Benvenuto a The Dolly Sinatra Lodge !!!
In Beautiful Palm Springs, California
Lodge # 2400, Order Sons of Italy in America
(see you in October!)
Natalie Catherine Garavente was born in Genoa, Italy in 1895. At a young age, her family brought her to America and they settled in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her future husband, Anthony Martin “Marty” Sinatra, was born in Agrigento, Sicily, and also traveled with his family to make a home in Hoboken. A childhood romance blossomed and a life-long love affair and marriage was born.
Dolly was always involved with people, both in New Jersey and later in California. Friends who knew her described Dolly as a woman who enjoyed life to the fullest with her great sense of humor, though she carried herself with discipline and a love of God, family, and America. Dolly was a woman who met adversity head on (and “adversity” often lost the contest!), one who was fiercely independent, loyal, and always ready to help her fellow human beings.
In 1969, Dolly’s beloved Marty passed away, and so she came to Rancho Mirage to live near her son and be closer to her grandchildren. She immediately involved herself in programs and charities to help the poor and needy here in the Palm Springs area, ultimately becoming the driving force behind the building of the landmark Saint Louis Catholic Church in Cathedral City. Even today, older parishioners refer to this beautiful house of worship as “the church that Dolly built.”
Dolly Sinatra walked this earth with a certain style and zest for life and left lasting footprints. A a result of her own tireless work and efforts, our desert is certainly a better place to live and raise a family. She also gave us all a remarkable legacy by sharing her only son, Francis Albert, with people worldwide who have been touched by Frank and his music.
In the worlds of Father A. F. Geimer at the time of her death, “Dolly, you’re a saint whether canonized or not.” The members of the Dolly Sinatra Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America, are proud to have Dolly’s spirit guide our work.