Ann Regina (seated) visits with BVMs (l. to r.) Jean Beste (Jean Allan), Carol Cook (Conrad Ann) and Mary Ellen Zimmerman (Ellenmae).

BVM Celebrates 100th!

Relatives, friends and former students joined Ann Regina on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Mount Carmel for a celebratory liturgy followed by dinner. BVM President Teri Hadro, in her welcome, noted: “Two of the lovely things about Ann Regina are her wonderful laugh and that she doesn’t take herself too seriously . . . she is a woman of many talents and within her 100 years accomplished much that is noteworthy.”

But more than that, this was a celebration of the woman Ann Regina is and the relationships she nurtured. Teri spoke warmly of Ann Regina’s “walking hug” of encouragement for others, now replaced by a “rolling hug” accompanied by her unfailing, effusive response to greetings from others.

When asked how it felt to be 100 years old, Ann Regina responded to another sister, “Honey, I don’t know how it feels. I just try to take each day as it comes!” She added that she was overwhelmed and grateful to everyone who helped celebrate her 100th birthday.