In the year that Lillian Kjellander was born, the President of the United States was Woodrow Wilson and Americans were fighting in World War I. The first airmail service had just been launched, motion pictures were silent and radios were still not a popular form of home entertainment.
Lillian, a resident of Mount Alverno Center Adult Home and Assisted Living Program in Warwick NY, was born in Philadelphia on April 8, 1918. Close relatives and friends gathered on Sat., Apr. 7 to help her celebrate her 100th birthday in the Greenbrier Room at Mount Alverno.
Lillian and her husband, Eugene, since deceased, lived in Lehighton, PA and together they raised their three children. Today Lillian boasts of two grandchildren and a great-grandchild about to be born. She worked as a legal secretary and her husband was a telephone installer. While living in Lehighton, they both enjoyed vegetable gardening, a factor, along with having good genes and not smoking or drinking, that she attributes to her longevity.
“I was careful about what foods we ate. I always served fresh vegetables grown in our garden. And I would freeze them so I could still serve the same vegetables in winter,” Lillian said.
Although celebrating a 100th birthday is no small achievement for anyone, Lillian has also managed to remain physically and mentally active at Mt. Alverno Center, which has been her home for the past four years. The facility also has a vegetable garden, which she enjoys visiting.