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The big 1-0-0 for Queenie

Queenie Stehn, resident of BlueCross Tarralla in Croydon, celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends recently.

Queenie Stehn, resident of BlueCross Tarralla in Croydon, celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends recently.

Ms Stehn enjoyed the impressive milestone by spending the morning with her family before returning to BlueCross Tarralla to continue the celebration with friends.

BlueCross Tarralla residence manager, Mary-Ann Rafter, said: “Queenie has endeared herself to all residents and staff and is part of a beautiful family.”

Originally from Colac, Ms Stehn married a young policeman who, while visiting her town, invited her to a local dance.

Her family has now grown considerably to include 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

“It is a real thrill and pleasure for residents and staff to celebrate this milestone and present Queenie with her letters and awards from various dignitaries,” Ms Rafter said.

Ms Stehn received mail, including letters from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Governor General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Tony Abbot and BlueCross, congratulating her on the milestone.

“Since coming to BlueCross Tarralla, Queenie has shared with us her passion for music and manages to keep an active lifestyle.

“Her favourite activities include our concerts, gardening discussions, singing groups and the weekly session with our piano accordion player, which she never misses,” Ms Rafter said.

She has a particular love of the piano accordion session because her mother played the instrument and it brought back many fond memories for her.

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