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Maria Lahiff, September 1958
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The Riverdale Press

Maria Lahiff Gets Nursing Honor

Miss Maria Lahiff of Riverdale became a registered nurse and received a special award at ceremonies at St Patrick's Cathedral September 8 conducted by the St. Clares's Hospital School of Nursing.

Miss Lahiff, the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Lahiff, 3625 Waldo Ave., was the recipient of the Mother Mary Alice award given to "the ideal student nurse". She is a graduate of St Gabriel's Grammar School and St Barnabas High School.

Maria Lahiff Pedulla
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Maria Lahiff married Joseph Pedulla on December 26, 1959 in the Church of the Visitation B. V. M., Bronx, New York

Maria Lahiff, Dr. J. Pedulla Married at Visitation Church

The Church of the Visitation was the scene of the wedding on December 26, of Miss Maria Lahiff and Dr. Joseph T. Pedulla. The Msgr. Michael F. O'Donnell of St Gabriel's Church officiated at the ceremony. A reception followed at the Commuter's Cafe in Manhattan.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Lahiff of Tucson, Ariz. Formerly of Riverdale. They flew here for the wedding. She made her home with an aunt and uncle, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Walsh, 180 Van Cortlandt Park. So. The groom is the son of Dominick Pedulla Sr. 300 W. 236 St. and the late Mrs. Pedulla.

Graduate Nurse

The new Mrs. Pedulla was graduated for St Barnabas High School and received her RN degree from St Clare's Hospital in Manhattan.

Her husband received his BS degree for Fordham University and his MD from New York Medical College, Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital. He was an interne at Fordham Hospital and now practices in Kingbridge. He was a captain in the U.S. Army in the Madigan Army Hospital, Tacoma, Wash from 1955 to 1957.

After a honeymoon trip to California, the couple will make their home at 300 W.236 Street.

From a newspaper article in the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Maria's husband, Joe Pedulla
Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

The Pedulla Family

Birth of Dominick (Domenico): May 8, 1877 Canolo, Calabria, Italy (WWII DR), mother Teresa (Immigration in 1911)

Birth of Josephine (Guiseppa) Siciliano:

Born circa 1889, fahter Angelo, she had at least one potential brother, Nicodemo born circa 1879

Marriage: Italy before 1911

Immigration: SS Indiana from Naples to New York, June 18, 1911 - Domenico Pedulla age 34 (word I cannot read) "farm lab" (laborer) Italian (South) (Italian) Last Permanent residence "canolo" mother Teresa, living Canolo, and Guiseppa Pedulla, age 22, housewife, Italian (South) (Italian) father Angelo, cannot read place looks like "Sprikus" to Kingsbridge,** New York, passage paid by "self" to brother in law Sicilainao, Nicodemo, at Kingsbridge, New York, 5 ft brown eyes brown hair, Guiseppa, 4 ft 11 inches, brown eyes brown hair, both born "Canola"

**Kingsbridge is in the Bronx.

Note: Nicodemo Siciliano age 31, single, Non immigrant alien born Italy father Siciliano, _aur-lo, arrived in New York June 21, 1910 on the Duca Degli Abruzzi from Naples to his brother Sicilian (cannot read), born Canolo, Italy

Nicodemo first arrived on the Massilia on March 27, 1903, age 24, to his cousin Perpis ??? Giovannini van Courtland Terrace (no other info)

Canola, inhabited since ancient times, is 18 kms from the Ionian Sea. Surnames, Pedulla and Siciliano among 74 surnames in the village. Italy World Club

Google map search "Canolo Nuova, Canolo, Italia"


  1. Carrie (Katherine)

    Carrie Pedulla BIRTH: 2 Nov 1916

  2. Dominick circa 1920

    Dominick J. Pedulla SSN: 092-12-1032 Last Residence: 10463 Bronx, Bronx, New York, United States of America Born: 12 May 1920 Died: 22 Aug 1996 State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)

  3. Joseph

    Dr Joseph T Pedulla Birth Date: 16 Jun 1922 Address: 63 Brendon Hill Rd, Scarsdale, NY, 10583-4809 (1993) [Fordham Univ, Bronx, NY, 10458 (1986)]

