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Frank A. Altieri

Frank A. Altieri

Frank A. Altieri

Frank A. Altieri was the former Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Education and Budget Director for the City of New Haven.

He shared an active and loving marriage of 51 years with his wife, the poet Carol Leavitt-Altieri. A strong environmentalist and avid gardener, Frank created an extensive outdoor garden sanctuary around his home that included a backyard pond and bird habitat.

Frank gave back to the community by volunteering on local committees and supporting local environmental and social causes. He was a founding member of the Italian-American Historical Society of Greater New Haven.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, he went to work as a teacher in the New Haven Public School system. In 1968, Frank moved from the classroom to administration when he was appointed Supervisor of Finance for the New Haven Board of Education.

In 1973 he was named Assistant Superintendent of Schools for New Haven and was appointed Acting Superintendent of Schools in 1983. Later that year he was named Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Operations at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In 1992, Frank was appointed Financial Consultant for the City of New Haven. He assumed the role of Budget Director in 1994.

Rev. T.J. Bagatin

Rev. T.J. Bagatin

Rev. T.J. Bagatin

Father Terry Bagatin was a Scalabrinian missionary and priest for 58 years in the care of migrants in the United States and Canada. He was a resident in Florida at Saint Charles Center. He was born in a Vicenza, Italy on April 5th, 1928.

On October 10, at the age of twelve, he began high school in the colleges of the Scalabrinian Fathers and there he remained until the ordination into priesthood, March 19, 1954.

He served as an assistant pastor for ten years in five churches in the United States and Canada. From age 37 through age 76, he was pastor in seven different churches of the Scalabrini Fathers, in the U. S. and Canada.

He was honored to be pastor of St. Michael’s Church in New Haven for 11 years, 1978 through 1989, when he celebrated the centennial anniversaries
of the parish. There he was co-founder of the Italian Historical Society and became an honorary citizen of Amalfi at the occasion of the Twin Cities ceremony. Father Terry for fifty-eight years, among migrants, accumulated a vast experience in dealing with diversified groups coming from dusty, winding roads in search for more abundant bread.

He was called to share with the migrant people anxiety and hope, emotion and heart breaking, dreams and disillusions, nostalgia and tears. He expresses all this in a photographic and poetic form giving to the effusion of his mind and heart. You could sense an effort to revive faith and courage in anyone who meets with problems and difficulties by trusting the strength of the spirit. He was honored by the IAHS of CT along with all the other founding members at the annual award dinner in 2012.

Phyllis Ceccarelli

Phyllis Ceccarelli was born and raised in New Haven, CT. She graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar School and Hillhouse High School in 1954 and attended Stone Business School evening classes for one year. In 1973, she graduated from the Connecticut School of Savings Banking and the National School of Finance and Management in 1985.

She was hired by New Haven Savings Bank in 1954 as a bookkeeper. She worked her way up the corporate ladder, holding the positions of teller, manager of the main office, and Assistant Treasurer. She holds the honor of being the first woman to be elected an officer of the bank. She became Assistant Vice President in 1973 and continued managing the main office.

In 1983 she was promoted to Vice President and headed up the Deposit Services Department and was subsequently promoted to First Vice President in 1989 where she remained in charge of Deposit Services until her retirement in 1999. She was affiliated with the Association of Savings Bank Women of Connecticut, the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Bank Women and the Association of Records Management and Administrators.

In June, 1979, she became a Founder and Incorporator of the IAHS of Greater New Haven. Post-retirement, she has done volunteer work for Yale New Haven Hospital.

Louise Cedro

Louise Cedro

Louise Cedro

Louise attended Commercial High School and went to work right after graduation. As an only child, she felt it her duty to assist her hard working, immigrant parents.

Her first job was at Standard & Poors in Orange, fol­lowed by a long and interrupted career (children) as a secretary in Winchester/Olin Corp. During the war years in R&D and later in the Public Affairs Department. Louise has been involved with the West End Boys and Girl Scout groups and local and state PTA’s during her parental years.

In 1971, she joined the City of New Haven, serving first as secretary assisting the startup of the City’s new Office of Economic Development which included the Development Commission and its ancillary corporations. The function of the department was to encourage new development in the city and to assist the small business community in its expansion efforts with resources provided by the city and SBA.

The last 2 1/2 years with the city were as an assistant to the Executive Assistant to the Mayor. Louise, who was devoted to the City of New Haven, retired in 1989. She resides in Clinton with her husband of 65 plus years, Vito Cedro. They are the proud parents of 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. They are faithful parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church.

In 1972, Louise and Vito visited Italy for the first time as adults and instantly fell in love with it and are totally uncontrollable Italophiles.

William Celentano

William Celentano

William Celentano

Bill is respected by all who know him for his professionalism as a funeral director, for his dedication to the New Haven Fire Department, and for the numerous other organizations he has served as a volunteer. Bill graduated from Hopkins, Villanova University and the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.

He has served on the New Haven Board of Fire Commissioners for 20 years and served as president of the Board for four years. He has served on the New Haven Fire and Police Pension Board, the Hosp. of St. Raphael Foundation Board of Directors for eight years where he was chairman of the Gifts of Remembrance Committee.

Bill served on the Board of Directors of the Amity Club and served as its president, and served as a member of the Greater New Haven Jaycees. He is a co-author of a book on the history of the New Haven Fire Dept. and has taken leadership roles in Funeral Directors Associations.

