Lacey, New Jersey Citizen Commemorates 100th Birthday –

7March 2021

After such an unpleasant 2020, there are signs that things are going to be much better in 2021 and beyond. This story out of Lacey, New Jersey gives me a reason to be optimistic, majorly. Let’s dive into something that will amaze you.

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1943 – – Veronica and Nicholas on their big day. Credit: Zoe Tompkins

1921 was a challenging year for the United States. The nation had actually just recently battled in World War 1 and was in the midst of an economic anxiety. On the favorable side, the New York Yankees made their first World Series appearance (regrettably they lost) and a few crucial Americans were born. Notably, future acting icon Charles Bronson, future first woman Nancy Reagan, future astronaut John Glenn, and future New Jersey centenarian Veronica Kurcik entered into the world … and would go on to do great things.

You probably have two concerns. 1) Who is Veronica Kurcik? and 2) What’s a centenarian? I have actually got plenty to share about Veronica, however lets start with that centenarian word. That is someone that lives to be a minimum of 100 years young! Veronica attained that on Friday. To say the chances were stacked versus her would be an understatement. The possibility of reaching 100 for someone born in 1921 was 1.4%, since 2011. That indicates there was a 98.6% chance Veronica would not do it. To make matters worse, COVID-19 and the pandemic drove life span down over the past year. So, how did Veronica do it? Well, you need to understand a little bit about this incredible lady.

Credit: Zoe Tompkins

I initially became aware of Veronica in a post on a community Facebook group. She was the recipient of a “drive-by celebration”, where family and friends honored her by bring up to wave, say hello, and share a smile and a minute. I asked if anyone understood Veronica, so I might discover more, and her granddaughter Zoe Tompkins connected with excellent insight.

Veronica with family at Zoe’s Wedding event. Credit: Zoe Tompkins

Zoe informs us that Veronica’s “secret to 100 years is effort, persistence, and a big household.” She typically boasts that “her biggest accomplishment is her family.” That began in 1943 when she married Nicholas Fiore. The two married, had children, and grandchildren and stayed married for 69 years up until Nicholas passed in 2012.

2 parts of Veronica’s winning dish for a long life might be her energy and her propensity to take a gamble. Zoe states Veronica likes Atlantic City and was “a beast on the slots.” Her household has actually offered her a label, “the energizer bunny.” Zoe includes “she never ever stops moving, even at the age of 100!.” Besides constantly being up and on the go, she’s lived in numerous parts of our terrific Garden State. She was born in New Brunswick, lived in Waretown for over 50 years, and recently transferred to Lacey to cope with her family. Veronica likes the beach and you may just see her walking on the boardwalk this summertime!

Pleased 100th Veronica! Cheers to 100 more!

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