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Miss Mildred Hoglin almost fifty years after Rich Burriesci and Bob Marchand had her at St. Sebastian's School in Woodside NY in the 5th Grade (1964-1965)
MS. MILDRED HOGLIN IN 2009 AT AGE 72
THE BURRIESCI – RINALDO FAMILY TREE 1870 - 2016











COLOGERO BURRIESCI m CRUCIFISSA LOMONTE                                                                          NICOLO RINALDO m FRANCESCA ALESSI  (May 3, 1903) Brooklyn NY
(1870 - 1959)                          (1875 - 1961)                                                                                             (1883 - 1959)               (1890 - 1960)
In the village of Mezzojuso, Provincia di Palermo, SICILY                                                                       In the village of Sambucca, Agrigento, SICILY                             










 ​                      DONALD (born DOMINIC)THOMAS BURRIESCI (1919 – 2000) m SYLVIA ANN RINALDO (BURRIESCI) (1924 – 1987)  
                                          Married April 8,1945 @ St. Sebastian’s R.C. Church in Woodside, NY where she was baptized as well as their five children    
​                        begat DONALD CARL BURRIESCI (July 30, 1946) 
                        begat ROBERT NICOLAS BURRIESCI (November 9, 1947 – February 23, 1949) 
                        begat JOHN FRANCIS BURRIESCI (March 16, 1949) m/d (Elsa Lopez) who begat Angela and Dean 
                        begat RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI (September 24, 1954) m/d (Hope Marie Maker) who begat Melanie Lisa, Dawn April and Joya Grace
                        begat VIVIAN MARY LOUISE (BRENNAN) (March 22, 1957) m (John Joseph Brennan, Jr.) who begat Marin, John and William                     

​                        RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI (1954) m HOPE MARIE MAKER (BURRIESCI) (1953) Married in Richmond, Virginia 1975 and Divorced 1992     
                        begat MELANIE LISA BURRIESCI (October 16, 1975) in Richmond, Virginia 
                        begat DAWN APRIL BURRIESCI (June 22, 1979) in Syosset, Long Island, New York 
                        begat JOYA GRACE BURRIESCI (September 17,1982) in Richmond, Virginia who begat EMMA GRACE VEST (May 14, 2009)

THE FIRST COUSINS OF THE CHILDREN OF DONALD & SYLVIA BURRIESCI ARE: Peter (1920 - 2003), Carlo (1923 - 2001), Frances Amendola (1924 - 1996), Joseph (1928), Crucy (1937) 
are the children of Mary and Thomas Trentacoste (who came to America 1920). + Carlo and Frances are the children of Tom and Frances Burriesci + Christine and Connie are the children of Peter and Tessie Burriesci +Tincaro “Tiny” and Nicholas Burriesci are the children of Tony and Lena Burriesci​  + Frances, Celia (Goodwin) and John Rinaldo are the children of Jack and Pamilla Rinaldo + Theresa (Rosati) is the daughter of Mary Pisciotta and step-daughter of Joe Pisciotta/ Tessie m Frank Rosati Nicholas “Sonny” Rinaldo, Carol, Ralph and Janet are the children of Dan and Muriel Rinaldo + Susan and Thomas Rinaldo are the children of Gaspar (Joe) and Frances Rinaldo + Margaret, Michael and Frances are the children of Josephine and Nicholas Stella + Angelo and Nicholas Carione are the children of Vito "Willie" and Virginia “Tudy” Carione






























