Lina D' Aquanno was born in Trapani, Sicily on March 12, 1931 the daughter of a fisherman's family. As a young girl, she learned the strong Italian family values, and the way of Christian devotions.
In 1950, at the age of 19, she married a fellow Sicilian, Filippo D'Aquanno who had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. The couple settled in Monterey in the early 1950's.
Lina worked as a dressmaker. One of her first real jobs was to make five dresses for the 1951 Santa Rosalia Festival. She was very active in the Italian Catholic Federation and at church sewed the Priest's garments.