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Happy Holidays!

by  Phyllis Zeck

del principeThis picture was taken Christmas Day in 1961.  Second cousins Rosemary Heneghan, Sandy Del Principe, and Susan Heneghan were celebrating at their grandparents apartment, Bernie and Florence Del Principe. Bernie and Florence’s home was on North Ave, across the street from the music store. The girls great parents were Amelio (Emil) Del Principe and Rose Solomon.  

My sister and I also received a doll like the one in Sandy’s photo. Below is a photo of me and christmas in villa park IMG_0004 (Medium)my sister Janice. Janice was born in 1958 so this photo was probably taken in 1960 or 1961. Looks like large dolls were at the top of little girls Christmas wish lists.

Thank you for sharing the photo Sandy.  As you gather with family this holiday season I hope you share photos and stories with the younger generations. I welcome any photos and stories you’d like me to post on our family website. Let’s honor our ancestors by keeping their stories alive.  “There is no time like the present to save the past”.  

Wishing everyone a warm holiday season filled with love and laughter, family and friends.


4 Responses to Happy Holidays!

  1. 6 years ago by Ashley

    Fun Christmas memories! Love looking at the old pictures!

  2. 6 years ago by Brandi Toman

    Omg! These are my cousins I have not seen since I was maybe 15! Well I never met sandy though! Brings a tear to my eye! My dad was William Del
    Principe who was the brother to sandy a father who I also never met. So neat to see this! Thank you!

  3. 6 years ago by Sandra Del Príncipe

    No we never met but I did know your brothers when they were young. The last time I saw your dad was at my grandfathers (his dad’s) funeral. And he told me all about you at that time back in 1984. I had such a crush on him when I was young. When he was dating your mom they use to listen to the Westside Story album all the time and I loved to be with them. Good memories. Sandy

    • 6 years ago by Brandi Del Principe

      Awwww! That’s so cute! Your response makes me want to cry it’s so sweet! I never really got to see them like that! I was to young! Thank you for responding! My mom will love to hear that! Hope all is wonderful with you! I am married and have a 7yr old Lyla and a 11 month old Amelia. Neither took the Del Principes looks but my brother Bob is a sitting image of my dad! Personality and all! It’s crazy!


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