Clara Landdeck turned 104 Monday. Her secret?
“Don’t ever say ‘old’” “Don’t work too late” and “Enjoy and lead a good life.”
To celebrate, Channel Point Village in Hoquiam hosted a dinner for their resident featured her favorite pot roast as well as cake and champagne. Her daughter’s quartet played for their resident.
The Hoquiam Fire Department arrived to “extinguish the fire” on her birthday candles. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, sent birthday greetings as did Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney. A street will be named after Landdeck for two weeks.
Landdeck enjoys needle pointing despite her slight loss of vision. Landdeck was born on June 16, 1910 in Golden, Ill. and was raised by German speaking parents with seven brothers and sisters – one who lived to see the age of 105. At 19, she boarded a train to California where she met her husband of 62 years, Hubbard H. Landdeck.
He later became a pastor and they traveled throughout the United States. The Landdecks retired in Ocean Shores to be closer to her daughter, Jeanne Sisco and her husband. She has lived in the area for more than 20 years, including 10 years on Grays Harbor, five years in Ocean Shores and five years at Channel Point.