Blogger Amy Johnson Crow has challenged us with writing about an Ancestor once a week for the year 2019. She will give us prompts to get us started. This week's prompt is Love.
This week the challenge is Love, but being it is the week for Valentine’s Day I will write about Valentine Glessoff Zito.
Alfred Zito & Valentine Glessoff
Valentine’s birthday was 27 June 1907, so not on Valentine’s Day. She was born in Newark, New Jersey. Were they just thinking she was their Valentine and professing their love for each other? Or was it a family name? Valentine’s parents, Ivan and Alexandria were both born in Russia.
The name Valentyna is a popular Slavic name for girls, meaning healthy and strong. I believe this was why they named their second girl Valentine (Americanizing the name).
Valentine was my husband’s Aunt, sister to his mother Mary. Valentine lived a full and happy life. She married Alfred Zito (Freddy) in 1929 in Brooklyn. They had one daughter, Jacqueline born in 1945. Valentine was called Aunt Val or DeeDee by her nieces and nephew. When her sisters started having grandchildren, they also called her DeeDee. She was a second grandmother to all the grandchildren. She would come to visit and play games, swim in the pool, cook and reorganize cabinets and closets. She was always busy. She worked for many years for the Town of Oyster Bay in the Clerks office and was very involved with the Republican Party of Nassau County. Valentine’s daughter, Jacqueline married in the 1980’s when Valentine was in her late 70’s. Jacqueline and her husband George then had 2 sons. They were the love of Valentine’s life. She spent every spare minute of her day with the boys and I am sure they returned the love.
Valentine lived until she was 94 and enjoyed every day of it. She died 20 January 2001 in Hicksville where she lived for over 50 years