Nine centenarians living at Glendale Home celebrated
GLENVILLE – On Wednesday, Glendale Nursing Home’s annual centennial celebration featured a larger-than-normal group of nine residents.
With fanfare, the group received legislative praise and were treated to their favorite lunch at restaurants in the Schenectady County Institution area.
Three of the winners celebrate their birthdays this week.
At 103, Irene Healey is her oldest resident, followed by Hester Male and Mary Reber, 102. Reber’s birthday was Tuesday.
Adele Leehrsen, Dorothy C. Frederick and Winifred L. Tyrell is 101 years old. Mary Pomato turns 101 on Friday. John Marciniak, the lone man in the group, will turn 101 on Saturday. Linda Senn is 100 years old.
“Everyone stand up,” Pomato said of their collective fragility.
State Senator James Tedisco, R-Glenville, presented each with a quote and a special coin which he said recognized their collective tax contributions, which he says have contributed to important infrastructure projects, youth health and education.
“I would venture to guess, if we added up all the taxes you’ve collectively paid over the years here, which is approaching, unbelievably, 1,000 years – my God, we could balance the New York State budget. “
County lawmaker Sara Mae Pratt also presented the group with individual certificates.
While Marciniak enjoyed a hot dog and fries from Mike’s Hot Dogs of Schenectady, accompanied by a beer, the An Army veteran who served in World War II as a B-17 “side gunner” expressed appreciation for the attention.
“This is an important step,” he said. “God has been good enough to give me a long life. ”
A native of Lansing Street in Schenectady, Marciniak said he spent his career with General Electric and as an accountant, and attributed walking to its longevity.
“I took five mile walks as often as I could after I retired,” he said. “During my working years, I used to slip my lunch to my desk – I had a desk – and eat it gradually so that I could spend an hour walking as much as I could.”
Just shy of going through two pandemics, Marciniak said he had not been infected with COVID-19.
“I’m sorry for all the people who got caught up in this damn thing,” he said.
The event coincided with National Centennial Day.
Tracie Denny, director of operations services at the 200-bed facility, said the group of nine was a bit larger than in most years. There are usually six or seven, and she noted that a few more residents are 100 years old in November and December.
“I hope next year we will have some more,” she said. “WI think this is a big problem for our residents.
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