The Virgili and Vacca families at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle.
Left to right: Mario Vacca, Antoinette Perez (Tony’s daughter), Nancy Vacca (Mario’s wife), Maria Anna and Egisto Virgili, Tony Vacca, Joseph Perez (Antoinette’s husband), Cathie Vacca (Tony’s daughter), Christopher Howell (Cathie’s boyfriend), Brenda Vacca (Tony’s wife), Brendan Perez (Antoinette/Joseph’s son), and Alessandro Virgili, and in the very front is Alexis Perez (Antoinette/Joseph’s daughter).
Last March, I received a note from Mario Vacca, a son of Camp 59 escapee Felice “Phil” Vacca, announcing, “We’ve gotten news that some of the Virgili family are coming to Seattle this fall for a visit. They anticipate arriving on September 5 and staying five days.”
This was exciting news. Vacca brothers Mario, Tony, and Jim had kept in touch with the family who had sheltered their father since Tony made contact with the Virgilis in 1968. Egisto’s mother was Adele (Lelena) Virgili, who was a young woman when Phil lived with them.