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100 Year Birthday Party for Millie Lojpersberger at Sparta Farmers' Market

Millie Lojpersberger celebrated her 100th Birthday at the Sparta Farmers' Market on Saturday.
Millie Lojpersberger and Mitch Morrison, co- founder of the Sparta Farmers' Market.
Millie Lojpersberger and Sparta Farmers' Market co-founder Ben Del Coro

SPARTA, NJ - Millie Lojpersberger celebrated her 100th year-young birthday at the Sparta Farmers' Market on Saturday, September 13, 2014.  Even though her actual birthday is on September 22nd, the crowd sang Happy Birthday.  Many well-wishers came by to greet her.

According to Ben Del Coro, the Sparta Farmers Market Manager, “Millie loves our market. She walks through and loves greeting all the little children. She needs to get her doughnut at the SFM’s Windy Brow stand every Saturday morning.”

It was a Sparta Farmers' Market celebration. Tate’s Cake made her a delicious cake and Everlasting Garden made her a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

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Millie loves going to theSparta Farmers Market every Saturday morning with her daughter Gloria.  She lives at Knoll View Assisted Living in Sparta and absolutely loves her exercise and yoga classes.

Millie is a healthy, extremely friendly, upbeat person who enjoys every moment of her life.

Born in Dickson City, PA on September 22, 1914, Millie lived most of her life in Endicott, N.Y.  She moved to New Jersey eight years ago and into Sparta five years ago.

Millie was married for 33 years.  Her husband died 43 years ago.  She has two daughters, six grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great, great grandchild with another on the way.  

She loved to bowl and play cards with her friends.  Millie started working at age 15 in the Endicott Johnson Shoe factory. She worked there for 50 years.  After she retired, Millie took care of her parents who lived with her until they died.  

Millie learned to drive at 58 years old after her husband died.  Her grandchildren loved to drive with her because she went so fast. Her daughter Gloria refused to get in the car when Millie was driving.

Mitch Morrison, a SFM volunteer, loves sitting next to Millie while her daughter Gloria shops in the market. During her birthday celebration this past Saturday, a little girl came up to both Mille and Mitch while they were sitting together and asked, “Are you two married to each other?”

Mitch smiled and responded, “No, Millie likes much younger men.”

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