Daniela J. Alcarese, 100, homemaker

September 06, 2004

Daniela J. Alcarese, a homemaker who cared for her family and fellow immigrants, died Thursday of natural causes at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville, where she was a resident. She was 100.

Born Daniela Ormano in a town near Mount Etna in Sicily, she immigrated to the United States as a child with her parents and settled in Baltimore. She worked as a teen in an ammunition factory in Baltimore.

She married Alfonso Alcarese, who lived across the street in the Waverly neighborhood, in 1920. The two moved to a house next door to his shoemaking shop on Gorsuch Avenue in Waverly. Mr. Alcarese died in 1979.

Mrs. Alcarese regularly attended St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church, across the street from her home.

She worked as a seamstress in a tailor shop for a short time before World War II, but most of her life was devoted to her family. She had three children and six siblings and often entertained her relatives and friends at her home in Baltimore and at her summer home in Oliver Beach.

She also enjoyed helping other Sicilian immigrants get settled in Baltimore. She offered them advice, showed them around and had them over for meals.

"I can't express how compassionate and generous that woman was," said Rose Marie Alcarese of Oliver Beach, a granddaughter by marriage.

In 1984, Mrs. Alcarese moved to the Cub Hill neighborhood near Carney and then, in 1997, to Oak Crest Village, where she enjoyed bingo and other activities.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Oak Crest Village chapel, 8820 Walther Blvd., Parkville.

She is survived by a daughter, Maria Bell of Baltimore; a son, Andrew Alcarese of Parkville; three sisters, Rose Orner of Orlando, Fla., and Constance Bowers and Mildred Hance, both of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Josephine Holmes, and a grandson.

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