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100 years young: Susie Piombo becomes centenarian

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Local centenarian Susie Piombo celebrates her 100th birthday Tuesday at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley alongside many of her friends. Piombo bowled for many years until a fall in 2015 sidelined her at the age of 97.
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Grass Valley resident Susie Piombo celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family at Prosperity Lanes Tuesday morning.

When Piombo was born October 18, 1917 in Alameda Calif., the United States was still fighting in World War I.

She’s always been a fan of the Oakland A’s and her love of sports has been a big part of her life.

Piombo pitched softball in the 1970’s for the undefeated Millscraft TV and was an original member of the Golden Sierra Women’s Bowling Association.

She bowled into her 90’s and didn’t let a hip fracture stop her.

“A therapist helped her recover to be able to bowl,” Piombo’s daughter Diane Philpot said.

She bowled until she was 97 when a second hip fracture sidelined her again.

The centenarian enjoyed her day watching her friends bowl Tuesday at Prosperity Lanes.

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