|1940 Obituary of Mrs. Mary Cimino|
Clipped from Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa, Thursday, November 7, 1940, Page 7 on Newspapers.com
The first inaccuracy is her age and birthdate. The obituary says she was 58 years old and that she was born March 5, 1882. Based on her birth record in Lentini, Siracusa, Sicily, we know that she was actually born 10 March 1879 so her actual age was 61. The source of the incorrect birth date was probably her husband, Tony Cimino. He gave the same birth date to the funeral home when they completed the death certificate and this inaccuracy is also etched in stone on her grave marker.
|Photo of Cimino graves in Dakota City Cemetery, 6 May 2018, Dakota City, Nebraska photo by Nick Cimino|
The writer of the obituary was presumably correct about the location of the funeral at St. Michael's Catholic Church in South Sioux City and her address was 611 W. 17th Street, South Sioux City. The names of the priest, Rev. M.A. Quinn and the funeral home [Becker's] are also presumably correct. We know for a fact that she was buried in the Dakota City cemetery.
|Antonino Cimino and Maria Ossino about 1935; |
Estimated date of photo would be in the 1930s prior to the death of Mary Cimino in 1940.
Probably taken in the yard of their home in South Sioux City, Nebraska
I was excited when I found this obituary because it confirms that she had a sister, Mrs. Camilla Peri of Omaha. The memory of this sister had been lost to the Cimino family. Her birth name was Carmela Ossino and she immigrated alone to the U.S.A. in 1912 one year after her sister, Maria Ossino had immigrated with her three children. We only recently discovered this long lost sister when I found my DNA match, Kevin Cunningham, who was a grandson of Carmela Peri.
It is also interesting to note that six of eight children were living in South Sioux City in 1940. Daughters: Sarah Oddo and Rose Ferraguti were living in Omaha. After World War II, Dick, Sam, Camilla, Josie and Sarah would move to California where they all died.
Obituaries can be very useful for the genealogy and family history that they contain. Be careful to verify the information with other sources as they are often filled with mistakes as shown in this example. They also contain clues about long lost relatives and can enrich the story of our ancestors.
|Mary (Ossino) Cimino grave with Sophie, Mary Jo & John Cimino |
Mary Jo looks pretty young (about 8?) and the grave still looks new.
There are flowers in the background so this could have been taken in the spring of 1941.