Emilio Ardolino was born 19 February 1887 in Torre le Nocelle to Pasquale Ardolino and Maria Aurelia di Nuzzolo. He married Esta Pesiri on 15 January 1925 in Manhattan, New York. You'll notice his petition for naturalization shows a completely different marriage date. Anniversary-wise, this probably put Emilio in the doghouse on more than one occasion ;-)
Esta was born on 31 March 1901 in Gesualdo, Avellino, Italy ... not very far from Torre le Nocelle. The couple had five children: Aurelia (1925), Livia (1927), Gloria (1929), Dorothy (1931) and Emile (1943).
Below is Emilio's petition for naturalization. He was naturalized on 12 December 1933 in Brooklyn, NY.
Petition for Naturalization
And a copy of his marriage to Esta...
1925 Marriage Record
And just in case you haven't already recognized Emilio and Esta's youngest child ...
Emile Ardolino 1943-1993
Producer of one of my favorite movies ...
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing
Florindo has already done a great article on Emile and his work, so I'll leave you with the link to his story ... and some photos that I took in Gesualdo during our 2009 trip.
Don't we have talented ancestors?! Speaking of which ... Emilio is first half-cousin to two of our other prominent sculptors - brothers Eduardo and Clamanzio Celestino Ardolino.
Gesualdo, Avellino, Italy
Can't even tell you how often we have to stop for sheep crossing.