Monday, June 24, 2013

Woman, 102, honored as she bids farewell to Seymour

Clara Amodio, seated, is joined at the Callahan House in Seymour by friends Samuel Dmytryshyn, 97, right, and Laura Bengivengo, 96. 
Bengivengo, Amodio's neighbor at Callahan House, checked up on her daily. / Contributed photo

SEYMOUR - Clara Amodio, who just turned 102, is leaving the Seymour Housing Authority’s Callahan House after 22 years of residency.  

Despite her age, she retains the wit and charming personality that has made her one of the most beloved residents at the Callahan House.

She arrived at the facility shortly after its opening and has long been a fixture there. Amodio will be leaving to live with her daughter in Pompano Beach, Fla. after spending most of her life here in Connecticut.  She is looking forward to sitting in the sun and watching the ships sail by not to mention a much-deserved break from the harsh New England winters.
First Selectman,Kurt Miller, and Seymour Housing Authority Director David Keyser, were both on hand last week for a farewell celebration organized by the head of the tenant association, Dominick Bellucci.
Bellucci, who said he had ample time to get to know Amodio, described her as sweet and funny, while Keyser called her “the ideal tenant.”  
Amodio, who has only recently been using a wheelchair, had all the residents laughing and smiling as they lined up to say goodbye.  

Miller said, “What a pleasure it is to be invited today, though we’re sad to see Clara go.”  

This information is taken from a press release from the Office of the First Selectman.


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