Antonio Indelicato and Maria Lombardo immigrated to the US in 1920 from Siculiana, a small town in the province of Agrigento. Together they had 8 children, 7 boys and one girl, Salvatore, Anthony, Alfonso, Joe, Michael, Anthony, John and Giuseppina. The first son named Anthony passed away at a very young age due to spinal meningitis.
Antonio opened up a meat cutting company on 10th and Cole in Saint Louis.
Almost all of the boys worked with their father at the meat cutting business and some continued in that field into their adult years.
An unique attribute about this family was the fact they all served in the US military to honor and serve our country proudly. Having six children from one immigrant family attending the military is something to be proud of in itself.
- Salvatore was an Army master sergeant in WW II 1943 thru 1946
- Alfonso US Navy Seaman First Class in WW II 1945 thru 1946
- Michael US Army Sergeant in the Korean War 1953 thru 1955
- Joe US Army corporal in the Korean War 1948 thru 1955
- Anthony US Army Sergeant E5 in the Vietnam War 1966 thru 1968
- John US Army Sergeant E5 in the Vietnam War 1966 thru 1968
Following their military service they all married and settled in St. Louis with their children and grandchildren.
Salvatore married Lucie and continued to be a meat cutter at his own company.
- Alfonso married Sylvia and opened a Laundromat in South County.
- Joe married Patricia and worked as a welder for Hussman Refrigeration
- Michael married Antoniette and was a meat cutter for A and P stores and later for Schnucks
- Anthony (Tony) married Carmela and worked for the US government as a counselor.
- John married Anna and was also a meat cutter for National Stores and then Schnucks.
- Josephine the only daughter had a career in banking.
It is an honor for me to write this article of this family’s accomplishments and for their devotion and dedication in serving our country and for proudly representing our Italian Heritage.
by John Mandala