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Oldest Living Wehrli Celebrates 95th Birthday

A big family celebrating an even bigger milestone, the oldest living Wehrli to date, Marjorie Wehrli Walsh, also known as Marge, turned 95 years old.

Her five children, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and the rest of her family and friends gathered at the Judd Kendall VFW to celebrate and remind Marge just how special she truly is.

“My grandma is really amazing she’s the first female Wehrli that was born, she’s sewed her entire life, she’s a very family oriented type of person,” said Christopher Walsh, Grandson of Marjorie.

As a lifelong Naperville resident who grew up in the Pre Emption house, Marge was also the first ever Centennial Beach female lifeguard from 1942-1945, and the Naperville Park District wanted to remind her of the history she made locally by presenting her with a plaque.

“She made her mark, and as a result, holds an important part in Naperville’s history and also holds a very special place known as Centennial Beach,” said Ray McGury, Executive Director of the Naperville Park District.

Not only did she leave her mark on a local spot, she left it with ones who matter most.

“I’m just fortunate, if I can be like my mom in the end, I’m good,” said daughter of Marge, Trudy Ann Walsh Sylvester.

Marge says the secret to reaching her age is just being able to find a balance.

Just living a simple life, having fun, raising a family,” said Marge.


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