MEZZOJUSO, PALERMO, SICILIA
HOME OF THE  BURRIESCI, LOMONTE 
AND TRENTACOSTE  FAMILIES
AGRIGENTO, SICILIA
HOME OF THE RINALDO AND ALESSI FAMILIES
HESTER & MULLBERRY STREETS RESPECTIVELY CIRCA 1910
COLOGERO (CARLO) & CRUCIFISSA (CRUCY) BURRIESCI EVENTUALLY SETTLED HERE IN NEW YORK'S LITTLE ITALY AT THE TIME OF THIS PICTURE IN 1910
NICOLO (NICK) & FRANCESCA (FRANCES) RINALDO EMMIGRATED FROM SICILY DIRECTLY TO BROOKLYN, NEW YORK IN 1903
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A toast to the Lights of Brooklyn and the men and women of ST. FRANCIS PREP in Fresh Meadows, New York as they celebrate 150 years as a Christian institution devoted to superior education, athletic excellence and producing outstanding American male and female citizens!(the words below were written by Richard C. Burriesci, Class of 1972 and are sung to the tune of "On For Old St. Francis")
Hail the Lights of Brooklyn .. Men of Saint Francis Prep!The days of us in Brooklyn, we will not forget.We were proud to wear the colors red and blue...And to ole Saint Francis Prep we will be true! We had no field of our own, no track or tennis nor tennis courtsYet, the Lights of Brooklyn excelled in all sports!Hail to Franciscan Brothers and the teachers tooAnd to ole St. Francis Prep we will be true. Now, they're in Fresh Meadows the Brooklyn days are gone ...Now, there's men and women ...but the spirit still goes on!We are proud to wear the colors red and blue...And to ole Saint Francis Prep we will be true!
VIEW FROM SFP. I RAN THIS BRIDGE 2X DAILY THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE IN GREENPOINT
   CRUCIFISSA AND COLOGERO  BURRIESCI ON APRIL 8, 1945
NICOLO AND FRANCESCA RINALDO ON APRIL 8, 1945
BOTH BURRIESCI BROTHERS DONALD CARL BURRIESCI GRADUATED SFP IN 1964 AND RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI GRADUATED SFP IN 1972. THESE ARE THEIR GRADUATION PHOTOS

Richard Burriesci
ST. ANNE'S Garden City
Cologero was a stone mason
Nicolo was a barber and bookie
MS. ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE CARLO TRENTACOSTE (1923 - 2001) AND CYNTHIA TRENTACOSTE RECENTLY CONTACTED HER COUSIN RICH BURRIESCI WHILE SEARCHING "TRENTACOSTE/SICILY" ON GOOGLE TO FIND THIS PAGE CONTAINING THE BURRIESCI - RINALDO FAMILY TREE. SHE HAS AGREED TO UPDATE AND CONTRIBUTE MORE FAMILY HISTORY AND BRING BACK PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ITALY/SICILY WHEN SHE VISITS THIS COMING SEPTEMBER 2010. I LAST SAW ROSE WHEN SHE WAS JUST ELEVEN YEARS OLD IN DIX HILLS, LONG ISLAND. OH MY! SHE TURNED OUT TO BE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AT  THIS AGE OF 43!
My Father: CARLO TRENTACOSTE (Born: November 16, 1923  Died: May 19, 2001
My Mother: CYNTHIA HELEN CAMBRIDGE TRENTACOSTE (Born: April 11, 1927  Died: August 28, 1999)
I have a older brother CARLO TRENTACOSTE, JR. born June 24, 1965 and I am a Christmas gift born December 22, 1966
 THE TRENTACOSTE - CAMBRIDGE FAMILY TREE 1870 - 2010
THE FOCAL PERSON IS ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE (1966) WHOSE PATERNAL GREAT-GRANDPARENTS ARE COLOGERO  BURRIESCI (1870 - 1959) AND CRUCIFISSA LOMONTE BURRIESCI (1875 - 1961) LISTED ABOVE IN THE BURRIESCI - RINALDO TREE
ROSEMARIE'S GRANDPARENTS ARE THOMAS TRENTACOSTE (1894 - 1975) and MARY BURRIESCI TRENTACOSTE (1904 - 1984)   
THOMAS TRENTACOSTE m MARY BURRIESCI TRENTACOSTE
​            (1894 - 1975)                                   (1904 - 1984)
begat PETER TRENTACOSTE (1920 - 2003) m WILLIE HIGGINS begat: Thomas, Maria, Peter, Margaret, Irene and Rosemary
begat CARLO TRENTACOSTE (1923 - 2001) m CYNTHIA HELEN CAMBRIDGE  (1927 -1999) (my parents)
begat FRANCES TRENTACOSTE AMENDOLA (1924 - 1996)
begat JOSEPH TRENTACOSTE (1928) m MILAGOS "MILLIE" MELENDEZ begat:
begat CRUCIFISSA "CRUCY" TRENTACOSTE RILEY (1937) m THOMAS RILEY in 1971 and begat GINA (1975) and BERNADETTE (1979)
CARLO TRENTACOSTE (1923 - 2001) m CYNTHIA HELEN CAMBRIDGE TRENTACOSTE (1927 -1999)  
begat CARLO TRENTACOSTE, JR. born: June 24, 1965
begat ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE born: December 22, 1966
My name is Gina (Trentacoste) Riley, and I am Crucy Trentacoste (Riley)'s (1937) daughter. In looking up family history, I found your website (and saw my first cousin Rosemarie's picture there!)
My mom (Crucy Trentacoste) married Thomas Riley in 1971.  I was born in 1975, my sister Bernadette in 1979. Bernadette is a doctor in Long Island (will be married in April of 2011), and I am a professor in NY. My son, Ben, was born in 1996. We would love to keep in touch :)  It was so nice to see a picture of my great grandmother and grandfather.  I called my mom as well, and she was excited to hear that you are all doing terrific :) Great family memories! Thank you for your website! Gina :)


