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SummerField Place resident feels young for 103

Dorothy Wrabek, whose birthday is Sept. 30, said she doesn't feel her age.

Dorothy Wrabeck (second from right) celebrates her upcoming 103rd birthday, a few days early, over donuts and coffee with family and friends Sept. 16, 2022 at SummerField Place in Park Rapids. Gathered around are her kids, Eugenie Maynard, Stan Maynard and Linda Callender.
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Residents and guests had donuts and coffee to celebrate Dorothy Wrabek’s 103rd birthday Friday at SummerField Place.

Among those joining the festivities were her adult children, Eugenie Maynard, Stan Maynard and Linda Callender. Wrabek also has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“We were all Maynards, originally,” said younger daughter Eugenie, noting that her mom’s birthday is actually Sept. 30.

“I feel pretty good,” said Wrabek. “I don’t feel like my age.”

She said she’s enjoying her retirement.


“She plays cards all the time,” said Eugenie, noting that her mom runs the apartment building’s regular pinochle game. Wrabek said she also enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles and crosswords.

“We all love her,” said fellow SummerField Place resident Marie Ophus.

Asked for her secret to a long and healthy life, said, “Good genes, I guess.”

Eugenie tattled on her mother, revealing that she doesn’t eat vegetables. Asked what she likes to eat, Wrabek said, “Mashed potatoes and roast beef.” Eugenie added turkey and gravy to the list.

From electrified wood to Scandinavian folk art, guest artists displayed multiple talents on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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