Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Obituary - Leonard Orlando (August 25, 1915 - January 14, 2013)

Leonard Orlando, 97, a lifelong Crivitz resident passed away on Monday , January 14, 2013.

Leonard OrlandoBorn in the Athlestane area on August 25, 1915 to Antone and Mary (Porfilio) Orlando, he was a cattle dealer and farmer his entire life, retiring in 2011 when he sold the last of his cattle. On June 18, 1949 he married the former Myra Frost of Mountain, WI and together they celebrated 63 years of marriage. Besides his wife, Myra, he is survived by daughters Jean (Lee) Edges of Green Bay and Joan (Tweet) Netzel of Crivitz and a son, Leonard K. (Tony) (Dianne) of Green Bay; grandchildren Rhonda (William) Uelmen of Bonduel, Brad (Heidi) Netzel of Germantown, and Dan and Kristin Orlando of Green Bay; great-grandchildren Cooper and Griffin Uelmen and Jack, Nate and Will Netzel. He is further survived by four brothers; John (Marie), Carl (Pat), Ralph (Pat), and Paul (Virginia) Orlando; two sisters; Stella Frontczak and Annie Katers and sister-in-laws, Vi Orlando and Lil Orlando.

Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Arthur and Louis Orlando and two sisters; Helen Alpern and Josephine Orlando; a son-in-law, Ron Netzel; brothers-in-law, Al Frontczak, Orville Katers and Walt Alpern; a sister-in-law Sharon Orlando and a nephew, John (Jake) Orlando. Family and friends may call at the Rhodes- Charapata Funeral Home in Crivitz from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 noon on January 18, 2013 with Pastor Lina Wittman officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Crivitz. The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care West and Unity Hospice for the care provided to Leonard.

Source - Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home

Obituary - Salvatore Orlando (1939 - 2015)

ORLANDO (Salvatore):
Born Sinagra, Messina, Italy 20.6.1939. Passed away 26.7.2015. Loving husband of Francesca. Father of Catarina, Marina, Renata, Napolina, Giulietta and Giorgina. Loved Father-in-law of Joe, Cosimo, John, Steve and Michael. Doting Grandfather to Tano and Chloe, Marco and Jeneva, Jessica, Anthony, Domenic, Julian, Lucian and Sophie.

ORLANDO (Salvatore):
My Dear Turi, Behind that hard exterior was a soft and gentle heart who wanted nothing but the best for his family. We shared a colourful and memorable 52 years.
Rest in Peace Mio Caro, knowing I will be well looked after by our greatest achievement, our six beautiful girls.
Your loving wife, Franca.

ORLANDO (Salvatore):
Papa, you always said that life is like a wheel that turns, a cycle that begins where it ends. You used your rich creative hands full of loving natural purpose to give all who knew you the gift of nature's beauty and a home where all felt welcome. The happy memories we shared will always make us smile. Thank you for teaching us the value of family. We will always be there for each other unconditionally. We will look after Mum and love you forever.
Your loving daughters and families.

Published in The West Australian on July 29, 2015

Funeral Service Information from Bowra & O'Dea

The Funeral Mass for Mr Salvatore Orlando of Yokine will be celebrated in St Kieran's Catholic Church, Cnr Cape and Waterloo Streets, Osborne Park commencing at 10:15am on FRIDAY (31/07/2015). The cortege will leave the church at the conclusion of the Mass and arrive at the main entrance of KARRAKATTA Cemetery, Railway Road, Karrakatta at 12 noon for a Burial Service. Vigil Prayers and Rosary will be recited in St Kieran's Church, Osborne Park at 7pm on THURSDAY (30.07.2015).

Monday, May 04, 2015

Obituary - John Albert Orlando (February 4, 1962 - December 1, 2011)

John A. “Jake” Orlando, age 49, Appleton resident and formerly of Chilton, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 1, 20ll.

John Albert OrlandoJohn was born to John B. and Sharon (Meyer) Orlando in Athelstane, WI on February 4, 1962. John Graduated from Chilton High School. He worked for many years at Chilton Metal Products and was currently employed as a truck driver for Valley Express LLC in Oshkosh, WI. On September 25, 1997 he married Patty Vandenberg.

He is survived by his wife; Patty of Appleton a son Branden of Chilton, his father; John (Marie) Orlando of Crivitz, 3 sisters; Linda (Donald) Netzel of Crivitz, Bonnie (Stephen) Kartheiser of North Fond du lac and Suzanne (David) Cosentino of Athelstane, mother-in-law Shirley Vandenberg of Appleton, Sister-in-laws; Brenda Sanders of Green Bay, Linda (Alan) Surprise of Little Chute, brother-in-laws Brian Vandenberg of Green Bay, Jeff (Doris) Vandenberg of Hortonville, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother Sharon Orlando and father-in-law Kenneth Vandenberg. Friends may call at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home (801 George St.) in Crivitz December 5, Monday from 9a.m. until time of Funeral at 11a.m. Burial in Forest Home Cemetery in Athelstane. “You will be missed very much. “ We Love You!”

