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Peoria Journal Star, January 17, 1947

Carmella Piro Pamson
b. 11-17-1864
d. 1-16-1947

 

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PEKIN—Funeral services for Mrs. Camella Pamson, 82, 607 Margaret st., who died at 5:15 a.m. Thursday at her home, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the residence and at St. Joseph’s cemetery. Friends may call at the residence today.

Surviving are four sons, Tony Pamson, Pekin; Phillip Pamson, East Peoria, and August and Michael Pamson, Aurora; and four daughters, Mrs. Batista Benassi, Pekin; Mrs. Joseph Drago, Albuquerque and Mrs. Louis Aimone and Mrs. George Menssen, both of Pekin.

[Note: I believe the proper spelling is Carmella, not Camella. It is spelled with the “r” on her tombstone and in other newspaper articles. Carmella Piro Pamson is the daughter of Onioffio and Lorenza Catalana Piro. She is the sister of Giacomo, Joachim “Jack”, James and John. I’m sure there are man other siblings that we are not aware of. John Piro’s 1905 obituary mentions a sister named Clara Piro, Jack Piro’s 1911 obituary mentions “several” sisters but does not name any of them. Carmella was married while still living in Italy. Her oldest child, Sylvia, was born in Italy.

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Pekin Times, March 6, 1924

 

Charles Pamson
b. 11-9-1858
d. 3-6-1924



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Chas. Pamson, resident of this city for the past thirty-five years, died suddenly at his home 607 Margaret street, this morning at 1:30 o’clock. He has been employed as a watchman at the railroad crossing on 4th street, and remained at his post of duty until 11 o’clock last evening. His death was caused by a heart attack and although he has not been in the best of health, his sudden death came as a great surprise to his friends and relatives.

He was born in Sicily off the coast of Italy on November 9th, 1858, and came to this city when he was 27 years of age. He was married to Carmella Piro, who together with the following children survive him: Mrs. B. Bianassi, Mrs. Louis Aimone, Mrs. Lena Drago, Tony Pamson, Michael Pamson, Phillip Pamson and August Pamson, all of this city; Mrs. Geo. Menson, of New Holland. One brother in Ohio, also survives.

Memorial services for the deceased will occur Saturday morning, March 8, at 9 o’clock at St. Joseph’s church. Father Healy will be in charge of final rites. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary cemetery.

[Note: Mt. Calvary Cemetery is the St. Joseph Cemetery on South 5th Street.

Charles Pamson’s Italian name was Mariono Palmisimo. Co-workers in America called him Charley so he changed his name to Charles. He changed his last name to Pamson, perhaps to make it easier to spell or perhaps to make it sound more American.

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Funeral services for Miss Annie Piro, 51, of 910 Caroline street, were conducted at 8:30 a.m. today in Abts Mortuary and at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Rev. Paul Clinch officiated.  Burial was in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Mrs. James Long was organist.  Soloist was Miss Lorraine Aimone.

Serving as pallbearers were Dr. Joseph Aimone, James, Robert and Gary Hill, and Ronnie and John Piro.

Miss Piro died Monday afternoon in her home.  She had been an invalid since she was stricken by polio at the age of nine months.



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Cosima Sansone Piro
b. September 4, 1875
d. 1965



Piro Rites Set Monday

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Funeral services for Mrs. Cosima Piro, 90, of 910 Caroline street, will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Abts Mortuary and at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery.

Friends may call at Abts' Saturday evening and Sunday.  Recitation of the Rosary will be conducted there at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Piro, who with her husband had operated a grocery and fruit store at 427 Court street for 35 years, died at 10:25 a.m. Thursday in her home.

Born Sept. 4, 1875, at Teremini, Italy, she was a daughter of John and Dominica Tamarino Sansone.  Her marriage to Giacomo Piro occurred at Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 1, 1894.  He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Piro was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and the National Council of Catholic Women.

