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Lemont retirement home celebrates 100th birthdays of two residents

Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 1:05 p.m. CDT
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Alvernia Manor residents Josephine Hoskins (left) and Agnes Wittenmeier turned 100 on Oct. 23 and 24, respectively. Hoskins said her wish when blowing out her candles was to stay healthy.

LEMONT – Sister Cindy Drozd said it is rare for Alvernia Manor to have a centenarian.

The Lemont retirement community recently celebrated two of its residents, who turned 100 years old within a day of each other.

Josephine Hoskins had her 100th birthday on Oct. 23 and Agnes Wittenmeier had her’s on Oct. 24.

Alvernia Manor combined the two occasions into one celebration on Oct. 24, with cake and ice cream for the residents, family and friends.

Hoskins moved to Alvernia six years ago after living in Portage, Ind.

She said living in Lemont has been a new experience for her.

“It was something different for me because I’ve never seen a town with so many other towns close to it,” she said.

Hoskins said she misses the days when she used to work in a sewing factory and at a drug store.

She now spends her time playing dice and card games.

Wittenmeier spent most her life in Chicago before moving to Alvernia in May 2012.

Wittenmeier said she worked a clerical job for the Illinois Department of Labor for 10 years before getting married and having a family.

Both Hoskins and Wittenmeier said turning 100 was not something they expected. It did not even occur to them until other people brought it up.

“I never thought about it,” Wittenmeier said. “It came up on me so fast.”

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