The Passing of Edward F. Genetti

Edward F. Genetti, 81, of Sugarload Twp. passed away November 12, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Stanley and Eleanor (Rauzi) Genetti and was a member of St. John Bosco Church, Sugarloaf Twp.

Ed started his career by becoming a busboy in the family-owned Tyrolean Room. He also worked on the family fox and mink farm and then in the Genetti supermarkets.

Ed graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, where he served in his senior year as president of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

In 1961, he was called into the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis.

After his return, he developed Townview Estates in Hazleton, and in 1965, with his brother, Richard, he built and operated Pantry Quiks, the first convenient store chain in the area. In 1967, he built the Church Hill Mall in nine months. Ed also owned several AM and FM radio stations and started Panorama Magazine in 1981. At his death, he served as the chairman of the board of Genetti-owned enterprises and companies.

He was active in several civic organizations, having chaired the United Way Campaign in 1968. In 1978, while participating in the Action for the Eighties, he helped develop the project for the building of the senior community center in downtown Hazleton.

Ed had many interests, including importing Hanoverian horses from Germany and racing cars on the east coast. In his later years, he loved traveling, reading and history, especially the study of World War II.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his first wife, the former Rosemary Gaudiano, in 2001, and his brother, Richard Genetti, in 1983.

Surviving are his wife, the former Edwina Roland Ustynoski; sons, Timothy Genetti and his wife, Michelle, Sugarload Twy.; and Alan Genetti and his wife, Dana, Sugarloaf Twp.; grandchildren, Stephen, Douglas, Alexandra and Ava Genetti; sister, Beverly Perry, Virginia; five stepchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. John Bosco Church.

Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton.

 

The Passing of Another Cousin

We have sad news to report. One of our Genetti cousins, Edward F. Genetti of Pennsylvania, passed away on November 12th. Born in 1936, Edward was the son of Stanley Genetti (1899-1988) and Eleanor Rauzi (1909-2005), and the grandson of Damiano Genetti (1857-1944) and Oliva Zambotti (1861-1938). He is the husband of Edwina (Roland) and was preceded in death by his first wife Rosemary (Gaudiano). We send our sympathies and condolences to Edward’s family.

Hurry! Our Family DVD Will Soon Be Discontinued!

There are only a few copies left of our professionally edited DVD: “The Genetti Family of Castelfondo: Our Journey to America”! The deadline to order is December 31, 2017. After this date the DVD will be discontinued and we will no longer ship copies.

If you missed Reunion 2016 or would like a unique Christmas gift for a family member, this DVD is the perfect solution! Place your order TODAY – hurry before you miss this opportunity to own a piece of Genetti genealogy!

The price for this beautifully packaged presentation is $20 (includes shipping).

Please send your check addressed to:
William Genetti, 1345 N. Church St., Hazle Township, PA 18202.

Stop by the Genetti Family Shop for more goodies and gifts, from books about Tyrolean heritage to coffee mugs with the Genetti family coat-of-arms. Click here to shop!

New Photos on our Website!

Albine (Albert) V. Genetti
(1893-1992)

Our online family photo collection is growing! This month I received a group of photographs from Dale Genetti. Dale is the daughter of Robert and Geraldine Genetti, and the granddaughter of Albert and Mildred Genetti (all from Hazleton, PA). I have included five of Dale’s pics on our Photograph page along with captions. If you haven’t visited our family website in awhile, why not take a stroll down memory lane! Click here to view Photographs in our Gallery section.

The rest of Dale’s family memorabilia has been added to the online Genetti Family Tree, attached to the listings of her grandparents and parents. To access our online tree, click here and search for the name of a specific person. Or just spend some time browsing our many, many ancestor/descendant listings. We now boast 1,739 names on our family tree – and there are still hundreds more to research and add. Thanks Dale, your contribution to our genealogy project is much appreciated!

And while you are perusing our extensive Photograph page, see if you can spot five more photos that I just added from my own collection – the descendants of my grandparents, Angeline and Leon Genetti. Pictured here is a photo taken at the Genetti family farm, about 1933. This is a tricky picture since, you can’t see many of the faces. Between Dale and I, we were able to identify half of the family members in this photograph. Can you guess who these people are! Click here and scroll down the photo page to see who is in this oldie but goodie!

BTW – did you know that you can click on every picture on our photo page to view an enlargement? Yep, no need to squint – just click to see a larger version with all of the details. Happy browsing!

 

 

Iceman – New Movie About Otzi

I can’t wait to see this movie! “Iceman” is about Otzi, the world’s oldest preserved mummy and an ancestral Tyrolean. He lived 5,300 years ago during the Bronze Age in what is now the Italian Alps.The fictional story line was created around facts discovered about the famous Iceman, such as his death was a result of being shot with an arrow. In an interesting twist, the movie was filmed using the ancient Rhaetian language, spoken by the people of the Eastern Alpine region (Northern Italy, Southern Germay, Eastern Switzerland, Slovenia and Western Austria) during the pre-Roman and Roman periods.

