Alice J. Adessio’s Work is an Exacting, Well-Informed Sourcebook Spanning Seven Generations of the Large Merola Family

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New York’s Merola Family History Enshrined in New Bio

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Making an illustrated biography (The Merola’s) covering seven generations of Merola family history, Alice J. Adessio establishes a formal and correct lineage in a local context (New York state USA) of a widely-used and historically well-known family name. The author’s aim is to provide an authentic history of her line of the Merola’s. This has been done with careful work, thumbnail sketches of the most important members of the family and well-chosen illustrations.

Adessio has taken pains to lay claim to correct information. Her sources have been or are, by the author’s admittance, “wonderful” – these family members’ oral or written histories have been collated to form reasonably self-verifying true accounts of important dates and events. Though strictly speaking, this work would only be of great interest to people who are part of the Merola’s bloodlines, seven generations does spread the lineage over a significant portion of a national, even international, family tree. The author starts with Antonio and Rosina Merola, as a solid reference point, and proceeds from their brief biographies a map of lives, homes, and progeny over a major span of time.

The materials and human sources tapped by the author have given her a mass of data to pick over. In the interests of brevity, she has chosen to print individual histories of those who have had much impact or represent important nodes of the family tree. Numbered among them are Mike and Anthony Serpico (Antonio and Rosina’s grandsons ) of the Serpico line, Francis Trobiano, his sister Ann, and Charles Merola. Many are represented by fine text and illustrations in this family biography which speaks well of its past foundations and builds hope for the coming generations.

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About the Author
Alice Joy Adessio, daughter of Antoinette and Anthony Adessio, was raised in East Hempstead (later known as Uniondale), New York. In 1980 she and Alex purchased their home in East Meadow, New York, where she still resides. The author has been employed in various secretarial, administrative and supervisory positions in the defense and aerospace industry throughout her career. In addition, she has taught and conducted numerous computer seminars at SUNY in Farmingdale, Sperry, Unisys and Newsday. She also taught computer software and art at Uniondale High School. Alice Adessio has had her paintings on display at Sperry, Hofstra University, the Uniondale Public Library and the East Meadow Public Library. She has given of her time and talents to numerous organizations, such as, the Italo Balbo Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA). She designed the lodge’s logo, was editor of The Balbo Flyer which won the state’s Best Newsletter Award. She held various offices and was President for four terms. Currently she is a member of the Donatello Lodge of OSIA. She was also very actively involved in Professional Secretaries International (PSI), later known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She has been an officer of the Long Island Chapter (Nassau County) for many years and its President for four terms. Other than her writing achievements and awards, her other works include membership in former County Executive Tom Gulotta’s Women’s Task Force, assisting in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Program every year for many years, officer in the Elmer A. Sperry Toastmasters and also in the Uniondale Unit of the American Cancer Society. The author is an active member of the Long Island Writers Guild, of which she has belonged for the past seven years.

The Merola's * by Alice J. Adessio
Our Family History
Publication Date: June 7, 2012
Picture Book; $91.99; 184 pages; 978-1-4653-9521-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $101.99; 184 pages; 978-1-4653-9522-1
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-46912-812-2

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