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*Leah Marie Sciabarrasi*

John Sciabarrasi (father, b. Jul. 3 1955 Buffalo, NY, d. living)

>Russell Sciabarrasi (grandfather, b. Jun. 18 1933 Buffalo, NY, d. Mar. 24, 1977, Buffalo, NY)

>Paolo Sciabarrasi (great-grandfather, b. Mar. 5, 1896 Sicily, d. Mar. 1952, Buffalo, NY)

>Cataldo Sciabbarasi (2nd great-grandfather, b. 1871 Italy, disappeared Feb. 17, 1949, Buffalo, NY)

>Colagera Ricottone (2nd great-grandmother, b. 1873, ?, d. 1928, ?)

>Maria Stella Cipolla (great-grandmother, b. Dec. 2, 1906 Sicily, d. Oct. 30, 1974, Buffalo, NY)

>Annette Balistreri  (grandmother, b. 1934 Buffalo, NY, d. living)

>Giovanino (Giovanni, John) Balistreri (great-grandfather, b. Jun. 5, 1910 Aspra, Sicily, d. 1983, Buffalo, NY)

>Francesco Balistreri (2nd great-grandfather, b. abt. 1882 Aspra, Sicily, d. ?)

Giovanni Balistreri (3rd great-grandfather, b. Jan. 10, 1849 Aspra, Sicily, d. ?)

Francesco Domenico Giovann Batista Balistreri (4th great-grandfather, b. Sep. 11, 1818 Santa Elia, Sicily, d. Aug. 29, 1891 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Balistreri (5th great-grandfather, b. Sep. 11, 1818 Santa Elia, Sicily, d. Aug. 29, 1891 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Francesco Giuseppe Balistreri (6th great-grandfather, b. Nov. 29, 1749 Santa Elia, Sicily, d. Mar. 27, 1835 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Camelo Vincenzo Giovanni Balistreri (7th great-grandfather, b. Jan. 16, 1719 Porticello, Sicily, d. bef.1826 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Battista Balistreri (8th great-grandfather, b. 1690 Porticello, Sicily, d. Palermo, Sicily)

Antonina Bellante (8th great-grandmother, b. abt. 1700 Palermo, Sicily, d. Marettimo, Sicily)

Giovanni Bellanti (9th (& 8th below) great-grandfather, b. abt. 1673 Palermo, Sicily, d. ?)

Giovanna Billanti (9th (& 8th below) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1673 Sant. Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Carmela Anna Bellanti (7th great-grandmother, b. Jan. 18, 1714 Palermo, Sicily, d.1826 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Bellanti (8th (& 9th above) great-grandfather, b.abt. 1673 Palermo, Sicily, d.?)

Giovanna Billanti (8th (& 9th above) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1673 Sant. Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Maria Anna Raccuglia (6th great-grandmother, b. 1753 Santa Elia, Sicily, d. Jan. 05, 1823 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Antonino Raccuglia (7th great-grandfather, b. ?, d.  1823? Santa Elia, Sicily)

Rosa Dentici (7th great-grandmother, b. ?, d.  1823? Santa Elia, Sicily)

Angela Tarantino (5th great-grandmother, b. 1798 Santa Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Rosalie Sardina (4th great-grandmother, b. May 31, 1823 Aspra, Sicily, d. ?)

Francesco Sardina (5th great-grandfather, b. 1798 Bagheria, Sicily, d. ?)

Marianna Sardina (5th great-grandmother, b. 1802 Aspra, Sicily, d. Nov. 20, 1875 Aspra, Sicily)

Rosalie Balistreri (3rd great-grandmother, b. 1857 Aspra, Sicily, d. ?)

Giovanni Battista Balistreri (4th great-grandfather, b. 1833 Aspra, Sicily, d. 1869)

Giovanni Battista Balistreri (5th great-grandfather, b. Apr. 4, 1803 Aspra, Sicily, d. Jun. 14, 1879 Aspra, Sicily)

Rosalia Sardina (5th great-grandmother, b. Nov. 11, 1809 Aspra, Sicily, d. ?)

