Centenarian: Catherine Peritore-Calia

CATHERINE PERITORE,née Calia, was born Dec. 23, 1912, in Brooklyn. She moved to Douglaston, Queens, then to Hampton Bays and now lives at Century Village in Pembrook Pines, Fla. She married Frank Peritore in 1930 and had three children: Charles (now deceased), Elena and Vincent. Catherine was widowed in 1994. She enjoys doing crossword puzzles and watching "Jeopardy." According to her family, she has excellent penmanship and enjoys writing letters. She volunteered at hospitals during World War II, held babies with AIDS during the HIV epidemic and made sandwiches for firefighters during the 1995 East End fires. She has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She celebrated at a party with family and friends in Fort Lauderdale.

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