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Medford woman celebrates turning 104-years-old


A woman from Medford is celebrating a huge milestone this weekend. She turned 104-years-old on Friday and her family gathered together Saturday to honor her.

Olinda Rohrick lives at the Memorial Nursing Home in Medford and you could hear her laughter fill the halls Saturday afternoon.

The mother of six has spent most of her life in Wisconsin and ran a popular tavern in the Stetsonville area with her late husband, Sam.

"He and mom did have the tavern together and I grew up hearing a lot of jokes, a lot of stories," said Olinda's daughter JoAnn Bender.

Her daughters said she taught them many lessons by example.

"To work hard, complete your jobs and if not, you know what's going to happen. And work, work, work," said Ginny Neumueller, Olinda's middle child.

They both added that the tavern is where their mother developed her sense of humor.

While they gathered around her Saturday afternoon, the family shared lots of stories, including how she was given her unique name.

When Olinda was born, it came as a surprise because her twin sister Elizabeth was born first. Her parents weren't expecting twins and the shock caused her father to come up with her name.

"And then he comes out...another little girl. Oh, oh, oh...Olinda! And that's the way it went," said Nuemueller.

Her twin sister lived to be 101-years-old.

"I think it's just good genes," said Bender.

At 104, Olinda still enjoys getting her hair and nails done and can always be seen wearing a statement necklace. Her family said she loves to play bingo and card games.

"Well we were just happy that she makes it this far and she has her mind. She knows what's going on and that's a blessing for us," said Nuemueller.

Olinda Rohrick has 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.



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