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A pair of local woman have turned 100 years old

Posted at 6:51 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 19:51:57-04

Regina Kubicki and Bernice Keef are now part the centenarian club.

Celebrating 100 years of life is becoming more common in the U.S. the Centers for Disease Control found more than 72,000 Americans are 100 years or older right now. 

To celebrate Kubicki and Keef's birthdays, Kubicki turned 100 Sept. 1 while Keef will turn 100 Sept. 8, the assisted living facility Heritage at Deer Creek threw them a party. A champagne toast to the ladies on top of three large cakes brought smiles to their faces. 

The New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament brought both women gifts and read aloud their personal proclamations from the city.  

Family members for both birthday girls are proud of this celebration. Kubicki's Son, Dan Gregory, beams from ear to ear watching all the festivities. 

"I think my mother is overwhelmed and quite frankly I am too. This is really quite outstanding," said Gregory. 

Keef's middle and youngest daughter were able to join the party. Middle daughter, Janice Shipler, says her mother couldn't be happier with the celebration. 

"I think it's great. I really do. I'm proud of her," said Shipler. 

Keef's secret to her long life, she says is a daily grapefruit. Whereas, Kubicki says a shot of blueberry brandy was what kept her going through her nineties. 

The birthday par received cards from across the globe, even some from the White House. Fellow residents gave them homemade gifts as well. 

Samantha Sabbatini is Heritage ad Deer Creek's Assistant Director. She remembers when Keef moved in a few years ago, as well as, Kubicki's fun nature. Both women bring her joy, she says. 

"I think it's a really big accomplishment to be able to hit 100. I mean how many people can say that they have relatives who are 100?" said Sabbatini. 

The party rallied on thanks to the Broadway Civic Singers.