Celebrating Our Centenarians

Celebrating Our Centenarians

Celebrating Our Centenarians

Reflections on a century of life, a lifetime of memories


harold Moss_blogHarold Moss

Lincoln Meadows Senior Living 
Parker, Colorado

Harold Moss set out on a post-high school path to practice law. However, after graduating from University of Colorado in Boulder and entering University of Denver Law, the attack on Pearl Harbor led him to change his course. Instead of law, Harold sought a career with the FBI.

Harold served as the 1st resident FBI agent on the western slope in Grand Junction, Colorado. A career he would stay with for more than 25 years. Only two weeks into retirement, he was voted in as a county judge beating two local attorneys for the appointment. He served as a county judge for 16 years when at age 71 he decided it was  time for his “second retirement.” That didn’t last long. He was then appointed as senior judge, which was very part-time. He would spend the next 12 years visiting the surrounding counties to fill in where a judge was needed. Finally, at age 83, he officially retired.

What’s the secret to a happy 71-year-long marriage?

Just keep going and keep at it!

What would you say are the major values or principles that you live by?

Be honest and straight forward when dealing with people and companies.

What big world events do you remember from the time you were growing up?

Pearl Harbor.

What inventions do you most remember? Why?

The electric typewriter. This invention made life much easier!

What’s different about growing up today from when you were growing up?

Growing up in the Great Depression meant making a tough decision between maintaining a job and giving it up to pursue education.

What’s the best compliment you ever received?

My wife was a compliment to my life.

What’s the hardest thing about growing older?

Getting up in the morning. It takes so much longer to do ANYTHING!

Lucille_featureLucille Rochon

Pine Ridge of Garfield Senior Living 
Clinton Township, Michigan

Lucille Rochon was  born in Detroit and lived there until July 28, 1914, when WWI broke out. Her family, who always spoke German, feared that their little girls would be in danger playing outside. They moved to Marine City, Michigan, where she grew up.

She graduated high school with two diplomas, one a regular diploma and another in secretarial studies. Lucille got a job as a secretary right out of high school.

She dedicated her life to her children and her husband, Dolph J. Rochon. The couple married in October of 1942 in Marine City. One day before WWII was  declared, her husband’s draft number came up. One of the greatest moments of her life was when he returned home.

For Lucille, the most important things in life are God and family. Her family includes two daughters: Kathy (Jim Miller) and Pat (Bill Jumis-ko); five grandchildren: Eric, Craig, Karen, Stacey & Juli; six great grand children: Maddie, Evan, Nicholas, Olivia, Hazel and Nathan.

A stay-at-home mom until her husband died, she maintained her priorities of doing what’s right and raising children. After Dolph passed away, Lucille worked in an office for the state for 10 years.

Today, she enjoys bingo, playing solitaire on the computer and watching game shows on television. She says if she could have one wish in life it would be to “go on a date with my husband. He was the best. I could never replace him.”

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