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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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.

Winnifred McClane

July 30, 1915

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Winnie is a sweetheart through and through. She always treats people gently. Because of this, she lives a blessed life. One such blessing is that her great-great-great-granddaughter was born on her 100th birthday, and she is grateful to share such a sweet bond!

Yvonne Steep

December 23, 1919

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Yvonne graduated school in Westfield at the age of 16. In November of 1938, she married her first husband, Richard Essex. They had four beautiful children together. After 56 years of marriage, Richard passed away. She then met her second husband, James Steep. On their honeymoon, they went white water rafting in Alaska. She was 79 at the time! Yvonne enjoys painting, needlework, making quilts and coloring. She is most proud of her four children, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her best piece of advice for living a long life is, "Don’t let your brain know your age and always try to learn something new."

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