Listen to an interview in which Chris talks about an Italian picnic.
(CMC/ Christian Bennedsen Collection)
Chris became enveloped in this Italian-Canadian experience. Connie's family embraced the Dane, and Chris felt that he had found what he had long been missing in Canada: a real, loving family. With no children of their own, Chris and Connie helped care for Connie's four nieces, Paula, Theresa, Michelle, and Carmela. Connie's brother-in-law, Perry, became one of Chris's best friends. Chris also became very attached to his mother-in-law, Carmela Colangelo-she helped fill the gap in his life left by the absence of his mother, Anna.
Paula and Frank Colicchia's wedding day, 1970. Paula was Connie and Chris's eldest niece.
(CMC, Christian Bennedsen Collection, P32-4.A9-5.001, E2007-00478)