73-Serrapede Family in Brooklyn-Our Losses, Our Gains 1940-43 Pt. 4


Giuseppe D’Agosto was the son of Francesco and Raffaela (nee Carnicelli) D’Agosto.  He was born in the town of Agropoli on February 20th, 1895.  The earliest record we have of his arrival in the United States is circa 1913.  He lived in Manhattan and then moved to Brooklyn, NY before 1920. 

During WWI, Giuseppe served our country as a Private in the 22nd Infantry of the U.S. Army. The Infantry had a heavy presence in New York City for the duration of WWI where they protected the citizenry by patrolling the transportations systems and roads.

In 1923 Giuseppe travelled to Agropoli for his marriage to Philomena Serrapede.  Upon his return to the United States with Philomena, Giuseppe settled in Brooklyn.  The 1925 New York State Census shows us that Giuseppe was not only a citizen but also a Civil Service employee.  He drove a truck for the Department of Sanitation.  Giuseppe continued to work with the DoS throughout the 1930s and was still at his job when the 1940 Federal Census was taken.  He earned $1872 in 1939 which was enough to put his family into the ranks of the middle class. 

Relationship Notes

Giuseppe D’Agosto’s wife, the former Philomena Serrapede, was the eldest sister of Sam Serrapede

Sam and his wife Josie were the parents of Gerry, Emily Leatrice and Sammy Serrapede.  This made Giuseppe and Philomena D’Agosto Gerry, Emily Leatrice and Sammy’s paternal Aunt and Uncle.

The D’Agosto Family in 1940

The D’Agosto family rented an apartment in the house owned by Frank Errico, located at 1170-65th Street.  Giuseppe’s status in the 1940 Federal Census differs from that of the 1925 NYS Census.  Here his immigration status is Naturalized where as in 1925 NYS Census his status is given as Citizen. 

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Our Family Circle: Uncle Sammy’s Retirement Party, 12/6/2019

Early Springtime greetings to our family, friends and WordPress subscribers! How is everyone and what have you been up to? Uncle Sammy and I got through the Winter in good shape. He had only a minor cold. I had a slight migraine that I was able to mitigate and recover from in less than 2 hours.

During this break I have accomplished many goals. Some are family history related, others are related to my hobbies and real-time family of friends. Life is coming around to a more even pace. I attribute this to my new job where I am happy and located just a short distance from home.

Uncle Sammy is getting into a new phase in life. He retired from his full-time position in December of 2019 as V.P. at a software development firm. He is now pursuing a life-long dream to study constitutional law. He will start classes this summer.

The retirement party to celebrate Uncle Sammy’s 20 years and send him off with best wishes and a warm “Thank You!” for his work took place on December 6, 2019. I attended the party as I, too, had worked at the same firm. In September of 2019 I resigned to begin a new chapter in my life, too.. Now I work as a Safe Quality Foods Assistant/Compliance Documentation Specialist for a manufacturer of food flavorings.

In addition to co-workers and management, Uncle Sammy shared the party with close friends and family. I was delighted to meet my Godmother’s sister, Chickie and her husband Joe at the party. We all sat together at the same table with Uncle Sammy and Aunt Kathie. Chickie’s real life name is Mary Ann but we still call her Chickie. Her sister Annie was my Holy Confirmation Sponsor. Annie was so much more than that in my life, since she was still a teenager when she took on this responsibility. She was the right choice as Sponsor and guided me through many of the issues about navigating school life as a teenager. She always reminded me to stay true to my values and take the long view of the consequences to all my actions. That is why I call her my Godmother.

Hope you enjoy these photos from the party. I will resume blogging after Easter in mid-April. In the meantime, be well and be happy!


Photos from Uncle Sammy’s Retirement Party, December 6, 2019