Monday, October 9th, is my Mom and Dad’s 58th Wedding Anniversary. They were married on Columbus Day 1948.
I didn’t have a photo of them together to upload, so I had to use one of Mom with granddaughter Mary Elizabeth, and one of Dad with grandson Michael Colin. I am immensely proud of my parents and of the example of enduring, faithful love that they given over the years to all who know them.
Daniel Bernard Kirby and Emma Rose Barbato were both born in New Haven, Connecticut. Lucille Silvestro Zorena introduced them to each other more than sixty years ago at Saint Donato’s Parish Festa. (They had probably gone for the fried dough and ended up with a lifetime of love.) Dan and Emma’s marriage was the wedding of two cultures: Irish and Italian. A rich but sometimes challenging combination! They have five children: Mark Daniel, Daniel Joseph, Donna Marie, Michael Dennis (+ 1998), and Terence Gerard. They also have ten grandchildren . . . and one on the way.
Dad retired from the New Haven Fire Department as a Battalion Chief twenty years ago. Mom also retired from City of New Haven several years ago. They now live in Hamden, Connecticut with Dulcie, the sweetest pit bull in the world. They are members of Saint Mary’s Parish in New Haven.
Feel free to leave anniversary greetings for them in Comments. Mom is a faithful reader of Vultus Christi and is always interested in seeing whatever comments are left by other readers.