August 14, 2015 |
WHEN GEORGIA Bruson was born, William Howard Taft was president, the Ford Model T was a year old, and the Wright brothers were still trying to figure out how to fly that thing. Georgia was born on the Fourth of July, 1909, in Edgefield, S.C. She died July 29 at 106. Her life encompassed a big chunk of American history. The Model T morphed into the sleek chariots plying Interstate 95; the Wright brothers' creation became supersonic jets, and a black man is president of the United States.
March 3, 2015 |
FOR MISS LUBEL, children were her life. Lula Mae Bellamy Pouncy, called "Lubel" by family and friends and "Miss Lubel" by neighbors, took care of children by providing the clothes they wore and the lessons they learned. She was a seamstress who made children's clothing in a factory and in her West Oak Lane home, and she was the founder of a learning center for preschool and kindergarten children that earned her praise and honors. Lula Mae, who also was an active Baptist churchwoman and devoted family matriarch, died Feb. 22 of complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 75. "She was adored by hundreds of parents and children over her 30-year career as an educator, adviser, sitter, and often a secondary mom," her family said.
November 24, 2014 |
CORRIE ROBERTS thought nothing of riding multiple public-transit routes to outlying areas of the city, taking numerous transfers, to get the right gift or treat to a friend. "She was always passionate about helping and giving to others," her family said. Although life wasn't always easy for Corrie, she never let multiple illnesses interfere with the pursuit of her many talents and the need to show her children the finer things of life. Corrie Vermell Gillespie Wolfe Roberts, a businesswoman, seamstress and knitter, and adventurous cook, died Nov. 15. She was 86 and living in the Simpson House, on Belmont Avenue, and formerly lived in the Kennedy House, on John F. Kennedy Boulevard near 19th Street.
November 11, 2014 |
Vera Szostak, 101, of Philadelphia, a seamstress and family matriarch who lived to know her great-great-grandchildren, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, of pneumonia at Blessed John Neumann Home in Bustleton, where she had lived since July 2013. "She had so many trials early in life, but she rose above them," said her niece Carol A. Petroski. Her ongoing vigor may have been due to her love of walking and eating fruit. Mrs. Szostak was born in 1913 in Jersey City, N.J. Her father, Anthony Kichak, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic, leaving her mother, Anna, to raise six children.
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.
September 11, 2014 |
CAROL JONES was a wizard with a needle and thread. She didn't even need a pattern to create fashionable and imaginative garments of every description, frequently of her own design. She seemed to have an instinct for knowing what customers had in mind when they contacted her. And there are many family members and friends who would say that Carol was also a wizard at the stove. Her Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners - turkey with all the trimmings - were a neighborhood legend.
November 29, 2013 |
IF YOU WERE a member of the family of Edna Mae Bantom, you didn't have to worry about looking stylish when you went out on the town. Edna was a magician with needle and thread, and made clothes for both women and men in her family, as well as neighbors in her Kingsessing community who needed her special touch. "She made my senior prom dress," said her daughter, Mary K. Bantom. "It was beautiful, one of a kind. When people asked me where I got it, I said, 'Mommy did it.' " Edna Bantom, who was self-employed as a seamstress for a time, then sold real estate for a firm established by her late husband, an active churchwoman and devoted family matriarch, died Nov. 21. She would have been 93 tomorrow.
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 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.