Surviving are three sons, Tony, Jack and Leo Piro, all of Pekin; four daughters, Mrs. Clara Leathers, Mrs. August (Lottie) Meskimen, and Mrs. Harold (Mamie) Hill, all of Pekin, and Mrs. Jennie Bluejacket of Sherman Oaks, Cal.; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, a daughter and a grand-child.



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Giacomo Piro, Retired Store Owner, Succumbs

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Giacomo Piro, 84, of 910 Caroline street, died at 12:35 Sunday noon in St. Francis hospital Peoria, where he had been a patient for two weeks.  A Pekin resident for many years, Mr. Piro started a fruit market in Pekin and later was an importer of fancy fruits and groceries which he sold, until his retirement, in a Court street store building now occupied by the Gear Insurance agency.

Born Aug. 5, 1870 in Teremini, Sicily, he was a son of Onosio and Lorenza Catalana Piro.  He came to the United States when 16 years of age and was married to Cosmina Sansone in 1894 in Memphis, Tenn.  They observed their sixtieth wedding anniversary last September.

Mr. Piro was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church and the Holy Name Society.

Surviving are his widow; and the following children: Miss Annie Piro, at home; Mrs. Jennie Bluejacket, Santa Monica, Calif.; John Piro, East Peoria; Tony and Leo Piro, Mrs. Clara Leathers, Mrs. Lottie Meskimen and Mrs. Mamie Hill, all of Pekin.  Twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.  One son, Joe Piro, is deceased.

Last rites will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Abts Mortuary and at 9 o'clock in St. Joseph's church.  Burial will be in st. Joseph's cemetery.

Friends may call after 7 o'clock tonight at the mortuary, where there will be a recitation of the rosary at 8 p.m. Tuesday.



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Pekin Times, June 24th, 1930

 

James Piro

B. March 14, 1893

D. June 24, 1930

James Piro Died This Afternoon

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James Piro, disabled World War veteran, passed away at five minutes before two o'clock this afternoon at his home at 520 Market Street, following an illness of two months.

James Piro was born in Memphis, Tennessee, March 14, 1893.  He served in France during the world war and it was then that he received the injuries to his lungs that has made him an invalid since that time.  He was a machinist and worked in South Pekin until his ill health prohibited active work.

Besides his wife, Thelma Piro, he is survived by a sister, Carmella Pamson and a brother, Giacomo Piro.

Mr. Piro was removed to the Noel Funeral home.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.



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Transcribed and edited from the November 15th edition of the Peoria Journal-Star

HUNTING TRIP PROVES FATAL ~ CHARLES HUFF AND JACK PIRO DROWNED IN PEKIN LAKE ~ HUFF'S BODY FOUND ~ INQUEST HELD

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Charles Huff and Jack Piro, two of Pekin's well known young men, were drowned in Pekin lake some time during Monday night as they were returning from a duck hunt to Round Pond, which lies about one mile north of Pekin Lake and west of Grove siding.

 

                                                                        The Inquest

A jury composed of J. J. Stumm, foreman; C. A. Buck, Frank Brown, Ed Wetzel, Issac Haan and Grant Studyvin was empaneled and the inquest was held at 11o'clock yesterday morning, the jury returning a verdict of accidental drowning.

                                                                         Charles Huff

Joaquin "Jack" Piro

Charles Huff was 27 years old and came here from Mason City three years ago as a bartender for Jack Richford, then in the saloon business.  Later he worked for R. Suman, and for the past two years has been in the employ of William Huff, at 321 Court street.  He is survived by his young widow, who lives on Tharp place, and by his aged father and other relatives at Mason City

Jack Piro

Jack Piro has been a resident of Pekin for a number of years.  He was engaged in the restaurant and fruit business in the 300 block of Court street.  He is survived by his widow and three children, his aged parents, two brothers, James and Giacomo Piro, and several sisters, all of this city.

Reward Offered

A reward of $10 has been offered for the recovery of Piro's body.  Up to a late hour last night the body was not found.

