Louise De Flories
John R. Vollaro September 1994
Louise De Flories was born in Hornell New York. She was the last of 5
children born to Angelo & Adeline De Flories who emigrated to
United States from the Naples area of Italy in the early 1900's.
Mary's family moved to Brooklyn New York from Hornell when she was 13
years old. The move was made to improve Angelo's business as a tailor
which it did. The family prospered and as Mary grew up she learned to
sew. She was employed as a milliner by Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan
and her specialty was woman's hats .
became friends with John Vollaro through her sister Philomena who was
married to Joseph Vollaro. Mary and John were married on April 19,
1936. They raised 2 children, Joseph Frederick and John Richard, and
lived in Brooklyn N.Y.
is known for her generous nature, good cooking, and the ability to
make and keep friends. She has a strong faith in God and is known
throughout the family for her special relationship with Saint
Anthony, the patron saint of lost articles. The stories of her
involvement in finding lost wallets, purses, rings etc. abound and
are a family legend. One classic example occurred when a stranger
lost his wallet in the middle of Schroon Lake. It contained $100 in
cash and he searched four days for it before giving up. Mary saw him
searching and felt sorry for him. As was her way, she prayed to St.
Anthony to help him find it. The next day, while riding in a motor
boat, she glanced over the side and was amazed to see the open wallet
at the bottom of the lake. She yelled to stop the boat, and the
wallet was recovered. The stranger gave her a reward, and she took
her family to dinner with it.
is an active member of her church and senior citizens group in
Pleasantville New York. She volunteers her time to sew for cancer
patients and radiates good humor, love and friendship to everyone.
L. Vollaro 1907 - 2007