At some point, birthdays become an unwanted reminder of growing old and are seriously downplayed. Well, lighten up, everyone. One birthday is sure get more attention. Make it to 100 and you meet a blaze of candles.
One Washington resident will celebrate that major milestone this Sunday (Sept. 22). But don’t let the triple digits fool you: Sevino Joseph Mozzochi’s memory is still super sharp.
Sevino was born in 1913 to Francesca and Louis Mozzochi. Immigrants from Italy, Francesca and Louis traveled through Ellis Island, met, married and settled in New York City. Sevino was born at home in Little Italy.
When Sevino was 5, the Mozzochi family moved to Deep River, Conn. Eventually, the family consisted of nine children, plus chickens, a cow named Lizzy and a beautiful garden — they were completely self-sufficient. As a schoolboy, Sevino enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, soccer and boxing. As an adult he was a foreman and welder for Sight Light Corp., where he welded lights for submarines.
He was drafted by the U.S. Army on Memorial Day, 1943, and called to active duty on June 14. He served three years and then re-enlisted in 1946. All told, Sevino served for more than 30 years, including in the Military Police, Counter Intelligence Corps, Adjutant Services and as a unit personnel technician, to name just a few.
Sevino spent 11 years overseas. He was stationed in Austria, Italy, Germany, Korea, Japan and Greenland. Domestically he was stationed in Arkansas, Virginia, California and Hawaii. He served his country in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, where he received two bronze medals and has always maintained he “was not a hero.” He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 1973.
Sevino moved to Rappahannock to stay with his daughter, Frances Bouffard, in 1999. He was always physically active, walking at least two miles every day and gardening up until a few years ago when his mobility took a nose dive. He loves dogs and has a rescue named Kimi.
Thanks to Nita Clewis, Betty Mozzochi Clewis and Frances Boufford for passing on a century’s worth of details about their father and grandfather.
Happy birthday, and enjoy your day!
The Rev. Jennings Wise Hobson III, known to many as Jenks, has announced he will be retiring from Trinity Episcopal Church on the last day of May, 2015. At that time, he will have served as chief pastor at Trinity Church for 42 years. While this long-term announcement is somewhat unusual, the leadership of Trinity is excited about the creative possibilities it offers for this transition. Trinity Church will continue strongly engaged in the diversity of its fellowship and in service to its community.
Sympathy goes out to the family of Clara Marie Atkins. Clara Marie, 88, passed away Sept. 9 at her residence. Known to most as Marie, she was born in Rappahannock County. She was a member of the Black Oak Regular Baptist Church and retired as the cafeteria manager of Rappahannock County High School.
Marie was a born-again Christian; she was baptized and joined Black Oak Regular Baptist Church on Aug. 26, 1945, remaining a faithful and dedicated member until her death. She was a former member of Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, as well as a longtime volunteer at the Rappahannock Senior Center.
She served as clerk of the Ketocton Association of Regular Baptist Churches for 11 years and was even a freelancer for the Rappahannock News, writing the Boston column for many years.
Funeral services were held Sept. 14 in the chapel of Clore-English Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Richards and Dr. Wayne Thompson conducting the service. Interment followed in the Sperryville Cemetery.
She will be missed by so many.
It’s going to be busy in Little Washington this coming weekend. Make your first stop on Saturday (Sept. 21) at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue station for their all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. After breakfast, head into town for the the start of the Rappahannock Rough Ride, a charity bicycle ride for the Rappahannock and Fauquier Free Clinics beginning at 10 a.m. While the first Washington Wellness Festival goes on along Gay Street, the grand opening of Little Washington Wellness & Spa (261 Main St.) is 3 to 7 Saturday, and features complimentary chair massage, skincare consultations and product recommendations, as well as a raffle. Next door, the Hair Gallery has an open house (including refreshments) at the same time.
There’s more details about this busy weekend in this week’s Rapp column.