Edna Talleur celebrates 102nd birthday

| 21 Feb 2012 | 10:44

    WARWICK n In 1902, when Warwick resident Edna Talleur came into this world, the President of the United States was Theodore Roosevelt. The Wright Brothers would not make their historic powered flight until the following year. Automobiles were a novelty and most people traveled by horse and carriage. On Friday, April 30, Talleur, a resident of Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility at the Bon Secours Warwick Health Care Campus, celebrated her 102nd birthday. Before entering Schervier, she had been a resident of nearby Mount Alverno Center Adult Home and Assisted Living Program. "We've planned a nice birthday party for Edna in our recreation room," said Kari Call, "And everyone is invited." Call, a certified therapy recreation specialist, serves as Director of Recreation at Schervier Pavilion. Edna Talleur lived most of her life in Warwick but she was born in Dutchess County, N.Y. The historic family name, Dyckman, places her ancestors among the earliest Dutch settlers. She describes herself as "farmer" and fondly recalls those days when she grew up on her parent's farm with her two sisters and three brothers. When asked how she managed to live so many years, Talleur shrugged and replied," I don't know. I never did anything in particular."