S: Joan's Early Years
BC: Created by Jane Long
FC: Joan's Early Years
1: In Memory of: Joan McDermott Borzelle Stone b. April 1, 1942 d. July 22, 2011 For :Jeffrey, Andy, Mickey Samantha, Daniel, Sydney Pete, Genevieve, and Hannah
2: Anthony Borzilleri was the 7th of 10 children born in Fredonia, New York. He attended Fredonia Normal School and Albany Teachers' College, and became a teacher. He found a job teaching in Chittenango, New York and taught all the high school math and science classes. He went to Cornell during the summers and earned his Masters Degree in Education. | Anthony George Borzilleri aka Larry Borzelle | The 1930's
3: Genevieve McDermott was born in Fayetteville, New York. She had an older brother Frank, and an older sister Florentine.who was married to Jack Fromey. Gen attended Cortland Normal School and was a teacher of Physical Education and Dance in Chittenango School District. The young teachers were very popular with the students, and they fell in love. | Genevieve Elizabeth McDermott
4: Gen and Tony were married on June 18, 1932 in Fayetteville. They decided to shorten their last name to "Borzelle." In September, when they returned to school, their colleagues and students began calling Tony - "Larry" - a name that he used from then on. | The couple continued working and saving their money. They bought a little house on Lake Street not far from the school where they raised their family and lived for the rest of their lives. | 224 Lake Street ~ 1940
5: The 1940's | Genevieve with baby Joannie. | Joannie's 1st Christmas with cousin Mary Pat, and grandmother Mary McDermott.
6: The little house on Lake Street had a lot of land where Larry planted several flower gardens for Gen. He also planted corn, asparagus, tomatoes, raspberries, squash, and beans. It was hard work, but he enjoyed it. Neighbors owned horses, and Joannie was immediately attracted to them. Genevieve had grown up with horses so she helped Joannie learn to ride when she was very young.
7: When | Larry hung the best rope swing from a strong branch of one of our trees that provided many hours of fun for the family.
8: Joannie became a big sister in September 1945 when Jane Ann was born. This is Jane Ann's 1st birthday with Joannie and cousin Mary Pat.
9: Joan with her little sister Jane Ann.
10: The 1950's | The Borzelle Family ~1950 | When the girls were still very young, Larry took a new job teaching Chemistry at Nottingham High School about 15 miles away in Syracuse. He also taught driver education on Saturdays, and Chemistry in the summers. Genevieve stayed home to raise her girls but she continued to take substitute teaching jobs. She volunteered in the village library and enjoyed acting in the community theater productions.
11: Joan's First Communion | The family was Roman Catholic and belonged to St. Patrick's Church. There were very few Catholics in Chittenango. Franciscan nuns from Fayetteville would drive to Chittenango to teach religion and prepare the children for their Sacraments. In those days, Mass was in Latin and the church was not exactly "kid-friendly," but Genevieve and Larry took their girls to church every Sunday.
12: Joan was a confident and active little girl. She enjoyed playing with her cousin and sister. We could play croquet, ball and badminton in the large lawn. Larry enjoyed iceskating and sometimes flooded the field in the winter and made us an iceskating rink so we could skate at home. Across the street was a large cemetery to explore, play hide and seek and to ride a bike.
13: There was a day when Joannie was sick. The family doctor came to the house with his special black bag filled with stethoscope and pills. He checked on Joan and told her parents she had appendicitis. Dr. West scooped her up from the sofa, blankets and all, and the doctor and her father took her to the hospital in Syracuse. Her mother called for a babysitter to come watch Jane Ann, and she followed with the family car. In no time at all Joan recovered from her operation and came back home to play again.
