Clementina Cuomo, 92, seamstress, homemaker

September 05, 2005

Clementina Cuomo, a homemaker and former Singer Sewing Machine Co. demonstrator, died of cancer Wednesday at her Towson home. She was 92.

She was born Clementina Rescigno in Naples, Italy, where she was taught by nuns to do fancy embroidery and Madeira cut work, a skill she retained after moving to Little Italy in 1922. She was a graduate of St. Leo's Parochial School.

Mrs. Cuomo became a sewing techniques demonstrator for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. and worked at its Lexington Street showroom in downtown Baltimore for many years. She sat at her sewing machine in the store's showroom window and, among other duties, initialed towels and linens.

One of her pieces, an elaborate tablecloth, was displayed at the 1939 New York World's Fair in Flushing.

After her retirement in 1945, she continued to do sewing and embroidery work for clients.

A member of the Towson Garden Club, she also made altar boy cassocks for Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic parish in Highlandtown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., where she was a member.

Survivors include three sons, F. Philip Cuomo of Lutherville, Francis X. Cuomo of Towson and Richard Cuomo of Perry Hall; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband of 50 years, Anthony L. Cuomo, died in 1989. A son, Salvatore Cuomo, died in 1998.

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