I moved to Steamboat in 2006 with my husband Warren Luce. He wanted to retire where he could ski and fish. After a couple of years, I joined the staff at the Bud Werner Memorial Library as a Reference Assistant. When the project of helping to establish the Genealogy Club was offered, I was initially hesitant because I didn't think I was interested in genealogy. It turned out to be another one of those life lessons--to always learn more before disregarding something--because now I think genealogy is fascinating, fun, and a marvelous way to learn about history.
My parents were both born and raised in New York City. I grew up in northern New Jersey, within commuting distance from Manhattan. My father's parents (Sebastiano Viarengo and Teresa Bruno) and my mother's mother (Clelia Bosco) all came from Piemonte, in northern Italy, from the neighboring villages of Castagnole Monferrato and Scurzolengo. I know the most about my maternal grandmother because after my mother's death, I went to Italy to meet the cousins that she had written to all of her life but had never met. I visited in 1994 and was welcomed so heartily that I felt like the prodigal daughter and have since returned to Italy three more times. My "bucket list" trip is to spend at least six months there so that my Italian will be fluent.
Up until recently I knew nothing about my mother's father because he left before she was born. The library's genealogy resources have helped me learn quite a bit about him (see "most fun find").