LARGO RESIDENT TURNS 100 YEARS OLD
Daughter, Sharon McGuire, Genevieve & Son, Bob Holsinger
On March 11th 2008, Genevieve Cora Amelia Federspiel Holsinger Ashe Hladney, such a big name for such a tiny person, was the third of six children born to Frank Federspiel and Justina Poiry on March 11, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Genevieve Hladney, a 10 year resident at Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living Facility Largo, celebrated her 100th birthday. The celebration began with a slide show presentation of her life prepared by the Program Services Coordinator, Leah Ramsey. As her family surrounded her, her daughter Sharon McGuire narrated each of the scenes of her mother's life. All her Arden Courts friends and Reverend Jim & Cathy Whiteside were in attendance as well the Mayor of Largo, Patricia Gerard, who gave Genevieve a proclamation from the City of Largo.
As reported by Genevieve's daughter, Sharon McGuire "Genevieve didn't become famous for any scientific discovery or great valiant deeds. But Genevieve IS great, not for what she has done in her life, but for the person that she is. Genevieve is an unconditional lover. She has such a capacity for love and acceptance. As children and adults, we never had to "win" her love. She gave it to us feely and without conditions, and it was this same love of people and of life that she gave to her three husbands and all who have known her. Genevieve is self-less, always putting her wants and needs aside to be sure that her loved ones are taken care of. My mother is fun-loving: she always loves to be silly, to laugh, to have fun, to be playful every day. Genevieve has never been a worrier. She has enjoyed excellent health all her life by staying active, by practicing moderation in all aspects of her life, and by always knowing the sun will shine again after a stormy day. She taught me to surrender and accept the will of God in all of life's challenges, hardships, and tragedies. She faced many difficulties and much sadness in her life, but she has never pitied herself or allowed herself to give up. It is this strong faith that has sustained her and that allows her to be with us today. And we so celebrate YOU, today, mother dear. We celebrate 100 years of a life well lived and well loved. We love you!"
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