Century Club: 2 local women celebrate turning 100 with party, proclamation

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Theresa Bombara has one thing in common with her favorite hockey player, Penguin Sidney Crosby: a strong work ethic. After 25 years in the foundations department of Kaufmann's, 10 years at Mellon Financial and many years of sewing draperies and slipcovers in her home, she reluctantly retired at age 78.

Today, she turns 100 years old and will take a break to celebrate at Bethel Retirement Residence in Bethel Park, where she now lives. She may enjoy what she calls her secret to longevity: pizza and wine.

She was born on Dec. 17, 1913, one of Joseph and Philomena Bisceglia's six children. She grew up in Bloomfield and attended Schenley High School. In 1937, she married Felix Bombara, and they had two sons: John (deceased) and Joe of Mt. Lebanon. Mr. Bombara died in 1963 after 26 years of marriage. Among those celebrating with her today are six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Proud Pittsburgher

Don't ever criticize Pittsburgh within earshot of Elvira "Vera" Green. You'll get an earful from this proud East Liberty native. On her 100th birthday Wednesday, the city will return the favor as City Council honors her with a special proclamation.

She was born on Dec. 18, 1913, one of seven children of Sicilian immigrants Augustine Taravella and Anthony Tamburo. She attended Sacred Heart High School and worked as a bookkeeper for Savarese Co., her brother's wholesale Italian food business in the Strip District. In May 1951, she married Frederick Green, and they lived in Friendship and later in Carnegie Place. They had one son, Richard of Lambertville, N.J., but she jokes that she also raised three schnauzers: Bonnie, Taffy and Tuffy.

Mrs. Green loved to cook; her specialties were stuffed artichokes and stuffed squid. She and her husband, who died in 2009, showed their love for each other and their extended family by cooking and baking together. They baked many varieties of cookies for the holidays.

If you or a friend or a relative recently turned 100 or will soon do so, the Post-Gazette would like to hear from you. To be included in Century Club, send the honoree's biographical information and your phone number to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Century Club, Attn: Kevin Kirkland, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. Fax: 412-491-8452. Email: kkirkland@post-gazette.com.

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