Louis Tapella

Louis Enrico Tapella Family

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Lena and Louis's 50th Anniversary Photo, 1974

Biography:

Louis Tapella

This is where the anecdotal information will go. This will stay pretty stable. For more volatile information, a link will be provided to a PDF file that can be composed and maintained with tools such as Word and then saved as a PDF for loading to the web site. This eliminates the need to know how to program the individual web pages.

Each sibling in the decendant's chart will have a link to their own page that can be used to present whatever types of documentation desired. See Fran's below, which is the only one that I have built out so far.


Louis Tapella was the first son and second child of Geralamo Tapella. He was born on August 18, 1899 in Cuggiono, Italy, a small town 20 miles west of Milan. He was more commonly known as Gene, a derivation from the Italian Luigi. His father who had emigrated to the US returned to bring his entire family (six children at the time) to back to St. Louis because of the rising problems of World War I. The family sailed from Genoa and arrived at Ellis Island on ????, 1915. The family settled on the Hill in St. Louis.

He immediately went to work at one of the clay mines located close to the Hill. With his very first pay check from the job, he purchase a small gold engraved ring before his father could confiscate the pay to help support the family. This action was so uncharacteristic of my father, for he was later a frugal man who only purchased when he had the cash.

His best friend from Italy was Tony Bertani who also had emigrated, but to Joliet, Illinois with his brother Enrico and sister Caterina (Lena). While visiting Tony in Joliet, he met Lena who would eventually become his wife. They married on May 11, 1924 and settled on the Hill. The couple would have four children, Frances, Charles, James and Rose Ann.

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by Charles Tapella

 

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Descendants of Louis Tapella, Child of Geralamo Tapella
1Gerolamo Tapella (June 14, 1870 - April 25, 1946) married in Italy about 1896
Francesca Bonali (July 13, 1876 - November 10, 1918)
2.Louis Enrico Tapella (August 18, 1899 - February 1, 1984) married May 11, 1924
Caterina Natalina Bertani (December 23, 1902 - June 5,1977)
3..Frances Marie Tapella (August 21, 1925) married October 26, 1947
Joseph Robert Kostelnik (February 19, 1926- April 13, 2012)

4...Robert Joseph Kostelnik (October 11, 1951) married July 25, 1975
Marilyn Jane Hirbe (January 24, 1953)
5....Jeffrey Michael Kostelnik (August 1, 1979) married October 29, 2011
Lindi Lancon (October 31, 1980)
6.....Robert Joseph Kostelnik II (February 5, 2013)
6.....Katherine Ann Kostelnik (August 18, 2015)
5....Mark Andrew Kostelnik (October 28, 1981) married May 29, 2010
Jana Glynn Shults (February 15, 1983)
5....Colleen Ann Kostelnik (May 31, 1984) married January 9, 2010
Troy Graham (August 28, 1977)
6.....Luke Thomas Graham (June 20, 2014)
4...Kenneth Joseph Kostelnik (September 14, 1953) married July 20, 1979
Susan Cecile Prives (August 18, 1955)
5....Zachary Jon Kostelnik (May 11, 1982) married September 19, 2009
Emily Ann Steenstry (September 1, 1985)
5....Kristofer Adam Kostelnik (June 3, 1985) married August 6, 2010
Emily Beth Leach (June 19, 1986)
4...Carole Ann Kostelnik (July 15, 1956) Married January 2, 1981
David Anthony Branch (December 2, 1954)
5....Amie Elizabeth Branch (November 27, 1982)
5....Timothy Michael Branch (July 4, 1985)
5....Jennifer Ann Branch (March 11, 1987)
3..Charles Angelo Tapella (January 28, 1937) married June 6, 1959
Bernadette Ann Kelly (July 24, 1936)

4...Julia Maureen Tapella (April 19, 1962) married July 13, 1991
Brian Michael McCrone (October 22, 1958)
5....Michael Kelly McCrone (May 20, 1992)
5....Emily Charlotte McCrone (September 26, 1994)
5....Thomas Charles McCrone (March 16, 1997)
4...Lisa Kathleen Tapella (June 9, 1964) married July 17, 1993
David Preston Leach (October 23, 1961)
5....Samuel Preston Leach (June 9, 1995)
5....Joseph Henry Leach (January 23, 1997)
5....Timothy Andrew Leach (November 20, 1998)
5....Benjamin Scott Leach (June 15, 2000)
4...Robert Charles Tapella (August 26, 1965)
3..James Louis Tapella (April 12, 1941) married September 19, 1964
Lynette Marie Pont (October 8, 1941)

4...Deborah Lynn Tapella (December 11, 1965) married December 17, 1988
Brian Scott Keith (April 20, 1966)
5....Adam Patrick Keith (July 28, 1995)
5....Alexander Gusev Keith (June 13, 1997)
4   +married June 1, 2013
Michael Graf (June 13, 1958)
4...Donald James Tapella ( July 27, 1970) married August 4, 1990
Christi Anne Hughes (February 4, 1971)
5....Ryleigh Michelle Tapella (October 30, 1998)
5....Addisyn Grace Tapella (October 14, 2002)
3..Rose Ann Tapella (November 5, 1942 - February 8, 2013) married May 14, 1977
Fred Becker (February 7, 1942 - May 24, 2001)

4...Jennifer Leah Becker (July 31, 1979)
4...Scott Louis Becker (September 12, 1981)