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Clearwater resident celebrates 110 years of living

Elsie Thompson celebrated her milestone 110th birthday with a party at her Clearwater condo attended by her son and his wife from California and a large group of friends, and received a congratulatory letter from the mayor of Clearwater delivered by Clearwater City Commission member Carlen Petersen and Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department's Office on Aging manager Kerry Marsalek.

She was born April 5, 1899, in Beaver Falls, Pa. The daughter of Joseph and Ida Mae Calvert, she grew up in Pittsburgh where she played the piano in church every Sunday.

In 1921, she married Ron Thompson of Shamokin, Pa. He served in the military during both World Wars. During the war, she took care of their business, Vernon Gold and Silver Refining Co., Pittsburgh.

When World War II ended, Mr. Thompson was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for several terms. During this time they entertained frequently and Mrs. Thompson became a "career hostess."

The Thompsons enjoyed traveling and visited many countries. They made a lot of friends with whom they continued to stay in contact with over the years.

When the couple made the permanent move to Florida in 1971, they purchased a condo at Imperial Cove in Clearwater where Mrs. Thompson still resides. Mr. Thompson passed away in 1986. Mrs. Thompson has had the unique opportunity of watching the area grow up around her.

Until age 102, Mrs. Thompson would make an annual trip to California to spend Christmas with her family. Now they come to her throughout the year.

The most important people in her life are her son, George Thompson, his family of three sons, one daughter, and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Thompson has continued to be positive and happy. She contributes her longevity to never missing a dance.

Her days are now spent puttering around her condo, taking walks and naps, and continuing her hostess duties by welcoming friends during visits. This is made possible with the help of four dedicated women who assist Mrs. Thompson at her home.

Mrs. Thompson is devoted to the people who have helped her throughout the years. Many of her great-grandchildren's friends like to keep up with her progress and some consider her their great-grandmother, too.

The 110-year old says she's grateful for everything and everyone.

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Dolores Wolf of Dunedin celebrated her 102nd birthday with friends, and residents and staff of Rosewood House II Assisted Living Facility. Former Scat game buddies traveled from Canada to be part of the festivities and Rosewood's own John Mucciolo serenaded Mrs. Wolf with his rendition of It Had To Be You.

After blowing out all the candles on her cake, Mrs. Wolf exclaimed, "I wish I could be 102 again!"

The former Dolores Killewald was born March 10, 1907, in Mount Clermont, Mich. She began working as an assistant cashier at age 17, and retired 20 years later as an officer with Commercial State Bank.

She met her husband to be, Reuben "Bub" Wolf, at a birthday party through a mutual friend. The couple married in 1931 and spent 66 happy years together until his death in 1997. They have a son, Jim Wolf; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren, all of Topeka, Kan.

Mr. and Mrs. Wolf became winter residents of Florida in 1977, and eventually moved to Lake Highlander in Dunedin. Mrs. Wolf became a permanent resident of Rosewood House II after her husband's passing.

Mrs. Wolf is active in daily exercise classes, plays bingo and horse derby and enjoys good music.

"The key to a long life is to be happy for every day you have, to love and appreciate your family and friends," she advises, "and most of all, smile."

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Clearwater Central Catholic High School announced that juniors Jessica Gianacakes and Megan Orr have been selected to participate in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program in Tallahassee in July. Hallie Kritsas and Agnes Wasilewski were chosen as alternates.

Jessica Gianacakes is an International Baccalaureate student with a 4.857 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society as well as the International Thespian Society, CCC Ambassadors and the CCC Academic Team. Jessica plans to study pre-med at Emory University. She is the daughter of Jim and Nancy Gianacakes of Clearwater.

Megan Orr is an honor student with a 4.1 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Megan is also a member of the Model UN Club, the Spanish Club and the varsity cheerleading team. Megan plans to study political journalism or business at a college in New England. She is the daughter of Bruce and Lori Orr of Belleair.

Agnes Wasilewski is an International Baccalaureate student with a 4. 987 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Art Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She is also a member of the International Thespian Society, student council, CCC Ambassadors, Peer Ministry and Music Ministry. She plans to study law at Columbia University. She is the daughter of Jozef and Ewa Wasilewski of Largo.

Hallie Kritsas is an honor student with a 4.2 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Art Honor Society. She also participates in the Drama Club, student council, Peer ministry, CCC Ambassadors and the International Club. Hallie plans to study nursing. She is the daughter of John and Kelly Kritsas of Belleair.

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Clearwater resident celebrates 110 years of living 04/07/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:03pm]
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