Dionisio Sardina (6th great-grandfather, b. 1778 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Oct. 28, 1815 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Margherita Balistreri (6th great-grandmother, b. 1778 Aspra, Sicily, d. Jun. 18, 1824 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Isodoro Simone Antonino Balistreri (7th great-grandfather, b. Oct. 29, 1741 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Aug. 23, 1826 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Camelo Vincenzo Giovanni Balistreri (8th (& 7th above) great-grandfather, b. Jan. 16, 1719 Porticello, Sicily, d. bef.1826 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Battista Balistreri (9th (& 8th above) great-grandfather, b. 1690 Porticello, Sicily, d. Palermo, Sicily)

Antonina Bellante (9th (& 8th above) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1700 Palermo, Sicily, d. Marettimo, Sicily)

Giovanni Bellanti (10th (& 8th/9th above) great-grandfather, b. abt. 1673 Palermo, Sicily, d. ?)

Giovanna Billanti (10th (& 8th/9th above) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1673 Sant. Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Carmela Anna Bellanti (8th (& 7th above) great-grandmother, b. Jan. 18, 1714 Palermo, Sicily, d.1826 Santa Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Bellanti (9th (& 8th/9th above) great-grandfather, b.abt. 1673 Palermo, Sicily, d.?)

Giovanna Billanti (9th (& 8th/9th above) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1673 Sant. Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Giuseppa Balistreri (7th great-grandmother, b. 1742 Bagheria, Sicily, d. Feb. 3, 1833 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Gaetano Balistreri (8th great-grandfather, b. ?, d. ?)

Carmela Sorintino (8th great-grandmother, b. ?, d. ?)

Rosa Brunetto (4th great-grandmother, b. Oct. 29, 1840 Bagheria, Sicily, d. May 6, 1869 Bagheria, Sicily)

Natale Brunetto (5th great-grandfather, b. 1804 Aspra, Sicily, d. Jul. 26, 1867 Aspra, Sicily)

Pasquale Brunetto (6th great-grandfather, b.1777 Aspra, Sicily, d. Jul. 1, 1837 Aspra, Sicily)

Antonina Cefalu (6th great-grandmother, b.1773 Aspra, Sicily, d. Jul. 4, 1837 Aspra, Sicily)

Francesca Sardina (5th great-grandmother, b. Jan. 13, 1817 Aspra, Sicily, d. 1850 Aspra, Sicily)

Speridione Sardina (6th great-grandfather, b. 1792 Bagheria, Sicily, d. 1824 Bagheria, Sicily)

Giuseppe Sardina (7th great-grandfather, b. 1770 Bagheria, Sicily, d. Bagheria, Sicily)

Antonia Balistreri (7th great-grandmother, b. 1776 Bagheria, Sicily, d. Bagheria, Sicily)

Antonina Parrinella (6th great-grandmother, b. 1795 Bagheria, Sicily, d. ?)

Antonina Brunetto (2nd great-grandmother, b. abt. 1885 Aspra, Sicily d. ?)

>Antoinette Balisteri (great-grandmother, b. Aug. 30, 1915 Buffalo, NY, d. Apr. 12 2005, Buffalo, NY)

>Pietro Balistreri (2nd great-grandfather, b. Apr. 9, 1869 Bagheria, Sicily, d. Aug. 15, 1959, Buffalo, NY)

Gaetano Balistreri (3rd great-grandfather, b. Oct. 18, 1839 Porticello, Sicily, d. ?)

Antonino Balistreri (4th great-grandfather, b. 1814 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Nov. 3, 1890 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Giuseppe Balistreri (5th great-grandfather, b. 1774 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Jul. 6, 1854 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Gaetano Antonino Giuseppe Balistreri (6th great-grandfather, b. Jan. 29, 1747 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Sep. 22, 1830 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Carmelo Vincenzo Giovanni Balistreri (7th great-grandfather, b. Jan. 16, 1719 Porticello, Sicily, d. bef. 1826 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Battista Balistreri (8th great-grandfather, b. 1690 Porticello, Sicily, d. Palermo, Sicily)

Antonina Bellante (8th great-grandmother, b. abt. 1700 Palermo, Sicily, d. Marettimo, Sicily)

Giovanni Bellanti (9th (& 8th below) great-grandfather, b. abt. 1673 Palermo, Sicily, d. ?)

Giovanna Billanti (9th (& 8th below) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1673 Sant. Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Carmela Anna Billanti (7th great-grandmother, b. Jan. 18, 1715 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. bef. 1826 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Bellanti (8th (& 8th/9th above) great-grandfather, b.abt. 1673 Palermo, Sicily, d.?)

