Century birthdays celebrated in Wallingford


(WTNH) – There are a lot of milestone birthdays, but nothing compares to the century mark!

The saying “age is just a number” certainly rang true Friday Afternoon. 

“I’ll be 103 in December”, said Harry Bartlett.

Fourteen centenarians were honored Friday at Masonicare of Wallingford

101, 102, even 103 years old. These men and women lived during the times we study about in history and some even created it. 

“I saw the the invasion of France. Oh I don’t even want to think about that”, Bartlett said.

A day full of memories and celebrations surrounded by the ones they love most.

“It’s amazing to have a parent live that long”, said Susan Sakraida. “She was always there for you growing up and now it’s like you want to be here when she needs you.”

As they talked around the table about memories and the good ole days..lunch was served. The menu even dated back to 100 years ago serving 1918 classics.

“It’s humbling to be able to be apart of this experience and we’re thrilled to be able to work all together to put on this program for them and honor them”, said Bethany Camputaro, Director of Therapeutic Recreation Services. 

“I couldn’t refuse I said I was so happy they’re doing that”, Rose said.

So what’s the secret to living this long?

“If you have a healthy marriage and you’re healthy yourself, you can’t complain”, Helen Moskel.Some have different secrets.
“I ate carefully because all my teeth were knocked out”, Bartlett added.

An afternoon full of love, laughter and stories.

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