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Goodbye, Joan

We lost Joan to lung cancer on March 22, 2014.  She fought a valiant battle from when she was first diagnosed in August of 2012, but the cancer was too virulent and after 19 months of fighting she passed peacefully with her friends and family around her.  It was profoundly devastating to us all.  I have attached the comments that I presented at her Celebration of Life ceremony.  Click here to read the comments.

We spread Joan's ashes in the ocean while our children and grandchildren, as well as Joan's siblings, nieces and nephews gathered for the Valladares family reunion in Nags Head.  She will always be with us in our hearts and her friends and entire family consider themselves so lucky for Joan to have shared her life with theirs.





Trip to Balkan Countries

In May and June of 2015, I took an Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) trip to Albania and four countries of the old Yugoslavia - Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Joining me were my best friends, Henry and Mary.  There were several highlights in trip, including the restored medieval city of Dubrovnik in Croatia; Sarajevo - the capital of Bosnia which suffered so greatly during the Yugoslav war and was the site where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated which kicked off World War I; The beautiful alpine Lake Bled in Slovenia and Albania, such an isolated country for so long that is opening up to the west.  Here is a shot of Dubrovnik

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Balkans trip page or simply click here



  


Trip to Israel

In November of 2014, I took an Overseas Adventure Travel trip to Israel.  This was my first trip without Joan and I was blessed with a great tour group who made me feel comfortable.  Israel is a small country (about the size of New Jersey), and we saw most of it - from the top to near the bottom, from the Mediterranean to the Jordanian border.  It was a secular trip and it included visits to people and places of all cultures and religions.  Here is a shot of the Old City of Jerusalem, showing the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock.

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Israel trip page or simply click here


 


Kids and Grandkids!!!

October 29th, 2013 brought us our ninth grandchild, Miles Thomas Voltaggio.  Here are the entire younger generations at Christmas 2013, consisting of our three children, their spouses and our 9 grandchildren.  In the top row we have Laura, Nathaniel, Xander and Maura.  In the middle row are Maya, Tom Jr holding Jackson, Zoe, James and Jim.  In the bottom row are Marcus holding Lucas, Jaime holding Miles and Lisa.



In addition, if you want to see more pictures of the the family, click here or on the image above.


Trip to Russia and the Baltics

In May of 2012, Joan and I took a trip to Russia and the Baltic countries.  It was our sixth Overseas Adventure trip and we visited Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia; and St Petersburg and Moscow in Russia.  We also were able to take a trip one day excursion to Helsinki.  The highlights were seeing St Petersburg and Moscow, especially Red Square and the Kremlin, as well as the Baltic capitals.  Of special interest to Joan was the opportunity to be in Kaunas in Lithuania, the ancestral home of her maternal grandfather.  The picture below is of St Basils in Red Square.  It was a cloudy day, but I was able to snap this in the few seconds that the sun came out.

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Russia trip page or simply click here




Trip to Nepal

In November of 2011, Joan and I took a fabulous trip to Nepal.  Continuing our travels with Overseas Adventure Travel, we visited Kathmandu, Pokhara and Royal Chitwan National Park.  We saw the three capital cities of the Kathmandu valley of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, trekked in the Annapurna region outside Pokhara for three days and took a 2 day raft trip on the Seti River, staying overnight at a river camp.  One of the highlights was a sightseeing flight to see Mount Everest and other Himalaya peaks on a 55 minute plane ride.  The picture below shows Mount Everest from the plane (the peak to the left in the central part of the picture).  In the Chitwan, we took a 2 hour elephant ride to see the wildlfe in the park and saw a number of one horned rhinos up close and personal.

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Nepal trip page or simply click here

    


Trip to Southeast Asia

In March of 2010, Joan and I returned from a trip to Southeast Asia.  We again used Overseas Adventure Travel and visited Bangkok, Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam.  The highlight of the trip was Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  We flew into Bangkok, where we spent a couple of days, then flew on to Luang Prabang, in Laos and traveled by bus to the Laotian capital of Ventiane. We then flew on the Saigon in Vietnam, and journeyed up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and finished the trip with a fabulous two days in Siem Reap, where we visited Angkor Wat and a number of other temples in the old capital city of Angkor. Here is a shot of us at Angkor Wat. 

To see more, click the picture below to go to the South East Asia trip page or simply click here




Trip to Australia - Our 7th Continent!!

In October, 2009, Joan and I returned from a trip to Australia.  We again used Overseas Adventure Travel and flew to Melbourne from LA on September 28.  We toured Melbourne and flew to Adelaide, which was a jumping off point for a trip to Kangaroo Island, off the south coast of Australia, where we saw wildlife and beautiful rock formations.  We then flew to the "Red Center", the dry, desert environment that includes almost all of the area of the continent except the coasts.  We first went to Alice Springs, known for its remoteness and its central location on the continent.  From Alice Springs, we drove 6 hours in the Outback to Uluru (or Ayers Rock as westerners know it), the second largest monolith in the world and had two great days there.  From there we flew on to Cairns on the sunshine coast to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rain forest of Daintree National Park.  The last stop was Sydney, where we spent two days exploring this fabulous city.

