As a kid, I wasn't terribly interested in my family history, but as I get older, I'm finding it more and more important to find my roots. This is the first step in my search. I hope to someday, pass on the information I find on the internet to the rest of my family. As a gift to my siblings, I hope to facilitate a road of discovery to our history.
The fact is, I don't know much about my ancestors outside of my immediate family. I was born after all 4 of my grandparents were gone, so I never had the opportunity to interview them about their lives and their ancestors. My older brothers and sister can't really tell me much about my grandparents because they were so young when 3 out of 4 of my grandparents died. Apparently, my father's father didn't die until the mid 60's so all of my siblings at least knew him for a short time. Still, it seems he was a man of few words and didn't disclose much to what must have seemed to him as uninterested children anyway.
What I do know is this:
My father's name is Rocco Radosta. He is still alive and was born on March 10, 1919 in East Boston, Massachusetts. I don't know how many brothers and sisters he had, just that he had a lot (maybe 6 or 7). At this time, only he and his younger brother, Rusty are left. As far as I know, his brothers' names were Charlie (lived next door to us my whole life until he died - I think there may have been some issues between he and my dad... We were never very close to him and he and my dad often acted like strangers even though they lived so close... I don't know what may have estranged them, but it wasn't good!), John (probably my favorite uncle and I think my father's favorite brother... we spent a lot of time with him and his family). His sisters' names were Josie (she was a hoot! total Revere broad... bleeding heart liberal... she used to always say about politics... "The only good Republican is a dead one!" You go Aunt Josie!!), and Mae (she was the tough one... no nonsense type woman and it often seemed she had little tolerance for what she viewed as weakness... but a wonderful woman. Always there when we needed her, especially when my mom was dying. I will always appreciate how she helped us through this difficult time. I never realized it until now, but I think I really miss her now that she's gone).
My mother's name was Lena (Toto) Radosta. She was born on December 1, 1924 and died from a brain tumor on October 3, 1992. I know a little bit more about my mother's family because my sister, Nardine did a family tree on her family about 20 years ago. We even had a family reunion... but I was so young, I don't think I appreciated the importance of the event. I often wish I were older when that reunion occured.
Me, well I'm 33 years old and I live in San Francisco. My brothers and sister are either back in Boston or in Florida. My oldest brother, John lives with his wife, Jill in Norwood, MA and he has two children... Jenelle (1980) and John (1986). My only sister, Nardine lives in Dedham, MA with her domestic partner, Ernie Converse. She has two children from a previous marriage, Andrea (Bellew) O'Connell(1976) and Michael Bellew (1976). She even has a grandson now, Robert Michael O'Connell, born in October 2000. Next is my brother Richard Paul Radosta (only Rick, Nardine and myself were given middle names but my sister would kill me if I put hers on here - here's a hint... she's a democrat too :). Rick lives at our family home in Dedham, MA and helps my father take care of family business and finances. My brother Ronald Radosta is married and lives in Daytona Beach (Port Orange), FL. His wife's name is Lori and he has no children. My nephew, Michael (Nardine's son) is also living in Port Orange and working with my brother, Ron.
So, now off to search for my roots. If you have any information on the Radosta ancestory, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.