Rotundo remembered as symbol of strength

Honring A Legacy: Minnie Rotundo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Felimina Rotundo, known as Minnie, worked six days a week, eleven hours a day at the College Laundry Shop on Main Street in Buffalo's University District. 

She kept up this schedule at age 100. 

Rotundo, beloved for her dedication and outstanding work-ethic, passed away at the age of 101 last week.  

2 On Your Side's J.T. Messinger documented Minnie's passion for her work, which she said kept her going last year. 

"I talk to people all day," Minnie said. "I do a few bundles. It's being out. Getting up in the morning and you say, 'I have to go to work.' It does something for you." 

Minnie's personality, as well as her longevity, grabbed national attention. She was featured on Today and written about in several publications.  

Minnie's view now spread throughout the country: 75 is a respectable age to begin considering retirement, should there be a health issue. At the time, Minnie said she had no plans of slowing down. 

"I'm still here," she said. "You never know how long I'm going to work, but I'll keep going until I can't walk any more. As long as God will let me, I go one day at a time. One day at a time." 


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