100 Centenarian Project

Work ethic contributes to long life

by Marjorie Randell

centenarian sub-committee

You would never in the world think Louise Argereau was 103 years old. She moved swiftly and easily when she answered the doorbell.  

Louise was born in Canada and came to the United States at the age of 5. She lived in Illinois, Ohio and Detroit before coming to California in 1928.  

Louise’s genetics are tilted in favor of her longevity by a mother who lived to 98 and a grandmother to 97. Louise has a very strong work ethic. She chose work over continuing school after high school.  She loved her job working in the canneries of Long Beach. 

She met her husband in 1933 right after the big earthquake in Long Beach. “We were married for 34-and-a-half years,” she said proudly.  

When asked what in her life she was most proud of, Louise replied without hesitation, “Family love... I love my family.” Although Louise never had children of her own, she had four brothers and has lots of nieces and nephews to love.

Louise’s health has been good except that she had breast cancer in 1963 and has survived longer than anyone would have imagined at that time. Her only exercise through the years was work. No sports or long walks. Her daily prayers are a thank you for good health.  

Sometimes during her growing up and school years, she was chided because she wasn’t born in the United States. She never said it out loud in rebuke, but said to herself, “I’ll bet I am more of an American than any of you!”  

Louise considers herself a happy person and lives each day in gratitude for the blessings of her life. She reads the papers and keeps up with world events, always in sympathy for the downtrodden and the underdog.  

When asked what she would recommend to others for living a long, happy and healthy life, Louise quoted something her mother frequently said to her, “Do everything in moderation, and you will never go wrong.”

Britannia Club

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day

The Britannia Club will celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day at the May 8 meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Members are asked to bring their favorite Mexican food dish to share. Members will enjoy margaritas together while celebrating all the lovely “Mums” among them.

At the April meeting the club celebrated spring, Queen Elizabeth II on her 88th birthday and St. George, Patron Saint of England.

Thanks to Christine Gross for donating the wonderful fruity Sangria punch.

A large variety of wonderful, tasty foods were donated by the talented members. They are all very much appreciated.

The Easter bonnet contest was won by Irene Cook.

Doris Dack won the guess for the number of jelly beans in the egg, and the lucky egg was picked by Terry Del Rio.

Celebrating birthdays were Eric Dodd, Christine Gross, Jeanie Cose, Henry Broadbent, Terry Del Rio, Daisy Goldie, Gina Locke, Audrey McKenzie and Lorraine Morris.

Madge Murphy won the 50/50. Esther Prior’s son Stuart was the only guest. Good fun, smiles and lots of nattering were had by all.

Cole Academy

Mingle with students over pizza

All Leisure World residents are invited to a special pizza lunch Thursday, June 5, hosted by Children-A-Priority (CAP) for children from Cole Academy in Santa Ana. The school’s choir will provide a lively musical program.

The children are encouraged by their instructors to mingle and join members at the tables to eat. They are bright young people and ask interesting questions. The conversational exchange is fun, and LWers learn as much from them as then seem to learn from LWers.

Cole Academy is a public charter school with an enrollment of approximately 339.

School items are given to the students as a thank you from the club, along with a monetary gift to the school. This is one of the children’s charities that CAP donates to in Southern California.

More information will be in the News regarding time and reservations.

—Joan Shramek

Photo — HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY— Mildred “Millie” Santangelo, Mutual 2, is congratulated on her centennial birthday by Monday Pinochle President Diane Van Wasshnova. She was honored by her card playing friends with a luncheon. She also received congratulations from President Barack Obama and his family. Millie was born April 24, 1914, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Club member and good friend Marge Dodero wrote in a letter to President Obama that Millie is “feisty, independent, hard-headed, loyal, stubborn and really nice.”

Photo — — RELATIVELY SPEAKING —Christopher de Guzman, grandson of LWer Victor P. Gendrano, and Julie Costanzo were married at Maya Hotel in Long Beach on April 12. Chris is the son of Ponce de Guzman and Juliet de Guzman, Victor’s daughter.

Photo— —Cathie Merz,staff photo

Kang Nam LINE DANCE CLASS— The Korean-American Club hosts line dancing classes in Clubhouse 2 on Mondays. All are welcome. Practice begins at 9 a.m. The main dance class is held from 9:40-11a.m. The instructor is Young-Ah Ko.

Photo- HAPPY BIRTHDAY— Charles Donley (seated), Mutual 14, celebrated his 90th birthday at the Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos with some of his family from Seal Beach. His wife of 68 years, Polly, celebrated her 85th birthday on Feb. 14.

Friendship Club

Computer class resumes May 5

The Friendship Club computer classes are open to all Leisure World residents and their guests.

On Monday, May 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, Computer for the Beginner will begin at 9 a.m., followed by Open Questions for PC and Mac at 10 and iPad for the Beginner at 11.

During Open Questions people can ask about any version of Windows, including how to find a Windows 7 PC, when they are not sold in the usual stores.

Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops are welcome.

The cost is $5 to attend one, two or three classes.

For information, or to add a name to the e-mail list, call Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122.


Learn dance with Louisiana roots

Zydeco dance lessons continue as a four-week series every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A line dance will also be taught.

Hailing from southwest Louisiana, Zydeco is the infectious, accordion-driven dance music of the Creole culture. A close relative of Cajun music, Zydeco incorporates many other musical influences, including echoes of the rhythms of the Caribbean, rock n’ roll, blues, jazz and R&B.

Dancers rotate. All are welcome; $5 a class per person. There has been a great turnout for the series. For information, call Jeanine Greb, 296-5921, or Karen Redding, 708-8946.

—Jeanine Greb

Sunshine Club

New move-in found answers at meeting

Bee Backstrom moved to Leisure World from Palm Desert to be near her daughter who lives in Old Town.

She recalled reading an article in The News about how the Sunshine Club helps new move-ins and others learn how to make the best of living in LW.

Bee attends weekly Sunshine Club meetings and enjoys being with friends and members. She said the thing she enjoys most is the club’s diversity and multicultural-atmosphere, and that it is a friendly and informative way to get answers when needed.

She rides the “C” bus to the meetings. When recovering from a broken hip she scheduled the Access bus to take and pick her up. She remembers how kind and friendly the handicap bus drivers were, and appreciates the many services available for those who need special care.

As a frequent visitor to the Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Center, she suggests having a table for “ newcomers” to share common questions and difficult times adjusting in LW.

Sunshine Club is fortunate to have members like Bee. The club meets Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 8 or 2, from 10 a.m. -noon. It is an English speaking class; all shareholders are welcome to attend. No membership is required. Refreshments are provided.

—Anna Derby