September 20, 2014

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Woman celebrates Mother’s Day, 100th birthday at Miss Molly’s Tea Room

Carmel Chiaramonte celebrates her 100th birthday at Miss Molly’s Tea Room, in Medina, with daughters Judy Davanzo, at left, and Eileen Chiaramonte. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

Carmel Chiaramonte celebrates her 100th birthday at Miss Molly’s Tea Room, in Medina, with daughters Judy Davanzo, at left, and Eileen Chiaramonte. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

Miss Molly’s Tea Room and Gift Shop was the place to be on Mother’s Day.

The popular Medina restaurant catered to all mothers on their special day, giving each one a complimentary keepsake teaspoon, while musician Lee Ann Anderson filled the Victorian tea room with harp music.

Guests at the bustling restaurant ranged in age from toddlers in pretty pink hats to one centenarian.

Carmel Chiaramonte, of Ashtabula, was at Miss Molly’s to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Seated with daughters Judy Davanzo, of Medina, and Eileen Chiaramonte, of Amherst, Carmel enjoyed a cup of freshly brewed tea as she reflected on the past 100 years.

She attributes her long life to hard work.

“She was the head nurse in maternity at Ashtabula General Hospital,” daughter Eileen said. “She helped bring a lot of babies into the world. She was also known for the little tea cookies she made. She was a very good cook and baker.”

After retirement Carmel and her husband, Joseph, an independent grocery-store owner, divided their time between Ohio and Florida. Joseph passed away six years ago at the age of 96. Carmel now lives with Eileen in Amherst.

“Our dad was hoping to make it to 100, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. However, we’re very glad our mom did,” Eileen said. “We try to take very good care of her.”