Generations of Lola Mae Johnson-Anderson's family, most of whom live in the bay area, came together May 5 to celebrate her 104th birthday at Glen Oaks Health Care in Clearwater where the centenarian resides.
Mrs. Anderson was born May 5, 1907, in Jennings to Alice and Jerry Johnson. She had six siblings, all of whom are now deceased.
In 1926, she married Walter Anderson in Jasper in north Florida and focused on homemaking. She also developed an interest in cooking.
The Andersons came to Clearwater in 1951.
They spent 56 years together until his death in 1982.
Mrs. Anderson has four children. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren number about 300.
Granddaughter Sheryl Anderson-Williams shared some of Anderson's philosophies.
"My grandmother always said put on a sweater on cold days, drink plenty of water because it keeps your skin beautiful, be careful about how you live and what you do, and the life you live speaks for itself."
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Cornelia Husgen of Dunedin celebrated her 103rd birthday with residents and staffers of Rosewood House II Assisted Living Facility. Also in attendance were Husgen's son Paul and his wife. All looked on as the birthday girl blew out the candles on her cake decorated with tiny rosebuds. Jane Hiron played classical piano and John Mucciolo entertained the audience with song.
Cornelia DeKlaric was born April 21, 1908, in Delft, Holland. After losing their parents at an early age, she and her brothers were sent to live with other family members in Indonesia.
While in Indonesia, she met and married her husband, Milford Husgen, an importer from Germany, and in 1939, their son was born. War separated the family while Mr. Husgen was in India. Mother and son were held for a time in an internment camp. With the help of the Red Cross, the family was eventually reunited.
In 1950, the family came to the United States, living first in Texas, then making Boston their home.
The Husgens relocated to Florida in the early 1980s. After her husband's death in 1985, Mrs. Husgen lived in Stratford Court in Palm Harbor for a time before relocating to Rosewood House II.
She has an appreciation for Thai food, enjoys socializing with the other residents and looks forward to visits from her grandsons.
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Robert and Rae Elliott of Clearwater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with brunch April 23 at Countryside Country Club in the company of friends and family, some who came from as far away as Arizona, California, New York and New Jersey.
The couple married April 25, 1941, near Fort Totten, N.J.
He is a World War II veteran and served from 1938 to 1945 as a Signal Corps second lieutenant in communications. After the war, he worked 20 years in civil service communications in New York and Florida, then worked 26 years at Nielsen Media in Dunedin.
She worked 35 years as a school bus driver.
The Elliotts came here in 1975 from Long Island, N.Y.
They enjoy traveling and have visited relatives in Italy. They've also driven cross-country several times, putting more than 100,000 miles on their cars.
The couple have a son, two daughters (one deceased), 13 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.
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The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 11, recently recognized the efforts of its members at its annual awards dinner at Dunedin Country Club. Awards were presented to members by Coast Guard Capt. Sheryl Dickinson, commander of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; Capt. John Turner, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater; and Chief Warrant Officer Morgan Dudley, commanding officer at Coast Guard Station Sand Key. The event was hosted by Division Commander Jim Ryder and Vice Commander of Division 11, Joe Blevins.
At the dinner, 46 auxiliary members were recognized for contributing more than 11,250 hours of volunteer service to the public in support of boating safety programs, including direct support to the Coast Guard Sector. These awards acknowledge the members for excellence in a variety of important missions, including water operations, boating safety instruction, vessel safety examinations and public information booths.
The 333 members of Division 11 belong to six flotillas that cover Madeira Beach, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey and Hudson.
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University of Florida senior Justin Fisch was named a Udall Scholar for the 2011-2012 year by the Udall Foundation.
Fisch is majoring in political science and geography with a minor in sustainability studies. He is also pursuing a certificate in international relations. He speaks three languages and is the president of the UF Travel and Recreation Program, known as TRiP. He served as a member of the Tallahassee Internship Program in 2010 and was a J. Wayne Reitz Scholar during the recent academic year.
The Udall Foundation, named for former U.S. Rep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona and his brother, former Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall, selects each year's group of scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy, factoring in leadership potential and academic achievement.
"Justin Fisch is an excellent student and impressive leader among his fellow UF students," said Kevin Knudson, director of the University of Florida Honors Program. "His work with TRiP and his commitment to outdoors education will make him a major player in environmental affairs in the future."
The scholarship provides $5,000 for each student's senior year. The entire class of scholars will assemble in Tucson in August to receive their awards and meet policy makers and community leaders.
Fisch is the son of Gregory Fisch and Jean MacEachern of Oldsmar. He attended Palm Harbor University High.