Resolution J1083-2013

Congratulating Theresa Sciarillo on her 100th Birthday



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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