The Frank and Rose Giudicessi first ever family get together

This event was planned months in advance with the hope that as many as possible would attend and have a good time. The planning stage identified just what individuals would be invited to this first ever event. This decision was very important because it determined the approximant number of possible attendees. Frank James Giudicessi married his sweetheart Rose Marie Federico on May 17, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Young Frank James Giudicessi was waiting to be drafted into the military when he chooses to steal Rose Marie Federico’s heart. Rose Marie Federico also 19 was engaged to marry Vince Indaverri. Frank and Rose both grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, on the same street and just a few houses apart. In my talks with my father, Frank, there was only one woman in the whole world for him and that was Rose Marie. Well I do not know all of the details but Rose broke her engagement to Vince and after a short engagement with Frank they did marry and the start of the Frank and Rose Giudicessi family had started. With their marriage blessed they were ready to start their family.

To give you just a little history, Frank James Giudicessi was the first son born to John Batista and Mary Giudicessi. Frank had an older sister, Grace and a younger brother, Jim. Rose Marie Federico was born to Samuel and Jessiimina Federico. Rose had one sister, Connie and five brothers Sam, Charles, Dominic, James, and Leonard. Here it is important to point out that in addition to Frank and Rose getting married, Rose’s brother James married Frank’s sister Grace. They too had four children, two boys and two girls.

Soon after their marriage they moved to San Francisco, California. Prior to being drafted, Frank and Rose were blessed with their first child Marianne. Soon after the birth of Marianne, Frank was drafted and entered the Navy to do his part in support of World War II. Rose stayed behind in California waiting for Frank’s letters and his return. It seemed like it took forever but the war finally ended and Frank returned home to his sweetheart and wife Rose Marie Giudicessi. They were now ready to restart their marriage and family. Oh yes they brought Marianne along too.

Sam Giudicessi's Family with John as Sam's stand in.