Below is a crop from the 1920 Providence RI census page. My great-grandfather Raffaele's profession is listed as embalmer by that point. He and his wife Giovaninna had 6 children, Julia the oldest, Anna, John (my grandfather), James, Rose, and Michael became naturalized in 1915. The family had started Prata Funeral Homes, by the time I was growing up there were 7 covering the state from Providence in the north to Westerly in the south.
Four generations of Prata. That's me holding the ice cream scoop with tears. I don't know why my grandfather is looking at my great grandfather like that. It's kind of a scary picture if you ask me. I lived with my mother and my father above the Funeral Home for two years before we moved to the suburb of East Greenwich.
The flagship funeral home in the historic 1850s Providence building is now luxury condos. Of course.