  4. Louis, circa 1926

    Louis T Pedulla Birth Year: 1926 Race: White, Citizen (White) Nativity State or Country: New York State of Residence: New York County or City: Bronx Enlistment Date: 28 Apr 1944 Enlistment State: New York Enlistment City: Camp Upton Yaphank Branch: No branch assignment Branch Code: No branch assignment Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Education: 4 years of high school Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 00 Weight: 000

    Louis Pedulla SSN: 119-20-6432 Last Residence: 10471 Bronx, Bronx, New York Born: 15 Feb 1926 Last Benefit: 10471 Bronx, Bronx, New York Died: 31 Jul 2006 State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)

  5. James circa 1928

1920 Census, Yonkers: Renting at 128 Herriot Place, Yonkers, Weschester co., New York, Pedulla Dominick Self (Head) Male 41 abt 1879 Married Italy Italy Italy immigrated 1910, gardener private family, Pedulla Josephine Wife Female 28 abt 1892 Married Italy Italy Italy immigrated, 1910 Pedulla Carrie Daughter Female 3 abt 1917 Single New York Italy Italy add

1930 Census: 3446 Kingsbridge Ave, Bronx, Pedulla Dominick, Head, 52, abt 1878, Italy, immigrated 1910, married at 31, gardener private, Pedulla Josephine, Wife 40, abt 1890, immigrated 1910, married at 21, Pedulla Katherine, Daughter, 13, abt 1917, Pedulla Dominick, Son, 10, abt 1920, Pedulla Joseph, Son, 8, abt 1922, Pedulla Louis, Son, 4, abt 1926, Pedulla James, Son, 2, abt 1928, Femia Joseph, Cousin, 32, abt 1898 Italy, labourer, odd jobs, Owning home valued at $7,000,

World War II Draft Registration: Domenic Louis Pedula (sic) 3446 Kingsbridge Ave Bronx, age 64, bron Calabria, May 8, 1877 Italy name of person who will always know address, Mr. Joseph Fermia, 3440 Kingsbridge, Ave, Bronx, employer, Mr Cleveland Dodge Riverdale, New York, signed with his mark.

Obituary of Joseph Pedulla, April 2011

Dr. Joseph T. Pedulla, 88, of LaPorte, died at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at his residence. He was born June 16, 1922, in Yonkers, NY, to Domenico and Giuseppina (Siciliano) Pedulla of Calabria, Italy. A physician and surgeon, Dr. Pedulla had a family/surgical practice in the Bronx, New York City, for 50 years until his retirement at the age of 79. He graduated from Fordham University (1944) and New York Medical College (1947). He was a captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Army at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He was a former president of the New York Chapter of the Catholic Physicians Guild and a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Peter Catholic Church. Early in his medical career he cared for the last existing patients with smallpox in the United States. On Dec. 26, 1959, in The Bronx, New York City, he married Maria Lahiff, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mary (John) Lake of LaPorte; three sons, Dominic (Bernadette) Pedulla of Edmond, OK, Joseph (Lisa) Pedulla of Monroe Township, NJ, and John Pedulla of Staten Island, New York City; 20 grandchildren, Rita, Joseph John (Hope), Robert, Claire, John, Edmund, Patrick, Mary, Maria, Brendan, Joseph, Annabelle, Vincent, Sean, William, Ian, Ciaran, Christian, Dominic, and Christina; one brother, Vincenzo "James" (Rosemarie) Pedulla of Mahopac, NY; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Chiara Pedulla; and two brothers, Dominick and Louis Pedulla. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Scarsdale, NY, with Monsignor Hugh McManus officiating. Visitation will be held at Essling Funeral Home, LaPorte, on Friday, April 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held at Williams Funeral Home, 5628 Broadway, Bronx, NY, on Sunday, April 10, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Yonkers, NY, following the Mass.

Canolo, Calabria

The area was mountainous and sheep and goats were grazed. Mulberry tree and silkworms were cultivated.

"A sud di queste regioni della Calabria cosentina, il Turoniano non si trova che molto lontano, in piccoli lembi e sempre accompagnato da calcari giuresi: e allora generalmente bianco con qualche venatura rosata: lo troviamo addossato alle falde orientali del monte di Tiriolo, del monte Consolino, monte Stella, alla vetta del monte Canolo e monte Mutolo, sopra Gerace."

[South of these regions of Calabria Cosenza, the Turonian is not that far away, in small strips and always accompanied by Jurassic limestone: it is generally white with some pink vein: we find it leaning against the eastern slopes of Mount Tiriolo, Mount Consolino, Mount Stella, to the top of Mount Canolo and Mount Muto, above Gerace.]

