Uda’s parents were Peter and Dorothea Cappellino. They were from Campabello, Sicily. They moved to the U.S. in 1910.
Enrico was born in Euclid in 1958. He attended Wickliffe High School where he played for their football team. His siblings include: Maria, Rosemary, Doreen, Michael and Steven. He is currently the CFO of Fusion Inc. in Willoughby.
His wife of 32 years is Marissa (DeSantis). They have three sons: Domenic, Nicholas and Vincent. Her parents are Robert and Eleanor of Willoughby. Her grandparents were Andrew and Helen Mayger and Nancy and Joseph DeSantis.
Enrico’s grandparents were Carmine and Angela (Giadiello) Varricchio from San Leucio, Italy, near Naples. He was a crane operator for the railroads.
Asked about his feelings towards the club as a new member, “I waited anxiously for few years to join and was truly excited when Steve Silvaroli sponsored me in 2012.” He wanted to reconnect with his heritage and Wickliffe friends. He feels at home at club meetings with members Steve, Vince Laurie, Lester and Vinny Latessa, Frank DiCillo and Russell Meraglio. He and his wife enjoy the many club socials.
When he joined he was on the Grounds Committee and continues to help out at the annual Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce Tournament.
Tasting & Competition
SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH
Little did the Wickliffe Italian-American Club members realize what a treasur(er) they had in four-year member Enrico Varricchio. A Bowling Green State University graduate with a B.A. in accounting, Enrico took over the treasurer’s position on the Board of Directors this year following Chris Brassell.
Enrico’s parents, Enrico and Uda, were born in Meadville Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Euclid, Ohio, he was the owner of The Party Shoppe, a beverage store. Uda remained a housewife until the children were in school.
Enrico & his wife Marissa
On April 9th the Wickliffe Italian–American Scholarship Fund, Inc. will be hosting their first of hopefully many more Homemade Wine Tasting & Competitions.
For all those entering the competition portion, you must bring one gallon of wine to pass out for sampling and your admission will be free. A winner will be chosen in each the following categories, Red Wine, White Wine, and Blush; the winner will be picked by popular vote.
Tickets will be available for $15 for all that chooses not to enter their wine into competition. All attendees will be allowed to vote for a winner in each category. In addition to being able to sample wine from many competitors, we will offer an extensive menu of complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
In addition, there will be a full range of drinks to purchase from a cash bar and other more hearty food options available for purchase.
If you are interested in entering the wine competition or would like to inquire about tickets, please contact John D’Angelo at 440-476-1197. 100% of net proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund! We look forward to seeing you on April 9th!
• Homemade Wine Tasting & Competition
• Event will be held on Saturday, April 9th
• $15 per ticket
• Event will be held at the I&A Small Hall, 29717 Euclid Ave. Wickliffe, Ohio 44092
• FREE ADMISSION to all who enter the competition – must supply 1 gallon of wine
• Entry ticket includes free samplings from each competitor, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to vote for the winner
• Full cash bar & hearty food options available for purchase
• 50/50 & raffles!
Please contact John D’Angelo to enter the competition at 440-476-1197 or Steve Tripepi with questions at 440-759-3840.
Pasqualina (Vitantonio) Minadeo aka “Lena” and her husband, John, opened one of the first grocery stores and facilitated the first Catholic Church services in the city in Wickliffe.
Lena married John Minadeo in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1900, they built two buildings along Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe. These buildings were meant for residence and businesses. The first business would become Minadeo’s Grocery Store, run by Lena.
Since the Village didn’t have a Catholic Church in the early 1900’s Lena allowed the first Masses held in the storefront of the other residence at 29526 Euclid Avenue. Fr. Nash traveled from Immaculate Conception Church on the streetcar from Willoughby to say Mass each Sunday. These buildings were meant for the children's security and are still standing.
Pasqualina was born in Ripalimosani province of Campobasso, Italy in March 1883. Pasqualina (Lena) came to the United States when she was eight years old in 1891. The family settled in the Village of Wickliffe. Life was difficult as there weren’t the modern improvements such as paved roads, cars, furnaces, plumbing, or electricity. They boiled water to wash their clothes. She traveled in a horse-drawn surrey.
In 1928, John Minadeo passed away, leaving Lena with six children, Jessie, Carrie, Dominic, Frances, Antoinette and Helen.
Their oldest, Jesse, married Joseph Pucella, who was one of the charter members of the Wickliffe I&A Club. Helen the youngest sibling joined the Women’s Reserve of the U. S. Coast Guard, which was officially nicknamed the “SPARs”. The SPARS Reserve unit was first established in 1942. A total of 978 women officers and over 11,000 enlisted women served in the SPARs during the War.
Lena supported her family in many ways. She operated the grocery store in the front of the building. She had an outdoor oven built in the backyard where she baked bread and sold it in the grocery store. She also had a winery in the backyard where she pressed grapes, and with the help of Dominic, sold the juice to wine makers. Lena also used the second floor of the grocery store as a party center, which she rented out for parties.
Lena bought a black Cadillac which did double duty.... she used the car to go to the West Side Market to buy supplies for the store and she also rented it out for funerals. According to family members, Lena was a very courageous woman and was the first woman to drive in Wickliffe.
Lena Minadeo passed away in 1960.
Summer Kickoff Classic
SATURDAY, May 28TH