Rocco Fodale's father's name was Michele Fodale. What is known of Rocco's mother is that her maiden surname was Angelari. The family lived in the town of Trapani, Italy.
When Rocco was just an infant, his mother contracted TB. Since there was little treatment for tuberculosis back then, and because it was highly contagious, she was placed under strict quarantine.
Rocco's aunt Maria (Rocco's father's sister) moved in to the home to take care of the young Rocco. Rocco's mother, under constant quarantine, in a separate dwelling, was very sad that she could not be with her child. Maria would often hold the child up from the door so that his mother could see him. When Rocco's mother died, Mari
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