Four Days After Becoming A Citizen, Woman Dies
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (AP) _ Four days after a 95-year-old woman fulfilled her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen, she died peacefully at the nursing home where she lived, officials said Tuesday.
Concetta Schiavo, who came from a small Italian village more than 70 years ago, died Monday, said Sister Christopher, director of nursing at the Cabrini Nursing Home.
County and state officials administered the oath of citizenship to Mrs. Schiavo at the nursing home on Thursday because she was not well enough to travel to the Westchester County Courthouse where naturalization ceremonies were held.
Mrs. Schiavo had said she wanted to become a citizen before she died.
More than 80 relatives, including 11 of her 12 children, 34 of 35 grandchildren, 36 of 47 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, witnessed the ceremony.
″I guess she wanted to get her whole family together one last time,″ said Sister Christopher, who added that she did not know the cause of death.
Born in Avelino, Italy, Mrs. Schiavo came to this country when she was 18 and moved to Dobbs Ferry, where she met and married Ralph Schiavo, an auto mechanic. He died in 1981 and she moved into the nursing home 18 months ago.