Dorothy Lichtenberg's 100th birthday party on Tuesday April 22 was a surprise.
"Yes I was surprised because I really didn't see any reason for this," Lichtenberg said.
The party was arranged by her daughter Susan DeHart from Florida with some friendly connections here in Upstate New York.
"It was a total surprise," DeHart said. "Our friends got her at the nursing home and she thought she was going out to dinner."
About 75 people showed up at the Chittenango American Legion Hall for the buffet surprise. Lichtenberg entered the hall without using her walker.
"I think she was amazed," said Marjorie Robbins. "This has been a very special occasion for a lot of people."
There was a guest book to sign and family pictures to look at as Dehart introduced her mother, a long time Cazenovia resident and the guest of honor.
"It is my great pleasure to welcome all of you to Dorothy Lichtenberg's 100th birthday party," DeHart said. "Tonight her family and friends are gathered together to celebrate her life."
Many thanks went to Mike Marshall, Judy Martin and their family members, Bill and Margerie Robbins, Shirley Romosser and Maureen Dailey for contributing to and planning the party. Also, the out-of-town guests were thanked for their traveling.
Lichtenberg was born in Westmoreland, NY April 23, 1908. Her parents were Anson and Verna May Bailey.
"My grandfather owned a grocery and dry goods store in Chittenango, called The Red and White, on Main Street," DeHart said. "My mother worked there part-time."
Lichtenberg attended Keuka College and taught in North Syracuse and Manlius. She also played the organ at the First Presbyterian Church in Chittenango.
"Painting and music was a big part of my life," the centurion said.
She married Eugene Douglas Lichtenberg on Oct. 12 1947 at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneida and moved to Cazenovia.