Tell us a little bit about yourself
I was born Filomena Angelina Marcocci in a small town in Pennsylvania called Barnettstown in 1935, the first daughter of Angelo and Lena (D’Angelo) Marcocci and I am 1st generation Italian-American. I have an older brother and two younger sisters. We are all in our seventies now.
What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
My parents were immigrants from the Abruzzo region of Italy and they were married in 1932 and worked laboriously to save enough money to send four children to institutions of higher learning in the 1950′s and 1960′s. I became a Foreign Language instructor and moved to New Jersey to accept a teaching position (Spanish and French) at a new high school in Delaware Twp. (now renamed Cherry Hill, NJ). I met and married my wonderful husband, Allan Omenson and together we became parents of two lovely daughters, Rachelle and Lynne. Both are very committed to their professions (Rachelle is a beloved educator at Triton HS nearby and Lynne is a practicing Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbologist locally). I am so proud of both daughters, because they are making a difference in this world. My husband and I are most proud of these two caring, sympathetic and loving individuals.
What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
If I am blessed with a long life and reach the age of 100, I hope to remain in relatively good health so that I can continue to do more traveling, cooking, cleaning my house, planting my flowers and photographing everything I find interesting. I already have an iPod, an iPhone, an iPad and a Laptop Computer that help me in my daily life (they were gifts from our daughters). At 77, I began studying Italian grammar and I hope I’ll be able to read some works of the great Italian writers when I celebrate my 100th birthday. Perhaps I will need some assistance from my sweet daughters as I search for my glasses!
What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
There are many things that I have seen in my 77 years that have changed the world, but the one that stands out is the use of Technology in every aspect of one’s life. It is amazing!
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
What piece of advice would I give to my 10-year-old self? I would say “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the Day” in Latin. I would say “Be Yourself and make your own path and follow it.” “Never give up on your dreams.”