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Celebrating 109 Years

herbert-engleHerbert Engle is believed to be the oldest man living in Michigan and was honored by Caring Circle on September 22 for National Centenarian Day. He was born in Russia in 1907 and immigrated to Chicago in 1928 where he worked at Western Electric Manufacturing Company for five years. His family then relocated to Berrien Springs where Herbert still resides in the farmhouse that originally belonged to his parents. Herbert earned a degree in engineering from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania through a college-by-mail program. He worked at Whirlpool Corporation for over 40 years helping to create many of the original household appliances we know today.

Herbert is the father of six children, all of whom are still living. He currently resides with his caregiver and daughter Esther, 83. Esther receives help caring for Herbert from Charsie Nealey, RN, BSN, a nurse at Caring Circle, who began visiting the family’s home in March of 2016 and continues to provide assistance with medications, medical assessments, and social interaction.

In addition to Herbert, Caring Circle provides care for a number of centenarian patients throughout Berrien County, including Lola Rockwell, 100, of Berrien Springs; Joseph Menser, 103, who resides at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center; and Viola Bomke, 107, of Benton Harbor.

When asked about her longevity, Lola stated, “Having a large extended family, knowing your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-greatgrandchildren, and having that love helps you live a long and happy life.”

Joseph, when asked about enjoying life said, “You don’t have to leave the country to see amazing things. You can stay right here at home and see everything you want to see.”

Viola shared beautiful stories of a simpler time growing up when people walked most places, the roads were all dirt, the fields were plowed by horses, and the closest stream was not only the household’s main source of fresh water, but also where people would store milk and butter to keep it cold.

Thank you centenarians for sharing your life experiences and wonderful stories!


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