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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Lola (Jean) Hays

March 28, 1922

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I was born March 28, 1922 in Muncie, Indiana. I grew up at 306 Highland Avenue. My parents are Lala Marine (Rinker) and John (Stuart) Bender. My father was born in 1900 in Battle Creek, Michigan. I have a brother, Edward. My grandmother's name is Lora Rinker, who lived with us for awhile. My other grandparents are John Irving Bender and Esther Ann Vollick. I had a lot of aunts and uncles on my dad's side. I went all through school in Muncie and even went to college at Ball State. I was in the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. We used to host things like dances and weiner roasts.  I married Fodge (Earl W Hays), who has since passed away in 1995. I work for the bank during the war and was in charge of printing the money. I also worked for a minister at the church. I have two children: Sheila and Steve. I like to play cards.

Lorrain Morford

May 16, 1914

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Born in Pike County, Indiana, Mrs. Morford graduated from Manuel High School in 1931. She and her late husband, Robert, have one son, William. She enjoyed reading and working puzzles. Her advice for living a long life: “Believe in God and stay active.”

Louise Steele

April 6, 1915

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Louise Steele enjoys socializing, playing skip-bo, being active in her church and making clothes. She was a 2nd grade teacher and still enjoys being around children. Her favorite color is blue, and she loves coffee and cats.

Lucille Hanson

April 11, 1912

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Lucille Hanson still enjoys many of the activities she used to participate in as a younger woman. She loves going out for meals and shopping. She loves spending time with family and watching movies. She loves going to the ballet and to concerts. Mrs. Hanson was formerly a ballet dancer and teacher and she still loves to dance. She doesn’t have any secrets about how to live past 100 years. “I just enjoy each day,” she said.

Lucille Klosterman

September 24, 1915

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Lucille Klosterman was married for 54 years and has two sons. She spent years doing what she loved: gardening, planting vegetables and canning. Her other favorite hobbies were crocheting and sewing. This allowed her to make all of her family’s clothing. She was a fan of all kinds of music.

Lucille Pitt

August 15, 1917

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Lucille loves nature and is a knowledgeable bird watcher as well as adept in tree and wild flower identification. She loved traveling in her RV around the midwest including Kentucky and the Tennessee mountains. She  worked at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the 1960s and was hired as the first Director of Wesselman Woods Nature Center in Evansville in 1974 where she worked until her retirement in 1986. She's held memberships in numerous organizations over the years including the National Interpretive Naturalist Association, the Indiana Nature Conservancy (where she served as Director Emeritus), the Evansville Audubon Society, the Evansville Garden Club, the Evansville Hiking Club and the Evansville Square Dancing Club!

Madonna Brock

July 20, 1918

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Madonna “The Original” Brock has always lived a colorful life so it’s only appropriate that she requested a jazzy tea party for her 100th birthday. She said the two most important roles she has played throughout her life are being a mother and a wife. Her hobbies include painting and ceramics. Madonna says her secret to living a long life is to learn right from wrong early in life and to always do your best to be nice to others.

Magdalen Herdegen

June 26, 1918

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Magdalen Herdegen was born in Germany before moving to the United States when she was 6 years old. She grew up facing adverse conditions, but she never let that stop her from living her life to the fullest. She married the love of her life at the age of 21, and that’s when she considered her life to have bloomed into something magnificent. Together, she and her late husband, Bendick Herdegen, would go on to have three daughters, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her advice for living a long life is to learn to fight and conquer the battles you face.

Maggie Davis

November 17, 1918

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Maggie Davis worked as a seamstress and made quilts. She now enjoys singing church hymns, “I’ll Fly Away" is her favorite song to sing. She has a sweet tooth and loves to indulge in chocolate. Her tips for living a long, healthy life are to eat three times a day, eat fruit in between meals and always brush your teeth before you go to bed.

Marcella Doyle

May 28, 1915

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Marcella “Sal” Doyle loves playing bridge, gin rummy, euchre and making quilts. She loved walking and would walk a couple of miles a day. But most of all ‘Sal,” as she is known by friends, is one of the kindest people you could meet according to many of her caregivers. She formerly volunteered at Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s annual festival.

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