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Birth: 22 Mar 1861 Serino, Avellino, Italy
Death: 24 Nov 1937 Philadelphia, Pa.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pa.
awt Stevens Fam Tree
1910 in Phila 1601 Porter St with dtr Millie and her family, arrive
1894, laborer for city age 49 (b 1860/1)
1920 in Phila 1519 Morris St. laborer for contractor
1930 in Phila 1519 Morris St. switchman for railroad
Also buried in Holy Cross is Lucia Agnes Brescia, b 1866, d 1945, so
she must be his sister, as recall on his immigration he refers to his
brother-in-law Raffaele Brescia.
Phila Dir 1899 Agnessi, Paschall laborer 721 Kimball
Phila Dir 1905 Agnes Pasquale laborer 1150 S 7th
1900 census 721 Whitney St, Phila
Anges [Agnes] Pasquale Feb 1861 Italy md 17 yrs brickmaker
Elizabeth May 1863 Italy
Millie Feb 1884 Italy coat maker
James Dec 1885 Italy barber
Corinato Mar 1888 Italy (dtr) coat maker
Francesco Oct 1891 Italy (dtr)
Libra Nov 1893 Italy (son)
Antonio Apr 1897 Pa
Pasquale arr 1894, rest in 1897
Extensive stories about him and his descendants in Eileen Agnes Lynch,
"We Are Family"
arrived at Ellis Island in 1893 with brother Carlo Agnes, moved to
South Philadelphia. Another brother, Louis, did not emigrate but sent
his son Pellagrino, who eventually founded the P. Agnes, Construction
Pasquale worked as day laborer with Philadelphia Rapid Transit. He laid
track over the Strawberry Mansion bridge for trolleys.
LOUIS AGNES didn't hesitate to get his hands dirty.
From the time he was old enough to pick up a hammer, he worked in the
small construction company founded in 1918 by his father, Pellegrino
Agnes, an Italian immigrant.
He worked side by side with his father as they sought to make a success
of the struggling company, always keeping in mind the values of honesty
and hard work that would characterize the family and the company
through the decades.
Today, P. Agnes Builders is one of the region's most prominent and
busiest construction companies, with numerous multimillion-dollar
Much of its success is attributed to the vision and organizational
qualities of Louis Agnes, his family said.
Louis Agnes, who led the company for more than 30 years, a community
activist, Navy veteran of World War II and devoted family patriarch,
died Wednesday. He was 97 and lived in South Philadelphia.
"Lou Agnes was that rare individual, a man of extraordinary vision,
leadership and dedication who happily shared his experience and
expertise in a quiet, thoughtful manner," his family said. "We are
grateful to have had him in our lives."
As Lou was working in his father's company, his family made sacrifices
to see to it that he got a college education. He graduated from Penn
State University with a degree in architectural engineering.
Lou's career was interrupted by World War II. He entered the Navy in
1942. He served as port director in Curacao and also served in Pearl
Harbor, Okinawa and Tokyo.
After his discharge in 1946, he rejoined the family business and set
about expanding the company to what it is today.
Lou grew up in South Philadelphia. His mother was Anna Agnes. He
graduated from South Philadelphia High School.
When he started working for his father's company, it was largely
devoted to residential work. A kitchen-remodeling job was a big event.
Gradually, under his leadership, it moved into commercial projects. One
of its most recent jobs was a $325 million patient tower for Lankenau
Hospital with 96 beds and a heart and vascular pavilion.
It also recently renovated the University of Pennsylvania's famed
Palestra and the Hutchinson Gymnasium, a $22 million job.
His son, Jay Agnes, who now runs the company, said his father always
insisted on strict ethical standards, with an emphasis on bringing in
the jobs on or under schedule with no cost overruns.
"Dad always said if you want respect, you have to give respect," Jay
said. "He was kind and compassionate, but he was a strict
disciplinarian. He could be tough."
Jay said his father was still coming into the office into his 90s. In
fact, he said, he was in the office just six weeks ago.
Lou Agnes was active in his community as well as in his business. He
served on the board of Boy Scouts of America and the Philadelphia
chapter of UNICO National, an Italian-American service organization.
He also was on the boards of the Methodist Hospital Foundation and
Prudential Savings & Loan.
He was a founding member of the National Society of Architectural
Engineers and the Penn State Alumni Association.
For relaxation, Lou enjoyed golfing. He was a lifetime member of the
Llanerch Country Club in Delaware County.
Besides his son, he is survived by a daughter, Beverlea Auer; a sister,
Mae Pasquariello; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He
was predeceased by his wife, the former Rita Adelizzi.
Services: Funeral Mass 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of St. Rita of
Cascia, 1166 S. Broad St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Shrine of
St. Rita of Cascia, 1166 S. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19146.
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Serino, Italy, Birth Register, FHL microfilm 1603895
Serino, Italy, Birth Register, FHL microfilm 1660372 (birth rec of dtr Clarinda)
Serino, Italy, Birth Register, FHL microfilm 1660372 (birth rec of son Liberato)
Serino, Italy, Birth Register, FHL microfilm 1660371 (birth rec of dtr Carmela)
Serino, Italy, Birth Register, FHL microfilm 1660371 (birth rec of son Vincenzo)
AGNES Pellegrino (12 Jan 1827 - 24 Dec 1900)
VERDERAME Carmela (1 Nov 1828 - 24 Oct 1870)
AGNES Maria Michela (20 May 1852 - 31 Jan 1897)
AGNES Domenica (23 Jul 1854 - 17 Jul 1855)
AGNES Carlo (3 Jul 1856 - )
AGNES Domenica (20 Dec 1858 - 26 Jun 1861)
AGNES Pasquale (22 Mar 1861 - 24 Nov 1937)
AGNES Domenica (1 Jun 1863 - )
AGNES Luigi (21 Jul 1867 - )
AGNES Domenico (9 May 1869 - 10 May 1869)
AGNES (unnamed boy) (24 Oct 1870 - 24 Oct 1870)
Marriage To TORMALINA Elisabetta (Elizabeth) (14 Jan 1863 - 15 Mar 1943)
m. 5 Apr 1883 Serino, Italy
Children by TORMALINA Elisabetta (Elizabeth) 14 Jan 1863 - 15 Mar 1943
AGNES Carmela (Millie) (23 Feb 1884 - 30 Aug 1924)
AGNES Vincenzo (Jim) (22 Dec 1885 - 16 Mar 1948)
AGNES Clarinda (Clara) (23 Mar 1888 - ABT 1968)
AGNES Francesca (Frances) (4 Oct 1890 - )
AGNES Liberato (Peter Liberato) (9 Nov 1892 - 21 Jan 1983)
AGNES Anthony (Tony) (17 Apr 1898 - )
AGNES Michael Aloysius (13 Sep 1900 - 10 Jun 1968)
AGNES Teresa (Nov 1902 - 25 Oct 1903)
AGNES Adalina ("Ninny") (1904 - 26 Aug 1915)
AGNES Elizabeth (20 Mar 1911 - 4 Feb 2005)
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