This Friday marks the 100th birthday of Baldwinsville's Bernice Breen.
In recognition to her longevity, village officials will proclaim Feb. 20, 2009 Bernice Breen Day during Thursday's board meeting.
Born Feb. 20, 1909 in Auburn, Bernice is the oldest of eight children and the last surviving sibling of her family. She married Richard Breen Nov. 30, 1939 and moved to Baldwinsville in the early 1940s. After spending 55 years living at 97 Oswego St., Bernice moved into Syracuse Home on Jan. 23, 2004, where she now resides.
Bernice worked in the Baldwinsville Central Schools business office from Oct. 2, 1951 until she retired Dec. 31, 1971. Her husband Richard worked for Morris Pumps in the production department until his death Jan. 18, 1973. The two were faithful parishioners of St. Mary's Church, where Bernice volunteered for many years doing bookkeeping and counting weekend collections. They also did a lot of traveling together.
As she approaches 100, Bernice attributes her longevity to simple living. She has a great sense of humor, reads the daily newspaper, does crossword puzzles and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
The village of Baldwinsville invites residents to celebrate this landmark with Bernice Breen.