Sunbury mayor recognizes centenarian
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
One hundred years ago airplanes were a bit of cloth stretched over wood, held together with wires, and kept aloft by what today would be little more than go-cart engines; but according to Country View Nursing Home resident Jean Gaboric things haven’t changed all that much in the past century.
Gaboric should know. September 14 was her 100th Birthday.
For Gaboric, it was just another day, just another birthday; she was playing Bingo in the main lounge with other residents. What she didn’t know was that her family members were waiting in the wings with a surprise birthday party, complete with cake and, best of all, her great-grandchildren.
When Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield heard about Gaboric earning her century wings, he showed up with a mayoral proclamation recognizing the centenarian, and brought a bouquet of flowers as a personal gift.
“These are the kind of events I like to attend as mayor,” Hatfield said. “Jean is a delightful lady and it’s my honor as the mayor of Sunbury to formally recognize her 100th birthday.”
Attending the party were Gaboric’s sons Allan and Richard and their wives Patricia and Julie, respectively, and Allen and Patricia’s daughter, Emily Ingram. Gaboric’s daughter Noreen lives in South Dakota and was unable to attend. Also there with Happy Birthday hugs for their great-grandmother were Adelaide and Colette Ingram and Morgan Gaboric.
Country View Activity Director Connie Jackson said Jean Gaboric is very active.
“She attends almost every activity, and goes on bus outings,” Jackson said. “She’s a very sweet and delightful lady, very caring about the other residents, and very family oriented – she loves her grandchildren.”
Jean Gaboric was born and raised in Pennsylvania, has lived in the Cleveland area, and came to Central Ohio in 1989.