June 23, 1994 |
Mary McBride Collins, 94, whose wartime efforts as a Glasgow, Scotland, seamstress led to her being honored by the King and Queen of England, died Sunday at Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, in Cape May Court House. Mrs. Collins was a resident of the Southwest and Overbrook sections of Philadelphia for nearly 20 years. She came to the United States in the early 1960s, following her son, and settled in Philadelphia. She went to work for London Fog in Philadelphia as a seamstress.
October 12, 1999 |
Grace Barbera Pino, 97, a seamstress and the oldest member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Bridgeton, died of heart, lung and kidney failure Sunday at Cumberland Manor in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County. Mrs. Pino was born in Saponara, Sicily, and emigrated to the United States with her family as a young girl. She lived in Bridgeton for nearly 40 years before moving to Hopewell 20 years ago. She was a seamstress at the former Rovner's Department Store in Bridgeton for 34 years before retiring in 1980.
October 23, 1993 |
Violet Fijalkowski Rozanski, 76, of Port Richmond, a seamstress who loved to dress dolls, died Wednesday at Northeastern Hospital. A proficient seamstress, Mrs. Rozanski began her career in the textile industry as a weaver, after working in a defense plant during World War II. She later became a sample maker for Nanette, a manufacturer of girls' dresses. She also worked for a designer at Jonathan Logan Women's Wear. Mrs. Rozanski turned her love of sewing into a money-making proposition by crafting clothes for clients.
October 18, 2014 |
Victoria Gimmi Burgo, 98, formerly of Westville, died Saturday, Oct. 11, at Victorian Manor, an assisted-living community in Hollywood, Fla. Mrs. Burgo had lived in Westville, Gloucester County, from the 1940s until she moved to the Fort Lauderdale area 14 years ago, her daughter, Annette Kershaw, said. Born in Bari, on the southern Adriatic coast of Italy, she was raised by an aunt after her mother, Vincenza, died when she was 2. Her father, Giuseppe, had moved to South Camden with his two other daughters and in 1923, when Victoria was 7, she made the Atlantic crossing in the care of a ship's captain and joined her father's household.
March 9, 2012
Margaret Cromartie Hennegan, 89, of Northern Liberties, a retired seamstress and the grandmother of a national television correspondent, died of complications of a stroke Tuesday, March 6, at Hahnemann University Hospital. Mrs. Hennegan was born in Wilmington, N.C., and grew up with three brothers in South Philadelphia. She attended William Penn High School. While raising a daughter as a single mother, she worked in textile factories in Philadelphia and was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.
February 16, 1988 |
Mary A. "Sister" Ball, a retired seamstress whose will of iron was cast in the crucible of a slave South described by her father and grandfather, died Thursday. She was 89 and lived in North Philadelphia. Sister Ball was a professional seamstress who could make or mend anything that could fit through her sewing machine. She worked 20 years for the Marine Corps at Broad Street and Washington Avenue and two years at the old Quatermaster Depot on Oregon Avenue before retiring in 1962.
November 2, 2000 |
Shirley E. Cracraft Rose, 82, a skilled seamstress who had worked for a prominent Montgomery County family, died Tuesday of ovarian cancer at her Bryn Athyn home. She had been on the household staff of the Pitcairn family at its estate in Bryn Athyn for many years. Over the years, Mrs. Rose used her sewing skills to make more than two dozen wedding gowns for family members and friends. A native of Wilmington, Ill., she came to Bryn Athyn in the mid-1930s, graduated from the Academy of the New Church High School there and attended the church's college for a year.
January 27, 2013 |
Elizabeth Graham Bailey, 94, a skilled seamstress and world traveler, died Friday, Jan. 11, of natural causes at the Residence at Glen Riddle in Media, where she had lived for eight years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Frances and Burr Graham, Mrs. Bailey was a graduate of Centenary College in New Jersey. In 1939, she married Wilbur Bailey, a graduate of West Point and a communications engineer for the Army. She spent the next 20 years traveling with her husband to postings in England, Germany, Japan, and the Philippines.
May 29, 2013 |
SOME POETIC SUITORS promise their loved ones that they'll bring down the moon for them, or, at least, give them the world. That was James Everett Jr., who not only promised his wife that he would give her the world, he did it. He and his wife, the former Julia Margaret McKay, visited Spain, Hawaii and North Africa and cruised all over the Caribbean in their 70-year marriage. They also made a home in South Philadelphia, where they raised four children and were then blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
January 31, 2003 |
Anna Lombardo Marini DiCroce, 106, of Pemberton, a retired seamstress who raised six children as a single parent, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia at Virtua-Memorial Hospital Burlington County in Mount Holly. At her 105th birthday party, Mrs. DiCroce offered the waiter a quarter and a sly look, saying, "Why don't you give me a call sometime?" Family and friends had gathered around the table at the Red Lion Diner in Vincentown congratulating her. She told them she'd make it to 110 - easily.