Ridgway woman celebrates 100th birthday

Photo by Larry Simon
Staff Writer

Still living at home and still taking care of business along with her son, Bill (71 years-old), Mrs. Lucille ‘Lou’ Malin happily informs us she is turning 100-years old Sept. 20, 2018. She, the second child, is the last surviving member of her siblings, a family of four sisters and three brothers.
Marge Scolese the eldest, Carmella Meade, John Corvino, Anthony Corvino, James Corvino, and the youngest Theresa Bullers. Mrs. Malin was shocked at the death of her youngest sister who literally died while they were talking on the phone last April 23; she expected to go first.
Bill Malin is retired from the ATA but it still surprised Lou when the company sent a wheelchair van around to take her to her sister’s funeral. She says she doesn’t get out the door much anymore and really appreciated everything that was done for her at such a time.
Lou’s mother, Christine DeMatteo was born in Italy and told her family of coming over the Atlantic with her best friend on a cattle boat when she was just 19-years old. Her friend died during the voyage and was buried at sea.
Once in America, her mom married Nicol Corvino and for the first several years they lived in West Hickory on the west side of both the Allegheny National Forest and the Allegheny River across the river from the intersection of route 127 and state route 62. Lou laughingly and proudly translated the Italian family name ‘cor’ meaning heart and ‘vino’ meaning wine stating their family then was the heart of the wine… Lucille means light.
The Corvino family moved into Ridgway when Mrs. Malin was 4-5 years old starting out on the Ridgway-Johnsonburg road near where the Eagles Club now resides. The area then was called ‘Eagle Valley’ and a major manufacturer back then; the Elliot Company produced engines for submarines.
Lou recalls her dangerous walk across the busy area and railroad tracks in order for her to get to school at the one-building St. Leo’s. When she graduated into the seventh grade she attended the Ridgway public school in the building now known as the Udarbe Complex. The family “homestead” became the house on the corner of Center Street and Leslie Ave.
When she was just 16 years old she officially became Mrs. Malin marrying George William Malin, a man of Scotch, Irish and English mix. Although everyone was saying it will never last, whenever she and George had problems, her mother would tell her “He’s a gooda boy”, pat her backside and send her home.

The full article can be found in the printed publication or E-Edition of the Ridgway Record on Sept. 18, 2018.