La Finestra (The Window)

A window into the Italian-American community.

In Memoriam

Richard Arthur Fata 1929 - 2017 East Lansing Our beloved patriarch Richard Fata joined our heavenly Father on February 18, 2017 at the age of 87. He was a devout Catholic, loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and a very proud Italian. He was born on November 5, 1929 to John and Julia (Coscarelli) Fata. He grew up in Lansing, MI and worked with his parents at the John Fata Confectionary where he honed his entrepreneurial skills and love of people. At the age of 25 Richard purchased his first bar on South Cedar Street. In 1966 he purchased The Pigeon Inn which soon became Richard's Food and Drink. Upon his retirement in 2001, his son James took over the business. He always loved

In Memoriam

Anna De Luca [1928 - 2017] Lansing Age 89, our loving mother, nanna and family matriarch was called home to the Lord, on February 5, 2017. Born January 12, 1928, in Cosenza, Italy, Anna worked for many years at the Michigan National Bank Tower Building. She was a devoted member of St. Mary Cathedral, and her faith was a very important part of her life. She was also devoted to San Francesco Di Paola. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers. Her family was her greatest joy. She was known for her wonderful Italian cooking and baking, which she loved doing for family and friends. Surviving are her son, Antonio "Tony" (Theresa) De Luca; 2 grandchildren, Silvio "Vincent" De Luca, and Anna


Romantic Festival of Valentine's Day is celebrated with enthusiasm in the beautiful country of Italy. Lovers take opportunity of the day to express love and affection for their beloved. Loads of Valentine's Day gifts are exchanged and everyone enjoys the day to the hilt. History of Valentine's Day in Italy Valentine's Day was initially celebrated as a Spring Festival in Italy. Celebration for the day was held in the open air. Young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens and enjoy listening to music and reading of poetry. Later they would stroll off with their Valentine into the gardens. The custom steadily ceased over the course of years and has not been celebrated for cent

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