Source - Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Obituary - Peter Orlando (March 16, 1917 - May 17, 2013)

Peter Orlando age 96, Wausaukee resident passed away peacefully Friday May 17 at Newcare Convalescent Center in Crivitz.

Peter OrlandoHe was born to the late Frank and Marietta Orlando on March 16, 1917. Peter married the former Audrey Alsteen June 28, 1948 in Iron Mountain, MI. He served in the Army during WWII. The couple resided in Wausaukee where he was a cattle dealer until retirement. He loved spending time with his family and the fellowship with church friends. Peter enjoyed his gardening and sharing his produce with family and friends.

Surviving are his five children Delores (Steve) Naragon of Colgate, WI, Robert Orlando of Wausaukee, Roger (Heidi) Orlando of Fond du Lac, William (Anita) Orlando of Wausaukee, Scott Orlando, Troy, MI., 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three brothers, Joe (Joyce), Nick and Charlie Orlando and two sisters Julie Lutynski and Laura Debalek. Preceded in death by his loving wife Audrey, parents, step mother Lucy (Porfilio) Orlando, brother Mike and two sisters, Rose and Florence. Friends may call at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home in Crivitz Wednesday May 22, from 9 a.m. until time of Service at 11 a.m., Luther Raine and Rob Eberhardt officiating and burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Wausaukee.

Source - Rhodes Charapate Funeral Home (WI)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Obituary - Tom Orlando

ORLANDO (Currantarmuid, Athenry and Boston, U.S.A.) - April 12, 2006 (peacefully), in the loving care of the staff of Unit 8, Merlin Park Regional Hospital, Tom, beloved husband of Tricia Cunningham; deeply regretted by his sons Tommy and Seán, daughter Denise, brother, sister, son-in-law, granddaughters, the Cunningham family, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Funeral Service today (Saturday) at 12 noon in the Church of The Assumption, Athenry, followed by burial in New Cemetery, Athenry. Family flowers only; donations in lieu to Unit 8, Merlin Park Regional Hospital.

Published in The Irish Times newspaper on Saturday, 15 April 2006

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Obituary - Adolph C Orlando

Orlando, Judge Adolph

Adolph C. Orlando, a retired New York State Court of Claims Judge and former interim Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, died at his Pelham Manor home on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Judge Orlando was 93. Judge Orlando was born in the Bronx to Joseph and Jenny (nee Militana) Orlando. He attended New York City public schools graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1938. He went on to undergraduate and legal studies at St. John's University. During that time his studies were interrupted by four years of service in the United States Army during World War II. Judge Orlando was a survivor of the Christmas Eve Torpedoing of the Leopoldville and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. After a career in private practice Judge Orlando was appointed an interim Justice of the New York Supreme Court by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1969. He was later appointed by Governor Rockefeller to the New York State Court of Claims from which he retired. After retirement, Judge Orlando continued to serve as a Judicial Hearing Officer.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Rose (nee Marino) and his four children, Joseph, Francis (Noreen), Genevieve Vaccariello (Richard), and Adolph (Debra); ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Viewing at Giordano's Funeral Home, 1727 Crosby Avenue, Bronx, NY. Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Sacrament Church, 15 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made.

Published - The Journal News 19th November 2013

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Obituary - Margaret Jackette Orlando

Formerly of Heritage Hills died peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Rockland Place, Wilmington, DE. Born in Yonkers, New York, she was the daughter of Joseph and Lillian Jackette. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Orlando, her daughter, Marlene Gagliardi, her two sisters Genevieve Rusnack and Helen Perkins and her brother, Joseph Jackette and her special friend, Mario Pandolfi.

Margaret worked for many years in the finance and accounting fields. Her travels took her throughout the USA including Alaska and Hawaii, Bermuda, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Mexico and Austria.

Margaret's indomitable and lively spirit and her wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her. She will be especially missed by her daughter, Susan Nilstoft Dobraniecki and her husband, Stephen. Her four grandsons, Brian Nilstoft and his wife, Laura of Hockessin, DE; Erik Nilstoft of Fort Collins, CO; John Gagliardi and his wife, Christine of Wingdale, NY; James Gagliardi and his wife, Jessica of North Brunswick, NJ; the joy of her life , five great grandchildren: Emma and Kate Nilstoft; Jenna and Ava Gagliardi and Matthew Gagliardi; her step-grandchildren, Jamie and Ilka Dobraniecki, their children Ethan and Camilla; Lauren Hawkins and her husband David; her sister, Rosemarie Bartko and her many nieces and nephews.

