Beloved Edgemere resident turns 100
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!”
SUDIE PECORA GRACE