Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bruzzi Family Reunion 2016

Mom and I sitting at the airport in Phoenix waiting to fly to Rhode Island.
Mom and Joe
Mom sitting in front of the family house.
My Mom, Mary Bruzzi Hogge and I took a trip to Rhode Island to visit her brother Joe and family.  Joe is her last surviving sibling and is 92 years old.  She is 88 years old.  The flight was long and a bit hard on her, but the trip was so worth it.  She had not seen Joe in over 11 years, which was the last time we were in Rhode Island. (Joe and Mary are the children of Francisco and Caroline Bruzzi.)

Even though her other siblings are gone, we were able to visit with their children and grandchildren.  We saw Gus' daughters, Barbara, Sharon and Patricia; Katy's son, Richard; Mickey's children, Janet, David and Robert; and all of Joe's children, Joe, Steven, Don, Lori and Linda. (We saw her sister Rose's son, Greg, a week earlier in Arizona.)  Even Mom's Bruzzi cousins, Domenico and Concetta, were represented by their family; Frank's daughters (Valerie and Marilee) and Anthony's sons (Doug and Scott).

We had a wonderful time.  I was so glad to be able to bring Mom home one last time.

I made a video of some of the many pictures I took.

Not only did we have a family reunion party, but a surprise 58th birthday party for me.  Thanks everyone!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Dad, Robert L. Hogge

Today, December 17, 2014, will mark 10 years since my father passed away and left this Earth.  Robert Lemuel Hogge was born on February 20, 1928 in Newport News, VA.  He was the fourth child of Wilton and Luzette Hogge.  He had an older brother, Wilton (Buck), and two older sisters, Dora and Doris.  Right after he turned two years of age, his father was killed in a plane crash.  This occurred about a month after his little brother, Horace (Bud) was born.

My father used to tell us about all his escapades he pulled when he was a little boy.  We thought some of the stories were made up until our Grandma confirmed that he was a bit of a holy terror and did all the things we were told.  Whatever quandaries he got into as a little boy, he grew up to be a handsome and amazing man.

He met the love of his life, Mary Bruzzi, and married her on February 20, 1950, his 22nd birthday.  Together they had four kids, Robert (Monica), Carrie, Julie (me), and Dennis.   Monica wrote a wonderful tribute about our father, his military life, and what a wonderful Dad he was.  Click here to read it.

I miss my Dad every moment of every day, but on December 17th, the pain is stronger.  He made me feel safe as a little girl and young lady.  He could fix anything, especially my car which seemed to need his care quite often.  He always seemed to be at the right place such as the roof of our house when my friends wanted to put a flashing light up there as a joke.  You never seen two guys run so fast to their car and burn rubber. (Remember that Big “D”?)  He never complained on those long drives on our many vacations, especially when Dennis and I would be in the back seat singing for most of the drive.  He shined bright when he was on the stage calling for square dancers or twirling our Mother when they were on the floor dancing.  He was my hero, tall, strong, and had a big ol’ heart full of love.

It was hard watching him towards the end of his life fighting the Dementia that made doing the simple things so tough to do.  He fought a good battle like he always had, but the Pneumonia and congestive heart failure was too much for his weak body.  On December 17, 2004, while Mom, my sister, brother, nephew Kris, and I were saying a prayer with a Priest, he decided that would be his time to exit.  The two pigeons, who were marching back and forth on the window seal all day, were no longer there after he took his last breath.

I will always miss you Daddy and love you very much!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Obituary of William Preston Hogge

Sadly William P. Hogge recently passed away on September 14, 2014.  I was hoping to meet him and hear stories about my great-grandpa, George Washington Hogge.

His obituary:

Norfolk - William Preston Hogge Sr., 88 went to be with the Lord on September 14, with his loving family by his side. He was pre-deceased by his wife Edna Elizabeth, his daughter Margie Freuh and his parents Mary M. West and George Washington Hogge.

He is survived by his 3 sons William Preston Hogge Jr. and his wife Sandra, Robert C. Hogge and his wife Donna, Tracy and his wife Danna and 1 daughter Teresa R. Davis and her husband Joey. He is honored in memory by his 14 grandchildren: Susan, Ellen, Bubba, Elizabeth, Bobby, Sara, Tara, Stephanie, Joey, John Jamie, Matt, Tracy, and Kasey. He has 25 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-granddaughter, all which will miss him dearly.

Mr. Hogge was a decorated WWII veteran in the 79th Division. He was active in many military campaigns during the war. He landed on Utah Beach with the 313th Infantry Regiment. From there he was involved in the battle of Cherbourg, La-Haye-du-Puits, the Seine Bridgehead and then on to Belgium, Moselle and into the battle of Foret De Parroy and in the crossing of the Reine River. He marched on to Germany and Czechoslovakia.

He received the 2 Bronze Stars, Croix de Guerre, Combat Infantry Badge and his Parachute Badge.

The family will receive friends at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norview Chapel on Wednesday, September 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at the same location. The internment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Following the service the family will receive visitors at the Chesapeake Athletic Club located at 3544 Argonne Drive in Norfolk. You may offer condolences to the family at 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Little England

In June 2014, a friend and I took a trip to Virginia.  She wanted to visit her childhood homes and I wanted to see Little England, a place where my 4 times great-grandfather once owned.  We got as far as the front gate, but could not get on the land to see the house up close.  It is currently for sale, and private land.  I believe someone is still living there, but not sure.

Little England was built in 1716 by Captain John Perrin and overlooks the York River in Gloucester County.  It is a Georgian style brick structure which is 2-1/2 stories high with five bays, a gabled roof, and two chimneys.  Another wing was added in 1954.  It was restored in 1939 and now sits of 58 acres of manicured land with at least a mile of water frontage.  This historic home is one of the "best preserved colonial plantation homes" in all of Virginia.  In 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

William Howard Hobday, my 4 times great-grandfather on my Dad's side, once owned the place from 1836-1856.  At the time of purchase, Little England sat on 300 acres.

The sign posted right inside the gate.

A partial view of the land beyond the gates.

The entrance gate.

William Hobday's daughter Mildred married Joseph C. Fleming.

Another family name found on a sign near Little England.

I was able to see Little England from Gloucester Point Beach Fishing Pier.