LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ - Gladys Hess, resident of Lake Hiawatha, NJ for more than 25 years, will be turning 101 on December 28. 

Gladys was born and raised in New Jersey. She is mother to seven children and countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Gladys never got her drivers license, and has navigated her way around New Jersey and New York by walking and catching the local buses. She recently retired a few years ago, but still remains active - enjoying walks and traveling.

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Her family and friends describe her as kind, funny, and determined. They also say she has the most interesting stories around- from lunching with Frank Sinatra, to seeing towns transition from gas to electricity, and the rapid growth of technology (she has a cell phone!)

Two of her many secrets for looking and feeling good are black coffee and red wine.