Angela celebrated her 100th birthday on September 9th at Eskaton Village Carmichael where she has lived for over 10 years. Her friends and family threw her an intimate party where she was gifted dozens of cards. Angela received many “congratulations” from friends, as it isn’t every day someone turns 100 years old. The partygoers enjoyed strawberry filled cake and Angela was delighted to receive a large bouquet of roses from Greg Click, executive director of Eskaton. “Angela is truly a special lady with a courageous and vibrant past,” said Click.
Angela was born and raised in Harvey, Illinois, by Italian immigrant parents. In her mid-twenties, she found the courage to leave her secretarial job and traveled alone to San Francisco. After establishing herself in a home for single women, and securing a good job with Union Lumber Co., Angela’s brother and sister followed her west, an act she doesn’t believe they would have accomplished without her. Before she retired, Angela was as a secretary and legal stenographer for the State of California, where she worked on legislative bills.
Angela has a love for bowling, knitting and traveling -- her favorite destination was her ancestral home in Italy. She once visited 11 countries in six weeks, meeting up with a tour in Europe, and making life-long friends. Currently her time is spent corresponding with friends and family on her iPad.
Angela doesn’t think about her age and says: “I stay busy keeping up with the times.” She feels that each relationship in her life built up her confidence, meant something special, and made her what she is today. “Everything given to me was absorbed from my friends.” Angela says she feels fortunate that God has sent her only lovely, kind people to know.