Eleanor LaMotta celebrated her 108th birthday Oct. 13 at a dinner with family.
County Executive Rob Astorino named Oct. 13, 2017, “Eleanor LaMotta Day” in Westchester in honor of the occasion.
LaMotta was born Oct. 13, 1909, in Manhattan. She was the sixth of nine children of Augusta and Gaetano Imperato. She attended New York City schools and studied clothing design. She enjoyed two sports in school: swimming and field hockey.
She and her husband, Frank, had two children. Their family has grown to include six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Her love of swimming continued all of her life. She often took trips to City Island and Jones Beach when she lived in the Bronx.
LaMotta came to Somers in 1984 with her husband. She was especially attracted to the Olympic-sized swimming pool in Heritage Hills.
Eleanor now lives with her daughter and son-in-law in North Salem. Her son in-law, William Monti, said she enjoys watching her great-grandchildren swim in the pool.