Lee Colsant

Lee Colsant is a volunteer at Casa Italia. in Stone Park. He found out about the Casa while taking an intermediate Italian class offered there. After researching the origins of his father, Attilio Orestes Italo Colasante, born in Torricella-Peligna, Chieti, in the region of Abruzzo, Italy, he decided to get involved at the Italian Cultural Center at the Casa. There, he digitizes documents by and about Italian. His interest in “all things Italian” has led him to write on subjects as diverse as Dante Alighieri and St. Peter’s Basilica. Italy now is at the center of his life.

An oasis of italianità

The cover of Fra Noi reads “Embrace your inner Italian”: words that inspire us to explore every aspect of our heritage and community. In my case, the catchy phrase opened the door to the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia. An oasis of italianità in Stone Park, the center is home to a hardy band of volunteers who truly live this calling. I paid my first visit in 2015 and was introduced to Dominic Candeloro, a pensive curator with glasses that often slide down his nose. He, in turn, introduced me to the vast cultural riches of the center: its …

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Army Pfc. Alexander Delulio Jr.

Only 19 years old when World War II took his life, Alexander Delulio Jr. lives on in the hearts and minds of his extended family. On Sept. 17, 1944, Pfc. Alexander Delulio Jr. parachuted into Zon, Holland, with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, as part of Operation Market-Garden. Two days later, Pfc. Delulio gave his life in the defense of freedom while serving along the Eindhoven-Arnhem Highway near the town of Best. He was manning a slit trench when a German mortar struck. His young body remained in the trench until it could be buried during a …

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