A Mass in her honor will be held at 11:30 am, March 21 at St. Joseph's in Croton Falls, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's School, 204 Hawthorne Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10705.

For online condolences, please visit

(302) 478-7100

Published in the The Journal News on Mar. 17, 2011

Friday, March 20, 2015

Obituary - Elizabeth P. (Pellegrino) Orlando

Of Natick, formerly of Medford, February 19. Beloved wife of the late Benedict A. Orlando. Devoted mother of Elizabeth Bonomi of Brighton, Denise Orecchio and her husband Louis of Woburn. Loving grandmother of Nancy Eldridge, David Bonomi and Alison Orecohio. Loving great-grandmother of Matthew and Lauren Eldridge, Alexandra and Isabella Bonomi. Dear sister of Angela Bursey, Frank Pellegrino, Eleanor Cook, Mary Manning, Pauline Fontas, Jeanette Angrisano, John Pellegrino, Virginia Burnett the late Victoria O'Connell and Esther Cammarata.

Funeral from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St, MEDFORD Friday at 8AM followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Raphael Church, 512 High Street, Medford, at 9 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Thursday 4 thru 8. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For directions, obituary and guestbook please visit Dello Russo Funeral Home (781) 396-9200 Medford - Woburn

Published - The Boston Globe February 21st, 2007

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Obituary - Jacob Richard Orlando

MONTGOMERY — Jacob Richard Orlando, 84, of 55 Sherwood Drive, passed away Thursday, Mar. 8, 2007, at the Gatehouse Hospice Center, Williamsport.

He was a native of Lynn, Massachuttes.

Jacob was an Army veteran of World War II, and participated in the central European campaign.
He was an over-the-road truck driver in New England for over 35 years, where he was a member of the Teamster Union. His C.B. handle was "Cheese N Crackers." Following his retirement in 1976, he relocated to the area.

He attended Sonshine Christian Church, Williamsport.

He was a 36 year member of the United Commercial Travelers of America, an organization devoted to the betterment of special needs people. He was named Counselor of the Year in 1995. He was a member of Central PA Chapter National Historical Railroad Society, the VFW, Turbotville, American Legion, Watsontown, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Milton.

He enjoyed reading, playing cards, and the company of his companion, Louise Yerger of Linden.

He is survived by a step-son, Leroy and his wife Kathy Mitch of Watsontown; one step-granddaughter, Melissa Mitch; one sister and brother.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Amanda "Betty" Phillips Mitch; one brother and sister.

Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cronrath Funeral Home, Inc., 308 Main Street, Watsontown, where the funeral will be conducted at 3, with the Rev. Ronald Savits, of Newberry United Church of Christ officiating.

Internment with full military honors will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Watsontown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jacob's memory may be made to the S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 or to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Published in The Daily Item 9th March 2007 (PA)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Obituary - RoseMary Orlando (1970 - 2013)

RoseMary Orlando of Thornwood, NY passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 30th 2013. She was 43 years old. RoseMary was born on March 16, 1970 at Women's Hospital in Manhattan to the late Milton Antonio & Mary Helen (Velez) Pagan. She graduated from Dominican Commercial High School in Queens in 1988. She held several positions of employment, but her most memorable ones were her management positions at Waldenbooks in Thornwood & Barnes & Noble in White Plains. Her passions includes her family, her movies, her music, her video games & of course, her books. She is survived by her devoted husband, Peter, her loving son, Christopher, her sisters, Doris Vega, Elizabeth Pagan, Myrna Mateo, Laura Seda, her brother, Milton Pagan & her many nieces & nephews. She is predeceased by her first husband, Richard Reina. Visiting at Hawthorne Funeral Home on Saturday July 6,2013 2-6 PM.

21 West Stevens Ave.
Hawthorne, New York 10532

Published The Journal News 5th July 2013

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

1861 Census (UK) - Francisco V Orlando

The Census for the United Kingdom taken in 1861 was conducted on the night of Sunday 7th April.

Below is the full page relevant for the Orlando study for crew and other passengers of HMS Renown.

The image below shows the Orlando reference on line 10 of the same census with a transcription and the citation below.

Francisco V ORLANDO
Aged 21 years
Birth year 1840
Rank - Bandsman
Born Palermo Sicily
Vessel HMS (Royal Navy) Renown
Docked Beirut Syria

Source Citation
Class: RG 9; Piece: 4435; Folio: 129; Page: 27; GSU roll: 543282

The National Archives, Kew and sourced via Ancestry

HMS Renown

Commissioned 3rd December 1857 and was a 91 gun second rate ship (Revenge Class), with a crew of 860. It spent most of it's time in the Europe. In March 1861 it docked in Beirut where it remained until 5th August when it sailed for Malta. On 25th September 1861 it was paid off into reserve and was sold to Prussia in 1870 before being broken up in 1892.

