Rose Artuso celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday at D'Imperio's Restaurant in Wilkins. Let's hope their meatballs, ravioli, spaghetti and gnocchi were almost as good as the homemade fare Mrs. Artuso was famous for.
She was born on Aug. 12, 1913, in Nocera Terinese, province of Catanzaro in Italy's Calabria region. She was the oldest of Ross and Josephine Vecchio's four children. On Oct. 25, 1925, she and her mother boarded the SS Dante Alighieri for America to join her father, who was living and working in Trafford
On June 15, 1939, she married Philip Artuso at St. Regis Church in Trafford and they moved to Clairton. They had one son, Vincent Ross Artuso of Elizabeth Township. Mrs. Artuso is a longtime member of St. Clair Church in Clairton and was known as both an excellent cook and baker. Mr. Artuso died in 1977 after 37 years of marriage. His grandson, who was born a few months after his death, was named for him.
More than 60 friends and relatives came from as far away as Florida for the birthday celebration Saturday.
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