Last week my Aunt Ruth celebrated her 100th birthday and we traveled to Pennsylvania to surprise her on her big day.
There was a nice celebration on her actual birthday, with most of her family in attendance, and by the weekend all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as nearly all of their spouses, were there to celebrate with her.
This was the third 100th birthday celebration I have attended. And all three celebrations were for relatives. Two of the three were on my mom’s side of the family (Schumm) and Aunt Ruth is my dad’s oldest sister, on the Miller side. A number of Schumms have reached that 100-year milestone but it is much rarer on the Miller side of the family. At any rate, I think it is pretty amazing to have so many relatives reach the century mark in my family.
Below are photos from the three 100th birthday celebrations I have attended.
My grandma Schumm, Hilda (Scaer) Schumm, turned 100 on 25 July 1995. We had a family celebration at my aunt’s home, where grandma was living at the time. She is holding a letter from the President in the photo below. Grandma passed away 9 March 1997.
Velma Schumm turned 100 on 18 June 2014 and her family hosted a big party for family and friends at Shane Hill. Velma passed away 6 February 2016. Velma was my third cousin once removed.
Below, Aunt Ruth’s 100th birthday celebration last week in Pennsylvania. Aunt Ruth looks great and it is a treat to visit with her. She remembers all those old family stories, still does crafts, reads, plays Bridge, and keeps up on current affairs. She does very well at 100 years young!
The mayor of Zelienople gives Ruth a Certificate of Recognition:
Below is photo of Aunt Ruth, quite possibly her Willshire High School graduation photo.
Happy Birthday, Aunt Ruth, and I wish you many more to come.