Rockford native celebrates 107th birthday


Doris Noreen celebrated 107 years of living Tuesday as well-wishers waved to her from a parade of cars.

Seated just inside an entry to P.A. Peterson at the Citadel, a continuing care retirement community where she has lived since she was 98 years old, Noreen smiled as she waved back.

“Oh goodness it’s been unbelievable,” said Noreen. “It’s been wonderful. You really did a good job, Bev,” she said about her daughter Beverly Blumenshine of Rockford. “I told them no more parties, but they didn’t obey me,” she said with a chuckle.

Noreen’s “sweet smile” and “always positive outlook on life” are among traits valued by her daughter, who stood recording a live video while about 30 vehicles of well-wishers rolled along at the drive-by event.

“Even being a young widow, she never complained, took what life gave her and carried on,” Blumenshine said. She said her mother, a Rockford native, was employed as a clerical worker at Barber-Colman and “Grandma and Grandpa took care of us while she went to work.” Noreen’s other child, Sheryl Moffatt, lives in Florida and was unable to make it to her mother’s birthday celebration but tuned in via a live video feed.

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