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Sparta resident turns 102


It’s doubtful that anyone today remembers living in the year 1912. Many think of it as the year the Titanic sank. But something else happened that year—just one week before the Titanic sank, Zelma Sally Lundquist was born. That makes her 102 years old!

Sally celebrated her special birthday on April 8, at Meadowlark Retirement Village in Sparta, where she now resides. The community, as well as family and friends, gathered to celebrate with her.

“There were flyers all over the room giving facts about the year 1912,” explained Konika Van Drie, of Meadowlark. “For example, who was President (William Howard Taft), who won the World Series (Boston Red Sox), where were the Summer Olympics (Stockholm, Sweden), how much was a loaf of bread (5 cents), and so on,” explained Konika Van Drie, of Meadowlark. They also had both Sally’s wedding dress and some wedding photos on display.

Zelma, who most now know her as Sally, was born and raised in the Sparta area. She graduated from Sparta High School. She married Van Lundquist. She has 3 kids, several grandkids and great grandkids.

“Sally is kind, has a wonderful sense of humor and a smile that can brighten anyone’s day,” explained Van Drie. “She is still very active and takes advantage of the activities here at Meadowlark. The one thing Sally loves besides her family and the Lord is a nice hot cup of coffee. And what goes well with a cup of coffee—a nice warm cookie!”

Congratulations, Sally, on your 102nd birthday!


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