Five elderly siblings reunited in Peabody

The five siblings at the the Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody (from left) Carmen Wesala, age 98, Lawrence (Larry) Mallia, age 90; Mary Cena, age 92; Georgia Southwick. age 93; and Lucy O'Brien; age 85 (handout)


The five siblings at the the Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody (from left) Carmen Wesala, 98; Lawrence Mallia, 90; Mary Cena, 92; Georgia Southwick. 93; and Lucy O'Brien; 85.

A group of five siblings did not have to travel to enjoy one another’s company this past holiday season.

All are residents of the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living, a skilled nursing facility in Peabody.


Mary Cena, 92, moved into the center four years ago and has since been joined by her sisters: Carmen Wesala, 98; Georgia Southwick, 93; and Lucy O’Brien, 85; and her brother, Lawrence Mallia, 90. Mallia was the last to move into the residence when he arrived in November.

Officials at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, which owns the Brudnick Center, said it is rare for a facility to have even two siblings living in one residence, and they are unaware of another instance where there have been five.

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Cena, who recently realized a dream by self-publishing a cookbook, said she is thrilled to have her brother and sisters with her.

“We started our lives together and we are so lucky to be ending our lives together,” said Cena, in a statement provided by the center.

The siblings, all from the Peabody-Salem area, are the remaining five of 11 children in their family.

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