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Australia trip page or simply click here





Trip to Antarctica

In January, 2009, Joan and I returned from a fabulous cruise/tour to Antarctica, Argentina and Iguazu Falls on the Brazil-Argentina border.  We used Overseas Adventure Travel and flew to Buenos Aires for New Years Eve.  We went on a tour of the city and saw a great Tango show before flying down to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, where we went to Tierra del Fuego National Park and boarded our 300 ft/92 passenger ship for our  journey through the Drake Passage and on to Antarctica.  After returning to Argentina, we flew to Iguazu Falls to see the fabulous waterfalls, which are higher than Niagara and much wider. See below for this fabulous shot in Antarctica. 

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Antarctica trip page or simply click here
 

 


Trip to Alaska

Joan and I went on a fabulous cruise/tour to Alaska in July, 2008.  We used Princess Cruises and had a fabulous cruise and some great sight-seeing.  See below for this fabulous shot of Mount Denali (McKinley) we took from Denali park.

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Alaska trip page or simply click here




Trip to Egypt and Jordan

Joan and I went on a fabulous vacation to Egypt and Jordan November, 2007.  We used Overseas Adventure Travel, which specializes in small group tours and our crew was only 15 people.  See below for Joan and I at the Sphinx and Pyramids. 

To see more, click the picture below to go to the Egypt/Jordan trip page or simply click here








Both Joan and Tom have retired effective January 3, 2006!
Joan is working on her crafts and hobbies and I started an environmental consulting business called Voltaggio Consulting, LLC.  Please click here to learn about my venture. 



Other Recent Happenings in the Voltaggio Family

September, 2006 -  Vacation Trip to Tanzania Click Here to See Pictures
September, 2005 -  Vacation Trip to Bay of Naples and Rome, Italy Click Here to See Pictures
June, July, October 2004, April 2005 - Tom's Trips to Oslo, Genova, Prague & Marrakech
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May, 2004 - Vacation Trip to Belgium and Holland
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March, 2004 - Johnny Star & the Meteors 30 Year Reunion Click Here to See Pictures
August, 2003 - Vacation Trip to Peru
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January, 2003 - Wing Bowl Click Here to See Pictures
August, September, 2002 - Vacation Trip to China and Tibet Click Here to See Pictures

The Voltaggio Family

My late wife, Joan, and I had three children. Lisa 45, went to Ohio State (go Bucks) and has blessed us with 3 grandchildren, Zoe in March of 2000, Maya in November, 2001 and James in June, 2008.  She is married to Jim Bottari.  They relocated to LA in 2007.  My daughter, Laura - age 41, graduated from Rutgers University.  She is married to Marcus Hall and live in Lititz, PA, near Lancaster.  They have 4 children, Xander and Maura, age 9, Nathaniel age 7-1/2, and Lucas, age 3.  My son, Tom Jr. - age 38, is married to Jaime Bass Voltaggio and they are now living near Fort Lauderdale, FL.  They have 2 children, Jackson aged 3 and Miles, aged 2.  Tom was on the crew team at Rutgers and went to the Henley Regatta in June, 2000.  I taped some of their race with the Naval Academy earlier.  I caught the finish and you can see it by 
clicking here.

If you want to know what I look like, here I am!

 


Genealogy of the Voltaggio Family

The Voltaggio family has spent many years researching the genealogy of the Voltaggio name and the towns where our ancestors came from.  This project started with my father, Gaetano Voltaggio in the late 1970s.  Having visited his ancestral home in Sicily a few times in the 1960s and 70s, he inquired at the city hall and church about records of his grandparents.  From there the saga begins.  As a result of the wealth of information generated over the past 20 years, I have divided this discussion of our genealogy into several parts:

1 - History of the Genealogical Research of the Family.  It starts with my father's work in the late 1970s and continues through the work of his children and grandchildren. Click Here  to see this page.

2 - Calatafimi.  This is the town in western Sicily where my father's ancestors came from.  The key family names are Voltaggio (Vultaggio) and Vivona.  Included in this link are pictures and text of two trips that my family made to the town.  One in 1998 and one in 1999.   Click Here  to see this page.

3 - Santa Margherita di Belice.  This is the town in western Sicily where my mother's ancestors came from.  The key family names are Monteleone and Di Giovanni(a).  Included in this link are pictures and text of the trip that my family made to the town in 1999.   Click Here to see this page.

4 - Voltaggio.  This is the small town in northern Italy, near Genova which my father discovered during his research in the early 1980s.  Because it has the same name as ours, we visited and learned much about it.  Included in this link are pictures and text of the trip my family made to the town in 1999.Click Here  to see this page.


I am 65 years old, retired and love to work on computers; both hardware and software. I had been an OS/2 enthusiast and used Warp 4 for many years. I know that OS/2 had few users as a result of the incredible market power of Windows, but I liked OS/2.  To keep using it, I have gone to eComStation 2.0 and also use Linux (Fedora 13) and Windows 7. I run a small peer Ethernet network in my basement with five computers.  In addition, I have restored my original XT-286 from 1988 and put it into the network.


I own a 1965 Sunbeam Alpine. I've had it since 1970 and have driven it continuously since that time. It is a Series IV and has 2-150CD Strombergs from a Series V. The Serial number is B9403872. I belong to Sunbeams East/Tigers East car club. Here is my car....


To find out more about my Alpine and see NEW pictures, click the image above....





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