... the community marks the occasion with a big party
The fair city of Melrose boasts several centenarian citizens, and even
several residents who are enjoying 100-plus years! One of those
centenarians, Alice Consalvo, was honored with a 100th birthday party at
the Milano Senior Center. Alice was born August 18th, 1913 to Thomas and
Alice Doyle and grew up in Everett, together with her brother Lewis.
Working locally during her late teens and early twenties found Alice
enjoying life as a typical young lady of her time. When World War II broke
out, Alice went to work at the Charlestown Navy Yard as a steelworker -
yes, you’re reading this correctly - making floor plates for war ships!
She enjoyed dancing, socializing and especially following the popular
movies of the day.
Because she was small in stature, for many years she tells the story of
paying children's prices which was how she afforded spending her time and
money in every movie theater in Everett, catching all the latest releases.
Alice always enjoyed dancing, especially the polka and in later years,
learning line dancing, entertaining in nursing homes. At her birthday
party, she gave us an example of her fancy footwork with her walker, as
only Alice could do!
Eventually Alice met and was courted by Anthony Consalvo and they were
married in 1942. Approximately 30 years later she was widowed. In 1984
when Alice heard about a nice apartment in the McCarthy House, one of the
senior residences fairly new to Melrose, she moved in.
Her younger brother served in the U.S. Army during World War II, retiring
as a Lieutenant Colonel. Her closeness and fondness for Lewis led her into
becoming involved in many, many veterans’ affairs both in Everett and
Melrose. Eventually she became a member of the Harold O. Young Post 2394
V.F.W. Auxiliary on Chipman Avenue, serving 18 years as their Chaplain.
She also served as President.
A very familiar figure in the city, Alice continues to surprise everyone
by how active and outgoing she continues to be. BINGO is one of her
favorite games, both in her building and at the Milano Senior Center where
she attends many of their different events. She is a frequent and welcome
customer at Liberty Bell Restaurant at the Shopping Plaza next to her
residence, as well as Honey Dew Donuts.
Memorial Day and Veterans Day events are special occasions for Alice. She
never misses them, and always is sure to attend the Melrose Veterans’
Memorial Middle School programs on these occasions, paying tribute at each
memorial site and participating in the annual Memorial Day Parade. This
year Tony Doyle, a Korean War Veteran who donates his time and his
convertible each year, had the distinct pleasure of driving Alice in her
bright royal blue V.F.W. uniform, adding greatly to Alice’s involvement in
honoring our local veterans.
September 6, 2013