Rh’beck woman about to turn 112
Vera Van Wagner is oldest resident of New York state
Vera Van Wagner of Rhinebeck is the oldest person in Dutchess County and New York state. And one of the oldest people in the United States. And on the entire planet.
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging on Monday honored senior citizens at the county’s annual Celebration of Aging, held this year at Villa Borghese restaurant.
Among those honored at the event was Van Wagner, whose 112th birthday is Monday.
The Dutchess County Office for the Aging has
identified Van Wagner as the county’s first “supercentenarian,” having lived past her 110th birthday, as well as the oldest living resident of New York state, the ninth-oldest resident of the
United States and 46th-oldest person in the world.
Van Wagner became the oldest New Yorker when Susannah Mushatt Jones, the oldest person in the world, died last week in New York City at the age of 116.
Also among those honored Monday i n Wappingers Falls were Evelyn
O’Brien of Red Hook, as Female Senior Citizen of the Year, and Dr. William Aierstok and Nancy Aierstok, also of Red Hook, as Senior Citizen Couple of the Year.
Irvin Miller of Poughkeepsie was honored as Male Senior Citizen of the Year, and Muriel Horowitz, also of Poughkeepsie, re-
ceived the Senior Achievement Award.
Couples married 70 years or more who were honored Monday were: Louise and Otto Tatar of Rhinebeck, 70 years, as of July; May and Andrew Ambrosio of Red Hook, 71 years; Dorothy and Tom Schiese, of Wappingers Falls, 70 years; Anna
and Andrew Fishburn of Poughkeepsie, 73 years; Evelyn and Norman Myers of Poughkeepsie, 74 years; and Lossie and Sam Lee of Fishkill, 76 years.
In addition to Van Wagner, centenarians honored Monday were: Mary Summa of Dover, 100 years old; Alfred Dyer of Poughkeepsie, 100; Connie Cac-
coma of Poughkeepsie, 101; Dorothy Peters of Rhinebeck, 101; John Freni of Poughkeepsie, 102; Hulda Sellingsloh of Poughkeepsie, 103; Daniel Lichtenberg of Poughkeepsie, 103; Louise Carione of Wappingers Falls, 104; Mary Autera of Poughkeepsie, 105; and Harold Goldstein of Fishkill, 107.