I hope “Iceman” is made available to US audiences soon!

Click here to see the movie trailer for “Iceman”!

Want to know more about the Rhaetian Language? Click here.

Another Leaf on the Tree

Congratulations go out to Patrick and Cassie Genetti on the birth of their baby son. Patrick is the son of Bill Genetti (Hazleton, PA) and the grandson of Augusto (Gus) Genetti (1892-1976). We wish your family much joy and happiness on the arrival of your “new leaf”.

Three New Leaves on the Genetti Family Tree

Original Genetti Family TreeIt’s always a joyous occasion to announce the birth of a new descendant. May was a particularly wonderful month with the birth of three new babies! Our new “leaves” have been added to the Genetti family tree.

Congratulations to Pierce and Colleen Reeves on the birth of a baby girl. She is the granddaughter of Lyn Genetti Reeves and the great-granddaughter of Bill Genetti.

Our second baby was born to Kelsey and Kyle Daffern. This little boy is the grandson of Vicki Jean Recla Underwood and the 3rd great-grandson of ancestor Angeline Maddalena Genetti Recla (1865-1937).

And finally, congrats go to Jeanne and Jon Leaman on the birth of their daughter. She is the great-grandbaby of Jean Branz Daly and the 2nd great-granddaughter of Erminia Genetti Branz (1896-1971).

Many well wishes and much love to our three happy families!

Updates to Family Tree

The Genetti Family Tree

During the past month, 117 new ancestors have been researched and added to our family tree. Many are from a branch of the family that settled in Ironwood, Michigan. Thank you Gregory Genetti for providing info about your ancestors.

I have also included many family members from the extensive Illinois Genetti clan.

If you would like to browse our online tree go to: http://genettifamily.tribalpages.com/

At this point, I believe our tree is about two-thirds completed – still many, many more ancestors to track down!

The original Genetti Family Tree is available through our online store (click here for more info).

FYI – Some interesting news!

garygenettipodcastOur cousin, master glass artist Gary Genetti, was interviewed recently for “Inspirational Creatives” podcast. I love listening to podcasts and this show was of particular interest to me since I also have a background in the arts. Gary’s interview is very insightful, offering a personal glimpse into his creative and life philosophy. Find “Inspirational Creatives” at iTunes. Congrats Gary – great job! Click here to access their website and listen to Inspirational Creatives Podcast. Gary’s episode is #194.

And from one of our cousins in Italy, Chiara Dalla Nogare, here is information about an exchange opportunity between youth in Trentino and the descendants of Trentino immigrants. If you are a Genetti descendant whose family originated in Castelfondo, Trentino – and a young adult, you might be eligible for this fantastic program. The information is available in Italian, English and Spanish. Click here to access the website MondoTrentino. Thank you Chiara for sharing this wonderful program with your American cousins.

What’s New in the Genetti Shop?

output_miceltIf you haven’t visited our Genetti Family Shop in awhile, I have revamped the store, deleted some products and added a few things that I know you’ll really enjoy.

Our mugs have been newly designed with several distinctive styles to choose from. Also new to our selection are iPad cases, spiral notebooks and hardcover journals. The shop itself has been pared-down and simplified to make shopping easier. And now all of our products (family tree prints, mugs, etc.) are produced by RedBubble as I feel their quality is superior to other printing companies. Click here to visit The Genetti Family Shop at RedBubble.

Don’t miss out on our family history DVD, “The Genetti Family of Castelfondo: Our Journey to America.” Professionally filmed during Reunion 2016, this limited edition DVD is available through Bill Genetti. Visit our Shop for ordering details.

familytreeguidetodnaOur Amazon Family Bookstore has also grown with new book selections about DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. This exciting avenue of research has opened up many possibilities for cousin matching, identifying ethnicity and understanding our inherited DNA. Visit our Bookstore and expand your horizons!

 

 

ancestry-2And more exciting news, you can now order DNA testing kits through our website store! If you’re a novice or an expert at DNA testing, we offer a large variety of kits to suit your genetic goal, available from three major testing companies: Ancestry.com, FamilyTree DNA and 23andMe. All three companies offer the standard Autosomal kit ranging in price from $79 to $99. Want to delve deeper into your ancient ancestry or get a personal health report? You can find that here too! More extensive tests are available in our store from FamilyTree DNA and 23andMe. Click here and scroll through our shop page for DNA Testing Kits.

Want to learn more about DNA? Check out our new page: DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Here you’ll learn the basics, plus get some helpful links to additional information.

Start 2017 with a special gift to yourself! Shop at the Genetti Family Store for unique items – and remember, every purchase helps support this website and ongoing family research.