The Peter Becker Community marked a significant milestone —
or six — Tuesday, Nov. 14, with a joint 100th birthday party
celebration for a half-dozen residents.
Friends and family members of the centenarians joined Peter
Becker residents and staff members for the celebration, complete with cake,
live music, and dancing.
The centenarians include Eric Wiesenhutter, Nora Lyons,
Muriel Ludwig, Peg Mower and Florence Ulrich, who are, or will soon be turning,
100-years-old. The party also celebrated Pauline, a longtime Peter Becker
resident who recently passed away at the age of 99.
Mower, who will celebrate her birthday next month, said it
“feels great” to be turning 100-years-old.
“If I get through today, I’m good,” she laughed.
She cited her faith in God and support from family and
friends as the keys to a long life.
“I have a wonderful family and friends who take care of me,”
she said, adding, “They take good care of us here at Peter Becker.”
Ulrich, who will turn 100 in early January, said she feels
blessed to have lived a long life, having defied the odds after being born with
“I wasn’t supposed to live. I spent three and a half years
in the hospital, didn’t walk until I was six. They told me I’d never hold down
a full-time job,” she said. “I worked 30 years at a telephone company and got a
pension. He has blessed me.”
Jenn Pollard, Peter Becker’s director of life enrichment,
said the celebration showcases the big-hearted community at Peter Becker. She
touted the community’s partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian aid
organization, to benefit underprivileged children, with the woodworkers’
toy trucks and the crochet club donating hand-made dolls, bears,
blankets, hats and scarves in recent months.
“There’s always something wonderful happening here,” she
said. “It’s a great community to be a part of. It’s really like a family here.”
Tracy Shearer, also a director of life enrichment, hopes the
event will become an annual celebration.
“We have a couple residents who are going to be 100 next
year that we’ll add to our list,” said Shearer. “So hopefully this will be an
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