Rose Cerra was born one hundred years ago. That is an amazing sentence and it is amazing to meet the tiny woman with sparkling eyes who has been on this earth for a century. Rose was born in Chicago and was a factory worker there. She moved to Marengo to be with her niece, Elaine Rizlieris. Rose is now a resident of Florence Nursing Home, where she was honored on Saturday, February 18, with a lunch with her extended family followed by a reception for friends and Florence residents and staff.

Rose, who never married, is proud to be greataunt to three, great-great aunt to six and greatgreat- great aunt to two. Most of these nieces and nephews of varying great-ness were present for her birthday party.

Asked why she thought she has lived so long, Rose replied, “Well, I’ve always just tried to do what’s right and be happy. I don’t feel any different today than I did when I was nineteen.” Her niece says, “I’ve never known a nicer or more truly Christian woman!” What advice does she give anyone who wants to live a century? “Just keep on keeping on. Do what has to be done. One day you’ll just wake up and find you’ve lived this long.”

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