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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Friday, April 6, Elsie Goss reached a milestone that few people ever see: Living to see the age of 100.
For this occasion, Friday, Mrs. Goss celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends â€” as well as cake, decorations and all the traditional birthday favors â€” at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
The Mulberry Square staff also took the time to gather 100 balloons for the special occasion.
Mrs. Gossâ€™ son, John, explained that his mother was born in Altman and raised in the small coal mining town of Iselin, which is in southern Indiana County.
â€śIt was a small-knit town,â€ť he said. â€śBack then, everybody went to visit each other. You knew your neighbors back then.
She was a dedicated housewife and mother, and also worked at a meat packing factory in Saltsburg.
Mrs. Goss and her husband, Blair Goss, raised eight children: John, Anne Harvot, Diane Zanos, Patricia Gulakowski, Donna Runyan, Blair Jr., Jack and Bill.
â€śShe was a very devoted mother,â€ť John said.
Today, Mrs. Goss has 29 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
She has always enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting and took pride in taking care of her children.