Louis John Camerota, sometimes spelled "Lewis," is born around 1900-01 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Ciro Camerota and Maria Pepe, immigrants from Atena Lucana, in Salerno province, in the Campania region of Italy.
His mother, Maria, dies at home at age 32 on 7 November 1910 in Springfield, MA. The cause of death is lobar pneumonia with a contributory cause of premature labor on October 31. Their address is 68 William St., Springfield, MA. Lewis' father, Ciro, is the informant on her death record.
Ciro remarries within a year or two, to Teresa Samsalona.
In the 1920 federal census, of Springfield, MA, taken 3 January, James L. Camarota, 52 (b. 1867), heads a household at 369 Water St. with his wife, Theresa, 41 (b. 1876), both born in Italy. The children at home were all born in MA: John B., 21 (b. 1898), Lewis J., 19 (b. 1900), Rose, 17 (b. 1902), Nicholas, 15 (b. 1904), Tony, 13 (b. 1906), Frances, 11 (b. 1908), William, 10 (b. 1909), and Angelo, 7 (b. 1912). James immigrated in 1891 and Theresa in 1906. James is a coke laborer for the gas works, John works as a delivery clerk for a telegraph company, Lewis does press work for an automobile company, and Nicholas is a packer for a book binder.
In 1921, Louis starts a private taxi service in Springfield. In 1928, he starts a driving school, Louis Auto School. Louis owns an insurance business, and is co-owner, with Joseph Pessolano, of Camerota 's Package Store on Main Street, beginning in 1932, the year Prohibition ends.
Around 1934, Louis marries Elena Helen Josephine Spiriti. She is called Helen.
Ciro Nicholas, called Jerry, is born 14 October 1935.
In the 1940 federal census of Springfield, taken 29 April, Louis J. Camerota heads a household at 48 Palmyra. He owns his home, worth $6,000. He is 39, born in Massachusetts. His wife, Elena J., 29, was born in Connecticut. Their children at home were born in Massachusetts: Anthony, 12, Ciro, 4, and Therese, 2. Louis is a retail package store salesman.
Louis sells the package store in 1950.
Louis runs his auto school until 1956.
On 13 June 1959, the Springfield Union reports that marriage intentions were filed at the city clerk’s office the day previous by Ciro Nicholas Camerota, insurance clerk, 48 Palmyra St. [Springfield], and Pasqualina Ann Scibelli, 11 Colony Rd.
In 1965, Louis moves to Waterford, CT, and begins to winter in Florida.
Louis dies at age 91 in his home in Highland Beach, FL on 13 January 1992. His wife survives him. At his death, his son, Anthony, lives in East Longmeadow;, MA son Ciro lives in Longmeadow; and son Louis J. lives in Waterford, CT; his daughter, Maria Camerota Krawie, lives in Enfield, CT. Louis is also survived by a brother, Anthony, and a sister, Rose Maraforte, both of Springfield.
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