|Pert Miss Cofske Celebrates
Her 100th Birthday Today
By Carol DOWD
The oldest of 175 residents of the St. Francis Home is
celebrating her 100th birthday today. She is Miss Cora
Cofske, a Worcester Resident for 88 years.
Born in Sorel, Quebec, Canada, January 4 1861, Miss
Cofske came here when she was twelve years old. She
is the only living member of a family of sixteen
Her parents were Celina Tate and Joseph Cofske. Her
mother passed away at the age of 96 and her father at
97. She is proud of her 175 living relatives, many of
who are members of religious orders.
The unusually alert woman, who speaks only French,
remembers her great-grandfather and can relate many
stories that he told as a member of the Russian army.
She recalls many incidents in her youth and remembers
distinctly the seventy-fifth anniversary of her mother
and father's marriage.
Miss Cofske enjoys excellent health. She takes no
medication and receives excellent reports from doctors
regularly. A high spirited woman, she is the sweetheart
of her ward. Sister Mary Margaret de Cortone said that
Miss Cofske helps other members of the home and
makes her own bed each morning. She is an ardent fan
of Art Linkletter and watches his show on television
Conscious of style, she wears glasses, not only for
reading, but because she feels that they flatter her. She
curls her hair each night.
Miss Cofske received innumerable birthday cards from
friends and relatives.
A religious woman, she spends much of her time
reading the Bible and attends Mass regularly at the
home. She is a founder of Holy Name of Jesus Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Zuidema of Sutton will honor their aunt
at a party at the home today. Miss Cofske will also be honored
at an open house Sunday at 6 p.m. in the home