In the Easy Chair with ... Sandra Vitterito

In the Easy Chair with ... Sandra Vitterito

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AGE: 76.

OCCUPATION: Mother and homemaker.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Westerly.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Packing for a trip to Celebrations, Fla., with my son Joe and his family.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: With my 11 grandchildren, and in summer, at the Westerly Town Beach, sitting in the same spot I’ve had for the last 40 years.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising my six children, helping my Down syndrome brother, the late Francis P. “Brother Bro” Giorno, who died in 1998, and all my nieces and nephews.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being respectful and kind.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Let everyone else fill their bucket lists first. I don’t have one.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Prayer beads and my scapula.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A baby nurse.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: My mother and father, the late Virginia Altimonti Giorno and the late Angelo “Bull” Giorno.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Abraham R. Chuzzlewit.

I AM READING: “Giuseppe: Only in America,” by Joseph Levanto, “The Joy in Loving,” by Mother Teresa, and St. Jude.

I AM LISTENING TO: Adele, the Beatles, Sugar Ray from the Knickerbocker, Paul Anka, and Temporary Hero.

FAVORITE MOVIES: “Bells of St. Mary’s,” “Brian’s Song” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Beauty and the Beast.”

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: “I Love Lucy” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

FAVORITE PETS: All of my grandchildren’s: Chewey, Woodie, Max and Ruby, Olivia, and Abraham.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Eggplant, hot peppers, and Angelo’s fish and chips ... and Angelo’s salad ... iceberg lettuce and tomatoes.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: None.

TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty and sensitivity.

PET PEEVE: When people text and drive and when people turn right on red when drivers with the right of way are coming in the other direction. Nobody follows rules!

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Substitute worry with prayer.” — Rev. Wilfred “Father Greg” Gregoire, former pastor of Immaculate Conception Church.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Westerly Town Beach, Watch Hill, and the overlook at Weekapaug.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Family and friends.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m very sensitive and I knit fingerless gloves — thank you, Roberta!

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Was from my father: “Be a leader and not a follower.”

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Put your trust in God.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Try to make it fair.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Take care of my family, pay for my grandchildren’s college education and donate to the National Down Syndrome Society.

I DRIVE A: Gray 2013 Toyota Avalon.

I WISH I DROVE: My old station wagons. I had three; a 1970 nine-passenger Chevy, a 1978 Chevy, and a 1985 Buick — and I bought them all used.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Fruits, veggies and seltzer.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: My parents, Brother Bro, my kids and their spouses; my husband, Joe; my 95-year-old Aunt Millie Fusaro (we call her Zizi B) and her family; my sister Carol and her family; my grandchildren and my Marco Island friends.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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