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Grand Villa of Largo says happy 100th, Clara Jane Keysor

Clara Jane Keysor, a resident of the Grand Villa of Largo assisted living facility, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday. The facility hosted a birthday party for the centenarian and friends that included food, music and dancing.

She was born in Nashville and has lived in Florida for 10 years.

She says she "lived a simple country life" as a homemaker with her husband, the late Frank Keysor, who made his living as a farmer.

The Keysors have three daughters and two sons.

Upon reaching the milestone age of 100, she says, "I can't believe I've lived this long!"

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Geraldine Soboleski of Clearwater turns 100 years old today.

She was born in Taberg, N.Y., to Swiss immigrants John and Emma Roth. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was a farmer who also produced cheese and maple syrup.

Her brother and two sisters are deceased.

She married Stuart Sherwood in Toms River, N.J., and was widowed in 1957. Three years later, she married Mike Soboleski in Rome, N.Y., and came to Clearwater in 1963.

She worked as secretary and bookkeeper for a construction company and retired in 1970.

She volunteered at an abused spouse shelter reading to children until she gave up driving at the age of 96.

She was a longtime member of the Clearwater Garden Club, loves to recite poetry and enjoys reading the newspaper every day.

Her son, Robert Soboleski, says he has never heard his mother say an unkind word to or about anyone and calls her "truly remarkable."

She has two other sons, a daughter, 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Most of her family lives in New York, and a few reside in Washington state and Canada.

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James and Joan Lewis of Largo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Jewel Cafe in Belleair, with their three children and 15 friends.

They were married on Sept. 19, 1959, at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Philadelphia.

James served in the Air Force from 1950-54 and is a veteran of the Korean War.

He worked 30 years as a driver for Greyhound Bus Lines.

Joan worked 25 years for the Moorestown High School, Moorestown, N.J.

They came to Largo in 1995 from Moorestown.

They are members of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo.

They were team presenters for Tampa Bay World Wide Marriage Encounter, a religious relationship enhancement program.

They have two sons, Ron Lewis of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Dan Lewis of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Mariellen Voit of Cincinnati; and eight grandchildren.

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With their tour of the Wyoming state Capitol building in August, the Scholet family of Clearwater achieved its goal of visiting all 50 state capitol buildings. The endeavor took seven years.

Over the summer, Rand Scholet, his wife, Cyndee, and their children Nicole and Brandon flew from Tampa to Denver, then drove to Cheyenne. It was a 10-day drive that took them through Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, then into Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The drive enabled them to complete visits to all the Canadian capitals, from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans.

The Scholets were treated to a celebration when they arrived at their destination in Wyoming, and were told that a few retired couples had visited all 50 capitols, but never a family with children.

It wasn't until they were halfway through their travels, they said, that they realized how special each building is. The best architects and painters were brought in, and materials, often from around the world, were used.

The Scholets said they hope their journey inspires more people to visit America's national parks, natural and manmade wonders, state capitol buildings and historic sites.

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Grand Villa of Largo says happy 100th, Clara Jane Keysor 10/27/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:12pm]

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