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LaFontaine woman turns 101

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Sandra Bachman sings “Happy Birthday” to her mother, Audrey Schanck, who celebrated her 101st birthday on Tuesday.
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VINTAGE: A picture from Audrey Schanck’s high school graduation sits next to her birthday gifts and cake at Rolling Meadows Health Center on Tuesday.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

LAFONTAINE — Audrey Schanck celebrated her 101st birthday inside the Rolling Meadows Health Center in LaFontaine on Tuesday with her friends and family. 

Originally from Flint, Michigan, Schanck met her husband William in high school. According to her daughter, Sandra Bachman, they dated all four years of high school and got married. Schanck now has two children, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and now seven great-great-grandchildren. 

Bachman recalls sitting under her mother’s ironing board while she pressed out the wrinkles from her dresses. She said her mother has always dressed herself, and Bachman on special occasions, to the nines. For her 101st birthday, Schanck wore a flowered top, fluffy boa, sequined hat and a purse to match all in red, her favorite color. 

Bachman said she rarely remembers her mother ever attending a church service without a hat and gloves, and said she often reminded her of Mamie Eisenhower, President Eisenhower’s wife. Before retirement, she worked at a radio station and sang gospel music in Michigan with her husband, who played guitar while she played piano. 

On Tuesday, Schanck teared up as staff and residents of Rolling Meadows sang “Happy Birthday.” She said the secret to a long life is lots of Little Debbie cakes.