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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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.

Centenarian Margaret Finney in pink sweater with gold sash and pink tiara

Margaret Finney

November 4, 1923

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Riverside Village had a wonderful time celebrating our resident Margaret Finney's 100th birthday. The Mayor of Elkhart, Rod Roberson, and the Police Chief came to celebrate with her, too! The Mayor presented her with a certificate from the city of Elkhart.

Margaret was born in Mishawaka on November 4, 1923. She was the 4th born of 6 girls and was the 2nd generation of German ancestry to be in the States. She grew up during the depression in Mishawaka on a farm at the corner of Elm & Kern Road. They raised mint and worked it by moonlight because it was so hot during the day.

She married George Finney on December 23, 1943, and shortly after their wedding, they moved to Elkhart, where they lived for 60 years on Harrison Street. Margaret and George never had children but loved their nieces and nephews as their own. Margaret lost her beloved husband in 1988. She worked as a waitress at Nicky D’s on Harrison St. for many years, and she was an avid bowler on leagues throughout Elkhart.

She has now resided at Riverside Village since November 1, 2021. She enjoys her tomatoes, working in the flower beds and joining in the activities here in our community.

Happy 100th Birthday, Margaret!

Margaret Horner

June 17, 1915

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Mrs. Horner married Francis C. Horner shortly after graduating from Salem High School. She had three sons, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She retired from the Jacket Factory. At one point, she was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church in Salem, where she was baptized in 1926. She enjoyed bowling, ceramics and sewing.

Marian Jeanette Scheiman Jacquay, senior in purple jacket and white t-shirt

Marian Jeanette Scheiman Jacquay

June 30, 1923

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Marian Jeanette Scheiman Jacquay was born on 6/30/1923 to her parents Walter Scheiman and Freida Muntz in Fort Wayne, IN. Marian graduated from New Haven High School and worked at the age of 18 at Murphy’s in downtown Fort Wayne. She was always a sharp dresser, and her hair was never out of place. She loved to wear pink and lots of jewelry.

Marian would go on to marry Albert E. Jacquay while he was stationed with the Coast Guard in Flagler Beach, Florida. They were married on 6/16/1943 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In August 1944, Marian gave birth to her daughter Nancy (Jacquay) Fitzgibbons, then her son Albert Jacquay (Butch) in April 1950. Several years later, she had another two daughters, Justina Anne Jacquay Huhn in 1962 and Janette Irene Jacquay in 1966. During this time, Marian worked at Western Union for a time, then worked many years at JC Penney as a Product Service Manager, and finally, at Kohl’s in Northcrest where she then retired.

Marian volunteered for many years at Parkview Hospital. She was also an Auxiliary Member of the American Legion Post 82. Additionally, Marian was a member of Queen of Angels Church, where she helped with funeral dinners, sang in the church choir and served as a greeter during church services.

Together, Marian and her husband Albert once owned and operated the Park House Restaurant on Coliseum Boulevard, which opened in March 1969 and was renamed the Dog House. They were married 71 years before Albert passed away in December 2014. Marian and Albert loved doing many activities together. They had a camper located in Wolcottville for many years and enjoyed camping, fishing and sitting by the fires. They loved to square dance, especially in their early years. Marian was at one time a rollerette at the roller rink in New Haven at Bell’s skating rink. She also loved playing Bingo.

Marian had two brothers and one sister who passed away: Elmer Scheiman, Robert Scheiman and Betty Scheiman Houck. She currently has 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She loves spending time with others and candy. Marian always told us she knew she would live to be 100, and she did! Happy 100th birthday, Marian!

Marie Starewich

April 22, 1915

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Marie Starewich enjoyed gardening, fishing, quilting and proofreading. She was a proofreader for a couple newspapers and loved this job. She kept busy throughout her life. To live a long life, she says you should work hard and keep busy.

Martha Bymaster

October 8, 1916

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Martha was born in Lizton, Indiana. She graduated from Lizton High school in 1934. She grew up on a farm and as a young girl her father told her that she was not allowed to date until she was able to catch a chicken, kill it and fix it for dinner!

A mother of four, Martha has 10 grandchildren and “too many great-grandchildren to count." She loves her big family and says it has always been the most important thing to her.

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