My grandfather, Vincenzo Strozzi, died on this day 77 years ago. Vincenzo, born June 30, 1876, was a native of Borgo di Gaeta in the Latina province of the Lazio region in Italy. He emigrated to the United States in 1899 and settled in East Cambridge, Massachusetts in a neighborhood populated with immigrants from Gaeta. Vincenzo married Antonetta Sorrentino, a native of Scafati in the Salerno province of the Campania region in Italy, on December 23, 1905. Vincenzo was a fun-loving man who excelled in gardening, cooking, and music. He enjoyed midnight pesto parties with family and friends and sang “Pagliacci” to his delighted guests. He loved to prepare meals with wife Antonetta, an excellent cook, and took particular pleasure in savoring Antonetta’s delicious Neapolitan specialties. He died suddenly on July 3, 1936, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He is buried in St. Michael Cemetery, one of the first Boston cemeteries created for Italian immigrants.
1 St. Michael Cemetery (Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts), Vincenzo Strozzi marker, Section 27, Plot 53, photographed by Carol Swaine-Kuzel, 29 May 2004.