SYLVIA BURRIESCI, TOM AND MARY TRENTACOSTE IN THE CATSKILL MTS 1964
HERE LIES COLOGERO & CRUCIFISSA BURRIESCI AND THOMAS AND MARY TRENTACOSTE IN ST. RAYMOND'S CEMETERY IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK
BURIED JUST 40 FEET BEHIND THEM IS BILLIE HOLIDAY THE JAZZ SINGER
click underlined name for photo
Loving this :) It's like a game of fill in the blanks....Ok...correction - my mom (Crucy) was a Maryknoll Sister between 1961 - 1964. After she left the convent she got her B.A. @ Mercy College and her M.S. @ Hunter College. She married my dad (Tom Riley) in 1972. My mom's brother Peter (1920) married Willie (Higgins) in 1943.  They had 6 children: Tommy (died in 2006); Maria, Peter, Margaret, Irene, & Rosemary. My mom's sister Frances (1922 - 1996) married Louis Scadutto in 1957, he died in 1959. She then married Tony Amendola in 1961.  He died in 1982.  My mom's brother Joe (1927) married Milagros "Millie" Melendez in 1955 or 1956.  They had two children, Joseph & Linda.
GINA RILEY-DALY begat BENJAMIN DALY (1996)
CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE
MARGARET TRENTACOSTE WAGNER
ROSEMARY TRENTACOSTE ROMANO
MORE TRENTACOSTE COUSINS LEFT TO RIGHT
FOUR DAUGHTERS OF PETER & WILLIE TRENTACOSTE
BERNADETTE RILEY

DAUGHTER OF CRUCY (TRENTACOSTE) AND THOMAS RILEY

BURRIESCI
TRENTACOSTE
LOMONTE
RINALDO
ALESSI
CLICK THE ISLAND OF SICILY TO LEARN ABOUT THE SICILIANS MIGRATION IN AMERICA
THE BURRIESCIs ENTERED AMERICA IN 1900 VIA THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS "LITTLE PALERMO"
THE RINALDOs ENTERED AMERICA IN 1898/1903 respectively AT ELLIS ISLAND THE PORT OF NEW YORK and settled at 79 Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn, NY
"NOONA" and "DADA" to the Trentacoste grandchildren
MY MAMA AND PAPA CYNTHIA & CARLO TRENTACOSTE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY
MY GRANDPARENTS MARY & TOM TRENTACOSTE ON THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
MY BROTHER CARLO, JR. ... HE IS HIS FATHER'S SON
St. Sebastian's Class of 1968
IRENE TRENTACOSTE OLIN
MARIA TRENTACOSTE MUTINO
The Wedding of Peter Trentacoste and Willie Higgins 1940
CARLO                              FRANCES                                        THOMAS                                    MARIA                                   PETER                              JOSEPH  
CRUCY                                 WILLIE HIGGINS TRENTACOSTE
MARIA TRENTACOSTE (1904-1984) and KEITH LAWRENCE WAGNER (1983-1998)
MARGARET AND MOM WILLIE WHO DIED 11/12/2010
LAWRENCE WAGNER, MARGARET TRENTACOSTE WAGNER, MARGARET LORETTA WAGNER, CHERYL MARIE WAGNER AND
KEITH LAWRENCE WAGNER (who died 8/7/1998)
TOMMY, DAD and MOM (Pete and Willie)
Casa di Trentacoste
and the House of Wagner

REGARDING THE FAMILY OF RICH BURRIESCI: OUR FATHER DONALD (DOMINIC) BURRIESCI WAS PRETTY MUCH RAISED BY TITSI MARY (ELDEST AND ONLY SISTER) BECAUSE HE WAS THE YOUNGEST CHILD OF COLOGERO AND CRUCIFISSA BURRIESCI ERGO THE TRENTACOSTE FAMILY IN THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPH ABOVE WERE LIKE SIBLINGS

