Sister Mary Cecile Amore, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died on Feb. 18, a day after her 111th birthday. Sisters and staff were with her during the last several days and family members came to wish her a happy birthday. During her life, she was an organist, music teacher, teacher of voice, piano, and violin, and an excellent seamstress.
Antoinette Marie Amore was born on Feb. 17, 1905, in Pietracatella, Italy. Her father went to America when she was two months old. About six years later, he sent for his wife and daughter. The family lived in Bridgeport and grew with the births of her sister, Louise, and two brothers, Patrick and Michael.
Antoinette studied at Barnum Elementary School in Bridgeport. From the time she was a little girl, Antoinette wanted to take music lessons but financial difficulties occurred when she was in the eighth grade and was obliged to leave school and go to work to help her family. At the age of 14, she began to do “bench” work at a company in Bridgeport. She was paid for piecework and was so proud when she bought home $10 earned in one week when she usually earned $7.