With sisters at her side, Schnebly celebrates 100th

September 21, 2004|by JANET HEIM

WILLIAMSPORT - "We are family. I've got all my sisters and me..." The words to this familiar tune by Sister Sledge rang true for Homewood at Williamsport resident Catherine Schnebly as she celebrated her 100th birthday Friday, Sept. 10.

Schnebly celebrated with her three surviving sisters, Homewood staff and other residents. All four live at Homewood - Catherine, Isabel Hudson, 93, and Elizabeth Rizk, 87, at the Health Care Center and Mary Schnebly, 90, in an assisted living apartment.

"I feel as good as I did when I was 39," Schnebly joked with Margaret Blake, LPN at Homewood, who said Schnebly is always happy and smiling.


Schnebly was one of six children born to Daniel and Elizabeth Schnebly. Of the five daughters and one son, four daughters are still living.

Catherine Schnebly was born in Williamsport and graduated from the Williamsport school, then went on to become a fourth-grade teacher at Antietam Street Elementary and a principal in Washington County.

She never married and lived at home with her sister, Mary, until they moved to a cottage at Homewood in 1996.

A breast cancer survivor, Schnebly had a radical mastectomy in the 1940s, followed by treatment in Baltimore. Despite being hospitalized for a fall a few years ago, she is in good health except for the Alzheimer's disease that limits her memory, Blake said.

As a child, Schnebly used to love to ice skate and would skate wherever she could find ice, even Fort Ritchie, she said. She also enjoyed dancing and doing embroidered cutout work.

Music has always been something Schnebly has enjoyed and she can't resist clapping along when she hears a song she likes. "I just like music," Schnebly said.

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