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Centenarian celebrates

By Larry Youngs

Special to The Union

Eskaton Village of Grass Valley celebrated a special milestone the last week of August as Florence Westerland turned 100 years old.

Westerland is Eskaton Village’s resident of the month for August.

Westerland was born in Detroit and her family moved to Boston at age 13, where her father took a job as an car mechanic.

After high school, Westerland took a job in accounting and bookkeeping. She later used those skills working for the city of Huntington Park, where she served the treasury department.

She married Niels Westerland in 1930 and lived in a suburb of Pasadena, where they raised their son, Niels Jr. Her husband worked as a forest ranger and was also a partner in a service station in Hollywood.

One day, Florence talked her husband into taking a vacation to Lake Tahoe. He called home and told her to sell their house – that they would be moving there. They eventually settled there after living in Salinas for a time.

Westerland has lived in Eskaton Village for five years. She enjoys fitness classes and the swimming pool and likes to walk around the grounds and ride her stationary bicycle twice a day.

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