Reminiscing with Frances Chianta

Frances’ family wanted to know more about her journey to America and her life as an immigrant. In an illuminating interview for her family, a Legacy Interview, we discussed her life. Listen to the StoryCorps interview click read more and then click here:  Reminiscing with Frances Chianta – StoryCorps Archive

Frances came to America in 1958 with her mother and three sisters from Sicily. Her father was already here. They came, she says, “For a better life.”

Listen as she talks about her life, what she’s learned and the legacy she would like to leave.

What was it like growing up in Italy?

Why did you want to come to America and what was the journey like?

How did you meet your husband?

Thoughts about raising your family here. Did you ever think about returning to Italy?

Looking back on your life what was one of your favorite things that happened? What was one of the or difficult things?

What do like about getting older and what do dislike?

Reflecting on your 80+ years, would you have done anything differently in your life? If so, what?

How did it feel to become a Nonna?

What if your favorite memory of your mother?

What is your favorite memory of your father?

What is your favorite memory of your husband? How do you feel about the life you have built since you lost your husband?

Are you happy you became a pet owner later in life? Do you love Enzo more than your kids?

For what would you like to be remembered?

Legacy of you and your family. This is such a beautiful life lesson…

Defy Gravity. Expect good. Sparkle on. Take care of each other.

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About Pam Wilson

I've been writing since I can remember. At heart, I am a story-teller; making sense of my world, finding humor and light through writing. Now I help clients to write their own stories. As I continue my own writing journey, my passion is to help clients write their own stories.