Marie Zucchero proves there's no age limit to volunteering

4:45 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS Co. (KSDK) - Marie Zucchero's Thursday arrival at Bethesda Dilworth is about as consistent as the sun rising.

"Ask my family they'll tell you they never make plans for Thursday because they know it's a given," Zucchero says.

That's the way it's been for more than 35 years.

"My mother was a resident here. We would walk the halls and we found a piano. I would play these little Italian songs for her," Zucchero adds.

It was precious time between mother and daughter until someone from the activities department heard her playing.

"She said you know what I have three men who want to sing for the residents and they need a piano player would you do it," Zucchero explains.

And well, she's been doing it ever since, only now at 91-years-old she's older than most of the residents.

"I'm older than some of them, but there are some who are older than I am, there's one who's 102 and she's really musical and gets up and sings with us and she has these moves," Zucchero points out.

It's those moves, those moments that make her weekly trip to this piano something she always looks forward to

"It just makes me happy to make them happy," Zucchero says.

Of course, she's not the only one.

"Oh I wouldn't want to miss it, it is beautiful," says Belle Irene Christian, a resident at Bethesda Dilworth.
Most of the songs she does from memory and with the help of the ding-a-lings, they not only make great music, but life for people here a little richer.

"They play all tunes that we grew up with," explains Christian.

It's also a reminder that there's no age limit when it comes to bringing joy to others.


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