LI woman celebrates 111th birthday

January 29, 2012 2:39:32 PM PST
Marietta Cappizzi's life spanned the entire 20th century and she is still going strong.

Friends and family gathered at a senior living home in Glen Cove, Long Island on Sunday to wish Marietta a happy 111th birthday!

Marietta was born in 1901 and left Italy 18 years later to start a new life in America.

She had a happy marriage for 73 years that blessed her with 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

She says the secret to a happy life is a healthy appetite.

"I eat everything. Pasta, meatball[s], you know Italian food," Cappizzi said.

Marietta is the oldest living immigrant whose autobiography is part of the Ellis Island Museum display.

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