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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Catherine Hennemann

August 29, 1920

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Catherine "Katie" Hennemann conquered COVID-19 the same year she turned 100! Her only child, Deanna, is 80, and the two are very close. They always are so positive and love spending time with their family!

Eva Wilson

April 18, 1920

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Eva Wilson was born and raised in Griffin, Indiana. She was married to Douglas for 45 years and is the mother of four children, two boys and two girls. She worked as the head cook at Gibault schools for over 35 years, and her favorite dish to make is chop suey. She has seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She said some of her favorite memories include getting to see her children grow up before her eyes, every first day of school and winning a spelling bee in the fifth grade.

Her best advice is, "Always be good and go to church!"

Earl Schneider

April 10, 1920

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Earl was born in Jennings County. He served in the Air Force for four years  during WWII, ending his career as a Sergeant.

Earl loved hunting and going fishing. He was married for over 40 years to the late Helen Schneider. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, especially baseball.

When asked if he had any words of wisdom, Earl said, “Live it up!"

Erna Yarck

April 4, 1920

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Erna Yarck was born in Hammond, Indiana and grew up with nine siblings. She has been blessed with many nephews and nieces. She loves to sew and to color, and her faith is very important to her. She always has a smile on her face, and she's always putting smiles on other people's faces.

Ralph Martin

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Berniece Adamson

February 15, 1920

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Berniece Adamson, also known by her longtime nickname Beanie, grew up in Sweetser, Indiana. Beanie eventually moved to Hartford City, Indiana after marrying her husband Kenneth. They were married for 67 years.

Berniece was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and making quilts. She also enjoyed making Christmas candy and spoiling her dog Suzy. Beanie relied heavily on her Christian faith and practiced her faith with prayer. Some of the most important roles that she has had is being a wife and friend. The best advice Beanie has is, "Always be kind."

Betty Deree

January 7, 1920

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Betty Deree loves being a mother. In fact, aside from her faith, being a mother was the most important thing to her. She often says her favorite days were when she gave birth to her daughters. Her advice to everyone is to eat lots of candy!

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."

Mary McEowen

December 3, 1919

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Mary McEowen is a funny and kind member of the American Village community, and she credits her longevity to enjoying every possible moment. She recommends that we all follow her lead on that. Great advice, Mary!

Bessie McReynolds

November 14, 1919

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Bessie McReynolds is a proud great-grandmother and is truly beloved by all in the community. She is a delight to talk to and has a huge heart.

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