Elizabeth Haberman is smart, sharp, stylish… and 100 years young! On July 11, 2012 she celebrated her centennial birthday with a big bash at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.
To put that into perspective, in the year she was born (1912):
- William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States
- U.S. workers earned an average of $200 to $400 a year
- Fewer than 15% of homes had bathtubs
- Crossword puzzles had not been conceived
Countless events, inventions and fashions have come and gone during Mrs. Haberman’s lifetime, but throughout the changes, the love and respect of her family and friends have been constant. That’s why it was so special that between 50 and 60 of them stopped by to wish her a happy birthday as she commemorated the day with a party. Her well-wishers were from every generation and time in her life.
To help prepare for Mrs. Haberman’s visitors, Jarrod Harris, a host on Household Two at Levindale, got to work before the sun rose to prepare his delicious delicacies and hors d’oeuvres after a grocery shopping trip by recreation therapist, Sandy Parsowith. Of course, there was also ice cream cake for everyone to enjoy.
Decorations, created by different Levindale staff members and other residents, were on display, and a fellow resident even played Happy Birthday on the piano for Mrs. Haberman. However, the heart and soul behind the celebration was her daughter, Joan Uhlfelder, who wanted everything to be perfect for her mother.
Mrs. Haberman’s extended family at Levindale wishes her good heath and happiness. Here’s to her next 100 years!
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