Resident, Syde Swern, Celebrates 103rd Birthday!

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On December 25, Syde Zwern, a 4-year resident at Grace Plaza celebrated her 103rd birthday. Syde was born on December 25, 1912 in Queens, New York to her parents Jacob and Celia Olch. She met her husband Louis and they were married in 1942. Syde and Louis raised two daughters Jacqueline and Reina in their home in Rosedale, Queens. Louis passed away in 1986 after 44 years of marriage. When asked for advice on how she stays so positive and young, Syde replied, “I don’t think about my age, I just do what I have to do and try to be thankful for all I have.” Today Syde is blessed to have 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Syde is an avid reader of the New York Times and stays busy by attending the activities, enjoying the entertainment and her friends at Grace Plaza. She participates in the weekly discussion groups and assists in the Doer’s Club which raises money for outside charities as well as other residents in need. A party, attended by her family, was held at Grace Place to celebrate this special day and we feel we are very blessed & honored to be able to share this day with her.