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The Passing of Joseph D’Andrea

By Maria D’Andrea-Yothers

Joseph D’Andrea (center) sharing a happy moment with his brother, Lucio (left) and nephew Paul.
Credit: Courtesy of the D’Andrea family.

The Society mourns the passing of Joseph D’Andrea, brother of founding member, Lucio D’Andrea, and a strong advocate for the creation of the Abruzzo Molise Heritage Society in the Washington, DC, area. Joseph passed away on December 22, 2023, at 94 years of age. His brother Lucio, Lucio’s daughter, Maria, and son-in-law, Sam, were grateful that they were able to visit Joe at the Marion Manor Care Nursing Home on December 17.

Joseph, along with Lucio and their mother, Candida, left Roccamandolfi, in the province of Isernia, when he was 18 years old. Joseph’s father, Gaetano, was in the United States, having arrived several years earlier to make a life and home for his family, which settled in McKees Rocks, Pa. Joseph was an avid scholar, teacher, President of the Pennsylvania State Teachers’ Association, and, later in life, Honorary Vice Counsel to Italy for Western Pennsylvania. He returned to Roccamandolfi where he was recognized for his thorough and robust research into the Monangah, West Virginia, Mining Disaster, which occurred on December 6, 1907. This event is the worst mining disaster in American history, as it claimed the lives of 362 miners, the majority of whom were immigrants — 87 of whom were from the region of Molise. In 2007, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the explosion, the region of Molise presented a bell to the town of Monongah. Italians arrive to honor immigrants killed in 1907 Monongah mine blast | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Joseph was the beloved husband of the late Gloria Bianchi. He is survived by his daughter, Anne, and his brother, Lucio, Lucio’s wife Edvige, and numerous nieces and nephews. Obituary for Joseph F. D’Andrea | Copeland Funeral Homes.

Morto a Pittsburgh il molisano Joseph D’Andrea, raccontò a tutti la tragedia di Monongah – Quotidiano del Molise (quotidianomolise.com).

Personaggi – Joseph D’Andrea ex console di Pittsburg, orgoglio di Roccamandolfi – TeleAesse.it – Notizie Abruzzo e Molise – News e video di politica, cronaca, sport, ambiente.

Good Start to the Holiday Season

Founding member and first AMHS President, Lucio D’Andrea (left), with incoming AMHS President, Chris Renneker, at the Society’s holiday lunch at Osteria da Nino on December 3, 2023. The lunch was attended by 35 members and friends, all of whom enjoyed a festive day of food and friendship.

Credit: Maria D’Andrea-Yothers

Milestone Birthday for Founding Member

Edvige D’Andrea celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, November 18, with 50 members of her family including six children and spouses, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Also in attendance were many cousins who traveled from Pennsylvania to join in the festivities. Buon Compleanno Edvige!
Credit: Sam Yothers

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