by Phyllis Zeck
Antonio Marius Del Principe was the first child of Elvira and Pietro. He was born August 7, 1888 in Pescasseroli, Italy. Antonio married Margaret Heenan and they had two daughters; Elvira (Snooks) and Eileen (Turk).
Antonio used to travel around the United States and Canada playing his music and would send postcards back to his family. They lived in the 2 story flat on Irving Street in Chicago. Pietro and Elvira lived downstairs, and Antonio lived upstairs with his family. Elvira Antoinette was a premie baby and Margaret told her grandchildren that Elvira was so small she fit in a cigar box which Margaret put by the the coal stove to keep her baby warm.
Snooks (pictured left) married Roy Weber. Antonio passed away on Pearl Harbor day. Snooks and Roy were planning Antonio’s funeral. When they finished at the funeral home they turned on the radio and heard the news that the United States had been attacked. Roy was drafted on March 17, 1942.
Elvira and Roy had four children; Antoinette, Gregory, Madeleine, and Margaret. All four of the Weber children danced and competed in Irish Dancing and have won many trophies. Toni and Madeleine went on to teach Irish dancing and named their company The Weber Irish Dancers. This year is the Weber’s 50th anniversary. Check out their website at www.weberirishdancers.com. Click on the about page to see a photo of Toni and Madeleine with some of their trophies.
Greg married Teresa and they had two children; Cory and Mary (Bear).
Bear teaches at Madeleine and Toni’s studio so she gets to interact with her aunts daily. What a lucky lady! It’s such an interesting coincidence that Bear and I are so involved with the world of dance. As you can see Antonio passed his love for music down through three generations. Bear and I have been corresponding this summer and she’s been so kind in sharing stories, photos and memorabilia. I’ll be adding it all to my website as time permits, so stay tuned.