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Four Centenarians Enjoy Friendship

By Debra Petkus


With 407 combined years of wisdom, and memories, centenarian residents of Cedar Cove Assisted Living in Cedarville sit at the table together before lunch Thursday, October 12. Each has reached the 100 years of age mark, and some have exceeded that. Pictured (from left clockwise) are Nellie Lindberg, 100, born in June 1917; Lydia Rudd, 106, born in December 1910; Marie Gorman, 101, born in July 1916; and Walter Kopinski, 100, born in September 1917. With 407 combined years of wisdom, and memories, centenarian residents of Cedar Cove Assisted Living in Cedarville sit at the table together before lunch Thursday, October 12. Each has reached the 100 years of age mark, and some have exceeded that. Pictured (from left clockwise) are Nellie Lindberg, 100, born in June 1917; Lydia Rudd, 106, born in December 1910; Marie Gorman, 101, born in July 1916; and Walter Kopinski, 100, born in September 1917. Cedar Cove Assisted Living facility in Cedarville has four centenarians, whose combined ages amount to 407 years of wisdom and memories.

Two just turned 100: Walter Kopinski was born in September 1917 and Nellie Lindberg in June of 1917. Marie Gorman, 101, was born in July 1916. Lydia Rudd, 106, was born on Christmas Day in 1910.

Miss Lindberg never married. Mrs. Gorman was married for 56 years, and Mrs. Rudd for 55 years before their husbands passed away. Walter Kopinski was married 75 years. His son, Martin Kopinski, said his longevity is attributed to his mother, Nellie Veronica Kopinski, who passed away in 2015.

“She was a tremendous women who looked after him,” he said.

“Clean air and clear water,” also helped, after he moved to the Hessel area from living elsewhere and working at a Ford factory as the superintendent of the tool room for 44 years, said Martin Kopinski.

Walter Kopinski also has a daughter, Judy Parisi, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He enjoys John Wayne movies and Westerns and is a Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers fan.

Miss Lindberg, an elementary teacher for much of her life, was born and grew up in Hessel. She has great nieces and nephews and extended family. She enjoys reading and doing puzzles.

Mrs. Gorman’s family moved to St. Ignace while she was young. She married at age 20. The couple built a home along the Carp River and later moved to St. Ignace. She had four daughters, Jackie Pitko, Beverly Gorman, Joann McMillan, and Sharon Adams. She has grandchildren, great-grandchildren and greatgreat grandchildren.

Mrs. Gorman worked at Castle Rock for 25 years and said she enjoyed meeting people from all over — she couldn’t begin to recall how many. She enjoys cooking and likes corned beef and cabbage, to which she will add a little vinegar, she said. At her 100th birthday celebration, she requested no gifts.

“Just have fun,” she said, and they did.

Mrs. Rudd had six sisters and two brothers.

“I had a good, healthy life,” she said. “We got a lot of exercise.”

She remembers her mother would send the children to her grandmother’s house to swim in the afternoons. She had two children, a son, Lee, who passed away from a heart attack at age 55, and a daughter, Jean, who died of cancer at age 47.

Mrs. Rudd said she remembers that, when she was a child, her grandmother had all sorts of homemade medicines. She said her grandmother would have her pick a certain type of leaf with which she made a medicinal tonic. She hasn’t seen that type of leaf since her childhood.

She drove a car and swam regularly until 10 years ago. Because she grew up involved in many outdoor activities, she said, she doesn’t really have many hobbies.

Having the centenarians around has been a nice boost for the staff, said Cedar Cove Administrator Ellie Barr. She said they are inspiring and give staffers a perspective on life’s big picture. Because they all have great personalities and a good sense of humor, she said, the staff gets of a lot of joy being around them.

Added Ms. Barr: “They have so much wisdom and share great stories.”

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