Give YOUR kitchen a CAMEO appearance
by Cate Murway
A CAMEO traditionally features a raised [positive] relief image in contrast with intaglio, [Italian-an incised (negative) image]. Creating a positive [what a relief!] total image for your kitchen is, in fact, the very essence of Cameo Kitchens located on 248 Mill Street since 1987.
Founder, Joseph N. D’Emidio was born September 28, 1924 in Bristol Borough into the family of Italian immigrant parents, WWI veteran, Gabriel and his wife, Lena, which included his late brothers, Bernard (Benny) and Carlo, both electricians, and truck driver, Arthur (Art). Due to his mother’s untimely demise when Joe was only 7 years old, his Cedar Street resident grandparents, Giuseppe and Maria Vattimo raised him, and his father or an Aunt raised his siblings. His half-brother, Eugene [Gene] was a longtime fire- police volunteer. Fortunately, the young D’Emidio brothers all attended the same schools: Washington Street School, Jefferson Avenue School and then Bristol High. As a member of the Class of 1943, while Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President, Seaman First Class Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy and performed the duties of an amphibious sailor in the Normandy invasion. Largely unappreciated for their heroics at Normandy, the naval beach battalions (NBBs) courageously formed a link between land and sea forces, operating aid stations on the beach, and directing the landings and the shore-to-ship phase of the seaward evacuation. Deep-rooted boldness is apparently one of Joe D’Emidio’s innate admirable traits!
In need of a job after his Navy stint, he secured employment at Charlie Richman’s Floor Covering and Gift Shop on Mill Street. Joe enjoyed what he was doing but he desired to know more! He used his service-awarded education funding to attend Armstrong Linoleum & Floor Covering School in Lancaster, where he received an exceptionally thorough training in the most complete line of hard-surface floor coverings obtainable anywhere. He also attended Nairn Cushion Flooring seminars in Kearney, N.J. to augment his floor covering knowledge before venturing into his own business, Bucks County Floors on Mill Street.
He and his now retired partner of 30 years, Borough resident Frank H. Licause, relocated to Pond Street and subsequently moved to a leased Route 13 storefront, renaming their business Cameo Kitchens. A variety of knee symptoms that are caused by frequent kneeling on hard surfaces were the driving force toward the “complete kitchens” concept. The Route 13 structure was being sold, and at the same time, the shop owners of a craft store at 248 Mill Street, put their building up for sale. Back to Mill Street to stay! Carpenters reconfigured the interior, they painted the walls and the current Cameo Kitchens was born.
Joe and his late wife, Theresa Angelini D’Emidio have three children who were all St. Ann students. Joseph, a Holy Ghost Prep alumni and engineering grad of Drexel University, Philadelphia and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh [wife, MaryLou & 3 children] live in Albertus, outside of Allentown, PA. Hawaii resident daughter, Dyan Lena, is a Villa Joseph Marie H.S. and University of Utah dance graduate. The Department of Modern Dance at the U. of Utah has a history of excellence that unites the world of academia with the world of professional dance. Dyan, who previously owned Necessories Boutique Hawaiian Bohemian Funk in Pa'ia [“where innovations can be basic and casual can be elegant”], will soon be a published author and is completing her etiquette book on “retail do’s & taboos”.
David, a wrestling athlete, Bristol H.S ’79 and PSU ‘84 [wife, MaryKate and their 3 children] are Bristol Borough residents. In addition to owning Cameo Kitchens since 1990, David is the volunteer assistant Conwell-Egan Catholic wrestling coach, where his son, Matthew ‘08 is a wrestler/cross country athlete, and a St. Ann-St. Mark team Soccer coach for his soccer/track athlete daughters, Jennifer and Olivia.
Joe and his wife of 11 years, Jeanne [Galli] D’Emidio [her five children live in CA] met square dancing in the Lower Bucks Senior Activity Center on Wood and Mulberry Streets and have been partners ever since. Four times they confirmed, “I Do.” They were originally married in Alaska by a minister, and then joined again on a cruise ship by a priest, after that, they shared in a group nuptial in Atlantic City and then they celebrated their vows with their children in St. Ann Church. The D’Emidios belong to Wagon Wheels Square Dance Club, in Maple Shade, NJ and they travel locally to participate in these challenging and fun events. Joe is also a respected 30-year veteran member of the Bristol Lions, a volunteer service organization. Their Radcliffe Street home was designed and built by another talented family member, nephew, Eric D'Emidio of Integrated Construction Services.
Third generation clients are appreciating the worth value and genuine commitment of the D’Emidio father and son team at Cameo Kitchens. “How else could I be fortunate enough to spend my days with my father?” quipped Dave. Accredited to their professional assistance and time tested construction methods, you will create a “total kitchen” package, with increased functionality and accessibility. The kitchen is often a home's soul and the D’Emidio duo’s enthusiasm will inspire you to transform the look, style and utility of your kitchen. From a simple redo to a complete remodel, no project is too complicated, too extravagant, too elaborate, or too creative!