Obituary - Vence Orlando (1955 - 2014)

May 16, 1955-November 20, 2014

Vence Franklin Orlando was born May 16, 1955 in Wichita, KS to Emelio "Ace" & Shirley Orlando and went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 20, 2014 at age 59. The oldest of three children, brother to Tony Orlando and Tammy Orlando Merriman. Vence met the love of his life, Debbie and daughter Andrea, in 1982 and were married in 1984. Vence was employed in the melon industry most of his life working for Lindemann Farms/Produce, Hammond Ranch/Gold Rush Produce and lastly, Legend Produce. He traveled to Central America, Florida, Arizona as well as California, teaching and monitoring the growing of melons. He was very astute at what he did and even UC Davis called upon him to help identify diseases in the plants. He had the nickname "Melon King of the San Joaquin". Vence was always willing to help when needed. He served as a 4-H Leader, FFA Ag Booster and attended all of his daughter's events showing her animals, attended every parade she marched in or school function she was involved in. He was very proud of her and bragged about her to everyone, and rightfully so.

Vence was unfortunate to have two serious illnesses in his last 22 years of life, the last one lasting 11 years that finally took him home to his final resting place. However, he never let it get him down. He never once questioned his Lord as to why him. He just told everyone what his friend George Lindemann told him, "You just play with the cards you're dealt". He was truly a strong, courageous man, loving life to the fullest. Whether going to San Francisco to the Giants or 49er games, partying with his friends, or having to lay in bed and just watch tv, he did all with enthusiasm like no other. When he was feeling good, he would sing along to every theme song to every tv show and mimic the commercials. He had an amazing sense of humor that he never lost, up until his last day on earth, he always had something funny to say. Vence was an avid Giants and 49er fan. He never missed a game, whether in person or on tv and had recently started his bobble-head collection, which he showed to anyone who came to visit.

Early this year, Debbie brought home a puppy, Bonnie. On weekends he would talk his wife into getting him a maple bar and of course, donut holes for Bonnie, which he had to be the one to give them to her. Little did he know, all she did was hide them in between the sofa cushions!.

In addition to being a 4-H leader and involved with FFA Ag Boosters, Vence was in the Dos Palos Lions Club and served as Club President as well as other offices and also served on the California Melon Research Board.

Vence was preceeded in death by his parents, Emelio & Shirley Orlando, grandparents Mike & Serafina Orlando, Albert Richey, Cora Richey McEver & Pete McEver. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Orlando, daughter Andrea Thomas (Patrick), brother Tony Orlando (Cathie), sister Tammy Orlando Merriman, niece Amanda Walker (Lorenzo), nephews Joey Orlando, Austin & Jared Merriman, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

We would like to thank his many caregivers throughout the years for the wonderful care given him and friendships made, the nursing staff of Mercy Medical Care, Dr. Michael Azevedo and Dr. Jason Mevi and his awesome staff for the outstanding care given to him! I could not have made it without any of you! To everyone who ever came to visit, help purchase his van, or bestowed other acts of kindness - From the very bottom of our hearts, Thank you!

Donations made be made to Dos Palos Lions Club noting Vence Orlando Fund,
or Funeral Services will be Friday November 28, 2014 beginning at 9:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dos Palos. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Fierro Family Funeral Home. (linked checked 5th Feb 2015 not working)

Published in the Merced Sun-Star 28th November 2014 (California)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Obituary - Frank M. Orlando

Frank M. Orlando, Age 86. Beloved husband for 60 wonderful yrs. to Norma nee Polidori. Loving father of Michael (Diane Gable), Nancy and Kenneth (Jessica) Orlando. Cherished grandfather of Pierce Orlando. Dear brother of Sam (Angela) and John (Melinda) Orlando. Fond uncle of many. Frank was an avid Sportsman and was owner of Ace Auto Trim Shop in Norridge. Visitation Monday Feb. 2 from 3 to 9:00 p.m. at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge. Funeral Tuesday 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home and will then proceed to Divine Savior Church for Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

Info: 708-456-8300 or
Published The Chicago Tribune 30th January 2015

Orlando News ~ March 2015 edition

Orlando News

The March 2015 edition of Orlando News can be downloaded from the link published HERE or via the page links at the top of this page.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Obituary - Ferdinand Orlando

Source - Chicago Daily Tribune 20th October 1947

Obituary - Salvatore Orlando

Source - Washington Post 13th January 1948

Obituary - Amelia Catherine Orlando

Source - The Washington Post 10th July 1948

What is rather helpful is that the Undertaker - W.W. Chambers Co. Inserted the names of those whose funerals there were attending to. That entry confirms the entry as Orlando, Amelia Catherine.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Obituary - Thomas S Orlando

Thomas S. Orlando Obituary
Thomas S. Orlando was the beloved husband of Lora (nee Howton); loving father of Angela Lovette and Molly Orlando; cherished grandfather of Kamrynn; dear son of the late James and Terese; adored brother of Barbara Kraly (Ed), James (Chip) Orlando Jr. and Pamela Gedeon (Michael); uncle of many and friend to all.

