Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The 40th Wedding Anniversary of Great Uncle Ed Vercellino and Great Aunt Iris. Belle Fourche. August 1979

Great Uncle Ed standing next to his older sister, my Grandma Elda.
Left to Right: Evelyn Configliacco, Les Configliacco, Ray Configliacco, Ed Vercellino,
Elda Vercellino Liessman, Helen Vercellino

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello Vercellinos!
Tonight in our digital family reunion we visit one branch of our family that doesn't get a lot of attention. The Vercellino line from my dad Charles through his mother and so on, jumps straight to Italy with my Great Grandfather. Tracing your family in Italy is not an easy task. So, we have very little on our Italian side.

Eddie's 5th Avenue Market as it is today. Ed sold the business in 1972.
I remember running up and down those outside stairs as a child.

Tonight I present eleven pictures taken at the 40th wedding anniversary of Great Uncle Ed Vercellino and Great Aunt Iris. The anniversary was held in Belle Fourche in August 1979. Uncle Ed and Aunt Iris owned Eddies 5th Avenue Market in beautiful downtown Belle Fourche. They lived above the store. I remember visiting them often. I thought it was so cool having an Uncle and Aunt who owned a grocery store!

Great Uncle Ed was a good business man with a kind, gentle heart. He was the youngest of the three Vercellino children. First came Great Uncle Ray, then Grandma Elda and finally Ed. When they were little Elda took her little brother under her wing. Ed was sickly and teased because of the effects of polio on his arm.

Jon Williamson with Annette behind

Lisa Williamson with Annette at the piano. I don't know why flexing was on
the day's agenda.

Great Aunt Iris (sitting)

A friend of Grandma Elda, Luella and Janice.
Wow, Janice is showing real attitude.

Again, what's with the flexing?
This is little Annette Williamson

Great Uncle Ed Vercellino and his wife Aunt Iris (Miller)
on the occasion of their 40th Wedding Annivsary.

Grandpa Leissman (Grand Elda's husband), Annette Williamson and Great Uncle Ed.

Grandpa Leiss Grandma Elda Great Uncle Ed and Great Aunt Iris

Grandma Elda and Luella

Grandma Elda with Helen Vercellino

Edward Daniel Vercellino Obituary.

BELLE FOURCHE - Ed Vercellino, 94, Belle Fourche, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at the Kiewell Guardian Angel Home in Belle Fourche, S.D. His body was donated to the School of Medicine in Vermillion, S.D. There will be no services.

Ed was born April 24, 1907, in Trojan, S.D., to John and Marie (Viano) Vercellino. He joined a sister, Elda, and a brother, Ray.

Ed was stricken with polio at the age of two when the family moved to Lead, S.D. Ed was educated in the Lead public school. He quit school upon the death of his father to help support his mother.

Ed's first job was with the Western Union Telegraph, first as a telegraph boy and then as an operator.

In the late 20s he went to work for W.E. Adams, a wholesale grocer, in Deadwood. In the early 40s he went to work at the Black Hills Mercantile, another wholesale grocer in Deadwood.

Ed married Iris Miller on August 18, 1939, in Deadwood. Two children were given to this union. Dan and Karen both were adopted the same year.

The family moved to Belle Fourche in 1952 where Ed and Iris bought and operated "Eddies' 5th Ave. Market." Ed operated the store until his retirement in 1972, and continued to work part-time until the business was dissolved.

Ed was on the board of directors that instituted the John Burns Nursing Home adjacent to the hospital. This later became the Senior Citizens Center.

At the time of his death he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belle Fourche. He was a member of Cedar Lodge

No. 124 AF&AM in Belle Fourche and a KCCH Member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a member of the Naja Temple in Deadwood. Ed had been a Mason for more than 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother and a sister.

He is survived by Dan (Janet) Vercellino of Eden, N.C.; Karen (Martin) Peterson of Sundance, Wyo.; six grandchildren, Michael and Robert Vercellino, Michelle Summerlin and Tharon, Thad and John Peterson; and three great-grandchildren, Tripp and Kimberley Summerlin and Nicholas Vercellino