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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Dessie Sturgeon

November 1, 1913

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Dessie Sturgeon is proud to be the mother of two sons, one of whom helped with the first moon walk and the other who is now a college professor. She likes watching the stock market but for years she relaxed by taking winter trips to Florida.

Dora Ross

March 11, 1913

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Dora Ross was a smart young lady. She graduated salutatorian and says, “Learning always came easy to me.” Math was her favorite subject, so she went on to become a bank teller for 21 years. Dora’s life advice is, “Life is preparation for whatever comes afterward. I had a lot of happiness and sadness in my life, but it was all for a reason.”

Centenarian Doris Gagnon sitting in a wheelchair with a blue sweater and "Birthday Girl" crown with colorful celebratory confetti draped on her head and sweater

Doris Gagnon

March 19, 1918

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Our lovely resident Doris Gagnon is turning 106 years young! Friends and family are gathering today to honor and celebrate this incredible milestone birthday with Doris here at Hickory Creek at Madison.
Doris was born on March 19, 1918, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and resided in the home she was born in until 2021 when she came to live at Hickory Creek at Madison. Her life has been rich with love and adventure. In 1941, at the age of 23, she married Gerard, with whom she shared 63 years until his passing. Together, they were blessed with five children who brought endless joy and fulfillment to their lives.
Throughout her long lifetime, Doris has found joy in simple pleasures and pursued her passions with enthusiasm. From her days working at an optical shop to her time working in stamping, Doris approached every task with dedication and grace. When asked about her hobbies, she expressed her love for all kinds of dancing, sewing, and nurturing her gardens, which flourished with both flowers and vegetables.
When asked her secret to living a long life, Doris credited goats milk and eating really good food! As Doris celebrates another year of life, her resilience and joy serve as a reminder of the power of the human spirit. Her story resonates as a testament to the beauty of a life well-lived and the enduring impact of love, family and community.
Happy 106th Birthday, Doris! May your extra special day be filled with joy, love, and cherished memories. Here's to celebrating a life as vibrant and inspiring as yours!

Dorothy Combs

March 25, 1915

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Dorothy Combs loves playing cards. She also loves fashion and dancing. She was employed several years at William H. Block Co. department store in downtown Indianapolis, where she worked in the cashier’s office and at Lazarus in the houseware department. After retiring, she returned to work as a grocery store food sample hostess. She did this until her late 80s, and she drove until she was 92. She was born in Indianapolis and grew up in the Fountain Square area. Her husband, John Combs, preceded her in death in 1987. She has one son, John.

Dorothy Jernigan

March 16, 1918

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Dorothy Jernigan started her career as a pediatric Navy nurse in Miami, Florida. She continued her career after moving to Fort Wayne, where she worked in a hospital. She finished her career as an assistant director of nursing. Dorothy never smoked or drank alcohol. She always ate a balanced diet and exercised as much as possible. Her faith in God and her strong family values propelled her long journey in life.

Centenarian Dorothy Johnson in blue jacket

Dorothy Johnson

October 26, 1923

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Beech Grove Meadows had a wonderful time celebrating our lovely resident Dorothy Johnson on her 100th birthday on October 26th.

Dorothy was born on October 26th, 1923. Her hometown is Mississippi, and her family, in particular her brother and sister, are very important to her. An important role she had was when she had to quit school as a child and work hard alongside her father, picking cotton. Dorothy enjoys singing and listening to gospel and dance music. She likes to be friends with everyone she meets. Her best day ever was the day she got married. Dorothy's best advice is, "Don't lie." She shared that the Lord helped her get here, and she is proud and blessed to have lived to 100 years young!

Happy 100th birthday, Dorothy!

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!"

ASC Centenarian Edith Hallett wearing tiara with "106" on it and sitting in front of a table with pink and white balloon and sign that reads "Happy 106th Birthday Edith"

Edith Hallett

February 22, 1918

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Edith Hallett is an absolute joy to be around. She loves playing games and spending time doing arts & crafts in the community. Edith is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She was married 68 years and had 8 children. Throughout Edith's career, she has been a college professor, business manager, diner worker and designer. Some of her hobbies include carving, building, gardening and art. Edith's tip for living 100+ years is, "Eat organic food and follow Jesus Christ." Happy 106th Birthday, Edith!

ASC Centenarian Edna Bonnell wearing a pink sweater with a white and gold sash that reads 'It's my birthday" while holding a mini birthday balloon

Edna Bonnell

February 19, 1923

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Hickory Creek at Winamac recently celebrated 101-derful years with Mrs. Edna Bonnell. We playfully asked Edna if she was 21 she said yes, except she feels 101.

Edna was born and raised in Pulaski County, she is a high school graduate and a mother of 4, one of her sons passed in 2014 and her husband passed prior to that. She used to work at the local grocery store and volunteered at her church, St. Peters. Edna played the piano and the organ for her church and here at Hickory Creek at Winamac as a volunteer as well. Her tips for living 100+ years is to be happy, don’t be grumpy. She enjoys playing Bingo, visiting with others, sitting in the sun and watching "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right." She has recently taken interest in a Baby Doll that she has affectionately named "Tootsie." She enjoys showing Tootsie to her visitors.

Happy 101st Birthday, Edna!

Edna Bowman

May 20, 1911

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Edna Bowman was a very active woman. She enjoyed going outside, fishing, traveling, playing bridge, reading, cooking and knitting special things for others. To live a long life, she said, “Eat well and go to bed early. That is how you live a good life.”

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