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June 23, 1994 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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October 12, 1999 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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October 23, 1993 | By Barbara J. Richberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 18, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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February 16, 1988 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 2, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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January 27, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 29, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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January 31, 2003 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 20, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU WERE fortunate enough to be dining at Maria Marinaro's home, you'd better have seconds. Otherwise, Maria would have been offended. "What's the matter?" she would demand. "You no like the food?" Maria Marinaro was an Italian cook of the old school - only fresh ingredients, everything made from scratch and, of course, there was no such thing as following somebody else's recipe. She made her own. Family members who sought to replicate her preparations would watch her carefully, studying how she measured - or more likely didn't measure - ingredients.
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November 4, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
PAT NOLAN'S HOME was the scene of typical old-fashioned South Philadelphia values - dinner on the table every night, big family get-togethers, excursions to Wildwood and Atlantic City, church on Sunday. And the one ingredient that was always present was family love. It filled the rooms with warmth, good humor and laughter. The matriarch who kept the family intact and the love and goodwill flowing was Sarah Frances Nolan, known as Pat, a talented, hardworking, God-fearing woman who gave her children the foundation on which to build meaningful lives.
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November 4, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sarah Frances Nolan, 91, formerly of Philadelphia, a seamstress and the mother of WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Wyncote. Born in South Philadelphia to Samuel and Carrie Jones, "Pat," as she was known, graduated from Bartram High School and Apex Beauty Academy. In 1941, she married George Johnson, and the couple had two daughters before divorcing. George Johnson died in the 1980s. She later married Robert A. Nolan.
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August 14, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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March 3, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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November 24, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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October 18, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 11, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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November 29, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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