[Note: The boating accident was on Nov. 13, 1911.  Mr. Huff's body was found the following day.  Mr. Piro's body was not found until the following April.

While the newspaper of that day often didn not mention the names of women, Jack Piro was survived by his widow, Mary Randazzo Piro and three children, Loraine "Lottie", Nuffie and Helena.  His parents were Lorenza & Onioffio Piro.

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Peoria Herald Transcript, October 25, 1905

John Piro
b. 12-28-1881
d. 10-24-1905


Young Man Called.

The many friends of John Piro were shocked last evening on learning of his death, which occurred yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock.  The young man had been ill about two months with quick consumption, John Piro was born in Tamenee, Sicily, in 1882, and was 23 years of age at the time of his death.  When six years of age he accompanied his parents to this country.  The family resided for many years in Champaign and about two years ago removed to this city, where the young man was associated with his brothers in the conducting of a fruit stand on Court street.  The young man leaves to mourn his departure his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Onofo Piro, a sister, Miss Clara Piro and three brothers, Jacob, James, and Jack Piro.  The deceased was a hard working and ambitious young man.  He was strictly honest and upright in all his business dealings and during his short residence in this city won many friends.  The funeral services will be conducted from his late home on Ann Eliza street, opposite the Terminal depot, this afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Interment will be at Lakeside.



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Jack Piro, 65, Dies Monday; Rites Thursday
 

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Funeral services for Jack Piro, 65, of 910 Caroline street, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Abts Mortuary and at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Friends may call at Abts Mortuary from 2 until 4 and from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Recitation of the Rosary will be conducted in the mortuary at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Piro died at 7:25 p.m. Monday in Pekin hospital, where he had been a patient for a week.  He had been in ill health for several months.

Born Oct. 1, 1902, at Pekin, he was a son of Giacomo and Cosima Sansone Piro.

Mr. Piro was a member of St. Joseph's Church.

Surviving are a son, John G. Piro of North Pekin; a daughter, Mrs. Noel (Betty J.) Zimmerman of Peoria; two brothers, Tony and Leo Piro, both of Pekin; four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Bluejacket of Sherman Oaks, Cal., and Mrs. Lottie Meskimen, Mrs. Clara Leathers and Mrs. Mayme Hill, all of Pekin; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a daughter.



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Pekin Times, May 31st, 1922

 

SERVICES FOR JOSEPH PIRO ON THURSDAY
 

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Funeral services for Joseph Piro, who died from the effects of injuries received Monday night when he was struck by a Big Four train at the tenth street crossing, will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Joseph's church, Father Henley officiating.

The fatal accident that resulted in the young man's death occurred about 6:40 Monday evening.  He was riding to his home on Caroline [when ]struck by the train as he was crossing Tenth street.  He evidently did not see or hear the approaching train until he was upon the tracks.  The motorcycle was struck by the train and the young man hurled for quite a distance.  He fell clear of the wheels of the train, but was terribly injured.

The young man was hurriedly taken to the Pekin hospital in the city ambulance.  It was discovered that his injuries were of a most serous nature.  His left leg was broken in several places, his head was cut and bruised.  His left arm was also bruised and he appeared to have suffered internal injuries.  Four ribs were broken above the heart and this is supposed to have been the immediate cause of death.

He failed to rally after the accident and lingered until 10:05 o'clock Monday evening, when his life passed out.  The body was removed to the Kuecks funeral home and an inquest is being conducted this afternoon by deputy Coroner Clary.

Joseph Piro was born in Pekin, March 11, 1904 and had lived here all his life.  He was the son of Giacomo Piro.  He was popular and well liked young man and a member of St. Joseph's church.  He was employed at the Soldwedel Dairy.

He is survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Jennie Bluejacket, Wyoming; Tony Piro, Mrs. Ralph Leathers, John, Lottie, Leo, Marnie and Annie Piro of Pekin.



