Three Women Keep It 100 In Parma
Three Parma women celebrated three-figure birthdays in February. What’s the secret to their longevity? Can it be attributed to delicious paczkis and pierogies? Is it because they live in safe neighborhoods with easy access to quality health care? Or, maybe it is because Parma is one of the best cities for retirees, according to Forbes magazine. Whatever the reason, these women have lived through 17 U.S. presidential administrations, five wars, the Cold War, the Great Depression, moon landings, the Great Recession and numerous other historical moments. To recognize their special birthdays, all three received visits from elected city officials.
On Feb. 4, Mayor Tim DeGeeter visited longtime resident Helen. Seated in her living room surrounded with balloons, flowers and loving family members, Helen was presented with several city proclamations recognizing her 100th birthday.
On Feb. 17, DeGeeter and Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban went to Mildred’s home to present her with proclamations. Mildred turned 101 on Feb. 12 and still resides in the same Parma home where she has lived for more than 70 years.
Finally, on Feb. 22, DeGeeter and Ward 1 Councilman Vito Dipierro celebrated Jeannette’s 100th birthday with her at Parma Senior Village. During Jeannette’s birthday bash, which included live entertainment, food and, of course, cake, DeGeeter and Dipierro presented Jeannette with proclamations.
After the pianist led the room in a rendition of the traditional birthday song, he handed over the microphone to Jeannette. “God bless you all with sweetest blessings,” she said to her guests. “Thank you for coming and for all the things that you are wishing me. I wish the same someday for you.”
Reflecting on the three centenarians, DeGeeter said, “Maybe we should change the city slogan to: “If you want to live to 100, move to Parma.”
Carolyn J. Kovach
Communications Director, City of Parma, Mayor's Office