NameLorenzo (Laurence) LUSITANO
Birth15 Oct 1877, 242 Via Santa Marta, Messina, Italy11,12
Death19 Mar 1963, La Mesa, California Age: 85
Death MemoGrossmont Hospital
Burial21 Mar 1963, Greenwood Memorial Park
Emigration7 Aug 1902 Age: 24
Name Changeaft 1942 Age: 64
OccupationReal estate and insurance
ReligionRoman Catholic
FlagsReal Estate, Emigration
FatherSalvatore Giovanni LUSITANO (1853-<1887)
MotherAnna VELARDI (1856-)
Misc. Notes

Born before his parents were married, his birth certiicate includes a note about how he was legitimized by their subsequent marriage.

Worked as an interpreter/translator for Il Progresso Italo-Americano24, then worked in real estate.

Family changed name from Lusitano to Lusitana in the 1950s.

In 1910, living at 2147 Belmont Avenue as Laurence Lusitano with Angelina, Anna, Jennie, John, Leo, and Raymond, and his brother- and sister-in-law Charles and Frances Zappala. He’s 32 and been married 13 years. He arrived in 1902, and is still an alien. He’s an agent in the real estate industry. The children are 12, 10, 9, 4, and 1 3/12. Leo and Raymond were born in New York.1

In 1918, as Larenzo Lusitano, he lives at 82 Euclid Ave. in Ridgefield Park. Serial number 4368, order number 1900. He’s 40, and an alien declarant. Medium height, medium build, brown eyes, black hair. He works as a piano maker at Kohler and Campbell, 601 W. 50th St. Ridgefield Park (actually NYC). His wife Angelina is his nearest relative.11

In 1930, as Lawrence Lusitana, he is 52 and living at 221 5th Street in Ridgefied Park with his wife Angela (50), sons Leo E. (23) and Remo E. (19), married daughter Anne Rodie (29), and granddaughter Gloria J (9). He owns his own home, valued at $8500, and owns a radio. He says he married at age 18, emigrated in 1903, and is naturalized. He works on his own account as an agent in the real estate industry.2

In 1940, he was 62 and lived with his family at 221 5th Street in Ridgefield Park. He owned his house, which was valued at $4,200. The highest level of education he completed was 8th grade. He was seeking work as a real estate broker. In 1935, he had lived in the same house. His wife Angela, 60, and children Leo, 33, Remo, 30, lived there as well as granddaughter Gloria Rodie, 19. Also at the home were son John, 38, and his family, wife Marie, 33, and children Russell, 13, Delores, 11, and Lawrence, 7. Leo and Remo worked as stock clerks at a textiler, earning $1,200 and $900, and John was an advertising rep earning $2,080. Gloria worked as a bookkeeper in the coal industry, earning $130.
Year: 1940; Census Place: Ridgefield Park, Bergen, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2313; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 2-281.

In 1942, he is 64 and retired. He is white, 5’ 1/2”, 137 lbs. and dark complected with brown eyes and grey hair. His serial number is 1043 and he is registered as Lawrence Lusitano. He lives at 221 Fifth St. in Ridgefield Park, telephone HACK 2-3476J. His wife Angela is the person who will always know where he is. 12

In a 1962 letter to her brother Giovanni, Angela notes that Lorenzo’s brother Vanni? died in Dixon on Father’s Day in May of 1962.

The Lusitano coat of arms is described as blue with a tower of gold with (contained?) by two rampant crowned lions.25
Birth1 Dec 1879
Death9 Sep 1965, 10098 Sierra Madre, Spring Valley, CA Age: 85
Death Memo10:04 am
Burial13 Sep 1965, Greenwood Memorial Park
ReligionRoman Catholic
FatherLetterio ZAPPALA (1841-1907)
MotherProvvidenza LAMANNA (1856-1906)
Marriage18 Oct 1897, Messina, Italy13
Marr Memo#261
ChildrenAnna Prudence (1898-1994)
 Eugenia (Jean) P (1899-1993)
 Salvatore (John) (1901-1994)
 Leo Ettore (1906-1997)
 Remo (Ray) Ezio (1909-1999)
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