Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Nina Darin & Domingos Macera

Nina Darin & Domingos Macera.

Nina [Olimpia Darin] said good-bye to her fellow Daughters of Mary on the 27 May 1938, a Friday...

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

Nina married into the Macera family who came to Marilia from Rio Claro-SP. 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.

Of the very few pieces of news I've got about Nina in the 40s and 50s this is one told by my cousin Ivo João Darin who used to visit Marilia often in the 1940s during summer holidays or July's school recess. Ivo said he remember tia Nina had an operation performed on her in April 1943. That's all he said. No detais.

There is not much of a story about Nina's life because she was more like a good-vibe feeling to me and my mother, Yolanda Darin, who almost like worshipped her older sister. I think Nina played a motherly role in the early years of Yolanda. Mind you, Yolanda's mother was 45 when she was born and probably more than filled with the motherly obligations, so she must have delegated her duties to Nina, who was 7 or 8 years old.

Judging by the fact that Nina was only 13 years old when she presided on the making of coffe on an industrial scale at the rural property when the Dirceu tragedy happened... one surmises Nina was an early leader in the household. Actually, Nina excelled in the making of cakes and assorted cooking. She was famous for her banana-torte and her orange sponge-cake.

She was bright in the sense she radiated something good. I always liked her person very much. 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 unfortunately not myself but José Carlos Batista, Nina's João Batista'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 a feast because she always offered us, children or adults, cakes and sweets. She never disappointed anyone! Unless she was not home, then 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 always with a big smile at her lovely face. She was all white hair but she was not 'old'.

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.

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


Domingos Macera in the 1940s.

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

Ariene Herminia Macera and her long blond hair.

Aristeu Macera 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. 

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.

as far as I know this is the last photo taken of Nina Darin, 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. 

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