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Two in North Pinellas celebrate 100th birthdays

Ralph R. Hummel of Clearwater has always loved golf and has a hole-in-one to his credit. He played the game three times a week until he was 95 and preferred to walk the course. Now 100, he still loves to take a stroll.

"Get plenty of exercise!" is his mantra for a long, healthy life.

Mr. Hummel celebrated his 100th birthday on Feb. 15 with his wife, Helen; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Michael Patteson of Oakland, Md.; and granddaughter, Cheryl Patteson of the Raleigh, N.C., area.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Ohio, on Feb. 15, 1908, to Clara and Martin E. Hummel. The Wood County, Ohio, farm family included seven brothers and a sister, all of whom, except for Mr. Hummel, are now deceased.

Mr. Hummel earned a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a master's degree in education from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

He and Helen Gamble Hummel were married July 3, 1938, in Indiana, and will celebrate 70 years of marriage this year.

The couple came to Clearwater in 1993 from St. Petersburg, where they had lived since 1954.

Mr. Hummel taught industrial arts and driver education at Clearwater High School from 1954 to 1974. He is a lifetime member of the Master Masons.

In addition to daughter Janice and granddaughter Cheryl, Mr. Hummel has a grandson, Curtis Patteson of Anchorage, Alaska, and a great-grandson, Michael Patteson, also of Anchorage, who shares his great-grandfather's birthday.

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Cookies, candies, white cheese and Coco Chanel perfume are some of Vicenta "Sophie" Arvelo's favorite things.

She celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 22 at Cabot Cove Assisted Living Facility in Largo with flowers, balloons and cake. Her niece, Sonia Valentin, flew in from New York to be with her.

The Puerto Rican native was born Feb. 22, 1908, to Ramon and Eusedia (Rodriguez) Arvelo. She has three siblings still living in Puerto Rico: Restituto Arvelo, Oswaldo Arvelo, and Carmen Arvelo.

She married Juan Santiago in 1928 and the couple had a son, Juan Santiago Jr., in 1935. When her husband died in the early 1940s, Ms. Arvelo took back her maiden name and never remarried.

Her son, Juan, died in 2006.

Ms. Arvelo has been in the area for 18 years. Before moving to Cabot Cove, she lived at the Fountain Inn Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg.

"She's wonderful!" Cabot Cove administrator Pam Tatro says of Ms. Arvelo.

Ms. Arvelo is going strong and not in need of a nursing home. She has a penchant for candy and treats herself often. Her sweet tooth plays into her philosophy for living a long life:

"Pray, live a clean life, have a good appetite and no enemies!"

Other relatives include five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. One of Ms. Arvelo's granddaughters has brought her cookies, candies and perfumes every month for the last 18 years.

When asked what she'd like to do for fun, the centenarian replied, "I've always wanted to ride in a white Corvette with a wine-colored interior!"

Palm Harbor Library names top volunteer

The Palm Harbor Library has named Arlene Zimmermann its volunteer of the year. She will be recognized at a breakfast in May honoring the library's 160-plus volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Mrs. Zimmermann and her husband, Philip, came here in 2002 from New Jersey, where she worked 20 years in the banking industry.

Because of her love of reading, she became a library member right away. After learning about the library's literacy program, she became a tutor and, in 2003, volunteered to take over for the co-directors, who were retiring. As director, Mrs. Zimmermann coordinates the activities of 109 current tutors and 115 students. She handles all activities, including recruiting tutors, applying for grants, overseeing finances and newsletter publishing.

Mrs. Zimmermann was recently named to serve on both the Palm Harbor Community Agency and the Library Advisory Council.

As a member of Lutheran Church of the Palms, she served as church council secretary for four years. She also has been a member of her condo association board for five years and treasurer for four years.

A breast cancer survivor of three years, she has a daughter, Stacey, and an 8-year-old grandson.

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Two in North Pinellas celebrate 100th birthdays 03/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:36am]
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