by Cori Hilsgen
Lenora Dorothy Hilsgen, a resident of Arlington Place Assisted Living, turned 95 in January. Hilsgen was born Jan. 28, 1919. She was the ninth of 11 children born to Michael Zimmer and Mary Himsl Zimmer and is the only child still living.
Hilsgen said she never expected to reach this age.
“I always thought I would live to about 85,” Hilsgen said.
She said it’s sometimes hard when you get older because a lot of your friends and family have already died.
Hilsgen married Chris Hilsgen in June 1946. They had five children, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Until last April, when she moved to Arlington Place, Hilsgen lived independently.