Loving life and full of energy Wilma walks into her Wahroonga social centre with a radiant smile and a charming chuckle that brightens everyone’s day. It is easy to see why so many people turned up to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Wilma still comes into the centre every week immaculately dressed in matching accessories, hair always looking fabulous and with her beautiful smile and warm greeting of “Hello Darling.
We all aspire to be like Wilma, a woman who is independent, strong, enjoys life and can touch her toes at 100. It’s an incredible achievement.
Wilma’s mother died when she was young and Wilma grew up in an orphanage. During the War Wilma helped a Jewish girlfriend hide from the Nazi’s and she was sent to a concentration camp for three and a half years. After the war, Wilma and her husband migrated to Australia.
Wilma told us so much about her life – from her working in a bridal gown store in Perth sewing the beads and sequins onto the gowns to volunteering at Whiteman Park where one of the tram workshops was named the W Pennenburg as a thank you for her contribution.
Wilma started volunteering with Rise then Hills Community Support Group firstly on the shopping bus and later in the day centre, before becoming a member herself.
Today was an opportunity for staff and friends to celebrate their good friend and acknowledge her dedication to her community. The Queen and the Prime Minister of Australia sent a birthday message congratulating Wilma.
Wilma has touched the lives of many people over the past 100 years and her smile and warmth will continue to touch the lives of many people for years to come.
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