WARREN, NJ - Josephine (Joe) Fitzsimmons and Etta Shamsey celebrated their 100th birthdays at Brightview Senior Living in Warren on Saturday.

Family, friends and residents celebrated and honored Joe and Etta’s 100 years with entertainment, food, cakes and special queen crowns, capes and thrones.

When Joe and Etta where born back in 1919, the life expectancy for males was just 53.5 and for females 56 years. The Treaty of Versailles, ending of WW1 and establishing the League of Nations, was signed,  the 19thAmendment was passed guaranteeing women the right to vote, the rotary telephone and toaster oven were invented, a postage stamp cost $0.02 and a move ticket cost $0.10.  Stars that were born included Jackie Robinson, Nat King Cole, Eva Gabor and J.D. Salinger. 

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The secret to Josephine’s longevity she said is her “Ponds facial cream.” Etta’s secret is “mind over matter and age is just a number!”


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