A resident of Waldoboro Green marked a milestone birthday with family members and friends on March 15.
Jolan Frazzetta celebrated her 100th birthday by enjoying a homemade meal and birthday cake at the assisted-living facility on Mill Street.
She was joined by family members, including her sons and granddaughter.
All three traveled to be with Frazzetta on her special day – Frank Frazzetta driving from Connecticut, Vinnie Frazzetta flying from New Mexico, and her granddaughter, Maria Quintano, arriving from North Carolina.
Frazzetta originally hails from South Norwalk, Conn., the state where she spent a large portion of her life and raised her family.
She attributed her health and long life to the good Hungarian cooking she grew up with as a youth in southwestern Connecticut.
Frazzetta is quick to point out that her first name, though spelled Jolan, is pronounced as if the first letter were a Y.
She moved to Maine roughly 10 years ago and to Waldoboro Green shortly thereafter.
Frazzetta said she enjoys living at Waldoboro Green and loves the homemade meals prepared by the cook.
She said she was happy her family could attend and was enjoying her 100th birthday.
“There was a beautiful cake and lovely gifts. It’s been a beautiful, exciting, and lovely day,” Frazzetta said.
Her sons described her as a political activist who worked for civil and women’s rights prior to the 1960s, when both movements emerged onto the national stage.
In addition to her interest in politics, Frazzetta loves golf, a sport she said she enjoys because it is relaxing to watch.
“I love watching golf on television, never played, but enjoyed watching it for years,” Frazzetta said.
Stephanie Lawrence and Samantha Maynard baked the golf-themed cake and Waldoboro Green House Manager Kim Palino prepared the meal of spaghetti and meatballs for the afternoon celebration.
Palino said the facility, which has room for six residents and currently houses four, always marks residents’ birthdays.
“We always ask them what they want for food and dessert,” Palino said.
She said that since this was such a big birthday, the staff put up decorations, including a large “happy birthday” sign and a number of balloons.
Palino said the staff’s work was well worth it.
“She was so happy,” Palino said