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Diana Ugalde

Joined Dec 25 2009
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Dover, N.J.
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I was born and raised in Park Slope, Bklyn, N.Y. both my parents were from Altamira, Busturia, Dad came here 1918 and mom in 1939 after their marriage.  We lived  close with other Basque families, my parents being Angel & Delfina Uriarte,were close with the Aberasturi's, Orbe, Egusqiza, Garay and of course the Lezamiz family my cousins.  We went to many gatherings at Centro Vasco, I even took dance lessons for a while. I met my husband in Urduliz, Vizcaya and he came here to Dover, N.J. to his brother and cousins and thats how I arrived to Dover, eventually my parents moved to Dover.  We lost our Dad in 1995 and lost my husband Jose April of 2008.  I do speak Basque which I learned with my mom and picked up Spanish when I moved to Dover.  I have two children my daughter Marisa who lives in Westfield N.J. married with two children and she speaks Basque, Spanish and Italian.  My son Jon has a beautiful daughter and he speaks spanish and understand basque and says a few words, he lives in Hopatcong NJ.    My daughter wants her children to learn more about the Basque traditions and hopefully they will, I am very proud of my Basque heritage and family and hope it will go on. Above is a picture of me and my mom who is 96 right now...and soon to be 97 in March.

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Reply emi
10:18 AM on March 10, 2010 
I am originally from Igorre but I have lived in the UK. for a long time.I am going to New York in May to see the Basque exhibition in Ellis Island.