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Happy 100th Birthday Anne-Marie!

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The simple pleasures of a morning walk, cappuccino at a local café and reading the newspaper are still enjoyed by Vincentian Aged Care resident, Anne-Marie, who turned 100 years old in February.

To celebrate, Anne-Marie’s family gathered from across Sydney and the world to take her out for a special lunch at Beppi’s Italian restaurant, conveniently situated diagonally across the road from Vincentian in Darlinghurst.

Born and raised in Zurich, the Swiss Consul General also visited Anne-Marie and a party was held at Vincentian with fellow residents, friends and staff joining in the celebrations.

“I had a wonderful childhood’, says Anne-Marie who was born in 1920.” I grew up with my parents, one brother and two sisters. I was a girl guide, so I used to spend a lot of time skiing and mountaineering. My favourite places to ski were Davos and Mt Rigi and I loved walking the Kleine Scheidegg.”

At the end of World War Two, Anne-Marie travelled to Germany to work for the United Nations. She also worked as a Swiss Red Cross nurse providing medical aid and assisting displaced persons.

It was here she met her husband who was organising repatriation for displaced Hungarians. They married in 1947 and moved to Switzerland. But they found it hard to settle in Zurich so they decided to seek a new life in Australia.

Her husband started studying medicine and they had two boys. Sadly, three months before her husband’s final exams he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away six months later.

Anne-Marie found herself on her own with her two boys, then aged seven and nine years old. She started working in administration at Sydney University where she stayed for 20 years, while raising her boys in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Careers in medicine also appealed to her sons with both becoming doctors, one marrying a doctor and two grand-children now doctors. Altogether Anne-Marie has six grand-children and five great grand-children, with another baby on the way.

Care Worker, Cici, takes excellent care of Anne-Marie, accompanying her on her walks and making sure she has her paper to read in the Vincentian library.

“I love working here,” says Cici. “For 15 years I used to run my own clothing shop, but I sold it and started working at Vincentian. I now go to work super happy. I like helping the residents and helping to bring them happiness. Anne-Marie is the first Vincentian resident to celebrate 100 years and we are so excited to join with her family and friends in celebrating this milestone.”

Pictured is CiCi with Anne-Marie.

Read more about Vincentian Aged Care in Darlinghurst.