By Brenden West
Assistant Sports Editor
Edna Manemann and Margaret Grimes remember a time before cell phones, when people took their children with them instead of relying on babysitters and daycare.
Born in the summer of 1913, both women are celebrating their 100th birthdays. The residents at Lyons Manor held a large party for Margaret when she turned 100 on July 29. Edna’s birthday is Aug. 17. Her family is having an open house for her that day at Rastrelli’s Restaurant. Lyons Manor will celebrate with her Aug. 15.
In the four years that Mary Stopher has worked at Lyons Manor, she does not remember anyone turning 100 there and she cannot find anyone who remembers a resident turning 100 prior to that.
“So it’s quite unique to have two women right here,” Stopher said.
Edna grew up in Sabula. She recalls going with her father when he played his violin at different dances. She married her husband in 1938 and moved out to the farm. Her son, Joe, was born when she was 39.
In 1970, she moved into town. She also worked for Medical Associates for 10 years.
Margaret’s husband died in World War II, on Oct. 8, 1942. They married in 1934, three years after she finished high school. Originally, from Rock Falls, Ill., Margaret worked for the Whiteside County nurse while raising her daughter, Nancy Schaefer. She also attended the University of Chicago dental school and two years of business school. She worked for two dentists.
Margaret moved into Lyons Manor 14 or 15 years ago, when her daughter and son-in-law moved to Florida. Edna came to the facility seven years ago. She said it was the best decision she made.
“They’re just the best. They’re the most kind,” Stopher said. “Everybody loves them here. Everybody absolutely adores them.”
Both ladies remain active. Edna plays cards, especially rummy and pitch. They both enjoy bingo.
Stopher pointed out that Edna continues to bake her own cookies. She has two great-grandchildren who live in Clinton and likes to always have cookies for them.
Margaret has two granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Most of them attended her birthday party. One member of her family brought her 100 long-stemmed roses.
“I’m very thankful to have Mom this long,” Nancy said. She likes knowing her mother is safe at Lyons Manor.
Stopher is grateful to have these two ladies as her residents, adding that if she did not know they were 100, she would never guess it.
“I’m just happy I’m in a good place here and I have a lot of friends and am in fairly good health,” Edna said. “I don’t know what else you could be thankful for.”
Edna does not feel any different, turning 100. She still plans to remain active.
“Edna is my hero,” her daughter-in-law, Molly Manemann said. “She’s always got a smile on her face and never complains, no matter how she feels. She’s remarkable.”