Celebrating 100 years

There was a party out in front of the Ivy Creek Retirement Living facility in Concord Township Thursday. The party was for Catherine Paradiso, who turned 100 years old.

Her secret to her long life? “Working hard. That’s what I did the most,” she said.

She learned how to sew at an early age and spent her working life outside the home as a seamstress, according to the township.

Concord Township Council recognized Paradiso with a proclamation during its July 7 meeting. The proclamation noted the irony that she was born at the end of one pandemic — the flu outbreak that began in 1918 — and is living through the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, “Ms. Paradiso has witnessed so much history, the great depression, prohibition, wars, space travel, the computer age, the invention of many modern conveniences, national celebrations, and tragedies, and so much more,” the proclamation reads.

She was born July 9, 1920, one of 11 children of parents who came to the United States from Italy. While they lived in Philadelphia, they also lived on and worked a farm in New Jersey from May through November during her early years.

Catherine Paradiso and her first husband, Tom Tropia, had four children and wound up with 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She and Tom were married for 56 years before he died in 1996.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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