My mother, Josephine (Spero) Carbone, was born on 29 April 1922 in Denver, Colorado. She grew up at a home in North Denver, an area where new Italian immigrants collected, on Pecos Street.

Her mother, Antonia/Antonetta (Pizzichillo) Spero, was from Potenza, Basilicata, Italia. Her father, Gaetano, was also born in Potenza.   According to a DNA test I took in 2010, it was discovered that Gaetano was not Josephine’s biological father. Matches with unknown first cousins led me to another Italian man who lived in the neighborhood, Vincenzo Allicotti, born Alicata, in Augusta, Siracusa, Italia.

The tragedy of her mother’s early death in 1928, when Josephine was only six years old, meant that lived her early years  without the love a  mother. Her older sisters, Rose “Babe” and Lucile “Lucy,” fulfilled the maternal role  as best they could.

Josephine was sent to Glenwood Springs in the early 1940s to live and work for her aunt, Antonia’s sister, Rosina, who had remarried and owned the Red Rocks cabins, which were vacation spots for summer visitors from Denver. Josephine  told her children that she never liked living and working in Glenwood due to the demeanor of her aunt and the hard working conditions cleaning the cabins. Glenwood Springs was a resort, which is home to the world’s largest outdoor, mineral, hot springs pool.

Josephine returned to Denver, went to work in a candy factory, as a taster, or so she told her children, and eventually met, through Edith Capra, a family friend–a shy, Italian immigrant, ex-G.I. by the name of  Rocco A. Carbone, who worked as a tailor and  lived on LIpan St. in north Denver. They married on 4 August 1946.

At her 50th wedding anniversary in 1996, which she, Rocco, and her three children, celebrated with nearly 100 friends, a photo was taken.

This photo was enhanced by MyHeritage photo tools and animated by their artificial intelligence app calle Deep Nostalgia.

Happy Birthday mom.