14: The Years with Horses | Upper Left: Joan with Tony, Lower Left: Joan with Pal. Above: Jane Ann, Joan, Gen with Honey Girl (Mary Pat's Horse.) | Gen with Joan's 1st horse: Buddy and our beloved pet dog Smokey
15: Buddy was an older pinto cowpony that we could ride or harness to a buggy. He was gentle, lazy and funny. He liked to run away, and we would get phone calls from neighbors telling us Buddy was in their flower gardens munching away. Red Gal was a beautiful strawberry roan quarter horse with an attitude. She managed to throw both Jane Ann and Joan, leaving Jane in the manure pile and Joan with stitches in her eyebrow. Mr. Dudley was Joan's last horse. She was getting older now with more school and social activities and less time to do all the chores owning a horse entailed
16: The future Dean of the School of Imaging! Joan's creative journalism phase with Jane Ann as the accident victim
17: Joan's 14th Birthday | Larry and his girls | Backyard luxury pool | Joan and her sax | Joan and Friend 8th Grade Graduation
18: Joan attended Chittenango schools until 8th Grade. She started playing the saxophone in junior high. After 8th Grade Graduation she went to Nottingham High School in Syracuse where her father was a teacher. She thrived on the experiences in the "big-city school." She developed more art and music skills, and she joined a sorority: Alpha Mu Alpha. She learned to drive and as soon as she was 16, she started working as a waitress in Chittenango and Cazenovia. She loved sun and water in the summer and skiing in the winter. She was always doing something exciting | Joan's High School Years | Joan's Soroity Photo | Joan and Friend Sorority Dance or Prom
19: The family enjoyed two or three summer vacations by spending a week in a cottage on Lake Pleasant in the Adirondacks. When Joan was a sophomore and Jane was in 6th Grade, Genevieve returned to teaching (the other 6th Grade) full time. Everyone seemed to be really busy! | Younger sister Jane had gotten her first flash camera. She waited until it was dark enough to use the flash and begged her hungry, tired parents and sister to photograph them. Don't they look thrilled?? | Joan enjoying the sun and water. | Family vacation at Lake Pleasant
20: Joan's Senior Year: 1958-59 | Joan with Willy | On top of the mountain | Jane's Confirmation | Joan with fudgicle | High School Graduation - 1959 | Last summer before college
21: The 1960's | Joan went to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York for college. She belonged to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and made many close friends during those years. After graduation, she came back home. Her first teaching job was as a math teacher at Fayetteville-Manlius School District. Jane was away at college in Oswego, so the sisters did not see each other much for several yeas. While working, Joan started her Masters in Education at Syracuse University where she met Jim Stone. | The Borzelle Family in 1962. Joan at F-M teaching Math. Joan's first car (Notice Willy at the wheel!)
22: Larry retired from teaching the same year Jane started teaching in 1966, He loved it that his pension check was more than Jane's monthly salary. Genevieve continued teaching for a few more years. Their daughters kept them busy with two weddings: Jane married Joe Long in December 1966, and Joan married Jim Stone in 1967. | Empty-Nest Years
23: Jane settled in Binghamton, New York and Joan in Rochester, New York. The two sisters had careers in teaching and families of their own to raise. They only saw each other on special occasions and holidays when Genevieve and Larry would have everyone gather at the house on Lake Street.
24: Larry and Genevieve provided us with values, stability, and opportunities. They wanted us to have happy and successful lives and they gave us both a wonderful foundation that we can pass on to our children, and they to theirs. Larry and Gen enjoyed their retirement years. They were proud of both their daughters and especially felt blessed with their five grandchildren whom they loved very much.
25: Standing (L to R): Jim Stone, Joan (died 2011), Jane, Mary Pat (died 2011) and her husband, Jim Nixdorf. Seated: Jim Stone's father Lester Stone, Genevieve (died 1986), Larry (died 1989), Florentine (died 1995), Jim Nixdorf's father Julius Nixdorf. In front: Jeff, Mickey & Andy Stone; Jennifer & Joe Long with Fritz; Jimmy & John Nixdorf. | This is a photograph of a reunion of Genevieve's and her sister Florentine's families ~ 1980
26: The last message from Joan.