Passing of Peppina Ottaviani

Josephine Ottaviani Obituary

I am saddened to pass along the news that longtime UIS member Peppina Ottaviani, mother of Linda Gromen, passed away on Sunday. Her visitation will be held Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home-Elden Good Chapel, 2620 Erie Ave in Hyde Park.

You can read further details here.

Please keep the Ottaviani and Gromen families in your prayers.

Joe Mastruserio
President, UIS

No July Meeting

A Message from the President

There is NO July meeting. Enjoy the holiday and we will see you on the 2nd of August.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the UIS Family Picnic this past Sunday and special thanks to the cooks, Dave Sabatelli and Earl Einhaus and the setup crew, Phil Sabatelli, Paul Wagner, Sandy Sabatelli and Rose Einhaus.

Since the departure of Fr. Earl Fernandes, Sacred Heart no longer says Mass in Italian, but the church still needs our support. The Italian groups have made the first Sunday of each month as ‘Italian Sunday’ at Sacred Heart Church and ask for your support at the 9:00 a.m. Mass those days.

Joe Mastruserio
President, United Italian Society

UIS Family Picnic, Sunday June 26th

The UIS Family Picnic Sunday, June 26th at Fernbank Park in Sayler Park.

Festivities start at noon and we have the park until 6:00 PM. We will provide the Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions. Please bring a dish to share and your own drinks. It is a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon with family, friends and good food.

Fernbank Park’s address is 50 Thornton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45233.

Hope to see you there!

Carnival of Cultures at the Boone County Public Library

May 21st from 2-4 PM.
Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, Florence, 859-342-BOOK (2665)

Bring the family and enjoy music, snacks, face painting, crafts and a petting zoo! This popular, free event helps children learn about
different countries.

If you have an item of Italian origin that you’d like to have displayed or would like to help out as an Italian ‘ambassador’, please call Pat Yannarella (859) 371-0446 or email


UIS Reds Float 2015

The UIS will once again be participating in the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade along with the other societies on Monday April 4th. We will decorate the float at 8:00 am and leave the parking lot at 9:30 am sharp.

We’ll have plenty of room on the 48’ trailer which will be decked out in lots of red, white and green so bring the kids and enjoy a fun time.

We will be passing out candy to the crowd so we are looking for donations of wrapped candies. Please bring them to the meeting or call Joe Mastruserio@ (513) 675-7581.

Sister Blandina Segale

Sister Blandina Segale
On the Road to Sainthood

Sister-BlandinaSr. Blandina Segale, the 19th century Italian-born nun, whose run-in with Old West outlaw Billy the Kid earned her the nickname, “the fastest nun in the West” started along the path to sainthood when a ceremonial first inquiry was presented in Albuquerque on Tuesday, August 25th. Sr. Blandina returned to Cincinnati to start the Santa Maria Community Services which helped Italian immigrants and is still in existence today. You can read the about Sr. Blandina’s road to sainthood here. Blandina, justina In 1877, S. Blandina went with her sister, S. Justina Segale, “to see if they could do anything for the poor Italian [immigrants]” in the city of Cincinnati. Together they founded Santa Maria Institute, one of the first Catholic settlement houses in the United States.