Growing Roots in America
A Small Business is Established.
With money saved through great personal sacrifice, Joe, Sr., opened his own vegetable stand in Harlem. Later, he established a neighborhood grocery store in the Tremont section of the Bronx.
A Family Begins
Established and settled, Joe, Sr. married Grace Paparella, herself the daughter of Italian immigrants raised on New York’s East Side.
On September 20, 1940, their first child Joseph J. DioGuardi, was born. Two other children followed -daughter Angela in 1942 and son Richard in 1945.