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Rosario Loiacono (abt. 1893 - abt. 1975)

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Rosario Loiacono
Born about in Palermo, Palermo, Siciliamap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Bronx, New York, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died about in Bronx, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Feb 2017
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Rosario Loiacono is born in Palermo, the son of Andrea Loiacono and Anna Florio.[1] Two records confirm Rosario's birthdate as 24 February 1893: his registration for WWI, and the record of his death.

According to the 1920 census, Rosario immigrates in 1902. This record has not yet been found.

At the time of his WWI draft registration, Rosario is a high school student at Evander Childs HS and requests exemption because he is supporting his parents.[2]

Rosario appears in the 1920 US census, living in the Bronx with his parents and siblings. They immigrated in 1902. His parents are Andrew, 50 (b. 1870), and Anna, 48 (b. 1872). Rosario is the oldest of ten children at home, age 27. He was naturalized in 1917. Rosario works as a store clerk, and his next two oldest brothers work as plasterers.[3]

Rosario marries Marietta Tavolacci on 22 January 1921 in the Bronx. Marietta is 23 (b. 1898) and was born in Villafrati.[1] They have one known child, Mary Ann (1929).

In contradiction to the 1930 census, the obituary of Mary Ann Schacht says she was born on 5 December 1929 in New York City as the daughter of Rosario Loiacono and Mary Tavolacci.[4]

Rosario, reportedly age 34 (b. 1896), and his wife Mary, also 34, appear in the 1930 census. They live next door to Mary's parents. Although they have been married for nine years, Rosario and Mary have no children. He is a building salesman. His father in law, Joseph Tavolacci, 58 (b. 1872), is a plasterer. Still living at home with Joseph and Paulina are Annette, 25 (b. 1905), who is an office clerk, and Dominick, 23 (b. 1907), a plasterer.[5]

Mary Ann attends high school in the Bronx, the same one her father attended.[4]

Rosario's WWII draft card gives an address at 4256 Digney Ave, in the Bronx, that is a match for his 1943 letter in support of Angelo di Carlo's release from internment. Mrs. Mary Loiacono at the same address is his contact. Rosario works for Ace Builders Supply Co. at 31st St. and the East River, in Manhattan. He signs his own name.[6]

Angelo di Carlo and his brothers were arrested shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and Angelo was still interned fourteen months later. Rosario and Angelo are related through marriage: Mary's brother, Dominic Tavolacci, is married to Louise Castro, who is both Angelo's niece (through her mother) and his cousin (through her father). As part of a campaign of letter writing on Angelo's behalf, Rosario attests in a letter signed and notarized on 3 June 1943, that he is a veteran of the US Army, lives in the Bronx, and works in a federal shipyard in Kearney, NJ. Like the other letter writers, Rosario's focus is on military service and Angelo's integrity. Like the others, Rosario says he would sponsor Angelo if he were released from internment.[7]

Mary Ann marries Walter Schacht on 29 August 1954.[4]

Death of Rosario

Rosario dies in the Bronx in March 1975, at the age of 82.[8]

Mary Ann dies on 16 April 2009 in Ossining, NY, at age 79.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 March 2015), Andrea Loiacono in entry for Rosario Loiacono and Marietta Tavolacci, 22 Jan 1921; citing Marriage, Bronx, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,953,948.
  2. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 May 2014), New York > image 3119 of 3909; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 February 2017), Rosario Loiacono in household of Andrew Loiacono, Bronx Assembly District 6, Bronx, New York, United States; citing ED 356, sheet 12B, line 80, family 222, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1139; FHL microfilm 1,821,139.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 (2009, Apr 19). Mary Ann Schacht. News-Times, The (Danbury, CT). Retrieved from
  5. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 February 2017), Rosario Loiacono, Bronx (Districts 251-500), Bronx, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 499, sheet 23A, line 9, family 532, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1482; FHL microfilm 2,341,217.
  6. "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 April 2016), Rosario Loiacono, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. Letter to the US Attorney, Southern District of New York, and affidavit, both from Rosario Loiacono and dated 3 June 1943. Released electronically by NARA to Justin Cascio on 9 March 2016.
  8. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Rosario Loiacono, Mar 1975; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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