hi Alexandra. I think you might be related to my half brother and half sister. our mother was married to frank berard formerly berardi and then had my sister bette ann berard fleischacker and my brother Michael frank berard. my mother divorced frank I believe around 1941 or so then married my father Robert goff and I was born in 1952.
however grandma berard was still alive when I was little and I do recall visiting her. she did not speak English but loved to pick me up and speak Italian really fast and kiss me all over...lol!! she scared me to death but my mother Kathryn masterson berard goff told me that she dearly loved all children.
my brother is 75 years old and we talk once a week. he lives in a different state California. he remembers the grocery store and house where grandma and grandpa berardi lived and worked. it was on the corner of Kirkwood and s. union in des moines, ia.
I know that grandpa berardi was from the area of Calabria Italy and my brother's dad frank berard had several brothers and sisters some of whom I recall were named Josephine Carmen rose louie and Russell berardi.....my brother couldn't remember the others.
do you think this is the same family? my brother said that grandpa berardi died before he was born which was 1938 and he remembers eventually grandma berard moving to another house in back of Lincoln high school by the trolley tracks in des moines. the grocery store is now baratta's restaurant.