There were plenty of candles and birthday wishes as Heartland of Oregon residents Lucille Barraclough and Anna Defalco celebrated their recent birthdays.
On May 24, Lucille celebrated a century plus one years. When asked by the Heartland staff how she’d like to celebrate her 101st birthday, Lucille shared that she would like to cook a dinner for her family – which now includes three children, seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
The facility staff set out to help fulfill Lucille’s wish through “Heart’s Desire” a program developed by HCR Manor Care in 1997 to help make patients’ dreams come true.
With the support of the Heartland staff and her family, Lucille prepared her family recipe of chicken pot pie and Watergate salad, rolls and a side garden salad.
The celebration included donations from a number of local businesses, including Kroger, Bartz-Viviano, Hirzel Brothers, Sam’s Club, Shutter Monkey Photographers Preston and Laura, Rite-Aid and an anonymous donor who provided a cake.
Happy at 100
Just a few weeks later, on June 14, Heartland resident Anna Defalco celebrated her 100th birthday. A party was held in her honor June 13.
Anna, who lived in the East Toledo area for many years, was an original member of St. Jerome Church in Walbridge, where she and her husband Dominic volunteered at the annual festival for a number of years.
In addition to enjoying sewing and gardening, she also enjoyed walking and for a long time had a daily routine of walking four miles a day ¬– until she was 92.
Asked about making it to 100, she attributes her longevity to “stubbornness and determination.”
Celebrating with Anna were her daughter Judy (Gary) Diekman, her grandson Brian, and two great-grandchildren Dakota and Brittany.