2019 Reunion

This is the week when our 2019 Reunion will take place. If there is any possibility for you to attend, even if only for the day, please join us.

You don’t have to be a direct relative to join us. We welcome everyone who is related in any manner, in-laws, out-laws, cousins, second cousins, neighbors and friends. If you knew one of the family or any one of the families who are somehow related you are welcome to join and party with us. It’s an OPEN reunion for all who would like to say ‘Hi” to someone they know.

Saturday July 27, 2019 at the K of C park at the outskirt of Thomas, WV

Read the front page of this site and older Posts for additional details.

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Daniel Thomas DePollo

Daniel Thomas DePollo April 1988 – July 2019

With broken heart we must give notice of the passing of Daniel Thomas DePollo, age 31, son of Kevin John DePollo and Lynn (Thomas) DePollo. Dan was the youngest of three siblings. His sisters are Andrea (DePollo) Bierma (Jeff) and Kimberly Ann DePollo.

A quiet, gentle person, Dan will be missed by family and friends. He was an avid and very accomplished bowler which endeared him to his grandmother Adeline DePollo who herself shared a passion for that sport for many years.

Dan’s passing was a shocking saddening event. Our hearts go out to Kevin, Lynn, Andrea and Kim who are devastated that the youngest member of their family was taken far too early in life.

Dan, though single did have a special someone. Dan worked as a metal fabricator, specifically a highly skilled specialty welder. He worked hard and bought his own home. Dan had just returned earlier in the evening from a camping trip he had taken with his sister Kim. Dan had messaged his mom to let her know he was home but sadly hours later he passed unexpectedly.

May God bless Dan and bring him to heaven to be at his side. Please say a prayer or two for Dan and his family.

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Reunion 2019 Update

Our 2019 Family Reunion for the DePollo, Quattro, Waitkunas & Related Families is quickly approaching July 26-28 in Thomas, W.Va. So far, it looks like we will have a decent turn out with about 40-50 attendees, but the more the merrier! Even if you decide at the last minute you’d like to join us, come on down, over or up! There’s always room for one more!

I am delighted to report that cousins from the Felix DiPaolo family will be joining us too! Felix’s oldest surviving granddaughter (at age 85) and her two daughters are flying to Washington, D.C., and then driving to the reunion. They will be bringing lots of info with them about Joe DePollo’s long-lost brother and their families, so it should be a lot of fun to get acquainted with them and hear about their lives. For those of you who may not be in the loop, the family connection was discovered through an Ancestry.com  genetic test earlier this year. Various other family members have also authenticated the connection through 23&Me, so we now have new “cugini” to celebrate with! We will be prepared to give them a real Tucker County welcome!

As in the past, we will get together in the library of the Blackwater Falls State Park on Friday evening about 7:30 pm. On Saturday morning, we can walk the streets of Thomas to see what’s new or visit the local cemeteries as desired.  Official festivities start at noon at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion on the road between Thomas and Davis. The Joe DePollo family is providing grilled hot dogs and Italian sausage, so bring a dish to share, and we will feast for the day! Some drinks, water and paper products will also be provided.

Unfortunately, the Purple Fiddle was booked for the weekend, so the DePollo Brothers will not be providing their annual concert in the old store. But we may be able to get one or both to bring their accordions to the picnic. Of course, we have plenty of good family musicians, so if you play an instrument bring it along for our open stage. Also, if you have any family memorabilia or photos you’d like to display, we will have space to do that.

One important note:  cousin Loretta DePollo James tells us that her class from the former Mountaineer High School will hold its 50th reunion in the Davis area the same weekend. That may make hotel accommodations tight on the mountain, so don’t wait to book something if you haven’t already.

Hope all is well with all of you! Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Janice DePollo Lantz

P.S. – Cousin Deb DePollo has suggested that we make a family cookbook. If you would be interested in participating, bring a few of your family favorite recipes and we can see if there is enough interest in doing one. We could possibly put it together over the winter and have it for the 2020 reunion!

P.S.S. – I had trouble with the email distribution, so I did this by family. If I missed someone, please share!

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Mark DePollo had a Birthday

Mark turned over another year! He said he wanted to “give” rather than “receive” so he threw a party for his family and friends. He put together a concert with the help of his son Anthony. He declared it to be the “DiPaolo Meadows Concert Series” featuring Anthony and the band “The Shells”.

Family and friends were made aware of the concert party via open invitations on Facebook and word of mouth. Mark’s son Alex provided different types of beer that he custom brews for the “Draught Horse” pub. Heather prepared pulled pork sandwiches and many other wonderful eats.

The video below is a compilation of photos and videos that many in attendance recorded and published online.

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