Rh’beck woman about to turn 112

Vera Van Wag­ner is old­est res­i­dent of New York state

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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.


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