Turning 100 is little question a “crowning glory” and a exceptional feat for these lucky sufficient to be amongst that elite group of tremendous seniors.
And with all of the advances in medical know-how, reaching centenarian standing isn’t that unusual as of late. The truth is, these in that age group have gotten the quickest rising inhabitants on the earth.
And with it comes numerous perks: The precise to obtain further consideration from relations and buddies and even native media shops, recognition from U.S. presidents and politicos — and different enjoyable recognitions.
So, for those who’ve been blessed to succeed in that magical quantity — enjoy all that goes hand in hand with reaching the magnificent milestone.
The newest Staten Islander to have achieved such prestigious standing is the previous Frances D’Angelo who made her entrance into the world on March 27, 1921 to folks Rosina and Stefano D’Angelo, immigrants from Messina, Sicily.
Frances grew up within the Sundown Park part of Brooklyn — on Carroll and and Henry streets, the youngest of seven kids — Angelina, Peter, Joseph, Katherine, Antonia, and Flora.
Rumor has it that when she first met her husband, Nicholas LaLima, in her native borough, there was no magic. Nonetheless, in time love blossomed and the couple fell in love.
The LaLima’s married on Feb. 20, 1973 and three years later settled in Nice Kills since Nicholas was proprietor of the LaLima’s Fish Market on Forest Avenue in West Brighton, till his passing on April 24, 2019.
“Frances all the time regarded her finest, and realized to stitch from her mom — all her sisters did,” stated her niece, Sallie Belluardo of New Springville who’s married to Frances’s nephew Frank. “Throughout her youthful years she held a place within the Garment District of Manhattan as a seamstress. She was all the time inquisitive. And she or he liked to solved the crossword puzzle on a regular basis.”
A member of the Artful Women at St. Clare’s R.C. Church, Frances created all forms of handcrafts with needlepoint being her forte that had been donated to exhibits and gala’s on the Nice Kills parish.
“Each Christmas she would give all of us an decoration which she made. And yearly you will discover them displayed on my tree,” Sallie added with pleasure in her voice. “At all times curious and fascinated about studying, she planted Irises, daffodils, tulips, and she or he maintained her backyard on a regular basis. The daffodils and lilies are developing now at her home in Nice Kills. And she or he was all the time keen on taking part in playing cards, Pokeno, Michigan Rummy, Rummy, and the household performed each vacation. At instances we had been very loud and we all the time laughed. She has an enormous snigger. After we performed Pokeno she had her favourite card the “4′s” and if anybody took it, imagine me she would retrieve it instantly,” she continued.
A shrewd businesswoman, Frances was extraordinarily educated when it got here to the world of actual property and owned property which she rented after which bought when she relocated to Staten Island in 1976.
“Frances additionally knew her manner across the dance ground as nicely and she or he liked to decorate to the nines. She was the elegant Audrey Hepburn kind,” Sallie added. “Her hair was all the time accomplished fantastically and her garments immaculate. She was very basic Hollywood.”
Extraordinarily near her nieces and nephews, Frances was ceaselessly the superb cook dinner excelling in connoisseur dinner for holidays — particularly on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Yr’s Eve.
“She did the entire 9 yards,” she added, “And would even make particular cookies due to my allergy symptoms. She was a caring individual and a caring spouse.”
Sallie says her aunt has actually by no means been sick and has by no means takes remedy of any kind.
Frances secret to longevity? Consuming crimson wine every night time with dinner.
A socially distanced festive party that adopted COVID-19 tips — replete with flowers and sweet — was hosted by Elizabeth Ratcliffe, director of Reminiscence Care at The Brielle at Seaview, the place Frances, the focal point, has resided for the final 12 months and a half.
And Frances was the “Lady of the Hour” when she featured on a Smucker’s jar throughout a phase on the NBC At the moment Present, for all the world to see.