Treasure Coast Hospice celebrates patient’s 104th birthday in style

PSL City Councilwoman presents birthday girl with Certificate of Achievement Award

The Palms Nursing and Rehab at Port St Lucie was the scene of a milestone celebration for resident Anna Soncarato, who turned 104 years of age on June 1.

Adorned with balloons and banners, the facility’s private dining room exuded a festive atmosphere for the centenarian!

Birthday Girl Anna Soncarato (in front), Port St. Lucie City Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan, Sherine Paulvil, Joanne Fiengo, Francine Louis and Dorothy Grant, spiritual care coordinator for Treasure Coast Hospice. In back: Romano Louis and Anthony Fiengo. Photos by Sevin Bullwinkle

Organized by Soncarato’s daughter, Joann, the gathering included family, friends and several Treasure Coast Hospice team members. Port St. Lucie City Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan, at the request of Treasure Coast Hospice, attended the party and commemorated the occasion by presenting Soncarato with a Certificate of Achievement Award.

World War I ended and an influenza pandemic raged back in 1918, the year Soncarato’s mom gave birth to her. She grew up in Harlem, N.Y. in a traditional Italian family.

At age 25, she married Joseph Soncarato, with whom she had three daughters. She later lived with her daughter, Joann, for more than 40 years, first in Connecticut and then in Port St. Lucie.

Soncarato’s numerous hobbies included sewing, cooking sauce for hours at a time and eating pasta. One of her favorite activities was pickling eggplant and seasoning it with olive oil, vinegar, hot pepper and spices. She would preserve the specialty in mason jars for later pairing with chicken cutlets and deli sandwiches.

Dorothy Grant, Ingrid Williams-Graves, CAN Sherine Paulvil, Port St. Lucie City Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan, Joanne Fiengo, Craig Perry and Anna Soncarato, the birthday girl.

Today, Soncarato enjoys festive games of bingo with her gal pals at The Palms Nursing and Rehab at Port St Lucie.

As the crowd softly sang “Happy Birthday” and the photographer captured each precious moment, Soncarato reflected upon her life well-lived and gently blew out the candles on her cake.

Thanks to the compassion, diligence and attention to detail that defines the team at Treasure Coast Hospice, more happy memories are created for patients and their families.

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