Your cabinets can be custom designed by Adelphi Kitchens of Robesonia, PA, transforming superb hardwood, selected for its strength and richness of grain, into built-to-order cabinetry. An array of decorative hardware available combines quality with a unique personal touch. Not sure of what type and color, design or shade of countertop to purchase? Joe and Dave are qualified to assist you with well-informed timeless and versatile options. Durable and long-lasting DuPont Corian originally came on the market in the 1960's and has led as first choice for remodeling projects ever since. Granite is the countertop material of preference and defines classic elegance and enduring quality in a kitchen. Countertops are custom-made and professionally installed to your specifications! Appliances to suit your tastes, décor and cooking style are attractively presented in the in-store showroom setups. The vintage-styled [strictly 21st century tech] Elmira ranges can breathtakingly complete your planning ideas.
Come in with a picture, or just ask for Dave’s expertise with guidelines for the cooking facilities industry standards. You are encouraged to visit them, ask questions, and make your kitchen dream come to life with their high quality customization process right on the premises. Dave will measure, design and give you an accurate estimate for your remodeling undertaking and will remain personally involved, vigilantly perfecting your kitchen project to a lasting distinguished masterpiece. When Cameo Kitchens declares that they provide their customers with a “complete kitchen”, they mean COMPLETE!
They highly endorse qualified contractors, such as Borough resident plumbers and Champion Electrical Service of Levittown to bring your renovation plans to realization. They serve as your partner, paying attention to every detail of your creative design needs.
Their award-winning mission is to make your dream kitchen a reality.
According to their Bristol Borough Business Association advertisement:
“Cameo Kitchens & Baths was started in 1952 by Joe D'Emidio. Now run by his son David, Cameo specializes in custom kitchens and bathrooms. We furnish everything, but the cook.”
Joseph and David D’Emidio of Cameo Kitchens exude class!
Business hours are Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Evening hours on Monday and Friday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday hours 9:00- noon.
Phone & Fax 215.788.1224. Call first! They may be out creating a new kitchen!
Josephine Marshalek Gerlock, 94, died Friday at St. John Neumann Nursing Home, Philadelphia. She was the widow of Walter Gerlock.
Born and raised in Throop, daughter of the late Elizabeth and John Marshalek, she moved to Scranton as an adult. She worked in a silk mill and as a presser in a dress factory. Later, she became a school safety patrolwoman in her neighborhood. She loved people, especially little children. She looked out for the welfare of the neighborhood children beyond the school-crossing area. She made sure they were in a safe environment and often provided items for the underprivileged children. Wherever there was a need, she was willing and eager to help, such as providing food for flood victims in a nearby town or driving her disabled neighbor to the doctor. She was an avid fan of professional wrestling, both on TV and live, where she would sometimes interact with the wrestlers. Her favorite wrestler was Killer Kowalski. She enjoyed horse racing, and she and her husband owned race horses, spending much time at Pocono Downs and being very proud when their horse won. She moved to Bristol, Pa., to live with her family in 1996, when she became ill.
She went peacefully to be with the Lord on Friday with her daughter, Jeanne, and son-in-law, Joe, at her bedside and many prayers surrounding her.
Surviving are a daughter, Jeanne D'Emidio and husband, Joseph, Bristol; five grandchildren, Paul Galli and wife, Jane; Michael Galli and wife, Ann; Walter Galli and wife, Kim; Carmella Feldt and husband, John; and Donna Stewart, all of California; 10 great-grandchildren, Kendra Jo, Krysta, Nanceen, Seanna, Samantha, Anthony, Russell, Dustin, Patrick and Spencer; three stepgrandchildren, Joseph D'Emidio and wife, Mary Lou; and David D'Emidio and wife, Mary Kate, all of Pennsylvania; and Dyan D'Emidio, Hawaii; four step-great-grandchildren, Timothy, Christine, Matthew, Olivia and Jennifer; three nieces, Ann Cannella, Rose Marie Rusyn and Diane Marshalek; a nephew, Gary Marshalek; grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was also preceded in death two sisters, Mary Colapilo and Verna Fabian, and two brothers, Elmer and Dick Marshalek.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday, 8 to 9:30 a.m., at the Galzerano Funeral Home, 430 Radcliffe St., Bristol. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 in St. Ann's Church, Bristol. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. .Published in Scranton Times on August 26, 2008
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My Dad and Mr. Ben Amadio. Both are 92 and would run rings around people one-half their age. These guys talked about growing up on Cedar Street, their time in Normandy, being original home owners in Winder Village, helping to build the Third District Fire Company, their extensive exercise regime and their talents in Woodworking. Seeing two old friends re-unite was marvelous. Thank you to my first best friend, Leticia Amadio Arrington, for setting this up!