Mrs Pensis

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in the were of but a of in Post "is deny" in HAPPY 100 -- Mrs. Deslree Gosseaux Pensis is pictured during the celebration held honor of her 100th birthday at the home of a grandson, James Bailey of Weirton. Shown with a large decorated cake are great granddaughters Dee Bailey (LEFT), her namesake, Starr, as Mrs. Adhena Plnnello, 82, Mrs. Pensis' oldest child, looks on. I 100th Birthday Observed j j McDonald Woman Honored In Weirton Home Mrs. Desiree Pensis of McDonald, McDonald, Pa., who is now visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Hale of 175 S. llth St., celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday in the home of a grandson, James R. Bailey of 172 Kathleen Way. The centenarian was born April 10, 1871, in Roux, Province of Hainout, Belgium. The twice- widowed woman is the matriarch of a family including five living children, 17 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, 36 great great grandchildren and one great great great grandchild, Robert Heeseman Jr., 2, of Chicago. She is the mother of Mrs. Adhena Pinnello, 82, of McDonald; McDonald; Jules Gosseaux, 80, of Brownsville, Pa.; Mrs. Frank (Simone) Hale, 72, of 175 S. llth St., Weirton, and Amie Pensis, 55, of McDonald. Mrs. Pensis was 45 at the birth of her youngest child. She had two sons and a daughter, who died during childhood. No Longevity Guidelines Mrs. Pensis, according to Mrs. Hale, has no particular prescription for long life. She eats what the rest of the family eats, and is "not fussy" about her food. Mrs. Pensis has never had a major illness, delivering all of her children except one without the aid of a doctor, and never entered a hospital as a patient until she had a cataract removed at the age of 93. When the now wizened Mrs. Pensis came to the U. S. in 1903 to live on Belgium Hill in McDonald, McDonald, she was Mrs. Gosseaux. Her first husband died in 1913, and she married Joseph Pensis in 1915. He passed away in 1931. Mrs. Pensis has lived on Belgium Hill since her arrival in this country and speaks very little English, since her neighbors in McDonald speak Belgian and French. Runs In Family Mrs. Pensis' longevity is not surprising, considering her paternal grandfather was 105 when he died, and her parents lived into their late 80's. Mrs. Pensis has only 20 percent sight in one eye and is blind in the other. She has been forced because of her eyesight to give up the knitting, sewing and quilting she used to do. Despite her age, she has an excellent memory and is not even slightly senile. She recalls with clarity the description of her former home in Belgium. For her birthday, Mrs. Pensis received a large decorated cake from her extended family and other items. The first grade students of a great granddaughter granddaughter all decorated birthday cards and sent them to their teacher's great grandmother. President Nixon, and past presidents were also among those extending birthday wishes to the lady. 15 On Team Honored Americans Dined By Chinese Reds PEKING (UPI) -- American table tennis players drank a powerful Chinese wine with their Communist hosts at a banquet . Sunday night but got up early this morning to visit the Great Wall of China. The 15 Americans who entered China Saturday left the capital of Peking to get a first-hand look at the Wall, built of earth faced with brick and granite between 228 to 210 B.C. to keep out Asiatic barbarians from the north. They were due back in Peking later in the day. At a Sunday night banquet given by the All-China Sports Federation and the Chinese Peoples' Association for Friendship Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Chinese and the Americans toasted each other with glass ·after glass of mau tai, a powerful "wine made in North China from "sorghum. Speeches given by the Chinese and Americans were short, based on the theme of friendship between between the two peoples. "We do not confuse the American people with the U.S. government," one Chinese offi- Trail-Riding Cyclist Hurt Michael Hirkala, 20, of 3633 cial told the American visitors. In his banquet toast to the Americans, Li, Ching-Chuan, an official in the Chinese Peoples' Association, said: "The Chinese people and the American people have always been friendly to each other. We express our good wishes for the American sportsmen and people. "To safeguard and develop the friendship between the people of the two countries is in conformity with the desire of the Chinese Turn To Americans Page 2 6 Vandalism Cases Listed On Weekend Weirton police received one theft and six vandalism reports over the weekend. Ozzio Guglielmo of 1817 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Ave. notified police that thieves jacked up the rear end a 1971 Gremlin car and removed two tires and rims in the rear the New City Auto Sales. Ben A. Will of 3736 Brightway told police vandals punctured two tires of his car while the vehicle was parked in front of 3924 Main St. John Puch of 104 Pennsylvania Ave., Mingo Junction, reported

Clipped from The Weirton Daily Times12 Apr 1971, MonPage 1

The Weirton Daily Times (Weirton, West Virginia)12 Apr 1971, MonPage 1
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