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Centenarian celebrates birthday in lockdown

Posted By Marilynh / April 20, 2020 / 3 Comments

Living for a century is a milestone that needs to be celebrated and honoured. 

As Maria landed up having a lonesome lockdown birthday,
let’s all reach out and wish Maria
a very Happy  100th birthday


Centenarian lockdown birthday


It wasn’t quite the planned birthday celebration, as family members and friends all living in lockdown were not able to attend what should have been a big event.  However, nothing has ever daunted Maria, a keen baker, and she decided to do what she has always done, and baked her cake herself.   Family and friends will celebrate the milestone after lockdown.

Maria Oberholz lives in Helingenhaus in Germany.  Her family lived in South Africa for many years and Maria came to visit 32 times for three months at a time.  During her visits, Maria fell in love with South Africa and has become well known to YEI

Maria, endearingly known as Oma, was born on 2 April, 1920, in Neersen, near Krefeld in Germany, Maria was brought up on a farm.  She married at the end of the war in 1945 and moved to Heiligenhaus, near Düsseldorf.  Maria had two children, one of whom sadly died four years ago.  She is now a very proud grandmother and great-grandmother of one beautiful 2-year old. 

Maria says that her secret to longevity  is eating healthily and working hard.  She has always looked after herself and eats little meat and a lot of vegetables.  She loves gardening, swimming and the sauna.   Her one vice is baking and she only eats cakes that she has made herself. 


Let’s all wish Maria a resounding Happy 100th birthday!!




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  • Ed Brown
    April 22, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Dear Maria,

    So sorry to read that you had to celebrate your 100th birthday on your own due to ‘Lock down’.

    Well done & may you be spared to see many more healthy birthdays & also have a great party with friends & family after lock down. Your cake looks beautiful.

    I am a young 86 year old & hope to make 100 looking as good as you.

    Lots of love & stay safe.

    Ed Brown,
    South Africa.

    • Marilynh
      April 23, 2020 at 8:22 am

      What a wonderful message, Ed – we will ensure that Maria receives this! Thank you, YEI

  • Louise
    April 23, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Happy birthday may the Lord bless you, I pray that your family will spoil you when all is over


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