Five Residents Celebrate their 100+ Birthdays at Pines

Catherine_Penman_and_Pauline_Carr_-_300pxFive residents of Pines of Sarasota celebrate their centennial and post-centennial birthdays this April:

Lauretta Antonucci, who has been at Pines for almost 4 years, celebrated her 100th birthday at the beginning of this month. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Lauretta is the proud matriarch of a large and loving Italian family.

Valia Tomsons came to the U.S. from Latvia in Russia, and turned 104 in early April. Her experiences during the depression and wars are forever documented as her daughter, a published author, sought inspiration from her mother’s stories for many of her works. In “Battered Heart” she describes her mother as “a supreme survivor who has taught me how to live with a joy that embraces a profound knowledge of pain”. Valia still smiles and enjoys life at 104.

Florence Hartman will celebrate her 102nd birthday at Pines this month. She was born in Larchmont, NY, graduated from Columbia University and worked as an Executive Secretary during her career years. A skilled writer and poet, Florence put together an entire collection of poems that she enjoys sharing with staff and fellow residents at Pines.

Pauline Carr, an Illinois native, will be 100 years of age this April. Described by many as a lady that is “sharp as a tack”, Pauline is an avid reader and great fan of biographies.

Catherine Penman, who came to the U.S. from Scotland and still speaks with a charming Scottish accent, is spearheading the group with her upcoming 105th birthday. She enjoys participating in the wide range of available activities and regularly delights her peers, volunteers and staff with her strong yet grateful character.

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