Helen Buti, 100 years old

Miriam Eucce, 100 years old

BUCHANAN — Two residents at Buchanan Meadows are celebrating their 100th birthday this month.

Helen Buti, born Feb. 3, 1919, and Miriam Eucce, born Feb. 10, 1919, celebrated their milestone with an open house last week.

Helen was born to Steven and Rosa Bella, and grew up on a small farm with her eight siblings: Emma, Gaze, Steven, Victor, Raymond, Gene, Elmer and Bella.

She attended school in South Bend, Ind., up to ninth grade, after which she continued her education at beauty school.

She said those days were some of her fondest memories.

She went on to work in several salons doing hair and nails.

While in her 20s, she met the love of my life, Joseph Alex Buti. The couple married, and had three children: Joseph, Deanna and Thomas.

In her free time, she liked to ballroom dance and visit garage sales.

Some of her favorite things now are red roses, hot tea with a little sugar, Hungarian foods, mashed potatoes, big band music and telling stories from when she and Joseph were younger.

Miriam was born in Paxton, Ill., to Ruby Olive and Adolf Wickstrom.

She has one sister, Nora Mae.

She graduated high school, and went on to be a nurse.

She married Richard Eucce, and the couple had six children. She gave up nursing to care for her children.

She was a Girl Scouts leader, and was involved with the New Buffalo Sunset Shores Service League.

Miriam enjoys chatting about how her husband and kids, and about all of their Fourth of July fun in New Buffalo.

Gardening is one of her hobbies, and she can still deadhead any flower pot needed.

She enjoys big band music of the 1940s, word finds, the game Skip-Bo and bird watching.

Her favorite beverage is coffee, and she says she drinks it all day every day.

The Herald-Palladium publishes a photo and information for area residents celebrating birthdays at age 100 or older. Items will run after the birth date. To submit a birthday, email focus@TheHP.com (please put “birthday” in the subject line) or mail to Focus, The Herald-Palladium, P.O. Box 128, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Items should include a daytime phone number.