SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE Celebrates Participant’s 100th Birthday

SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE participant and Chambersburg resident Nellie Jacobs turned 100 yesterday, October 4, and celebrated with a birthday party at the LIFE Center in Chambersburg.   Guests included Nellie’s daughter, Violet Kling, of Chambersburg, as well as SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE staff and fellow participants.  Her son, Carl Kling, whom she has not seen in four years, traveled with his wife Pat from Knoxville, TN to surprise her on her big day.   Sporting a ball cap embroidered with the words, “Born in the USA a long, long time ago”, Nellie smiled and tapped her foot as she joined in singing “Happy Birthday.  She was presented with a large and heavy bouquet of 100 flowers.

A participant in the SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE program since 2013, Nellie didn’t say much in response to the question why she has lived so long except to say, “Just live!”  Carol Carmack, LIFE receptionist said, “She’s got spunk!  That’s why she’s lived this long!”  Nina Delgrande, LIFE director, agreed about the spunk, adding, “She is also a very sweet lady with a positive attitude.  She’s a great success story of our program – helping older folks remain independent in their homes and the community, where they want to be.”

According to Violet and Carl, Nellie was born in Kentucky but lived in Pennsylvania since the 1930’s.  She was married in 1939 and worked at Heinz Ketchup and Knouse Foods in Chambersburg.   She visited the Chambersburg Senior Center for 35 years.  Nellie has 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 26 great, great grandchildren.  One of her great grandchildren, Cheyenne, shares the same birthday, turning 26 today.

SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) is a creative program that serves seniors with chronic care needs, providing access to the full continuum of preventative, primary, acute and long-term care services.   LIFE includes many elements of the traditional health care system, coordinated by an interdisciplinary team, provided in the LIFE Center, at 840 Fifth Avenue, Chambersburg, and supplemented through referral services according to participants’ needs.   This model of all-inclusive care has been shown to improve participants’ health status because they are so closely monitored.  For more information please call 717-264-5433.