Felimina Rotunda, born in 1915, has managed a dry cleaning and laundry business since the 1950s

By Diane Herbst
Updated October 22, 2015 12:30 AM
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What s this 100-year-old woman’s secret to a long life? Work six days a week, 11 hours at a stretch, with no plans for retirement.

Felimina Rotundo, born in 1915, has managed the same Buffalo, New York, laundromat and dry cleaning business since the mid-1950s, her son Gary Rotundo tells ABC News.

“She attributes her longevity to her hardworking nature,” Gary, 74, said. “She says it gives her a purpose, a reason to always wake up in the morning and a reason to always hustle.”

Felimina has been hustling since her first job back in 1930.

“I grew up during the Depression, when things were really bad and you had to go to work at 15,” Felimina tells Buffalo’s WGRZ. “It does something to you, it makes you grow up fast.”

Felimina washes clothes and handles dry cleaning from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the College Landry Shoppe in Buffalo.

“I talk to people all day, I do a few bundles. It’s being out, getting up in the morning. And when you say ‘I have to go to work,’ it does something for you,” she tells WGRZ.

Felimina thinks 75 is a respectable retirement age, but only if health becomes an issue.

“A lot of you old people, get out and do something, get out and do some work. Too many old people are retiring too young. I don’t think people should be sitting idle and doing nothing,” she tells the station.

“I’m still here, you never know how long I’m going to work, but I’ll keep going until I can’t walk anymore, as long as God will let me, I go one day at a time.”