Berkley woman to celebrate her 100th birthday

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 22, 2021

 On April 29, Elizabeth Bommarito will celebrate her 100th birthday from her home in Berkley with her daughter, Linda.

On April 29, Elizabeth Bommarito will celebrate her 100th birthday from her home in Berkley with her daughter, Linda.

Photo provided by the Bommarito family

 Elizabeth Bommarito originally is from Saginaw, where she raised a family of five with her husband, Frank.

Elizabeth Bommarito originally is from Saginaw, where she raised a family of five with her husband, Frank.

Photo provided by the Bommarito family

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BERKLEY — A Berkley woman is celebrating a personal milestone at the end of April: her 100th birthday.

Elizabeth Bommarito, of Berkley, is turning 100 years old April 29. She’ll hit the century mark from the comfort of the home she shares with her daughter, Linda, in the city while watching family and friends drive by in celebration.

Before moving to live with her daughter in Berkley seven years ago, Bommarito was a longtime resident of Saginaw. She made her home in the city with her husband, Frank, and five children: Linda, Frank, Sam, Michael and Elizabeth Ann.

“When my dad was in the service in World War II, my mom waited for him for four years before he came home, before they got married,” Linda Bommarito said. “She saved all of his letters. She only had like 13 dates with him before they got married.”

Bommarito worked many jobs in her life before retirement. She and Frank owned a fruit market for seven years, where she worked seven days a week. She also took on jobs at a bakery; as a nurse’s aide at a Saginaw hospital; at a company called Lufkin’s Rule, where she inspected rulers; and at a Kellogg factory, where she was tasked to put toys in the cereal boxes.

Linda Bommarito, a resident of Berkley for 30 years, said her mother’s life hasn’t always been easy, but what she did was take life as it came. She sadly lost her husband in 1989, and three of her children also have passed away: Sam, Michael and Elizabeth Ann.

“She’s just taken everything as it comes,” she said. “I guess that’s part of her strength that she hasn’t turned any obstacle into bitterness.”

As her mother approaches her 100th birthday, Linda Bommarito said she’s “always happy” and has a friendly disposition.

“I wouldn’t say she’s really outgoing, but she’s always happy, and if you ask her how she lived to be 100, she just says, ‘Be happy … and I accept my age and I’m not gonna get riled up about it. …  I just accept what God’s given me and I’m grateful I’m alive,’” she said.

An individual who lives to be 100 is often asked what advice they would give to others on how they themselves can live a great life. What was Bommarito’s advice?

“To be happy and to love one another.”

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