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Pallisco marks milestone

August 18, 2010
Times Leader

BELLAIRE — One hundred years is quite an accomplishment for many things; businesses, traditions and so much more.
It’s even more amazing when it’s a person that reaches 100 years of age.
Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire recently helped resident Mary Pallisco celebrate her hitting of the century mark.
Pallisco, one of newest residents at CCRC, was born Aug. 6, 1910.
She was born in West Bellaire to Louis and Serfina Fusco, living there until the age of 4. The Pallisco, along with her mother and three brothers, moved to Italy.
They lived in Italy until Mary was 8 years old, during which time World War I was being fought.
The entire family returned to the United States on the Dantelire.
While on the ship, Mary and her brothers played by hanging their feet off the side of the vessel, with Mary losing one of her shoes in the Atlantic Ocean.
She laughed, saying ‘‘she only had one shoe the whole trip because she’d only had one pair.’’
She did receive a new pair when the ship arrived at Ellis Island in New York City.
While Mary was away in Italy, her father stayed back home in Bellaire and built their new house on Taney Avenue. The structure was a duplex so the other half could be rented out and the money used to pay for the whole building.
Even though Mary was 8 years old, she was placed into first grade at West Bellaire because she only spoke Italian. A few of the other students who spoke both English and Italian acted as a translator and teacher for her. She remembers to this day the other children who made fun of her for not knowing English.
She married when she was 15 years old. It was an arranged marriage to a friend of her brother, one Vincent ‘’Jimmy’’ Pallisco.
After failing to be married in St.Clairsville because Mary was too young. So the pair were married in Benwood,W.Va.
The couple had three children, sadly losing one.
The other children were Helen and Louis. Louis has passed on and Helen is married with Children.
Mary has five living generations in her family, making her a Great-Great-Grandmother.
Mary and Jimmy were married for 53 years when he passed away. She has lived by herself the last 21 years before coming to reside at CCRC.
She refers to the other residents as her neighbors and says she’s very happy..
A small family party was held for her at CCRC and on Aug. 7, she celebrated with a party with friends and family at the West Bellaire Community Center.



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