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Leo Piro, 61, Dies Thursday; Rites Saturday

Leo Piro, 61, of 1426 Fisher street Pekin, died at 2:28 p.m. Thursday in Pekin Memorial hospital, where he had been a patient two days.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Kuecks Funeral Home.  Rev. Charles Everly, pastor of the Zion Baptist church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeside cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 until 5 and 7 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Piro was born Mar. 7, 1909, at Pekin, the son of Giacomo and Cosma Sansone Piro.  He was married to Ruby M. Berryman on Jan. 23, 1934 at Pekin.

Surviving, besides his wife , are one son, Gerald L. Piro of Pekin; one brother, Tony Piro of Pekin; four sisters, Mrs. Clara Leathers, Mrs. August Meskimen and Mrs. Harold Hill, all of Pekin, and Mrs. Jennie Bluejacket of Gray Bull, Wyo.; and eight grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Mr. Piro was formerly employed by Piro's Pool Hall, Pekin.



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Pekin Daily Times, April 13, 1926

Lorenza "Lottie" Piro
b. Unknown 1847
d. April 13, 1926



Mrs. Katherine Piro Dies Aged 80 Years

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Mrs. Kathryn Piro, wife of Onifio Piro, died at the Peoria hospital at the age of 80 years. The body was brought to the Kuecks funeral home in this city. A more complete obituary and announcement will be published tomorrow.

The following day, this article appeared.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lottie Piro will be held tomorrow morning at nine o'clock at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Father Healy officiating. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends wishing to see Mrs. Piro may call at the Kuecks funeral home any time up to the funeral hour. Mrs. Piro's death occurred Tuesday evening at the age of 80 years. She is survived by her husband, two sons, James and Giacomo Piro, and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Pamson.
 



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Margaret Piro

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PEKIN--Margaret Kathryn Piro, 86,of 1404 Charlotte, died at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 1998, at Hallmark House Nursing Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.  The Rev. James Kruse will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery..

Friends may call one hour prior to services at Abts Mortuary.

She was born July 14, 1911, in Pekin to John Battista and Maria Romi Vignassa.  She married Tony Piro July 14, 1932, in Pekin.  He died April 9, 1997, in Pekin.

Three brothers also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Ronald Piro of South Pekin; one daughter, Mrs. Ben (Marilyn) Graham of Springfield; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Piro was a homemaker.  She was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church.



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Pekin Daily Times, March 19, 1928

Oniffio Piro
B. June 13, 1842
D. March 18, 1928



Aged Resident of Pekin Is Summoned

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One of Pekin's oldest residents Oniffio Piro, died last night at 10 o'clock at the home of his son, G. Piro, 910 Caroline St . after an illness of about two weeks. He was born in Italy, June 13, 1842, but had resided in Pekin for many years.

His marriage which took place in Italy was to Miss Lorenz Catalina. His wife preceded him in death and he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles Pamson and two sons, Giacomo and James Piro all of Pekin. Mr. Piro was a member of St. Joseph's Church. The body was removed to the Kuecks funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wednesday morning at nine o'clock. Father W. F.  Healy will officiate and interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

From the March 20, 1928 paper

The funeral of Oniffio Piro was held this morning at nine o'clock at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Father W. F. Healy officiating. The pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased. Phillip, August, and Tony Pamson, Tony, Leo, and John Piro. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery.
 



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Ruby Marie (Berryman) Piro

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Tony Piro

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PEKIN--Tony Piro, 99, of 1404 Charlotte St. died at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at Hallmark House Nursing Center.

Born June 15, 1897, in Macon, Ga., to Giacomo and Cosima Sansone Piro, he married Margaret Kathryn Vignassa on July 14, 1932, in Havana.  She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ronald of South Pekin; one daughter, Mrs. Ben (Marilyn) Graham of Springfield; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  Five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

He worked for the Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad as a machinist and operated Piro's Streamline Billiard Parlor, retiring in 1970.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday.  The Rev. Vandennis Nguyen will officiate.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Abts Mortuary.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.



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