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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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.”

Edna Schultz

June 7, 1910

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Edna Schultz enjoyed life to its fullest, attending music events and always having a smile on her face. At Meadow Lakes, she was known for her bright smile and frequent visits to other residents.

Edna Sutton

September 8, 1912

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Born in Huntington, Indiana, Mrs. Sutton was married to Ralph Sutton. She had five step-children and 20 grandchildren. She was a buyer for International Harvester until her retirement in the 1980s. Her advice for a long life: volunteer, stay busy, get involved in church, travel when you can and have an active social life.

Centenarian Eileen Lavonne Justice in a red sweater sitting underneath gold balloons that read "100"

Eileen Lavonne Justice

May 7, 1924

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We are celebrating our resident and dear friend Miss Eileen Lavonne Justice's 100th Birthday!

Born and raised in Anderson, IN, Eileen's a proud mom of 2 and grandma to 6 adorable grandkids. From washing dishes in restaurants to serving up scoops in an ice cream parlor, she's done it all! Now, at Edgewater Woods, she finds joy in the simple things - cuddling her stuffed animals and dominating bingo! Her secret to living 100+? "Never care what people say about you, live life to the fullest!"

Happy 100th Birthday, Eileen!

Centenarian Eileen Weber with backdrop of family photos and momentous events in 1922

Eileen Weber

June 19, 1922

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Heritage Park is celebrating resident Eileen Weber as she turns 101 with a party in her honor on Monday, June 19th.

Eileen Weber was born and raised in Fort Wayne. She was married for many years and had three children. One of her most interesting accomplishments was singing on a Chicago radio station with her singing group, The Three Shades. The singing group was part of a long-running morning variety show called The Breakfast Club, hosted by national radio personality Don McNeil on NBC Blue Network/ABC Radio in Chicago.

Eileen is a proud grandmother and loves to talk about her family, especially her wonderful children. She has always enjoyed socializing and loves talking about the past and how different things are now. She is very fond of her aide Jessica at Heritage Park, and enjoys playing bingo. Eileen says that the secret to her longevity is because she “always listened to her parents” and because she takes good care of herself, taking her vitamins and not drinking or smoking.

Ella Mathis

August 29, 1914

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Ella Mathis has two daughters, Lillian Gold and Maelean Williams, seven grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 32 great, great grandchildren, and eight great, great, great grandchildren. She operated a beauty shop for several years and was a member of Union Baptist Church.  She says her secret to longevity is her spirituality.

Ellanore Hartman

March 19, 1921

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Ellanore Hartman was born in Marion County, Indiana on March 19, 1921. She was raised on a farm as an only child and spent most of her time in the company of animals. From this farm lifestyle, she cultivated a love of gardening. She finds joy in her potted plants and flowers. She was blessed with two children. She has one granddaughter and two great-grandsons. She has said that her favorite job was being a midwife and delivering babies into the world. She was married to her husband Ervin for 50 years. She is an avid lover of animals, especially cats. She loves to watch the news, especially Randy Ollis on channel 8. In fact, he even came to surprise her for her 100th birthday celebration! As we look back at her 100 years on this earth, we celebrate the many things she has achieved and seen in her long and full life.

Elva Robinson

November 20, 1917

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Elva Robinson was born and raised in Ossian, IN. She has three children and stayed home to raise. Her hobbies include reading the newspaper, being active in her church and gardening. When asked how she has lived such a long and prosperous life, Elva said, “From the good Lord watching over me.”

Emma Boerger

March 28, 1911

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Emma Boerger is a retired homemaker. She supported her family by working on their farm. She was married for over 40 years and has three children.

Emma Glass

December 27, 1918

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Emma was raised on a farm and loves animals, especially horses. She also enjoys a variety of activities at the North Woods Village. Emma states, "The secret to living this long is activity. You got to keep the body moving. You can't sit around on your buns."

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