La questione agraria e l'emigrazione in Calabria: note statistiche ed economiche By Dino Taruffi, Leonello de Nobili, Pasquale Villari 1908

There was a earthquake of 7 to 8 intensity that affected the are on October 14, 1784. Much of the town was destroyed and there were landslides

A Gazetteer of the World: AA-Brazey By Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain) 1856

CANOLO, a town of Naples, in the prov. of Calabria Ultra, district and 4 m. NNW of Geraoe, on the E side of the Apennines. Pop. 1,500. Silk worms are extensively cultivated in the environs.
Dizionario topografico dei Comuni compresi entro i confini naturali dell Italia By Attilio Zuccagni Orlandini, 1861

"Canolo (Napol.) Prov. di Calabria ult. I; circond. di Gerace; mand. di Gerace. In mezzo ad un fertile territorio, nel quale principalmente si collivano molti gelsi, presso le falde degli Appennini giace il villaggio di Canolo. che resto in gran parte distrutto dal terremoto del 1783, il quale fu cagione di rovina quasi in ogni paese delle Calabrie. Popol. 2709."

[Canolo (Napol.) Prov. Calabria; surroundings. of Gerace; mand. Gerace. In the midst of a fertile territory, where many mulberry trees are cultivated, at the foot of the Apennines lies the village of Canolo. It remains largely destroyed by the earthquake of 1783, which was the cause of ruin in almost every town in Calabria. Popul. 2709.]

Smallpox in Camolo in 1908

Smallpox. - Week ended April 2. Cases: Varallo Pombia (Novara) 1, Adro (Brescia) 1, Mariano (Bergamo) 4, Viterbo (Rome) 2, Andria (Bari) 35, Reggio Calabria 1, Canolo 7, Gerace Superiore 17, Polistena 3, Rizziconia 26, Anoia (Reggio Calabria)

Weekended April 23. Smallpox. - Cases: San Lazzaroand Savenor (Bologna) 1, Mariano al Brembo (Bergamo) 3, Andria 18, Molfetta 1, Bari 1, Triggiano (Bari) 1, Fisticci 2, Palazzo San Gervasio (Potenza) 1, Canolo 2, Cittanova 1, Rizziconi (Reggio Calabria)

Public health reports, Volume 23, Part 1, Issues 1-26 By United States. Marine Hospital Service, United States. Public Health Service 1908

Population of Canolo:

1858 - 2,388
1861 - 2,709 1871 - 2,875.
1881 - 2,977.

Children of Maria Lahiff and Joseph Pedulla

  1. Dominic Marion Pedulla born February 11, 1961
  2. Joseph Damien Pedulla born April 3, 1962
  3. John Marcus Lahiff Pedulla born May 10, 1964
  4. Mary Agnes Pedulla born August 24, 1966

Dominic, Joe

Mary and John

Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Dominic Pedulla married Bernadette McGuire
Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Maria and Dominic
Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Dominic's family


Bernadette, Dominic and Claire

Joseph, Brendan, Edmond and Mary

Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Joseph Pedulla, Junior
Joseph Pedulla married Lisa Bacigalupo, October 7, 1995.

They have three boys, Joseph, Vincent and Ian Francis

Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Maria and Joe, October 7, 1995
Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Joseph and Vincent Pedulla
Joseph and Vincent, the sons of Joseph and Lisa Pedulla

Photo from the collection of Joseph and Lisa Pedulla

Ian Francis
Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Mary Pedulla married John Lake, August 24, 1991
Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Mary Pedulla's wedding party
Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Mary Pedulla Lake, John Lake and their family

John Lake, holding Maria, Mary Pedulla Lake, Robert, Johnny and Pat.

Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

John Pedulla First Mass Celebration

May 16, 1993, Archbishop Stepinac H.S. gym, White Plains, New York

Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Joe, Jr., Maria, John, Joe, Sr. at the reception after John Pedulla's First Mass

May 16, 1993

Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

Baptism of Maria, the daughter of Mary Pedulla Lake, January 17, 1999

From L to R: John Pedulla, Bob Lake, Dominic Pedulla, Bernadette Pedulla, John Lake, Mary Pedulla Lake.

Children from L to R: A Lake cousin, Mary and Rita, Dominic's daughters.

Photo from the collection of Maria Lahiff Pedulla

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