Beloved Edge­mere res­i­dent turns 100

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL - By KATE GRACE

Sudie Pec­ora Grace, for­merly of Edge­mere, turns 100 years old on Au­gust 18, 2020. Sudie and her late hus­band Her­bert R. Grace resided on North Point Road, across the street from their busi­nesses the Edge­mere Food Mar­ket and the Edge­mere Bowladrome. De­voted mem­bers of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Sudie and Herb raised six chil­dren. Sudie is proud of all of her chil­dren, her 19 grand­chil­dren, 27 great grand­chil­dren and three­year old great great grand­daugh­ter!

Sudie’s par­ents Al­bert Pec­ora and Carmela De Luca Pec­ora im­mi­grated from Italy in 1908. They moved to the Bear Creek area when Sudie was 18 years old, just out of high school. She re­mem­bers they came up from Bow­den, NC af­ter her brother Forteno Pec­ora made good in the gro­cery busi­ness work­ing for a Ho­labird Av­enue gro­cery. Her fa­ther had a “coun­try store” with gro­ceries, a gas pump and an ice house. Broth­ers Pitt and Forteno went into busi­ness to­gether, even­tu­ally hav­ing a butcher store on Wise Av­enue. Sudie worked in all the stores.

Teenage Sudie loved rid­ing bi­cy­cles, play­ing base­ball or any kind of ball game, be­ing on the wa­ter with her friends and danc­ing any­where there was a dance! A spe­cial good friend was Irma Grace, who lived across the street. Sudie and Irma would get their par­ents’ per­mis­sion to go to “Dish­rooms’, a saloon, with a restau­rant” and get a bowl of chili. One evening Sudie, Irma, George Strap­man and many other friends saw Bob Hope en­ter­tain at “a night­club, I can’t re­mem­ber the name, but now it’s called Harolds”. Also, in that group was Irma’s brother Herb Grace.

Earnest, hard-work­ing and cleared-eyed cer­tain the vi­va­cious, un­self-con­scious beauty was the per­son he wanted to spend his life with, Herb al­ways said she was “the one”. Mar­ried just be­fore Sudie turned 21, they were to­gether for 70 years.

First came “Lit­tle” Sudie, then Herb, Jr., Deb­o­rah,

James, JC and John. “We moved from the first house in In­ver­ness to North Point and started a gro­cery store next to Don­a­van’s, then next door to that the 12 lanes of duck­pins – we had two lanes that were ten pin, but that didn’t catch on so we con­verted them back. It was good busi­ness.”

All the chil­dren grew up work­ing in both the gro­cery store and the bowl­ing al­ley.

“I couldn’t have done it without my sis­ter, Mil­dred (Serenella) across the street”, says Sudie. “I thank the Lord all my chil­dren are good and all their chil­dren are good!”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KATE GRACE

SUDIE PEC­ORA GRACE

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