Monday, February 14, 2011

The Toso Family of Colma, San Mateo Co., California

Here's a photo of my mother and her family taken in 1942 outside their home on Hill Street.  Her father and mother -- Pietro and Giovanna [Nave] Toso -- are seated. 

Mom -- Norma Dolores Toso (b. 1913, d. 2002) -- is standing at the far right. 

There were seven daughters and three sons (sadly, none of whom survived early childhood) in the family.

An elderly cousin told me that all the Toso girls "had beautiful dark hair."  Mom passed that trait onto me.  Thanks, Mom!


  1. I love this picture of our moms, the sisters, and Nona and Nonie! There's Aunt Norma's hand on my mom's shoulder (Dora, Doris). Mom was always soooo adoring of your mom, Donna. Thankfully, I have wonderful memories of "Aunt Norma". She had a great sense of humor...could be a real character with us kids. Steve and I would be in the back seat of the car and she'd drive a little 'wiggly' so that we could experience the sway. We thought she was SO cool! Later in years, my husband Charlie and I drove to Meadville to stay with her for a day/evening. So grateful that we did. I hold this memory close to my heart. I remember being in her kitchen, the living room, the guest room, her backyard. Funny how the houses and their landscapes stay so sharply in our memories! Are you going to be posting more pictures of the family? Hope so. ;-} Love, Cousin Diana (California)

  2. Nicely done Donna. Thanks for inviting me to take part. Will put on my Favorites so that I visit often.