Giovanna Billanti (8th (&8th/9th above) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1673 Sant. Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Vincenza Cannata (6th great-grandmother, b. abt. 1740 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. bef. 1854 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Maria Deluca (5th great-grandmother, b. 1776 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Apr. 5, 1854 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Antonina Busalacchi (4th great-grandmother, b. 1815 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Rosa M Tarantino (3rd great-grandmother, b. Nov. 03, 1849 Molo, Sicily, d. ?)

>Marianna Bellanti (2nd great-grandmother, b. Jul. 10, 1877 Palermo, Sicily, d. Mar. 18, 1933, Buffalo, NY)

Girolamo Billanti (3rd great-grandfather, b. 1827 Aspra, Sicily, d. ?)

Francesco Bellanti (4th great-grandfather, b. 1793 Aspra, Sicily, d. bef.1882 Aspra, Sicily)

Father ?

Angela Busalacchi (5th great-grandmother, b. Mar. 7, 1765 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. bef.1837 Aspra, Sicily)

Giovanni Stefano Vincenzo Busalacchi (6th great-grandfather, b. Nov. 11, 1726 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Apr. 20, 1775 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Giuseppe Busalacchi (7th great-grandfather, b. abt. 1695 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. ? Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Anna Marie Bellanti (7th great-grandmother, b. abt. 1703 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. ? Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Giovanni Bellanti (8th (& 8th/9th above) great-grandfather, b.abt. 1673 Palermo, Sicily, d.?)

Giovanna Billanti (8th (&8th/9th above) great-grandmother, b. abt. 1673 Sant. Elia, Sicily, d. ?)

Giuseppa Rosalia Dentici (6th great-grandmother, b. Jan. 11, 1738 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. bef. 1837 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Michele Dentici (7th great-grandfather, b. 1690 Porticello, Sicily, d. 1765 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Angela Raccuglia (7th great-grandmother, b. 1710 Porticello, Sicily, d. 1765 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Anna Sardina (4th great-grandmother, b. 1797 Aspra, Sicily, d. Aug. 24, 1867 Aspra, Sicily)

Girolamo Sardina (5th great-grandfather, b. 1771 Aspra, Sicily, d. Mar. 27, 1818 Aspra, Sicily)

Giuseppe Antonino Sardina (6th great-grandfather, b. 1724 Aspra, Sicily, d. Nov. 12, 1814 Aspra, Sicily)

Mother?

Maria Sardina (5th great-grandmother, b. 1776 Aspra, Sicily, d. Feb. 24, 1845 Bagheria, Sicily)

Giuseppa Tarantino (3rd great-grandmother, b. May 23, 1824 Aspra, Sicily, d. Jul. 2, 1826 Bagheria, Sicily)

Mariano Ludovico Tarantino (4th great-grandfather, b. Mar. 29, 1790 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Jul. 19, 1837 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Antonina Galioto (4th great-grandmother, b. Jan. 3, 1793 Sant’ Elia, Sicily, d. Aug. 17, 1830 Sant’ Elia, Sicily)

Dorothy Kiebzak (mother, b. Jun. 29 1956 Buffalo, NY, d. living)

Walter Kiebzak (grandfather, b. Nov. 19, 1914, Buffalo, NY, d. Sep. 11, 2012 Buffalo, NY)

Genevieve Zawisza (grandmother, b. Feb. 6, 1916, Buffalo, NY, d. Apr. 1987 Buffalo, NY)

Josef Zawisza (great-grandfather, b. Mar. 18, 1890 Poland, d. Mar. 23, 1932 Buffalo, NY)

The name “Balistreri” means “archer” and originally came from Spain. The “ballistreros” or “archers” were sent to Sicily when the Spanish ruled the known world, and that’s how the “Balistreris” came to settle there.

Great-Grandmother – Genowefa Samotyck

1895

Genowefa Samotyck was born on December 29, 1895 in Radomysl, Poland.

1909

In 1909, she left Hamburg, Germany and arrived in New York.

1912

She married Jozef Zawisza on January 14, 1912, when she was 16 years old and he was 21 in Perry, NY. They had four children together. She also had one son with Mr. Dudek.

In 1920, Genowefa may have voted for the first time while she was living in New York.

