Celebrating our Centenarians!

Imagine navigating life against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age and many other historical events. The remarkable centenarians we serve at American Senior Communities possess a wealth of knowledge and are living historical treasures. 

What a privilege it is to share their amazing stories and valuable advice. We invite you to scroll through this photo album honoring some of the wonderful Centenarians that we are honored to serve at ASC.

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Thelma Frame, 104 years old, senior in blue sweater

Thelma Frame

May 7, 1919

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Thelma Frame is an accomplished artist who leads creative activities for her fellow residents at Zionsville Meadows Assisted Living. Thelma grew up in northern Indiana on a farm. She studied education at Indiana University and spent much of her adulthood as a teacher. She developed a love for drawing and painting as a child and went on to win several awards at regional painting competitions well into her 90's. She has several paintings exhibited at the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, Indiana, where she once lived.

Her advice is to keep active and to never stop enjoying hobbies.

WISH-TV recently featured Patty Spitler's heartwarming interview with Thelma on Great Day TV. Enjoy hearing her remarkable life story and how she is living life to the fullest at American Senior Communities: https://youtu.be/7hSjQTTKgzk

Thelma Spears

April 8, 1918

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Thelma Spears, known by friends as Nanny, had very strong faith and taught Sunday school for years. She not only had great support from her family, but her dog, Fee Fee, was always by her side as well. She was not afraid to tell you how she did not like cats. Her secret to living a long life was to be strong and to do what you have to do in order to support your family.

Vera Meadows

September 4, 1914

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Vera Meadows is a Chicago native who graduated in 1932 from Central Catholic High School. She married Bill Meadows and together they had three children and many grandchildren. She was a cafeteria aide for several years. Her hobbies include dancing, reading, going on walks and being with family and friends.

When asked what her advice is for living a long life, she said, "Dance your heart out."

Virginia Hayworth

February 28, 1916

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Virginia Hayworth formerly owned County Line Flower Shop in Farmersburg. She was a judge in numerous flower shows and a member of Sullivan County Garden Club. She also worked in the Curry Township Trustee Office and was a member of Westlawn Cemetery Board.

When asked her secret to longevity, she said; “I take every day as it comes… If it was a hard day, I took it, worked hard and made it easy.”

Virginia Niemann

November 17, 1914

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Virginia Niemann met her husband when she was 7 years old. She said, “While all the other boys would chase the girls during recess, there was one that would not, and I thought to myself, this is who I am going to marry.” And she did just that! Virginia always had her eyes on the prize. She fulfilled her dreams of becoming a successful clothing designer for women’s sportwear. She always had an interest in sports and attributes her love of exercise and nutrition to the reason why she has lived a long life. She even participated in water aerobics until she was 98!

Centenarian Virginia Reiberg in pink hat and pink floral blouse

Virginia Reiberg

August 7, 1921

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Virginia Reiberg is such a lovely person and an absolute joy. We're so blessed to have her as part of the American Village family!

Virginia said she hails from Detroit, Michigan, but spent much of her adult life here in Indianapolis. She helped countless people through her job as a Social Worker and is very proud of that! As a matter of fact, she says her best day was the day she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. Virginia loves to read and listen to music, and you'll often find her looking through a book or magazine.

Happy 102nd Birthday, Virginia! We love you!

Virginia Swim

January 20, 1921

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Virginia Swim is a kind-hearted woman who always knows just what to say. She's fun to be around and is a genuine friend.

Willa Saine

November 28, 1913

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Willa Saine was a busy lady who spent most of her days at her church. She gives it all up to God for keeping her healthy and happy throughout her life. She said, “God has been good to me. It’s all up to him.” In her spare time she enjoyed reading and cooking.

Willadene Thompson

October 6, 1919

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Willadene Thompson was born in Kentucky. She gave back to her community by volunteering much of her free time and is most proud of the time she spent at The Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. Some of Willadene's other hobbies include reading her Bible, journaling and gardening. Her advice is, "Trust yourself, trust God and be honest."

Winifred McClane

July 30, 1915

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Winifred McClane never smoked or consumed alcohol. She attributes this clean living to her ability to reach 100-years-old. Her hobbies include participating in church services, listening to music and watching television. She also loves the outdoors. Mrs. McClane worked as a seamstress in Elkhart. She sewed uniforms for WACS. She was married for 36 years and has a daughter and two stepsons. Mrs. McClane’s great-granddaughter celebrated her 1st birthday on the day she turned 100.

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