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Franco G. Aitala
Family Album
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Franco's baptism in Draguccio (1932). In the background is the town square's stonehead fountain which still stands (on its head?) today. 

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Franco, a prosperous baby on a massive stone in native Draguccio, Comune di Pisino
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Franco's paternal grandfather
 (circa 1900)
Franco's mom, Anna Zaccai-Aitala

Franco + Concetto

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Franco and dad, Concetto (1934?), Vranici

Toddler Franco Franco and mom, Anna (1934?), Vranici
"La scuola e la mia casa di Vranici (San Vitale di Visignano d'Istria)"
  "The school and my house, today in Vranici (near Brig)"

Franco wailing
A bird on the head is worth two in the tub!

Franco bailing
A  boy on the hay is worth two in the bush! 

Don't kick me, click me!

In Draguccio, the precocious toddler Franco, is wheeling a small wine barrel - empty of course!

Franco's dad and company in Istria. The two young men in the foreground are playing the popular  hand game called "mora".

Il Penseroso - Franco, the poet, kept us in suspense by inching slowly towards adult images of himself. In this photo taken in Istria, was he musing over Milton's Paradise Lost?

From (where you may sign the Aitala Guestbooks)

Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on April 12, 2005:

AITALA, MARILYN B. (nee Bemis), on April 9, 2005, of Springfield, PA, formerly of Hamilton, NY; beloved wife of Franco G. Aitala; loving mother of Eric M. Aitala, Michelle Watson and Tina (Kevin) Engblom; grandmother of Isabella Grace Engblom; sister of Richard, Marvin and the late John Bemis. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service Wed. 7 P.M. at THE DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 610-353-6300 where friends may visit the family 6-7 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment Sat. April 16th at Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to:

The American Cancer Society
1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 102
West Chester, PA 19382.

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 4/12/2005.

Marilyn Bemis Aitala

April 9, 2005 Marilyn B. Aitala, 66, formerly of Hamilton, NY, died Saturday in Ridley Park, PA. Funeral services: 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, from the Park United Methodist Church, Broad St., Hamilton, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Contributions: may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 102, West Chester, PA 19382. Local arrangements are by Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY.

Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on June 15, 2005:

AITALA, FRANCO G., on June 13, 2005, age 73, of Springfield PA; beloved husband of the late Marilyn B. Aitala, dear father of Eric M. Aitala, Michelle L. Watson, and Tina M. (Kevin) Engblom; brother of Roger Aitala and grandfather of Isabella Engblom; uncle of Mark Aitala and Lisa Aitala, great uncle of Dillon Aitala. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Mass, Friday 11 A.M. Church of St. Bernadette, Turner Ave., Drexel Hill PA, where friends may call in Church from 10 to 11 A.M. Int. SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to:

American Diabetes Assn.
One Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520
Plymouth Meeting PA 19462-1316


Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 6/17/2005:

June 13, 2005 Mr. Franco G. Aitala, 73, of Springfield, PA, died Monday at Wallingford Nursing Home, Wallingford, PA. Born May 20, 1932 in Pisino [Istria], Italy. He is predeceased by his wife, Marilyn B. (Bemis) Aitala; and his parents, Concetto and Anita (Zaccai) Aitala. He was a Civil Engineer, U.S. Government Industry and for Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, Philadelphia, PA. Survivors: Daughters, Mrs. Tina M. (Aitala) Engblom of Springfield, PA and Mrs. Michelle L. Watson of Los Angeles, CA; son, Mr. Eric M. Aitala of Oxford, MS; brother, Mr. Roger Aitala; nephew, Mr. Mark Aitala; niece, Miss Lisa Aitala; great-nephew, Mr. Dillon Aitala; grandchild, Miss Isabella Engblom. Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette Church, 1035 Turner Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. Visitation: St. Bernadette Church, on Friday, June 17, 2005 from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Delaware County, PA. Memorial Contributions: American Diabetes Association, 1 Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

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