Genevieve Zawisza (center) Genevieve, my grandmother, (left) Stella (lap) and Helen (right)

1932

Her husband Jozef passed away on March 23, 1932, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 42. They had been married 20 years.

1964

She died in 1964 in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 69.

Great-Grandfather – Josef Zawisza

1890

Josef Zawisza was born on March 18, 1890, in Poland, the son of Mary and John.

1912

Josef (21) married Genowefa Samotyk (18) on January 14, 1912, in Perry/Wyoming County, New York. She was born in Austria. They had five children during their marriage, including my grandmother,Genowefa Zawisza.

Matthew (age 10-11), Joseph, and Stephanie on lap (age 2-3).

1920

In 1920, the Josef (30) and his family lived in Buffalo Ward 21, Buffalo, New York on Peter Street. He was a Rubber Tender at a Mill.

1930

In 1930, Josef (40) and his family lived at 295 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY. He was a Coremaker.

1932

Josef died on March 23, 1932, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 42, and was buried in Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York.

Grandfather – Walter Kiebzak

1914

Walter Kiebzak was born on November 19, 1914.

Genevieve and Walter, marriage photo.

Wally Kiebzak, Matty Zawisza and Eugene Pauley around 1952.

 

1956

He was a mechanic at Skillen Excavating Co in 1956.

Grandfather and Grandma, behind Mom in front.

Grandpa with his siblings.

 

2012

Walter died on September 11, 2012, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 97, and was buried in Cheektowaga, New York.

Grandmother – Genevieve Zawisza

1916

Genevieve Zawisza was born on February 6, 1916 to  Josef, 25, and Genowefa, 20 in Buffalo, NY.

1921 

Genevieve lived at 147 Peter Street, in Buffalo Ward 21, New York. 

Genevieve, Genowefa (mother), Helen, and Stella (on lap) Zawisza picture taken around 1923.

1925

Jenny Zawisza (9) lived at 295 Amherst St. in Buffalo, NY.

1930

Jenny Zawisza (14) lived at 295 Amherst St. in Buffalo, NY.

1931 

Genevieve’s father, Josef, passed away when she was 15 and he was 41.

Genevieve and Walter, marriage photo.

1940

Genevieve (24) lives at 556 Amherst with husband, Walter. She works on the assembly line in a radio factory. She works 40 hours a week.

Grandpa (Walter), Grandma (Genevieve), Helen and Joann?

1941

Jean Kiebzak lives at 566 Amherst with husband, Walter.

1956

Genevieve E Kiebzak and husband, Walter, live at 109 Military Rd. Buffalo, NY.

 

Grandma (Genevieve), Aunt Sharon, Uncle Donny, Uncle Jim

Grandma (Genevieve), Aunt Sharon, Uncle Donny, Uncle Jim

Grandmother Genevieve in center, in black dress, next to husband Walter.

Grandpa (Walter) and Grandma (Genevieve)

Grandpa (Walter) and Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve)

Grandma (Genevieve) with me.

Grandma (Genevieve) and mom, Dorothy, with me.

Grandma (Genevieve)

Grandma (Genevieve), me, and Pink Floyd.

Me, at Crystal Beach, with grandma and mom and the day we won Pink Floyd.

1987 

Genevieve “Jenny” Zawisza Kiebzak passed away. She is buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetary in Buffalo, NY.

 

 

2nd Great-Grandmother – Marianna Bellanti

1877

When Marianna Bellanti was born on June 10, 1877, her father, Girolamo, was 50, and her mother, Giuseppa, was 53. The ages of her parents are truly exceptional in this time period. Marianna was born in Palermo.

abt. 1896

About 1896, she married Pietro Balistreri.

Marianna and Pietro, with Giuseppa and Pietro. Marianna is pregnant Lena Balistreri Salerno who lived into this century to 103 yrs old!

1909

At age 31, Marianna Billanti (32) and her children, Giuseppa (9), Pietro (7), Lena? (4), Gelorno (3), and Salvatore (newborn) sailed the Batavia to New York. They were living in Sant’ Flavia, Sicily and were headed to Buffalo, NY.

Marianna Ballanti – Balistrieri 1932. This photo was taken in Dante Place where they had the family store. This was the last picture taken of her before she died of ovarian cancer.