SiciliaItalia
Mrs. Rose Trentacoste Fulton brings you to Sicily and Italy September 2010
I'm with Fred
I'm with Rose
Rosemarie Trentacoste Fulton and her husband Fred Fulton
SICILY'S PASSIONATE NIGHT SKY
VIEW FROM MY HOTEL WINDOW IL GIGLIOTTI

ENJOY CURRENT PICTURES OF SICILY TAKEN SEPTEMBER 2010 COURTESY OF ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE AND FRED FULTON

Mangia!!

and now we are on to Roma and Napoli
ROSE AND FRED'S TRAVEL AND ADVISORY BOARD
ROME'S MARBLE BAND
BRING OUT THE GLADIATORS!
TAKE ME TO THE FORUM!
DO I SMELL CHEESE?
FREDO e ROSA
AND NOW, I TELL YOU MORE
THE SISTENE CHAPEL PAINTED BY MICHELANGELO
...and now onto Napoli
SYLVIA RINALDO at age 16
SYLVIA BURRIESCI at age 57
SYLVIA RINALDO later Burriesci and CELESTE FILIPPELLI later Nielsen IN 1942
SYLVIA'S HUSBAND WAS DONALD THOMAS BURRIESCI 1919 - 2000

HER CHILDREN ARE:

DONALD CARL BURRIESCI 1946
ROBERT NICHOLAS BURRIESCI 1947 - 1949
JOHN FRANCIS BURRIESCI 1949
RICHARD CHRISTOPHER BURRIESCI 1954
VIVIAN MARY LOUISE BURRIESCI BRENNAN 1957
THE SIMPLE EXPLAINATION OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
It is easy to understand the relationship between siblings and a TRUE Aunt and Uncle as opposed to the respectable title of "Aunt" and "Uncle" but the Cousin especially "once removed" might be confusing. In simple terms remember that COUSINS share the same Grandparent to make them first cousins. When one cousin whose Grandparent is the same as the other cousin's Great-Grandparent then that relationship is FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED as in the case of Rosemarie Trentacoste and me Rich Burriesci that is her Great-Grandfather is my Grandfather Cologero Burriesci. Same Great-Grandparent makes them Second Cousin. Great-great Grandparent makes them Third Cousins and so on.
Mildred Anne Hoglin (1937- 2012)

MY BROTHER DONALD ATTENDED SSS 1952-1960

Richard C. Burriesci and Robert J. Marchand are two of your first fifth grade students you taught and mentored when you came to St. Sebastian's School in Woodside NY in 1964. You was strict but was beautiful and loved.

No one looked better in a beehive hairdo. You will be lovingly remembered by many thousands of your students and friends you touched the past fifty years. 


CLICK HER PHOTO TO SEE MORE TRIBUTES
CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE
ROSE IS NOW MRS. 
ROSEMARIE TRENTACOSTE FULTON
NICOLO arrived in America in 1898 - FRANCESCA in 1903
COLOGERO & CRUCIFISSA arrived in America in 1900
begat MARY (TRENTACOSTE) (1904-1984)
begat THOMAS BURRIESCI (1906-1982)
begat PETER BURRIESCI (1912-1992)
begat ANTHONY BURRIESCI (1914-1979)
begat DOMINIC (DONALD) BURRIESCI (1919-2000)

