The many birthday celebrations and greetings from across the community are a testament to how much Lorraine Beler is loved and adored. She turned 100 years old on Wednesday, Feb. 6th.
Beler has had a busy last few days as the community and family members join together to celebrate the centenarian.
“It hasn't sunk in yet that I am 100 years old,” Beler said with a smile as her friends celebrated her at the Cosmo Senior Citizen's Centre for two days.
The canasta group at Cosmo as well as TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) hosted mini celebratory parties for Beler's special day. She also received birthday greetings on the radio and won flowers that were then delivered to her.
The TOPS group met on Wednesday to make special presentations to Beler. She continues to be an active member of the group and meets with them every Wednesday morning for coffee. Her friends at TOPS describes Beler as loving, loyal, resilient, outgoing and authentic as they showered her with love and gifts.
Beler’s parents came from the USA to settle in Mankota in 1919, the year she was born. She is the oldest of three siblings. Her youngest brother is still alive.
She married Robert Beler in 1941 and they started farming. They had seven children (four girls and three boys).
After their youngest went off for school, Lorraine worked at a school and RCMP offices where she was responsible for cleaning office spaces.
Her husband Robert passed away in 1993. Lorraine sold their farm in 1997 and moved to Moose Jaw.
Since then, she has lived here in the community and continues to be an active member of various groups.
Lorainne enjoys bowling, curling, needlework, playing card games, and reading.
Happy birthday Lorraine!