Like her sisters, Eugenia Tirocchi was born in Guarcino. As a young
mother, she was widowed, and remarried Luigi Valcarenghi who painted
murals in Italian churches. Following Frank, Anna, and Laura the
Valcarenghi family immigrated to New York and arrived in Providence
Eugenia and her young family were much happier in Providence, settling
in the Silver Lake District, an Italian neighborhood, and housing
Anna and Laura with them. This was typical of recent immigrants.
Single adults tended to live with extended family until they married
and could seek their own living quarters. Ida was Eugenia's daughter
from her first marriage, and she and Luigi had five children together.
Anna and Laura continued to live with Eugenia's family until 1914.
Luigi Valcarenghi was an artist, but there were no church murals
to be painted in Providenceor at least not enough to support
his familyso he worked as a house painter and wallpaper hanger.
His daughter Emily, who spoke with the curators, lamented the waste
of his talent and compared him to Anna Tirocchi: "She . . .
and my father were the brains. Well, my father was the artist in
his way. And she was an artist in her way."
and Luigi also owned a grocery specializing in Italian foods, which
Eugenia operated successfully for many years after her husbands
death. She needed to provide for her children, of course, but she
also displayed skill as a small businesswoman, like others in the
Tirocchi family. Although she, too, could sew, she did not join
her sisters in their dressmaking business. Her daughter Emily said
that she sewed all her life for the family, and that "she had
hands of gold," apparently talented like her sisters Anna and
Laura. Unlike them, she remained in Silver Lake all her life, nurturing
the roots she and her husband had put down in a new land so many
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