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You may call her 'Nana'

Elvira Cerise celebrates 95 years of mountain life


Photo courtesy of Elvira Cerise

Elvira Cerise on her 95th birthday at her home in Saratoga. She was joined by her son, daughter, granddaughter and great grandchildren.

Everyone around Saratoga calls her "Nana" and she celebrated her 95th birthday on Nov. 11.

Elvira (pronounced Elveera) Cerise has a thick Italian accent, but was born in Florence, Colo., not Florence, Italy. "When I call people up I don't have to say this is Elvira."

Cerise's father was working as a miner in Florence when she was born. Her mother had moved from Italy to Snowmass, Colo. before ending up in Florence, Colo.

In the "Old Country", her parents families were from the farming valley of Aosta, not too far from the Swiss border in norther Italy. Aosta is high in the Alps.

Her parents...

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