Happy Mother's Day!
A special Mother's Day tribute to Louise Mitchell.Contributed by Canastota, New York, Mayor Carla M. DeShaw
Louise Bruno Mitchell was born on April 10, 1910 in Canastota, New York. Her father, Angelo, emigrated from the Province of Calabria, Italy, in 1905 and her mother emigrated from the Province of Cosenza, Italy. Louise had one sister, Carmella (Bruno) Rinaldo. Louise's mother died in 1913. Her father remarried; Josephine Farfaglia and Angelo had five children: Dominic, Charles, Louis, Angelo Jr. and Theresa.
Louise married Angelo Mitchell on April 28, 1928 and they had five children: Samuel, Angelo, Joseph, Rosalie, and Donald. Louise has 19 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren.
|Louise Mitchell and her family on "her day," as declared by Canastota, New York, Mayor Carla M. DeShaw|
Louise worked at Smith Lee of Oneida, New York, for 16 years. At the same time, Louise worked beside her husband on the mucklands, the rich, organic soil of the area. Louise retired from Smith Lee to work for her sons, cooking at their restaurant the Village Inn in Chittenango, New York.
Louise still enjoys cooking for her family and having Sunday dinners. Louise would always make the holidays very special for her family. Louise enjoyed making bread and giving the bread to family and friends. When anyone went to her house for a visit, they always left with a full stomach.
Louise enjoyed crocheting afghans and giving one or two to every family member. Louise still lives in her home with help from her caring daughter Rosalie.
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