Paul’s Run on Bustleton Avenue recently honored its most senior seniors with a luncheon and certificates presented by state Rep. Ed Neilson (D-169th dist.). It was the fifth time the retirement community had lauded its residents who are 100 years old, close to that age, or older.
“The first time we did this, it was for five people,” said Katrina Wise, vice president of senior services for Liberty Lutheran, which operates Paul’s Run.
On May 16, Neilson congratulated more than 20 residents, ranging in age from 94 to 104. Native Philadelphian Bebe Miller, born Sept. 9, 1919, was the group’s youngest. Tony Schimmele, born Sept. 19, 1909, in Heidenheim, Germany, was the oldest.
Also honored were: Bernice Eckstein, 97; Lillian Gievitz, 98; Catherine Snegaroff, 98; Syd Eckelman, 98; Dorothy Glestine, 98; Dorothy Lawson, 98; Martha Campbell, 98; Ethel Bailkin, 98; Jacob Snyder, 99; Vilma Dahlen, 99; William Kaliser, 99; Rose Smith, 99; David Rosen, 100; Alfred Pick, 100; David Silverman, 100; Ruth Master, 100; Dolly Stein, 100; Helen Sladek, 101; Delores Schmidt, 101; and Sarah Weyland, 103.
Schimmele’s wife, Elizabeth, who passed away only recently, had turned 106 in January. ••