Tom was a cherished member and musician of Christ Community Chapel. He was an avid car enthusiast and Harley rider. Tom was dedicated and well respected in the auto industry. Above all, his family was most important to him.

Friends may call at the FERFOLIA FUNERAL HOME, 356 W. AURORA RD. (RTE 82), SAGAMORE HILLS, FOR VISITATION MONDAY, 2 to 4 AND 6 to 8. Friends are asked to gather at Christ Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, OH. 44236 where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested in his name to the , 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH. 44106.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2014

Obituary - Jane E Orlando (1926 - 2014)

Jane E. OrlandoBorn: September 14, 1926
Died: December 29, 2014

Jane E. Orlando, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.

She was born on September 14, 1926, to the late Rosario "Harry" and Louise (Alviani) Orlando in New London.

Jane graduated from Fitch High School, class of 1944 and graduated from Mitchell College in New London. With an adventurous spirit, Jane travelled extensively and worked in the American Embassy in Paris, France and in the office of the commandant of the sixth fleet in Naples, Italy for many years before returning to Groton in 1981.

She retired from Electric Boat in Groton, and was a devoted member of the Sacred Heart Catholic parish. She was a member of the Thames Ski Club and enjoyed many trips to Pico Mountain in Vermont with friends and family. Her love of travel provided unique experiences as she visited countries in Europe and Asia, making many friends along the way.

She is survived by her loving brother, James Orlando, and devoted sister-in-law, Pamela, nephews James (Aris) Chambers of Naples, Fla.; Thomas (Jennifer) Chambers of Clarkston, Mich.; James Orlando of Chesapeake,Va., niece, Joanne (Rodney) Crevoiserat of Mequon, Wis., seven great-nieces and nephews Claire Chambers, Katherine Chambers, Matthew Crevoiserat, Emily Crevoiserat, Megan Crevoiserat, Samantha Chambers, and Thomas S. Chambers.

She was predeceased by her sister, Dolores (Orlando) Chambers.

Visiting hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Byles Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church, 56 Sacred Heart Drive, Groton. Interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery, New London.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be directed to Sacred Heart Church, 56 Sacred Heart Drive, Groton, CT 06340, or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memorials and Honors Program, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sources - Byles-MacDougall Funeral Services (Connecticut USA)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Legacy Webinar - Researching your Italian Ancestors

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Registration is free of charge and once the webinar is aired the recording is usually made available free of charge for a period of approximately one week.

To register click HERE. The webinar will be live at 6pm GMT +1hr on Wednesday 27th August 2014

Obituary - Wilson Orlando (1914 - 2014)

After a wonderful long and full life, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the age of 100. 

Beloved husband of Olga. Loving father of Alessandro (Helen), Marcello (Theresa), Marco (Gilda) and Wilman (Connie). Adored Nonno of Piero, Valentina, John, Amanda, Andre, Steffan, Michael and Nicole . He will be greatly missed and forever loved by all his family and friends. 

Family and Friends are asked to meet directly at All Saints Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Road for a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Private family interment at Sanctuary Park Cemetery. The family would like to invite friends to a reception in the church hall after Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Ward Funeral Homes & Memorial Book (Weston, Toronto, Ontario)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Obituary - Christopher L Orlando (1956 - 2014)

Christopher L. Orlando ObituaryORLANDO, CHRISTOPHER L., age 57, of Clinton Township, passed away July 18, 2014.

He was a Past President of AAU, past Leader of the Roseville Wrestling Club and past coach of Junior Olympics.

Survived by mother, Faith Agby Allen; children, Sharon (Randy), Doug (Kelly); grandchildren, Travis and Kaitlynn; sisters, Sheryl and Jewel.

Visitation, Sunday 2-9 p.m. at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township 48038. Instate Monday 9:30 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at Assumption Grotto Catholic Church, 13770 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit 48205.

Published in the Macomb Daily, Macomb County, Michigan (suburban Detroit, Michigan), 20th July 2014
  • The same obituary also appears at The Daily Tribune on 20th July 2014 with the same wording and photograph
  • From the Resurrection Funeral Home, Clinton MI, which has the same wording and photograph. This does give the full dates of birth and dates of death as August 20, 1956 - July 18, 2014.
Links accessed 13th Aug 2014

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Obituary - Domenica Orlando (1921 - 2014)

Orlando, Domenica (1921-2014)

Passed away at her home on Friday, April 25, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Albino. Loving mother to Mario (Jocelyn) and Frank (Judy). Cherished Nonna to Nathan, Ryan, Domenica (fiancé, Anthony), Taryn, Matthew and Luke.
She will also be dearly missed by her brother-in-law, Amadeo Orlando and sister-in-law and cousin, Barberina Orlando, as well as nieces Maria and Dina. She will fondly be remembered by family and friends including Dante & Egidia Amato, Vicky Orlando, Mary Elizabeth Orlando, and Vittoria & Joseph Martino. She was beloved Zia to her nieces and nephews in Italy including Francesco, Maria, Marcello, Antonietta, Alba and Aldo.

Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 4671 Hwy 7 (west of Pine Valley Dr.), Woodbridge, on Monday, April 28th from 2-4pm & 6-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Roch’s Parish, 2889 Islington Ave., Toronto on Tuesday, April 29th at 10 am. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery located at 8361 Yonge St., Thornhill.

Please visit our Book of Memories at

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Obituary - Tony Orlando

Tony OrlandoTony Orlando
Peacefully at Credit Valley Hospital, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Tony Orlando, of Caledon East, in his 78th year, beloved husband of Mary Orlando.  Loving father of Pina and her husband Robert Montalbano, Joey and his wife Sabrina Orlando, Rita and her husband Shawn Williamson.  Cherished Nonno of Joshua and Vanessa, Anthony and Matteo, Kylie and Jessica.
The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203  Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Friday afternoon and evening 2 – 9 o’clock.
Funeral Mass will be held in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 16066 The Gore Road, Caledon East, on Saturday morning, March 1, at 10 o’clock.  Followed by cremation.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Condolences for the family may be offered at

Source of notification Egan Funeral Home
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Orlando News ~ January 2014 edition

Orlando News

The January edition of Orlando News can be downloaded from the link published HERE or via the page links at the top of this page.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Obituary - Peter Orlando

Peter Orlando, age 89, November 30, 2011. Beloved husband of the late Thelma. Dear father of Elizabeth Orlando, Jennifer (Dennis) Orlando-McLain and Peter (Sally) Orlando. Dear grandfather of Amadeus Weighill and Sara (Scott) Rodgers. Dear great-grandfather of Samantha, Madison, and Jackson Rodgers. Proud veteran of the United States Army in World War II and a member of BAC Local #1. Visitation Thursday from 2-9 p.m. with a prayer evening service at the Wasik Funeral Home, Inc., 49150 Schoenherr Road (N. of 22 Mile Road) Shelby Township. Instate 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Church, 24415 Crocker Boulevard, Clinton Township. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

Published in The Macomb Daily on Dec. 1, 2011

Obituary - Donna Marie Orlando

Donna Marie Orlando, age 61, died on May 18, 2012. Beloved wife of Joseph. Loving mother of Joseph (Robin). Dear daughter of Robert and Lena Zukowski. Sister of Robert (Stacey) Zukowski and David (Margaret) Zukowski. Dear daughter-in-law of Angelina and the late Joseph. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation on Monday 4-9 p.m. and Tuesday 1-9 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home,13650 East Fifteen Mile Road (at Schoenherr). Funeral Mass on Wednesday, 10 a.m., instate 9:30 a.m. at St. Ronald Catholic Church, 17701 15 Mile Road (between Garfield and Groesbeck). Memories shared at
Published in The Macomb Daily on May 20, 2012

Obituary - Antonio Orlando

ORLANDO, ANTONIA Age 62, of St. Clair Shores, A. H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods
Published in The Macomb Daily 15th December 2013
(Paper serving Macomb County, Michigan (suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA).

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

DNA Public Lecture & Professor Ludovic Orlando

Back in September I mentioned that there was going to be a DNA public lecture at The Royal Society. A fellow member of the Guild of One-Name Studies attended (+Debbie Kennett) and made a few notes about the events. You can read Debbie's blog posts by clicking the links below

Professor Ludovic Orlando, University of Copenhagen, chaired the fourth session and delivered a lecture during session two titled "Digging out the deep evolutionary past of equids: toward really ancient genomes". 

An audio file of the lecture is available from the Royal Society by clicking the audio link below


Ludovic Orlando received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Lyon, France, twenty years after the first ancient DNA molecule was ever sequenced. Trained in phylogenomics as a postdoc, he was rapidly appointed as a permanent Associate Professor at the prestigious ENS Lyon. He is now leading a research group at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen.  Current research in his lab focuses on developing integrative approaches for studying ancient DNA molecules, promoting the field of palaeomics by the merger of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and computational biology. These novel approaches have recently specifically been used to study the evolutionary history of one iconic mammal: the horse.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Data & Orlando News Update

The next batch of material loaded to the website today is as follows -
  • UK - The Old Bailey 2 references
  • USA - New York City deaths - 1891- 1948
  • USA - Winconsin births and deaths
  • USA -  Westchester County New York State Marriages
  • UK - one obituary
  • USA - 7 obituaries
  • Canada - one obituary
  • A second, impromptu edition of Orlando News
All references have been added to the master index, which is coming along rather nicely!

