Eugéne Etienne Colombero

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Name
Eugéne Etienne Colombero
Born 18.01.1872
Gender ♂️ Male
Died 5.06.1911
Notes
We know almost nothing of Eugène except that he died from Meningitis at the age of 39. From his photograph, he seems to have been a very smartly dressed person who would have taken a pride in his appearance. Since his parents worked at the Café de Paris in Monte Carlo, he would probably have been accustomed to maintaining such standards.

Parents ( 1 )

Father
Gioanni Giuseppe Celestino Colombero
Mother Maria Domenica Margherita Bassi
Sealed P (LDS) 18.01.1872
Siblings
♀️ Françoise Marie Celestine Colombero

Events

18.01.1872
Birth Entering into life.

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5.06.1911
Death Mortal life terminates.

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Françoise Marie Celestine Colombero

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Name
Françoise Marie Celestine Colombero
Born 23.11.1873 Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Gender ♀️ Female
Died 24.07.1963 Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England.
Notes
Celestine Colombero was born in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where her parents had gone to seek work in the expanding tourist trade. Her early life was very sad as her mother died when she was only 9 years old. At this time, she was at a convent near Monaco, run by the Dominican sisters. We do not know what happened to her father and brother Eugène, but her aunt and Godmother Caterina Menghini-Bassi, who had lived with them in Monaco for 15 years, took Celestine back to Poschiavo where she became part of the Menghini family. There she was known by the Italian version of her name – Celesta, and was particularly close throughout her life, to her cousin Ida Menghini. Celesta was a lively young girl, sometimes needing to be disciplined and she remembered being shut in the cellar, to enable some calm reflection – a common punishment of those days! She became part of a very happy family and she liked to recall this period, rather than her earlier memories. She did however, speak of a great party given to celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Monaco, probably Albert 1. In due course she had to earn a living and for a short period, she worked as a children's nanny for a contessa in Paris. However, she found this rather lonely. She returned to Poschiavo and from there, came to England to work for Federico Marchesi in Broadstairs. There she met Louis Rocca and together they came to Northampton to work for Federico's son Giuseppe. Louis established his own Swiss Café / Restaurant at nearby Peterborough and he and Celesta were married in All Souls Church, Peterborough, by Canon Dudley Carey-Elwes. Our Granny was a lively and strong character. We loved her musical accent and the mistakes she made when she spoke English, which she never really mastered. She would study a newspaper carefully, sometimes reading it aloud. However, we all understood her well and she had many memorable little phrases. Leaving a door open could provoke "ave you been to Paris?" She dressed most elegantly in silk coats and dresses which complemented each other in pattern and colour. She was tremendous fun but not always discreet. We looked forward to her company when she came to stay with us in Orpington, and our friends came to know her well. She occasionally sent them on an errand before allowing us to go out with them! She attended whist-drives and would say to her fellow players;- "I tink you 'ave di Queen of 'arts!" Celesta was a widow for many years but she stayed with her daughters regularly and is buried in Tonbridge, Kent, with her much-loved husband Louis.

Parents ( 1 )

Father
Gioanni Giuseppe Celestino Colombero
Mother Maria Domenica Margherita Bassi
Siblings
♂️ Eugéne Etienne Colombero

Spouses ( 1 )

Spouse
Luigi Giovan Maria Rocca
Married 19.04.1903 Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England
Children ♀️ Eulalie Catherine Rocca
♀️ Ena Maria Rocca
♀️ Vera Marguerite Rocca

Events

23.11.1873
Birth Entering into life.

📍 Monte Carlo, Monaco.

24.07.1963
Death Mortal life terminates.

📍 Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England.