Turning 100 is no doubt a “crowning glory” and a remarkable feat for people privileged more than enough to be amid that elite team of super seniors.
And with all the advancements in health-related technological know-how, achieving centenarian status is not that unheard of these days. In actuality, people in that age group are getting the swiftest increasing population in the planet.
And with it will come heaps of benefits: The ideal to get extra focus from relatives customers and friends and even regional media outlets, recognition from U.S. presidents and politicos — and other enjoyment recognitions.
So, if you’ve been blessed to arrive at that magical quantity — revel in all that goes hand in hand with reaching the outstanding milestone.
The newest Staten Islander to have accomplished such prestigious status is the former Frances D’Angelo who created her entrance into the planet on March 27, 1921 to mothers and fathers Rosina and Stefano D’Angelo, immigrants from Messina, Sicily.
Frances grew up in the Sunset Park portion of Brooklyn — on Carroll and and Henry streets, the youngest of seven small children — Angelina, Peter, Joseph, Katherine, Antonia, and Flora.
Rumor has it that when she 1st fulfilled her spouse, Nicholas LaLima, in her native borough, there was no magic. Even so, in time adore blossomed and the few fell in like.
The LaLima’s married on Feb. 20, 1973 and 3 decades later on settled in Great Kills since Nicholas was proprietor of the LaLima’s Fish Current market on Forest Avenue in West Brighton, until finally his passing on April 24, 2019.
“Frances always seemed her finest, and realized to sew from her mother — all her sisters did,” reported her niece, Sallie Belluardo of New Springville who’s married to Frances’s nephew Frank. “During her young many years she held a place in the Garment District of Manhattan as a seamstress. She was normally inquisitive. And she beloved to solved the crossword puzzle every day.”
A member of the Crafty Girls at St. Clare’s R.C. Church, Frances produced all kinds of handcrafts with needlepoint currently being her forte that had been donated to reveals and fairs at the Wonderful Kills parish.
“Every Xmas she would give all of us an ornament which she made. And just about every year you will come across them shown on my tree,” Sallie additional with pleasure in her voice. “Always curious and intrigued in mastering, she planted Irises, daffodils, tulips, and she maintained her garden every day. The daffodils and lilies are coming up now at her dwelling in Terrific Kills. And she was normally fond of participating in playing cards, Pokeno, Michigan Rummy, Rummy, and the household performed each holiday. At periods we had been really loud and we always laughed. She has a massive giggle. When we played Pokeno she experienced her most loved card the “4′s” and if any person took it, consider me she would retrieve it immediately,” she ongoing.
A shrewd businesswoman, Frances was particularly educated when it arrived to the entire world of authentic estate and owned residence which she rented and then offered when she relocated to Staten Island in 1976.
“Frances also knew her way all-around the dance floor as nicely and she liked to gown to the nines. She was the tasteful Audrey Hepburn sort,” Sallie extra. “Her hair was often completed beautifully and her outfits immaculate. She was pretty basic Hollywood.”
Extremely shut to her nieces and nephews, Frances was permanently the outstanding cook excelling in gourmand evening meal for holidays — especially on Xmas Eve, Xmas Working day and New Year’s Eve.
“She did the whole 9 yards,” she included, “And would even make specific cookies since of my allergy symptoms. She was a caring person and a caring wife.”
Sallie suggests her aunt has seriously by no means been unwell and has never requires medication of any style.
Frances secret to longevity? Consuming purple wine every single night with meal.
A socially distanced festive birthday social gathering that followed COVID-19 rules — replete with flowers and sweet — was hosted by Elizabeth Ratcliffe, director of Memory Treatment at The Brielle at Seaview, where by Frances, the middle of notice, has resided for the very last 12 months and a 50 percent.
And Frances was the “Woman of the Hour” when she featured on a Smucker’s jar in the course of a phase on the NBC Currently Clearly show, for the full entire world to see.