Good for you

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 28, 2007

Rose Catherine Gorga celebrated her 105th birthday on Oct. 19 at the Loving Care Assisted Living Facility in Largo with a party hosted by family and friends.

Ms. Gorga was born in Paterson, N.J., on Oct. 18, 1902, to Italian immigrants Blaze and Antonia Gorga. Completing the family was a brother, Charles Crawford Gorga, and a sister, Susan Gorga, who died at age 14.

Ms. Gorga started her working career in St. Anthony's Guild, a Catholic charity organization. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1939, where she worked as a secretary for the National Park Service at the Department of the Interior.

During World War II she served her country in the Women's Army Corps from 1944 to 1945 as a staff sergeant. She was a medical assistant and received the World War II Victory Medal.

After an honorable discharge, Ms. Gorga returned to her position in the National Park Service until her retirement in 1964, when she relocated to Clearwater.

Ms. Gorga was known as a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed tatting and knitting.

She took up residence at Loving Care ALF in 2004 and attributes her longevity to good genes and solving crossword puzzles.