Friday, November 08, 2013

Orlando Coat of Arms

I came across this Coat of Arms quite early in my study. As far as I can understand from research it relates to an Orlando family from Malta.

Information Source - Charles A. Gauci. "An Illustrated Collection of the Coats of Arms of Maltese Families - Stemmi Maltesi" Publishers Enterprises Group (PEG) Ltd, Malta 1989.

Research is still continuing.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Quick Update!

Today I made a bit of a start uploading some of the various data to the website. It is going to be a slow process, and is very likely to take me to the end of the year to complete the task.

Currently the website is divided into the following structure
  • Data sets
  • Country
  • Place
Material is currently be uploaded into a Google Spreadsheet. I do actually use Excel, but if I convert to Google Docs then the size is not included in my Google Drive allocation.

As I load to Google Drive and then create the web page I am also building the online Master Index.

Today I have managed to load varying data sets for the following locations
  • Petralias Sottana Sicily - Births & Misc
  • San Caltano Sicily - Marriages & Deaths
  • Montreal Quebec - Burials
  • Scotland Burial - just the one!
  • GRO references for England & Wales 1837 - 1966 (still some to be added), BMDs
  • USA - Naturalisation Records - 2 different locations
The data is being loaded in a structured random way so that I can ensure if there are any issues I can deal with them early on.

Today is the first day in quite a long while that I have done any work on my own ONS and felt as though I have achieved something. Long may that continue.

If you do have a look at the website, please give me some feedback. The structure is pretty well set, but there is likely to be a few tweaks, especially around the US records.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Some Orlando One Name Study Housekeeping!

For some time, I have been very frustrated on the structure of my Orlando One Name Study.

The reason for the frustration was that the overseas data, (material pertaining to venues outside of the UK) had grown almost of out of control, as archives and various indexes make things available online.In effect, the study had grown faster, with wider search mechanisms that I would have liked. My preference would have been for a slower gathering of data.

In a perfect world, I would have set the structure on extracting the date from my homeland - the UK before moving on to other Countries. Orlando is an Italian name, so immediately there is an overseas element. Added complications is that the most common occurrences of the name outside of Italy are in the United States. So from the start the overseas element was fairly high profile.

The study currently contains a wealth of information, but I was unhappy with the structure. There was nothing wrong with the structure, just simply I didn't like it! I therefore set about making some decisions.

  1. Creation and structure of a master index
  2. Creation of a newsletter
  3. Making the material available online
  4. This blog was not going to allow me to put the data online in the format that I wanted which made the necessity for a web page more pressing
  5. Getting to grips with the DNA project
  6. Encouraging growth on the Facebook group
Current Status
  • The website is now set up and data is slowly being added with the added facilities of
    • Google Drive - for the storage of audio clips and spreadsheets
  • A newsletter has now been published with the next edition due in January 2014
  • This blog is now linked from the website and will continue to share data 
  • The DNA project is up and running and I need to get my head around the whole process
    • Maurice Gleeson of the Guild of One Name Studies has produced some videos - YouTube
  • The Facebook group is up and running - now with a vanity address
There will be a gradual process of information sorting, indexing and preparing for website access over the coming months. It is all rather exciting and I am looking forward to getting cracking!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obituary - Pat Orlando


Age 82, of Lachine, Mich., and formerly of St. Clair Shores, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013 at The Village Rehabilitation and Care Community in Armada. 

Pat was born November 1, 1930 in Detroit. In 1948, she graduated from the Felician Academy, where she learned to speak Polish. 

On May 20, 1951, Pat married John B. Orlando and then added Sicilian to her language library. Her love of language and communication extended to her work. 

From her early job as a switchboard operator to her ministry with the Beaver Lake Community Church; Pat was a caring person. She was a Bible Study and Sunday School Teacher, active in the Women's Ministry and choir, worked with hospice, volunteered as an elementary school reading aide and helped those in need of food. All who knew Pat will remember her welcoming spirit, infectious laugh and great food. 

Surviving are her children, Jim (Rosemary) Orlando, Rose Marie (Jim) Torrento, Diane (Jim) Saylor and Lori Orlando; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Angie Orlando and Josie (Vic) Valice; and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, John; parents, James Allen and Marie Jakubowski; and stepfather, Stanley Jakubowski.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pat's name to Beaver Lake Community Church Food Pantry,9007 M65 South, Lachine, MI 49753 or The Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Published in The Macomb Daily 20th October 2013
(Paper serving Macomb County, Michigan (suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA).

