On June 24, Millie celebrated her 100th birthday with family. Two relatives from the Czech Republic came for the occasion even though one had never traveled before.
When asked what her secret was to such a long life, Millie said, "I wish I knew!" She has lived most of her life in Chicago, the rest in Oak Park, and more recently moved to Holly Court Terrace (Brookdale Plaza). She recalls the two world wars, also that "the Great Depression was a tough time." Her father, a musician, lost his job. No one could afford to hire him. Another vivid recollection was her year, at age 24, in a TB sanitarium. This occurred shortly after her marriage.
She was asked, "How old do you feel?" to which she replied, "Not as old as I am!" She and her husband had two children and six grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren live in the Cape Cod area and the others live out west, including Idaho. Both of her sisters died at age 89.
Millie worked for a couple of doctors downtown. Her husband was a printer at various companies and his work was so sought after that he was asked, at age 72, to work in Ireland.
Recently in art class, she made a very attractive necklace. She took exercise classes for 30 years and also took belly dancing lessons. She loves to dance. She plays an organ, which she's sorry she didn't bring with her. She loves flowers and has lots of plants in her apartment. Even though she lives on the fourth floor, she enjoys coming upstairs to have dinner with friends rather than to always eat on her floor in the new dining room.
Millie has traveled many places and especially enjoyed Italy and the Czech Republic and seeing her relatives. She met a lot of very nice people there but hated to give up her century home in Oak Park. She is a very self-sufficient person and gets around just fine. She has been looking forward to being 100 for a long time.
All who know her agree she is a very lovely person, has many friends, and is simply amazing! And she looks as though she is no more than 80 years old!
(formerly Holley Court Terrace)