Emily Virginia Pignato

1 August 1926–5 January 2009 (Age 82)
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of Emily Virginia

When Emily Virginia Pignato was born on 1 August 1926, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, her father, Felice Phillip Pignato, was 31 and her mother, Emily Orzech, was 26. She had at least 2 daughters with Arthur Claude Bruhn. She died on 5 January 2009, at the age of 82.

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Family Time Line

Arthur Claude Bruhn
Emily Virginia Pignato
Marriage: May 1966
Patricia Karen Bruhn
Susan Bruhn

Spouse and Children

May 1966
Orange, California, United States


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1927 · The World's Busiest Airport

Age 1

"Originally named Chicago Air Park, Midway Airport was built with one cinder runway mainly for airmail flights. The city then leased the airport and named it the Chicago Municipal Airport. By 1928, the airport had twelve hangars and four runways, lit for night operations. In 1931 the airport claimed to be the ""World's Busiest"" with over 100,846 passengers on 60,947 flights each week. In July 1949 the airport was renamed after the Battle of Midway."
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 22

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

Italian (Sicily): metonymic occupational name for a potter, from Sicilian pignatu ‘pot’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Emily Pignato in household of Philip Pignato, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Emily Pignata in household of Phil Pignata, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Emily Virginia Pignato, "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940"

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