|Leonilda Verzone at age 16|
My grandmother, my Nana, turns 100 today. As you read this story, it is my joy to reflect upon what her place in my life and in Canton means. Leonilda (Verzone) Salemme was born in New York, but was raised by her paternal grandmother in the small village of Brusnengo in northern Italy; her childhood was marked by being born an American but raised an Italian, and growing up in a family that she only discovered at age 11.
|Leonilda Verzone as a bride to |
George Salemme, taken in 1936
|George & Leonilda Salemme |
on Walpole Street
|Nana at the Hellenic Nursing |
Home in Canton, MA