Mary’s milestone

Geoff Gardiner, Graeme Schubert and Lyn Crane join the birthday girl, Mary Schubert. 188791_01

By Rowan Forster

The secret to a long and prosperous life is simple, according to Pakenham’s newest centenarian; who celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by relatives in Pakenham on Wednesday.

After dining with family at the Shanagolden Aged Care facility, Mary Schubert revealed that her tip to good health was to “be good” and “keep out of mischief”.

The 100-year-old kicked off the celebrations at the church, before she was treated to a surprise party.

Her son, Graeme Schubert, said he was extremely proud of his mum’s milestone achievement.

“I had a tear in my eye yesterday and I had one again in my eye today,” he said.

“When the priest wished her happy birthday it was touching.

“I am quite proud of my mum and she’s the only mum I’ve got.”

Mrs Schubert, born at Warragul Hospital, attended Buln Buln Primary School and Warragul High before diving into a series of occupations – one being at a doctor’s surgery.

She met her husband, Walter, in 1939, telling her sister “that’s the man I’m going to marry” after the first time they were introduced.

The pair was married 37 years before Mr Schubert tragically passed away.

After this, Mrs Schubert moved to Pakenham where she has remained since.

She received congratulatory letters from the Queen, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Governor General and former Bass MP Brian Paynter.


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