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Woman born in Hagerstown celebrates her 100th birthday

April 11, 2007

Gaynell Brewer Schenk of Landover Hills, Md., a native of Hagerstown, celebrated her 100th birthday March 28.

Mrs. Schenk was born in Hagerstown and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church on South Potomac Street.

Her family lived in a farmhouse on Cavetown Pike, now known as Md. 64 or Jefferson Boulevard.

After her father died when she was 12, the family moved to Hager Street in Hagerstown.

She attended Antietam Middle School and graduated from Girls Broadway High School. She worked in a stationery store for several years, then went to nursing school at Lankenau Lutheran Hospital in Philadelphia.

She returned to Hagerstown to help care for her ill mother and worked as a private duty nurse at Washington County Hospital. She met her future husband, Louis Schenk, at a summer Lutheran camp, where he was the camp director and she was the camp nurse. They married in 1936 and had three sons.

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The Schenks lived in Norwich, Conn.; Hagerstown; Mt. Rainier, Md. and Rosedale, Long Island, before settling in Landover Hills in August 1947.

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