ECHO Molise
  Emigration and Cultural Heritage of the Molise
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Phillis Maucieri said:   December 29, 2010 9:27 am PST
I was born in Bonefro in 1957. My family immigrated to Montreal in 1960, and then to New Rochelle NY in 1961. Many "bonefrani" lived in New Rochelle, and they had their own club, "The Bunny Club." During the week the men would play cards and socialize; on special occasions they'd have a dinner dance where the wives would also attend. Us kids would have our communion, or graduation parties at the club. Then at Christmas all the "Bunnys" would get together for a party. This is where the "italian bonefrani" would meet the "american bunnys." The women would do all the cooking and go out and buy gifts for all the kids. The men would set up tables and clean up. Someone would play the piano while we sang chirstmas carols. Then there would be loud bang at the back door, and thats when Santa would come in and pass out the toys. The "Bunny Club" has since closed, but every so often I meet someone and then discover that they're a decendant of Bonefro. Inevitably at the same time we say to each other "so you're a Bunny too." I learned about this site from my friend Bob, who I met, and then later discovered that we were pisani. I often wonder how many people I may pass or see in my daily routine not knowing that they maybe distant relatives. Thanks for this attempt to connect the the site.

Joseph D. Spano said:   November 1, 2010 1:46 pm PST
Although my family or at least part of it was not from Bonefro, they did originate in Monteroduni, Isernia, Molise. The family names are Buci, Medici, and Biello. I visited there only once yet could not find any that remembered. Nonna was Francescine Buci

daniel mckechnie said:   August 19, 2010 10:13 am PST
great web site,seeing bonefro again , loved the people. spent our honeymoon 1959. married amalia buscio[ bonefrani] went back again 1962. then immigrated to montreal. many bonefrani in st. leonard, mtl. other relatives there collabella, cecere's.. love this web site, danny&amalia

Vincenzo MAUCIERI said:   August 18, 2010 3:05 pm PST
Ciao amici B'nfran je suis allé en vacance à Bonefro, comme chaque année pour me ressourcer(u B'nifr e nu bel paese.....) et quelle magie de voir en cette année 2010 tous ces Bonefran qui demeurent au canada et spécialement à Montréal. J'y ai trouvé beaucoup d'amis et surtout des parents. Merci à Nicolas qui m'a donné l'adresse de votre site, qui est sublime et félicitations pour tout ce que vous faites à Montréal. Je crois que maintenant je suis encore plus motivé pour faire ce long voyage vers vous, pe megna nu bel piate de ciufoli cha saucic du B'nifre..... Vincenzo MAUCIERI di Bollwiller (FRANCIA)

Elena Santillo Valencia said:   July 7, 2010 6:08 pm PST
Thank you for putting together such a wonderful site. I will be sure to forward this to my Italian relatives. If you don't already have one, you should put together a facebook page.

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