Fontanini surname in Iowa

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Post by bobellis75 » 25 Feb 2012, 17:22

Pietravolta wrote:My name is Maurizio Tonelli (age 57). My mother Iole Battani (age 85) lives in Pietravolta, near Frassinoro. My Grandfather's name is Giovanni Battani (1997-1985), brother of IDA (1892-1985). I have found on internet: IDA's son SARG is recentry dead in Des Moines... Do you know if Laura Ceretti was another doughter of IDA? It would be strange that the two brothers have died in one week away.
I have photos of the parents of my grandfather, Giuseppe Battani and Fidalma Fontanini.
I will ask my mother news of Luigi Fontanini, Beatrice Parenti, etc.
Two sisters (Ida & Lina) and two brothers (Giulio é Armando) of my grandfather emigrated to the U.S.
Fidalma wept so much for the remoteness of his four children, she didn't see them ever again.
Giovanni Battani (1997-1995) married Fortunata Stefani (1903-1980)
Four children:
1) my mother MARIA IOLE married TONELLI GIGLIO (age 88), 2 children (Maurizio & Mauro - twins- age 57)
2) NORINA BATTANI(1929-2011) died on 27 October, married Giovanni Medici, 1 daughter Nadia (age 50)
3) MARIA ADRIANA (1934) married PICCININI ERIO (1931-2009), 1 daughter Monica (age 45)
4) GIUSEPPE LUIGI BATTANI (1943-1985) married ANNA GHINI, 1 son PAOLO BATTANI (age 44)

I will send you more news soon.
Have you some photos/pictures of IDA?
Thank you. Dear regards
Maurizio, I would love to chat with you regarding some of the Fontanini history...feel free to email me at and we can discuss...this is very interesting information

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Re: Fontanini surname in Iowa

Post by honestgoofy » 10 Feb 2014, 05:27

My name is Chad Fontanini. I am from Des Moines Iowa as well. I would love to chat about our history and maybe we can help each other figure some of this out. I am stuck when my 2nd GG father immigrated to the US. I cannot find any information on the Italy side.

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