What does Mary Titone contribute to her longevity?
Her answer is, growing up on plain food and maintaining a good diet.
Well, it must have worked because Mary celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 18.
She was the guest of honor at a birthday party held for her at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown where she has been a resident for the last few years. Her daughter, Mary and her husband, Frank McCarthy of Saylorsburg and her son, Richard Titone and his wife, Susan, of Florida, were on hand to help their mother celebrate this milestone. She is also the grandmother of five grandchildren and has eight great-grandchildren. When her husband, Dominick, passed away, they had been married 40 years.
After Mary graduated from high school, she worked in Manhattan for Dun and Bradstreet. She married Dominick Titone and then was a stay-at-home mom for their two children. She went back to work at the age of 40 as a legal secretary and worked full-time until her retirement at the age of 81.
"My mom never learned to drive so she took the bus to work every single day," said Richard.
Mary was a world traveler, having visited places like Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland and Europe. She loved going on cruises.
Richard said that his mother was a wonderful hostess and his parents' house was the gathering place for both sides of the families.
"We were that typical Italian family you see on television or in the movies with lots of talking, laughing and lots of eating. My mother was a great cook," recalled daughter, Mary.
When asked what was her favorite food, Mary quickly replied, "Lasagna!"
When asked how it felt to be a 100, Mary said with a mischievous smile, "Wonderful. I'm going to live to be 200. Why not?"