Centenarian Justine Ackerman

Justine Ackerman

Newport, Wash.

Justine (Bender) Ackerman is celebrating her 100th birthday today. She was born Nov. 29, 1912, in Regan, N.D. She currently lives in Newport, Wash., and has been a resident of Washington state since 1937.

She met her husband, Andrew Ackerman, in Regan. They were married in 1930. He died in 1970.

Ackerman worked at The Crescent department store for 15 years. Her most rewarding life achievement is being a homemaker.

She credits her long and healthy life to clean living and the love of the Lord.

When asked what has been her most memorable moment in the last 100 years, she mentioned seeing the first airplanes, seeing man land on the moon and living from the Great Depression era to the computer age, from the time when radios were being invented to flat-screen TVs.

Ackerman has three daughters: Ruth Lee, Newport; the late Linda Sauter; and the late Betty Zielke. She has nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

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