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By Barbara Tardugno-Cardino Florio

Giuseppe Tardugno was born November 22, 1861 in Pignola to Angela Maria MANCINO and Michele TARDUGNO. The town of Pignola was formerly named Vignola for its vineyards. It was accidentally changed by a Roman official mistaking the V for a P. Giuseppe had blue eyes and light brown hair and had a thin, short stature. He was a handsome man with a mustache that ran down and around his chin and twisted at the end. Some of his brothers were named Savario and Nicola Maria and his sister was named Maria Domenica. There may have been others. His brother Savario and sister Maria Domenica came to America also. Some of their siblings moved to Argentina.

Maria Giuseppa ALBANO was born in Pignola on April 1, 1869 to Angela Maria RIENZO and Michele ALBANO. She had beautiful green eyes and dark hair. Her brother Vincenzo and step sister Vincenza Fabriano-Albano also came to America.

They married on or before 1888.

My grandparents had five children born in Pignola with only one survival. At that time there was a high mortality rate. There were five more births in America, Vincenzo (my father), Angela Maria and Maria
Antonia. They lost two babies Saverio and Maria Domenica. Of their ten children only four grew to adulthood.

A quiet, peace loving man, he came to America via Napoli in April 1896 on the SS Belgravia. My grandmother arrived in America with their only surviving son Michele aged one year in November 1896 on the SS Massilia.

Upon their arrival they lived on Snediker Avenue in the East New York section of Brooklyn. They were registered at Our Lady of Loreto Roman Catholic Church on Sackman and Pacific Streets. In Pignola they
belonged to Maria SS degli Angeli (Mary Queen of Angela).

While registering their oldest son in school, the name was mistakenly changed to Cardino. They had a total of 18 grandchildren and were loved and respected by all their family, neighbors and paisans.

A contandino in Italy, he was a laborer in America and also worked for the Long Island Railroad. My grandmother took in sewing to supplement the income.

Grandmother was a very active person always cleaning and washing her home, insisting on doing everything herself. She was particularly fussy about the stove and the beds. Always having clean, white fluffy pillows.

As in all Italian homes, whenever someone came to visit, Gram insisted on making all feel at home by feeding them. Friends were always invited to dinner. This always embarrassed her grandchildren, especially if their friends were not Italian. But our friends always enjoyed her food and hospitality. We especially loved her home made staccinati (pasta) covered with fried bread crumbs mixed with red, hot peppers. My older cousins remember my grandfather's home made wine and always taking his grandchildren for walks to the local candy store.

She loved to teach her grandchildren to pray in Italian and tell stories. May was the anniversary of the Italian patron saint Mary Queen of Angels. They always went to mass at Our Lady of Lourdes for this
service, even though their church was Our Lady of Loreto, both being in the East New York section of Brooklyn.

While working one day, Giuseppe was rushed to a hospital where he died May 24, 1924. My biggest regret is that I have never met my grandfather nor have ever seen a picture of him.

Some time after his death, my father purchased a three family home on Williams Avenue, also in Brooklyn just two blocks from where he was born, for his mother and sisters.

Maria Giuseppa passed away in our home November 11, 1940. They are both at the Saint Joseph Section of Holy Cross Cemetery.

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