Felicia Montineri (Daughter of Paul) on 643rd
Guestbook. (March 28, 2014)
Dear Mr. Savelkoul,
After watching the Band of Brothers
series, I became interested in knowing more about my dad's
role in the army. I found a pass from San Lubispo CA which
identified this as his battalion. I was thrilled to see his
picture on this website. Shall I send you any of his photos?
Thanks you so very much for the job you have done.
May God Bless You,
Felicia Montineri. Daughter
of Tec4 Paul Montineri
Email from Felicia Montineri (March
At last I put some thoughts out to you.
Today, my Dad would have been 102 years old. Unfortunately
we lost him in a car accident in 2000 when he was still very
robust and healthy.
As I look back on some fond memories, they begin with his
piano. Every Thursday afternoon, his old Hartford, Ct and
WWII Navy buddy, Tony Marameco, would stop by the house and
my Dad would play , Tony would sing and my Mom would hum
along doing her chores in the kitchen. The afternoon was not
complete without a shot for the road.
After the war, he returned to Hartford, CT and worked at
Veeder-Root until his retirement. While there, he performed
at a concert playing Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin) to
resounding acclaim. If only we had instant video and Skype
back then, the performance would be preserved and I would
know how well he did rather than have the stories to imagine
with. However, I heard alot of the Rhapsody and all the
tune he and Mom loved as he played nearly every afternoon
after retirement, and after we went to bed as children.
He married in 1949. Sonia
Denalsky and he were married for 51 years. My siblings are
Joseph Paul and Paul Emanuel. Joseph (Simsbury, CT) is a musician and instrument maker.
the Joe Montineri Custom Snare Drum. He has two children
Samantha and Joey. Paul (Duluth,GA) is also a musician,
restoring drums and working in a music store who has 2 boys
Dominick and Dillon. I am a registered pharmacist currently
working at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass,
step mother to two fine sons Ryan and Colin Harvey.
Another memory. As a child Paul made our first television at
an electronics class at the University of Hartford. The
screen was green, about 8 inches in diameter and set in a
wooden case that stood on iron legs. He also dabbled in
stereophonics and had a great Hi-Fi system (built the
cabinet and assembled the components), which we managed to
nearly destroy with our rock'n roll.
As well, I remember he always hated the cold weather. I
loved the snow, living in CT where there was snow by
November and lasting until March. As a young teen,he took me
to see the movie The Battle of the Bulge and said that he
would not miss the cold ever after that winter! Since then
I have been educated by books and film that recount the
heroism of the battle he was in. I found memorabilia :
enlistment documents, letters/cards home, camp newsletters,
tiger patches, medals, furlough passes, German armbands,
handouts on how to be a good soldier, maps of the progress
of the troops and multiple photos.
So there you have it. A very brief synopsis of a great man
and wonderful father. I am so grateful he came home and had
a wonderful life.
Thank you for being interested in the families of those who
fought. Let me know if you have any questions.