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466. Maria Yurman-Gallo 
United States
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Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:22 Host: Send E-mail

My beloved aunt and Godmother, Nina Ciceran (from 13 St Brooklyn), passed away last night at 11 pm.
She was at home on the upper West Side with her daughter Marisa when she passed peacefully in her sleep.
She was the last of my daddy's brothers and sisters, a proud and large family of 9, from Novo Vas, Istria, and who lived in Genoa, Italy with the family before coming to America.

She will be missed with all my heart and we remember her with love always.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Friday Wake: G Duffy Funeral Home - 255 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 718-499-8700
Funeral: Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday morning

More details to follow.

"Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetuae luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen."

Marisa Wednesday, 5 June 2013 06:26

Thank you for this announcement and wonderful tribute to my dear mother who touched the lives of and was loved by many people. For the benefit of those who come to our Guestbook to find lost relatives and friends, let me add some information about her since she had relatives and friends all around the world.

Her full maiden name was Giovanna Iurman "lu Zuretiza", with grandparents also named Sabirsek and greatparents from the Cvecich and Belich clans. She was born in the Istro-Romanian village of Noselo, which was called Villanova d'Arsa under Italy (1920-1947) and became Nova Vas under Yugoslavia (1947). Her village was part of the town of Susnjevica (Rom./It. Susnieviza and later Valdarsa).

In the late 1920s or early 1930s, the family surname was changed to Giormani, and after WWII changed again by Yugoslavia to the Slavic spelling of the original name as Jurman. There are people around the world who retained the Iurman and Giormani variations of the surname, as well as those who changed it to an Anglicized version as Yurman, a name that has entirely different historical roots. (Added note: the letter Y does not exist in Romanian, Italian or Croatian; the letter J does not exist in Romanian or Italian.)

Lastly, our home ties are in Istria, Rijeka-Fiume, Italy and the USA, with remote family ties also in Canada and Australia. We also have a few friends left in Busalla and Savignone, suburbs of Genova, Italy where we lived 1947-51. From 1951-95, our family lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn where we are remembered at three different addresses. In 1995, mom left Brooklyn to come to live with me in my apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This has been her home for the past 17-1/2 years and where she peacefully died.


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