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Celebrating a century of living

ANTIGO (WAOW)-- It was a celebration 100 years in the making. Two people living at Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living in Antigo celebrated their 100th birthdays this week--and both told Newsline 9 age ain't nothing but a number.

Marion Osness and Ed Vavruska reached the century mark this week, and family and friends threw a St. Patrick's Day theme birthday bash to celebrate.

"I don't feel any different," said Marion. She was born in Merrill and has lived in Antigo for most of her life. Friends and family said Marion has left quite an impression over the past 100 years.

"I hear my grandsons, one's in sixth grade and one's in high school saying, 'Great-grandma is a wonderful role-model for me,'" said Marion's daughter Marilyn. The mother of three turned 100-years-old on March 11th.

Another resident at Evergreen, Ed Vavruska, celebrated the milestone on St. Patrick's Day. 

"For me, things turned out good," he said. Ed told Newsline 9 he has no regrets and offered up some advice on living well. 

"Make your own decisions. I would take orders from anybody that I agreed with. If I didn't agree with it, I wouldn't do it," said Ed.

Marion pointed to her healthy choices as a key to living a long life. "Well, I never smoked and I never drank much," she said.

Ed and Marion greeted guests and told lots of stories on Saturday. Marion talked of traveling to Europe and working at Gunkel's Bakery in Antigo for more than two decades.

Ed recalled hopping a train to see Babe Ruth play baseball in Chicago and spoke fondly of playing football for Antigo High School.

Family and friends agreed both Ed and Marion have lived full lives, teaching lessons that will last well beyond each of their lifetimes. 

"She has taught us how to be mothers and grandmothers, so the legacy lives on," Marion's daughter Marilyn said.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton




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