Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Nina Darin & Domingos Macera

Nina Darin & Domingos Macera.

Nina (Olimpia Darin) said good-bye to her fellow Daughters of Mary in 27 May 1938, a Friday...

... and married Domingos Macera in 31 May 1938, a Tuesday. Zuleide Dutra, Nina's niece is on the left and Lila, Mingo's niece is on the right.

Nina married into the Macera family who came to Marilia from Rio Claro-SP in the early 1930s. Actually, Octavio Darin was already married to Sebastiana Macera, Mingo's sister.

Ariene Herminia Macera is born on 15 de Março de 1939.

Aristeu Macera is born on 26 de Janeiro de 1942.

There's not much I know about Nina's life in the 30s and 40s. My cousin Ivo João Darin used to spend his school summer holidays in Marilia in the 1940s. Sometimes Ivo even managed to get to Marilia during the July school recess. Ivo said he remembers tia Nina had an operation performed on her in April 1943. That's all he said. No detais.

Nina was an almost mitical figure to my mother, her baby sister. Yolanda Darin, my mother, almost worshipped her older sister. Nina had played a motherly role in her early life. Mind you, Yolanda's mother was 45 when she had her and probably delegated most of the tasks of raising an infant to her 8 year old daughter. 

We heard stories that say Nina prepared coffee for peasants who worked for their farm in São José do Rio Pardo-SP. Nina had shown a talent to excell in the secrets of cooking and working on a stove that was fuled by lumber chopped in the back yard. Nina was an early leader in the household. Actually, later Nina had a good reputation as the baker of cakes. She was famous for her banana-torte and her orange sponge-cake.

She radiated something good. I always looked up to her. To me she was something to be revered. She had been my godmother along with Mingo as a godfather... and I was always secretly proud of that privilege even though tia Nina's favourite nephew was alas not myself but José Carlos Batista, João Baptista's son. Zé Carlos as he was known spent a lot of time at tia Nina's house on rua Rio Grande do Sul.

Visiting Nina's house on rua Grande do Sul was always great because she never failed to offer us cakes and sweets. She never disappointed anyone! Unless she was not home, in which case we waited a while, especially me & my cousin Gabriel on the way home from Children's Park (Parque Infantil Monteiro Lobato) - and there she came with a big smile on her lovely face. Her hair was already completely white but one didn't think tia Nina was 'old'. She was ageless. 

Mingo holds Aristeu: Cleomara poses for the camera; Ariene plays building castle in the sand in 1944.

Lazinho [Lázaro], Odila Macera, Mingo's sister; Cleomara their daughter; Nina, Mingo and their children in 1944.

Aristeu Macera on his first day at school in 1949, with his dad Mingo.

Mingo standing up fourth from left, plays with Esporte Clube Comercial de Marilia in the 1940s.

Esporte Clube Comercial - Mingo is the 3rd from the left in the back row. Sergio Paiva, who became famous as a sportscaster in Rio de Janeiro is the 3rd from the left on the front row leaning his hand on the turf.


Domingos Macera in the 1940s; a rare photo of Nina Darin in the 1940s... slightly out-of-focus.

Ariene Herminia and her long blond hair; Aristeu just being cool.

Ariene receives the Host at her First communion.

On a hot afternoon in 1951 at Darin's backyard on rua Campos Salles, 350 - Marilia-SP; from left to right: Angela, Rosa, a Macera sister, João Batista, Maria Redondo holds infant Zé Carlos, Mingo Macera in back, Yolanda Darin, Mr. Darin, America, João Amorim in back, Nina Darin on the right. Down on their knees are Betty, Beatriz, Ariene, Fernando Amorim beign held by Grandpa and Luiz Carlos Amorim being held by Edson Scarpetti.

Girls only at the kitchen back door: on top of the stairs Angela & Nina Darin; Yolanda puts her arm around Maria Redondo; a Macera sister in the middle; Rosa Darin is behind America Darin; on the lower step are cousins Beatriz Scarpetti, Ariene Macera & Betty Scarpetti - 1951.

Beatriz Scarpetti holds her nephew Paulo Roberto Camargo, Nina Darin & Zé Carlos Batista, Giovanni Battista Darin, Maria da Gloria Redondo holds Herminia Maria Batista and Betty Scarpetti holds her daughter Mariângela Camargo in 1955. Nina's hair became gray and then white some time around the mid-1950s.

Ariene Macera as a High School student.

This is probably Nina Darin's last photo, here with nephew Zé Carlos Batista. It must be 1971.

The day Mingo died in São Paulo - 22 November 1981. The burial was in Marilia two days later. 


  1. Tio Mingo como eu e meus primos o chamavam carinhosamente, irmão de minha avó Pierina, sinto muita saudade de ambos...

    1. Tio Mingo foi meu padrinho de baptismo. Minha Mãe, Yolanda Darin era irmã da tia Nina (Olimpia Darin)... era uma familia muito bacana.