips to the shrines, and on the side raised 9 healthy children.
She and her husband Luigi celebrated 50 years of marriage before health issues began to take away their freedom and ability to travel and enjoy life. She had diabetes and lost her sight. She lost her husband of 54 years in 1973 and she passed in 1976 shortly after her 80th birthday. They are buried together at Holy Scepulcre Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Stephen Rima
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101361372
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maria Oliva “Olivette” DeJulio D'Ambrosi (29 May 1896–29 Jun 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101361372, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Stephen Rima (contributor 47044692) .