begat JACOB RINALDO (1904-1966)
begat MARY PISCIOTTA (1905-1982)
begat RALPH RINALDO (1907-1928)
begat GASPAR (JOSEPH) RINALDO (1910-1985)
begat DANIEL RINALDO (1912-1972)
begat THOMAS RINALDO (1914-1980)
begat JOSEPHINE STELLA (1921)
begat SYLVIA BURRIESCI (1924-1987)
begat VIRGINIA (TUDY) CARIONE (1928)
FIRST 20 YEARS IN USA LIVED AT 79 GREENPOINT AVE., BROOKLYN, NY
PETER TRENTACOSTE, JR.
PETE JR. IN VIET NAM 1969
FELICIA TRENTACOSTE (daughter of Pete Jr.)
CLICK ROLLING FILM TO VIEW PETER TRENTACOSTE, III
TRENTACOSTE FAMILY
SYLVIA RINALDO BURRIESCI AT AGE 35 PLAYING PIANO
A TRIBUTE TO SYLVIA RINALDO BURRIESCI 1924-1987
My four grandparents seen together on April 8, 1945 the day my parents got married at St. Sebastián R.C. Church in Woodside, New York all emigrated from the Island of Sicily then just became unified to Italy. The time all four my grandparents were born in Palermo and Agrigento respectively the Mafia was at the height of dominating this region because Garibaldi's unification of Italy and Sicily essentionally produced caos and havoc. My great-grandfather Antonio Burriesci would have been a zealous twenty year old at this time unknown to me, if he fought for or against the cause of Giussepe Garibaldi and his 1000 Redshirts. Not until Benito Mussolini's Fascist drive to exterminate the strong Mafia influence in the mid 20th Century my four grandparents were long settled in New York City America. However, the Rinaldo family (my mother's side) spoke English well and lived in an almost entirely Irish neighborhood whereas the Burriesci-Trentacoste (my father's side) lived in Little Italy among people of their region and my paternal grandparents refusing to learn English. For this reason I believe one set of grandparents might have supported unification of Italy and the other set opposed unification opting to keep a strong distinct yet proud tribal heritage and strong ties to the Roman Catholic Church ergo the Burriesci and Trentacoste side of Sicilians who made it known that they were Sicilian not Italian. I welcome any comments that may shed some light on this historical matter 


OUR SICILIAN HERITAGE  BURRIESCI means decendants of makers of butter. BURRO is butter in Italian not a donkey. ESCHI means decendants or maker of. It was a sacred tradition in the 19th Century and much of the 20th Century to name your first born child after the paternal grandfather. My Uncle Tony told me that his father COLOGERO BURRIESCI my grandfather, that the first two children born to CARLO & CRUCY died as babies both named ANTHONY or ANTONIO in Italian. They broke tradition for a while fearing naming their third child Anthony would be cursed and die young. Although my Uncle Tony born in 1914 died at 65 to cancer he still was the first to die among Carlo (Cologero) and Crucifissa's five children except the first two babies. Therefore my Uncle Tony was absolutely sure COLOGERO's father most likely born in Mezzojuso when Sicily was not united with Italy in the year 1840. True to the surname our ancestors were poor farmers and laborers when they came to America via the Port of New Orleans, LA dubbed "Little Palermo" and by 1905 Cologero (Carlo) and his wife Crucifissa (Crucy) most likely a distant cousin because LOMONTE and BURRIESCI had many blood relatives in the small isolated village.    LoMonte means from the mountain which Mezzojuso is mountainous. Another related surname in Mezzojuso was TRENTACOSTE.  My own father was adamant against the Mafiosa because he knew stories in his family of mafia encounters who almost killed his father in Sicily breaking his bones refusing to yield his small piece of land. Cologero was a stone mason when he came to America who lived with his son-in-law THOMAS TRENTACOSTE a male nurse and his daughter MARY BURRIESCI TRENTACOSTE. As I am aging I have been told numerous times that I am looking like my paternal grandfather I never had the pleasure of knowing other than seeing him blind in bed surrounded by oxygen tanks and yes, burning votive candles ... Indeed a miracle in itself!
MILLIE TRENTACOSTE + JOSEPH TRENTACOSTE + RON OLIN + JOE JR. + IRENE TRENTACOSTE OLIN
ancestry of part of the BURRIESCI 
TRENTACOSTE and RINALDO families
THE SONS OF COLOGERO & CRUCIFISSA BURRIESCI IN 1935 who changed the pronunciation of BURR-REE-AY-ZSHEE to simply BUR-REE-SEE (never letting Papa know)
ANTHONY BURRIESCI, 21
THOMAS BURRIESCI, 30
DOMINIC BURRIESCI, 16
PETER BURRIESCI, 24
CRUCY TRENTACOSTE RILEY
CARLO TRENTACOSTE
FRANCES TRENTACOSTE AMENDOLA
PETER TRENTACOSTE, SR.
JOSEPH TRENTACOSTE, SR.
BEN RILEY 
is Gina's son
IRENE T. OLIN
BERNADETTE RILEY-DALY
BERNADETTE, GINA are CRUCY'S daughters
They now belong to the Ages ... Gone but Never Forgotten!
Parents of BERNADETTE and GINA
TOM and CRUCY TRENTACOSTE RILEY
TOM & MARY TRENTACOSTE ON THEIR 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY