DR. FRANK J. CILIBERTI JR. was born in Philadelphia on May 31, 1899. His parents, Frank and Rosa Ciliberti, were both born in Italy. Frank Ciliberti was the third of five children who lived to see the 1910 Census, coming after Bess and Anthony and before Josephine and Mildred. The elder Ciliberti primarily worked as a tailor, the 1914 City Directory states he was then working as a bartender.
The Ciliberti family moved to Camden not long after the 1906 Camden City Directory was compiled. When the Census was taken in 1910 the Cilibertis were living at 337 Cherry Street, where they remained through at least 1912. The 1914 City Directory shows the family at 428 Spruce Street, a home they stayed at through at least June of 1917. 1919 found the Cilibertis at 426 Spruce Street. This was there home until at least 1927.
Frank J. Ciliberti Jr. graduated from Camden High School in 1920. He was at the University of Vermont from 1920 through 1922. Returning to the Camden area, he graduated from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1926. After serving his internship at Cooper Hospital in 1927, he was appointed to the Outpatient Department at Jefferson Hospital. He also served as an instructor of anatomy at Jefferson Medical College. During this time his sisters Bess and Josephine married and began families- Bess to John Catana, Josephine to car dealer Ed Berglund, founder and owner of the Berglund Ford dealership that stood for decades on Admiral Wilson Boulevard. Older brother Anthony, a carpenter by trade, had married and by 1930 moved to Collingswood, starting a family that would have at least two children, Norma and Frank.
By 1929 Dr. Ciliberti, along with his parents and younger sister Mildred had moved to 441-443 Pine Street, where he set established himself as a general practitioner. By 1947 he acquired to adjoining property at 713 South 5th Street and made his home there. He married Elise Kirk during this time, and also looked out for his widowed older sister, Mrs. Bess Catana and her son Anthony M. Catana. Her husband John Catana had died in 1934 at the age of 41. During World War II Anthony Catana served as a bombardier aboard a B-24 bomber, was shot down over Austria and held as a prisoner the end of the war in Europe. Anthony Ciliberti had moved to 113 Strawbridge Avenue in Haddon Township, sadly, he passed away in July of 1937 of a heart attack an the age of 42. Frank Ciliberti Sr., who had been living with him, had passed in January of that year, 76 at the time of his death.
At some point between 1947 and 1956 Dr. Ciliberti moved his home and office to 569 Benson Street, where he remained until his passing in July of 1963, survived by his wife, son Barrie Scott Ciliberti, his sisters, nieces and nephews.
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