Congratulating Theresa Sciarillo on her 100th Birthday

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  • 03 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Theresa Sciarillo upon the occa-
sion of her 100th Birthday

WHEREAS, Theresa Sciarillo was born to Mary and James Gulla in Oneida,
New York on May 18, 1913 and her family has a 100th Birthday party
planned for May 18, 2013 in celebration of this joyous milestone; and
WHEREAS, Her father took a job at Revere Copper in 1916 and the family
moved to Henry Street in Rome where Theresa grew up; and
WHEREAS, Tragically, shortly after moving to Rome, she lost her broth-
er, Joseph, and her father James to influenza, and, years later, her
brother Patrick to tuberculosis; and
WHEREAS, Guided by her mother's steady hand, she, her brother Pat, and
sisters Mini, Sue, and Kay survived the Depression difficulties with an
enduring family love; and
WHEREAS, With much affection, Theresa Sciarillo recalls Henry Street,
the Rome area then known as Bulls Island, populated with European immi-
grants, Native Americans, and African American families, an area which
served her love of making lifelong friends; and
WHEREAS, Although her parents spoke Italian and English, Theresa
learned to speak Polish as well; she credits growing up in that time and
place and her beloved family and neighbors with giving her many values
which guide her to this day; and
WHEREAS, Theresa Sciarillo was, for many years, a devoted parishioner
of St. John the Baptist Church in Rome, New York; and
WHEREAS, She married James P. Sciarillo, from Oneida, New York in
1935; they had three children, James Jr., Lucille, and Joseph and were
married for sixty-four years prior to James passing in 1999; and
WHEREAS, In 1948, Theresa took a job as a switchboard operator at the
Rome hospital, where she continued to work until 1975, retiring as the
Hospital Administrator's Secretary; and
WHEREAS, As most young couples of their day, Theresa and James lived
at several locations in Rome and, in 1945, moved to Chatham Street where
they eventually bought their first home; they lived and raised their
family in that home on Chatham Street for fifty-four years; and
WHEREAS, Subsequently, in 2010, Theresa went to live with her daugh-
ter, Lucille Connolly; and
WHEREAS, Theresa still reads, now with a Kindle, follows the news, and
keeps tabs on her grand and great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Born in a time when horses were still common, Theresa Sciar-
illo marvels at changes which have occurred during her lifetime; and
WHEREAS, Those who know her best credit her long life to her will to
overcome trial and to her ability to make friends and find life inter-
esting; and
WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian, with her zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished woman, who has experienced the incredible
joys and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the
stamina and courage to savor a full life, has inspired the lives of her
many friends and family; and
WHEREAS, This beloved lady has enriched the lives of those around her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have witnessed
and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and awesome
achievements of this country during the last century, while themselves

contributing to the growth and excellence of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Theresa Sciarillo upon the occasion of her 100th Birthday;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Theresa Sciarillo.


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