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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Josephine Strano Banafato, Matawan, Dead at 101

Josephine Banafato of Matawan died on Saturday 22 October 2011 at the age of 101, according to an obituary in today's APP. She was born in Manhattan to Salvatore Strano and his wife Palma Privetera. She moved to Matawan in 1929 after living briefly in Union Beach and Keyport. She worked as a seamstress in Matawan, the paper said.

She married Frank Banafato and had sons Salvatore, Joseph and Frank.

Her funeral mass will be held at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Keyport on Thursday 27 October 2011 at 9:15 am, followed by burial at the church's cemetery.

The Federal Census shows Josephine Strano in April 1910 at the age of 3 months living with her parents Samuel (26 Italy) and Palma (24 Italy) Strano at 60 Catherine Street in lower Manhattan. Her father's occupation is a laborer on the subway railroad. The young couple had immigrated in 1909 and were still not yet naturalized US citizens. They had been married for one year. Josephine was her mother's first and only child at the time of the census enumeration.

The 1920 Federal Census shows Josephine Strano (10 NJ) living with her parents, Salvatore (36 Italy) and Palma (35 Italy), in Lorillard Beach in Raritan Township, Monmouth County, NJ. The author William H Burket, on page 21 of his book Union Beach, said Lorillard Beach was a section of town, situated between Flat Creek and Union Avenue, where lots went on sale in 1913. Josephine's parents immigrated in 1906, not 1909, according to this record, and they remained aliens. Her father was a laborer at an aeroplane factory, presumably the Aeromarine company. Next door were Michael and Ida Strano, apparently Salvatore's brother and sister-in-law, and their children Josephine (5) and Mariano (4). Michael was also a laborer at the aeroplane factory.

The wedding of Josephine and Frank Banafato took place at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Keyport on Sunday 29 September 1929, according to the 4 October 1929 edition of The Matawan Journal, pg 1.


At a pretty wedding in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, on Sunday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, Miss Josephine Strano, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Strano, of Highland Avenue, Keyport, became the bride of Frank Banafato, of Matawan. 

Following the ceremony, which was attended by a large number of friends and relatives, a reception was held in the new home of Matawan Post of the American Legion Matawan, where refreshments, music, and dancing were enjoyed.

Following a short wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Banafato will reside at 67 Main Street, Matawan.

The 1930 Federal Census shows Frank (26 Italy) and Josephine (20 NY) Banafato living at 67 Main Street in Matawan, in the same dwelling with  Frank's parents, Joseph (60 Italy) and Virginia (52 Italy) Banafato and Frank's siblings Madeline (17 NY) and Samuel (13 NJ). Frank and his father were both listed as dry goods retail merchants. Joseph and Virginia immigrated in 1908 and 1912, respectively, and were not yet naturalized as US citizens.

Husband Frank Banafato's draft number appears in the 26 March 1942 edition of The Matawan Journal, pg 4 col 3.

The wedding of son Joseph Anthony Banafato and his bride Nancy Roberta Orr, which took place on Saturday 7 July 1956 at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Keyport, appeared (with a photo) in the 12 July 1956 edition of the Matawan Journal, pg 2 col 7, 8. The groom's brother Salvatore was best man and brother Frank was an usher. The bridal party was held at Magnolia Inn in Freneau. The reception was at the Union Beach firehouse. And the honeymoon would be in the Catskills. The bride and groom were both graduates of Matawan High School, she in the Class of 1956, he in 1948. The groom served three years in Japan and Korea with the US Army and was currently working at Hanson-Van Winkle-Munning Company of Matawan. They planned to live at 71 Main Street in Matawan, just down the street from the groom's parents, who lived at 67 Main Street.

The wedding of son Frank J Banafato and his bride Donna Maria Raffa, which took place on Saturday 7 October 1961, appeared (with a photo) in the 12 October 1961 edition of The Matawan Journal, pg 8 col 2, 3. The bride and groom were both graduates of Matawan High School. The groom works as a production manager at Mary Carter Paint Company in Matawan. The bride works at Heuser, Heuser, and DeMaio of Matawan. The honeymoon would be in Nassau, Bahamas after a drive to Florida. The groom's parents lived at 12 Johnson Avenue in Matawan.


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