Sent to me by a kind member of the Guild of One Name Studies

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The launch of

Orlando News

I have long deliberated about producing a newsletter for one one name study and given the lack of interest it hardly seemed worth the effort. I shelved the idea. At this point, the study has been in existence for 11 years, and whilst I have only ever had two communications about my study, I have had a change of heart.

A few weeks ago, I emailed the British Library at their ISSN Centre in Boston Spa and requested an ISSN Number. I hold the view that if I am going to do it, I might as well do it properly.

The number was emailed to me within a day and there it sat in my inbox. That was until today, when I put the number on my first, small edition of Orlando News.

The plan is to publish the newsletter 4 times a year, although I may on occasions produce an extra edition.

The newsletter can be downloaded from the link published HERE or via the page links at the top of this page. A copy will also be lodged with the British Library Depository Department as they request and a further copy will be archived with the Guild of One Name Studies.

Friday, September 27, 2013

DNA Public Lecture & Professor Ludovic Orlando

Like many who are conducting a one name study I have turned my attention, somewhat tentatively to the complex subject of DNA.

This morning I was interested to see that there is a DNA public lecture at the Royal Society scheduled for November. As I was glancing down the program I was surprised, delighted and intrigued to see the following which I have copied directly from the Royal Society site

Professor Ludovic Orlando, University of Copenhagen, who is delivering a lecture during session two titled "Digging out the deep evolutionary past of equids: toward really ancient genomes".  He is also chairing the fourth session.


    Ludovic Orlando received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Lyon, France, twenty years after the first ancient DNA molecule was ever sequenced. Trained in phylogenomics as a postdoc, he was rapidly appointed as a permanent Associate Professor at the prestigious ENS Lyon. He is now leading a research group at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen. Current research in his lab focuses on developing integrative approaches for studying ancient DNA molecules, promoting the field of palaeomics by the merger of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and computational biology. These novel approaches have recently specifically been used to study the evolutionary history of one iconic mammal: the horse.

    From the website of the Royal Society it looks like recorded audio of the presentations will be available after the lectures via visiting the website. I am looking forward to hearing Professor Orlando and delighted that events such as this exist.

    Saturday, March 09, 2013

    Orlando Family (One Name Study) Facebook Group

    Facebook Group for the Orlando One Name Study is now launched

    Join the Group

    Obituary - Angelina G Orlando

    Angelina G. Orlando, age 86, March 5, 2013.

    Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother of Virginia Zanti, Joseph (the late Donna), Ross (Julie), Anthony (Lynn) and Thomas. Proud grandmother of nine and three great-grandchildren.

    Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Road (at Schoenherr) Friday 2-9 p.m. with 7 p.m. evening prayers.

    Funeral Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 44633 Utica Road, Utica (W. of Van Dyke) Instate 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass 10 a.m. Interment Christian Memorial Cultural Center.

    Sent to me by a kind member of the Guild of One Name Studies

    Published in The Macomb Daily 7th March 2013
    (Paper serving Macomb County, Michigan (suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA).

    Friday, March 08, 2013

    Obituary - Mary Jane Orlando

    Mary Jane Orlando, age 88, passed away January 17, 2013.

    She is survived by her children, Sandra Moskal, Sharon (Joseph) Sumner, Michael (Laurie) Orlando and Sally (Bruce) Stork plus many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Mrs. Orlando was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence and her daughter, Suzanne Simek.

    Visitation is Sunday, January 20, from 2-9 p.m. (rosary 7 p.m.) at the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, 46530 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb.

    Funeral Mass is Monday at 10 a.m. (instate 9:30 a.m.) at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 48115 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Township.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Henry Ford Hospice Macomb Team, 16931 19 Mile Road, Suite 140, Clinton Township, MI 48038.

    Please leave a memory at

    Published in The Macomb Daily from January 19 to January 20, 2013. The Macomb Daily is the paper serving Macomb County, Michigan (suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA)

    Kindly supplied to the Orlando ONS by a fellow Guild member as part of the Guild News Watch Project

    Thursday, March 07, 2013

    Surname Distribution Map

    Today I have been alerted to a new Italian surname distribution map called CognoMix.Thanks go to the Guild Face Book page for this

    From an initial play it appears that this site allows the distribution to be seen not just across Italy as this information shows.

    The geographical distribution of the surname ORLANDO in Italy
     Trentino AA
     Friuli VG
     Valle d'Aosta

    On the actual online map the numbers are clickable so clicking the 1,252 against Sicily where my own Orlando's are from breaks the details down to these occurances

    The geographical distribution of the surname ORLANDO in Sicily

    By clicking on the Caltanissetta region, again where my Orlando's are from breaks the details down into the individual Communes

    The geographical distribution of the surname ORLANDO in the province of Caltanissetta
     San Cataldo
     Acquaviva Platani
     Santa Caterina Villarmosa

    The numbers are of course approximations, but it is a good indiciation of where to focus the research.