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The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC) was honored to host 122 guests, including 28 individuals who are turning 100 this year or who have passed this milestone, at the 26th Annual Centenarians Luncheon on Wednesday, May 2, to kick off the celebration of Older Americans Month.

The centenarians represented 13 greater New Haven towns, including, but not limited to:

  • East Haven centenarians Kathleen Drude, 104; Guidelio, 101; Amelia Piccirillo, 99; and Lena Salerno, 99.
  • Elise Gillian, 99, Gilford.
  • Hamden centenarians Irma Horvath, 100; Josephine Milone, 100; and Ida Sanderson, 100.
  • Meriden centenarians Beatrice Mulcahy, 100; and Elina “Lena” Sartucci, 100.
  • Milford centenarians Flora Phifer, 105, who was the oldest individual present; and Arthur White, 99.
  • New Haven centenarians Sara Lipwich, 100; Priscilla Morneau, 100; and Helen Mulcahy, 103.
  • Orange centenarians Mary Fellows, 100; and Joseph Koziel, 99.
  • LaVena Leonard, 101, Seymour.
  • Shelton centenarians Peggy Bayer, 102; and Rose Cohen, 99.
  • Wallingford centenarians Edith Seitz, 99; and Edna Wieland, 100.
  • Woodbridge centenarians Angiolena “Julia” Deleone, 100; and Bernard Feldman, 104.

Special guests State of Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby, Deputy Commissioner Claudette Beaulieu, and Connecticut Commission on Aging Director of Communications Robert Norton joined AASCC to help honor the centenarians. 

Music was provided by Haven String Quartet and Brian Gillie, and the centenarians were serenaded with “Happy Birthday,” sung in both English and Hebrew by the Kindergarteners of the Jewish Community Center Yeladim Early Learning Center. The oldest centenarian present, Flora Phifer, 105, of Milford, cut the first slice of the birthday cake.

To see photos of the event, please go to AASCC's Facebook page:

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