Bill has received numerous honors including the Gold Ring from New Haven Boys & Girls Club Alumni; and the Charles Carroll Medal from the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife Gigi live in New Haven.

Joseph V. Ciaburri

Joseph V. Ciaburri

Joseph V. Ciaburri

Joe Ciaburri was born in New Haven in the Hill Section ad­jacent to St. Anthony’s Church. At the age of 15, he started his banking career at the Community Bank and Trust Com­pany, New Haven’s Italian bank, as a messenger. That was the start of a remarkable banking career of over 60 years in which he was the founder of two New Haven commercial banks, the Bank of New Haven and the Bank of Southern Connecticut and was the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of six community banks, besides the two he founded.

He has been honored by the State of Israel, the United States Small Business Administration, and served on the Economic Advisory Council of the Department of Commerce during Ronald Reagan’s administration. He has gotten four major awards at Southern Connecticut State University including the Presidential Medal, the University of Notre Dame and Providence College.

As past president of the Amity Club and the New Haven Symphony, Ciaburri numbers amongst his 26 awards, awards from civic, banking, arts, education, charitable and sports awards, including the American Committee on Italian Immigration ACIM Award.

Among his greatest accomplishments he feels that the 3 year Chairmanship of Columbus Day activities and a telethon on Channel 8 for the Italian Earthquake Relief Fund in 1984 which raised $495,000 for ravaged Italy.

Joe and his wife Mary Grace have three children and are residents of Branford. They spend six months in Palm Beach, FL.

Eugene Clini

Eugene Clini

Eugene Clini

Eugene R. Clini was born in New Haven, CT on October 8, Eugene was married to Viola Ciaschini for 68 years and the father of 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He served as a 2nd lieutenant in the CT National Guard during WWII. Upon returning from the war, he was employed by United Illuminating Co. as a Construction Supervisor where he was employed for 35 years and retired in 1979.

He obtained his pilot’s license while a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Eugene became a member of the Regional Marchegiana Society at the age of eleven. He remained a member all of his life and was President for over 25 years. Eugene was always proud of his Italian heritage. He always said that he was one of the first Italians to work at the UI Co.

He was a member of the Italian American War Veterans and became the National Senior Vice President of this organization. In addition he was a member of the Italian Alliance and the Italian League in CT. And, of course, he was proud to say he was one of the founding members of the Italian American Historical Society.

He was also an active member of the American Legion, a lifetime member of the VFW, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Amity Regional High School Building Committee in the 1970’s and he served as Chairman of the Turkey Hill School Building Committee in Orange CT .

Eugene passed away in 2006. He lived a long, productive and wonderful life.

James J. DeFrancesco, Jr.

James J. DeFrancesco, Jr.

James J. DeFrancesco, Jr.

James J. DeFrancesco (Jim) was born in the Fair Ha­ven section of New Haven where he attended St. Rose Parochial School before completing his secondary education at Notre Dame High School.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Quinnipiac University where he graduated with honors, was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was elected to the National Business Honor Society.

He began his career in business with a multi-national company serving in various management positions throughout New England before returning to Connecticut and entering the banking industry where he held a variety of senior management positions with local and regional banks in the New Haven area.

Leaving the industry after nearly 20 years he went on to manage a family owned small business for an additional 12 years. Prior to his retirement he worked as a consultant in the Financial arena for a variety of companies in New Haven, Hartford and Fairfield counties.

Throughout his career he was active in various civic and charitable organizations including the Board of Directors of the New Haven and Hamden Chambers of Commerce, American Cancer Society, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Notre Dame High School, Quinnipiac University Alumni Association, and numerous others. Jim and his wife Laurie live in Hamden.

William S. DeMayo

William S. DeMayo

William S. DeMayo

Bill DeMayo served a tour as a bombardier in World War II making it possible for him to obtain a college education under the G.I. bill. He shared the rest of his life with wife Stella and daughters Neda and Diana.

His career experiences as revenue agent, then as an estate tax planner with Ernst Young followed by a stint at the Uni­versity of New Haven; first as the treasurer, then Professor and finally a planned giving Officer were all challenging, enjoyable and successful experiences In 1998, Stella, Neda, Diana, and Bill decided to sell all their securities and purchase a 300 hundred acre ranch in California so that Neda could realize her lifelong dream to establish a wild horse sanctuary and use the ranch for that purpose; Stella and Bill could enjoy their retirement home on the property and enable their daughters to obtain the benefits of their future inheritance while he and Stella are still living, and Diana could enjoy this vacation retreat, volunteer for projects at the sanctuary and redirect her investment into real estate property.

So this is the genesis of “Return to Freedom” an American Wild Horse Sanctuary located in Lompoc, CA, now the home of more than 125 wild mustangs that probably would have been slaughtered by now, Neda has created a model sanctuary that is saving herds of horses and keeping their families intact and preserving their wonderful family relationships.

Lawrence J. DeNardis

Lawrence J. DeNardis

Lawrence J. DeNardis

A graduate of Holy Cross College, Larry DeNardis served as professor of political science at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, where he was also chair of the department.

Dr. DeNardis was elected as a Member of the United States House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. representing Connecticut’s Third district in 1980—the only Republican to represent the District in more than 50 years. Following his service in Congress, DeNardis served as Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

He also served as President of the University of New Haven and is currently chairman of the Institute for New Democracies.