Birthday brings five generations together

As she celebrates her 90th birthday today , Balgownie great-great-grandmother Rosa Mastroianni will be surrounded by five generations of strong Italian women.
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By her side will be her daughter, Anna Mastroianni, who came from Italy for the occasion as well as her granddaughter, great-granddaughter and four great-great-granddaughters.

The smallest, nine-week-old Harlee Ferraro, has a long list of female role models to look up to.

“We are always very excited when we are together, and very loud,” Giovanna Ferraro, Mrs Mastroianni’s granddaughter, said. “We do everything for our family. That’s what my grandmother did when she came to Australia.”

Mrs Mastroianni migrated from Calabria in the 1970s to be with her sons, while daughter Anna stayed in Italy. Mrs Ferraro came to the Illawarra a few years later with her husband, and has been grateful for her grandmother’s strong influence in bringing up so many generations.

“I’m very close to my grandmother, and she has helped me with my own kids and with my grandkids – her great-great grandchildren – and has just passed down the tradition of caring for the family and getting together for big dinners to celebrate,” Mrs Ferraro said.

Carmela Moretti, Mrs Mastroianni’s great-granddaughter, said: “We know this could be the last time we could be all together, so it’s very special. Not many people get to have five generations together.”

From left: Jayden Moretti, 4; Chanel Moretti, 5; Giovanna Ferraro; Makayla Moretti, 7; Harlee Jo Ferraro, 9 weeks; Carmela Moretti; Rosa Mastroianni; Anna Mastroianni; and Chloe Moretti, 7. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

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