Gugginos celebrate anniversary
The Guggino family of Los Lunas gathered in Sicily recently to celebrate Patricia Burke and Laurence Guggino’s 50th wedding anniversary.
A total of 17 family members witnessed the couple’s vow renewal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Scicli, Sicily, and enjoyed dinner at Villa Farli.
The family traveled to Canicatti, Sicily, birthplace of paternal grandmother, Angelina Di Pasqua La Lumia Guggino, to visit the chapel dedicated to grand uncle, Blessed Goachino La Lumia, a Capuchin monk.
Larry and Patty, with the help of their daughter, Jennifer, and daughter-in-law, Karen, operated Guggino’s Pharmacy and Galleria for 45 years, closing in 2010. Patty served as the village of Los Lunas’s oral historian, recording the heritage of Los Lunas. Larry continues his pharmacy career at Smith’s.
Larry obtained his pharmaceutical degree from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys cooking, weight training and reading.
Patty, is retired from Elderhostel, CNM and the Los Lunas Museum of Hertiage and Arts. She is a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico, the Valencia County Historical Society and the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance.
She has bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Latin American Affairs and a master’s degree in history of the U.S. West, both from the University of New Mexico.
Patty enjoys research, playing piano and reading.
The Gugginos are members of San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas.
The Gugginos were married June 6, 1961, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Albuquerque. Their honor attendants were longtime friends, Thomas and Geta Cunningham Keleher.
Larry and Patty’s children and grandchildren are Larry Jr. and his wife, Karen, and their children, Joshua, Mikaela and Brianna; Patrick Burke Guggino and his children, Taylor Elizabeth, Shaun Patrick, and their mother, Kimberly Babcock Guggino; Jennifer Guggino Othart and her husband, Laurent Othart, and their children, Kaitlyn, Meghan and their father, Laurent Othart.
Also joining the family in Sicily were siblings Rita Guggino Ware, Marc Guggino and his spouse, Lisa Christensen Guggino.