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A Family Legacy


Dr. Francis Chionchio ’86; Josephine Gallo Chionchio ’85; Michelle Chionchio ’14; Brooklyn Campus valedictorian Ginette Illuzzi ’14; former President S. Elizabeth A. Hill ’64, C.S.J.; Frances Fumo Chionchio ’55; and Gina Chionchio Illuzzi ’83 (Photo by Robert Amsler)

Nearly six decades after Frances Fumo Chionchio ’55 graduated from St. Joseph’s College for Women, two of her granddaughters, Michelle Chionchio ’14 and Brooklyn Campus valedictorian Ginette Illuzzi ’14, continued their family’s legacy at SJC. They are both third-generation alumnae — the ninth and 10th members of their family to graduate from St. Joseph’s.

Michelle was hooded by her parents, Dr. Francis Chionchio ’86 and Josephine Gallo Chionchio ’85, at the May 23 commencement ceremony at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, while Ginette was hooded by her mother, Gina Chionchio Illuzzi ’83, and her grandmother.

Other family alumni include Frances’ daughters Gerardette Chionchio Stancato ’79, Lisa Chionchio Gallo ’81 and Laura Chionchio Orlando ’94; and sister Rita Fumo Sweeney ’58. Lisa’s daughter, Gabrielle Gallo, will graduate in 2016, and her son, Jonathan Gallo, will be a member of the Class of 2018.

The Chionchio Family Tree


1. Frances Fumo Chionchio ’55
2. Rita Fumo Sweeney ’58
3. Gerardette Chionchio Stancato ’79
4. Lisa Chionchio Gallo ’81
5. Gina Chionchio Illuzzi ’83
6. Josephine Gallo Chionchio ’85
7. Dr. Francis Chionchio ’86
8. Laura Chionchio Orlando ’94
9. Michelle Chionchio ’14
10. Ginette Illuzzi ’14
11. Gabrielle Gallo ’16
12. Jonathan Gallo ’18



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