Sharp centenarians brighten local landscape

July 11, 2018, marked 100 years of life for Mamie Hagedorn, and a festive party at the Cockeysville Senior Center brought together family and friends to celebrate with her. Described as sassy, spunky and witty by her granddaughter, Lisa Fitz, Mamie was born, raised and lived in Ellicott City for most of her life before moving to Warren Place in Cockeysville back in 2004 to be closer to family after the passing of her husband, Edwin.

After raising daughters Dawn Tamberino of Timonium and Paula Provencher of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mamie enjoyed a career as a sales associate for the Hecht Co., which she loved. She now has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Known as a great cook and a terrific crafter, Mamie enjoyed crocheting and quilting. For many years, she won multiple ribbons at the state fair each time she entered.

Mamie also loved dancing, especially the polka, and taking bus trips, complete with costumes and accessories to complement the destination. As granddaughter Lisa also commented, “She has an incredible memory and can recall many events with great detail from the past century. She has seen a lot during her 100 years.”

A lifelong Orioles fan, following the O’s is now a passion for Mamie; she loves to watch them play and is hoping that they can turn things around. She was delighted to have the Oriole Bird attend the festivities, and a favorite gift was a T-shirt that proclaims “Real women love baseball, awesome women love the Orioles” and adorned with Hagedorn and 100 on the back.

Back in 1934, Mamie’s 16th birthday celebration was written up in the local paper; now, here we are 84 years later marking yet another of Mamie’s birthday celebrations. She has her sights set on at least matching her mother, Grace Yingling, who lived to be 102 and a half. Here’s hoping we get to celebrate Mamie for many years to come!

Another Cockeysville favorite also recently turned 100 years old, as Joseph Tito became a centenarian on July 16. A World War II veteran and fine gentleman, Joseph stays young by keeping his mind active as he visits the Cockeysville library at least three or four times a week. He is beloved by the staff there who have proclaimed him an all around good guy! Happy birthday, Joseph!

The Cockeysville Senior Center is a hub of activity, events and classes, and it also has a new executive board overseeing the center for the 2018-19 year. The new board consists of Ken MacFadyen, president; Judi Letmate, vice president; Eileen Bosely, secretary; Ann Brockwell, treasurer, and Dianne Grim, assistant treasurer. They are joined by delegates Paul Alfonsi, Jeannie Brown, Patti Hess, Linda Knitter, Linda Rollman, Roy Stitz and Ken Taylor. Together they work with committees to produce great events, add growth and commitment to the volunteer pool, introduce new classes and increase technological advances for the benefit of the senior center. Sounds like a winning plan.

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