A cousin on Facebook told this story about Marianna. “My Mother would often tell the story about when Great Grandma would bake bread and Great Grandpa (Pietro) would sit at the table and sing in Italian and teach her and her sister the words, so they were all singing this song in the Kitchen. Great Grandma Marianna would run into the kitchen screaming her head off in Italian!!! Come to find out the song was……”The Bread is burning”…..Ahh, ha ha ha hah a ha haa! “The “Bread is Burning”, Ahh, ha ha haaaa ha ha!!”

1933

Marianna died on March 18, 1933 in Buffalo, NY when she was 5 years old.

2nd Great-Grandfather – Pietro Balistreri

1869

Pietro Balistreri was born on April 9, 1869, in Bagheria, Palermo, Italy, to Rosa M Tarantino, age 19, and Gaetano Balistreri, age 29. My Uncle Bob said, “Grandpa was crippled from polio when he was a young man. Never was able to walk again yet he was always smiling and joking around. A fine example of a human being.”

Pietro to the far left with other fishermen.

1894

He married Marianna Bellanti in 1894 when he was 25 years old and she was 16.

1898

Pietro immigrated from Italy to the U.S. He mainly spoke Italian.

1910

At age 40 he lived in Buffalo Ward 25 in Buffalo, NY. He is a laborer at a freight house.

1930

At age 60 he lived at 100 Pennsylvania with his wife, his daughter, his son-in-law, and their family. He was 25 when he married his wife; she was 16.

From left to right are Stephanie De La Barra, Leanne Masullo-Duvo, Pietro, and Candy.

Grandmother – Annette Balistreri (living)

1934

Annette was born on August 23 in Buffalo NY. She had 5 siblings – 3 sisters and two brothers.

When she was young, her mother left the 6 children and her father for a long time (for no particular reason other than she didn’t want to be tied down). Back then, children were not allowed to remain with the father. She and her siblings were split up and sent to different foster homes. For a long time, she and her sisters were placed at St. Vincent’s Orphanage for girls. Today, that building is occupied by Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo, NY.

Later, she married Russell Sciabarrasi and they had 6 children, including my father, John.

She lived at 141 Vern Ln, Buffalo, 14227-1347.

Vern Lane.

 

At cousin Russell’s birthday.

At cousin Russell’s birthday.

 

Great-Grandmother – Antoinette Balisteri

1915

Antoinette Balisteri was born on August 30, 1915, in Buffalo, New York, to Marianna Bellanti, age 36, and Pietro Balistreri, age 46.

1930

Antoinette (14) lived at 100 Pennsylvania St. in Buffalo, New York, in 1930. Her sister, Lena, and husband, Sam, owned the house.

100 Pennsylvania St.

Antoinette on the left

Antoinette on the right.

Antoinette on the right.

Antoinette in the middle with her children.

 

2005

Antoinette died on April 12, 2005, in Buffalo, New York, when she was 89 years old.

Great-Grandfather – Giovanino (Giovanni, John) Balistreri

1910

Giovanino (Giovanni, John) Balistreri was born on June 5, 1910, in Palermo, Italy.

1913

At age 3, Giovanino arrived in NY on August 11, 1913 at age 3.

I was originally told the boy on the left was Giovanino. This is impossible since Natale was two years younger than Giovanino and Antonino was 6 years younger than Giovanino. Giovanino must be the boy on the right, Natale is the boy in the middle, and Antonino is the boy on the left. Also pictured is his mother, Antonia, and brothers “Zio” (Antonino) and Natale.

1927

“Giovanni” (17) traveled to the U.S. with brother, Natale (15) from Palermo. Their occupation is listed as fishermen and their hometown is listed as Bagheria. They are traveling from Palermo to New York, New York.

Giovanino’s passport photo.

“This is Antoinette Balisteri’s first husband John and her son Frank. The picture was taken in Aspra, Italy, “This was Frank the buck.”, “This picture was from 1972 when my Grandfather took my Uncle to meet my Great-Grandmother. Great pic of the true heads of our Family. They are missed very much by us all.”

My mom told they used to call Giovanino “Johnny Bela”.

 

Here he is with my cousins, Jamie, Jodie, and Russell.

1983

Giovanino (Giovanni, John) Balistreri died in 1983 in Buffalo, New York, when he was 73 years old.