Giovanna Pontillo Siena

Italy

This is my great-grandmother Giovanna Costa Pontillo Siena (seated). She came to America in steerage on the SS Lombardia in 1903 with $12 in her pocket. Her first husband died building the Brooklyn Union Gas Tanks. She had four children with her second husband Rocco, and also raised five stepchildren. She died 11/22/63, the same day as John F. Kennedy. She was also a hero.