Monday, June 25, 2012

Great-Grandma turns 100!

Celebrating 100th birthday

My great-grandma is celebrating her 100th birthday on December 6th of this year. All of the family from WI, and Iowa decided to go ahead and have her a big celebration in June so that bad weather doesn't keep anyone from traveling to West Virginia.

Here was the newspaper write up about her:
Zelma (Wetzbarger) Olsen is turning 100 on Dec. 6, 2012.
June 16, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
Zelma (Wetzbarger) Olsen is turning 100 on Dec. 6, 2012. Here is some information about Olsen and her 100 years:
Birthplace: Frankfort, S.D.
Hometown: Estherville, Iowa.
Current residence: Rivers Bend Nursing Home, South Point, Ohio.
Family: Five children: Alfred (deceased) (Rhoda), Appleton, Wisc.; Dwayne (Myrna), Racine, Wisc.; Julia (Don) Sullivan, Huntington; Lyman (Donna), Iowa Falls, Iowa; Arthur (Kathy), New Ulm, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; Sister: Maxine Mason, Redfield, S.D.
Celebration plans: Forty-nine members of her family gathered in Huntington and South Point, Ohio, the weekend of June 15-16
Education: Redfield (SD) High School.
Occupations: Housewife; work for various companies.
Special achievements: Raising five children.
Hobbies: Sewing, crocheting, raising a garden, listening to books on CDs.
Childhood memory: Growing up in South Dakota; swimming in the creek near their home.
Secret to longevity: Taking life a day at a time.

On Friday they had drinks and appetizers at the motel where the family came in to stay here in WV. We went over and met with lots of cousins and aunts/uncles and grandparents. The boys had a good time playing with cousins that had only met one other time.

On Saturday we went to great-grandma's nursing home where we had a party for her in the activity room. We just had cake and juice. It was a super small room and there were about 50 peole in there. The kids were feeling a little crunched but they had a good time playing with cousins.

Kipton loved hugging Katelyn

Karson playing on the Iphone with Aunt Amanda

The boys and their cousin from Texas running trucks and trains through the hallway. We were trying hard to keep them entertained and confined for more than 2 hours.

It was so funny to see that all of the boys were so into technology. Iphones, Ipads, Ipods, just to keep them entertained and happy in such an adult type setting.

We had a great time! Hoping that I can get some pictures e-mailed to me soon of all the family together. I took my camera but didn't get to take many pictures because of chasing 2 boys down :)

Ahh such is life!

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