Sugar & Spice: Centenarian Celebrates 100 Years with a Sweet Tooth at Spring Mill Pointe

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If you ask 100 people celebrating their 100th birthday what the secret to their longevity is, you’ll get 100 different answers. Exercise more, drink less, don’t sweat the small stuff, get plenty of sleep. 

Spring Mill Pointe resident Lucy Nemetz celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, February 16 in style with a lively party thrown by her family and friends. And her advice for a long and happy life? “Eat less fruits and vegetables. Eat more sweets!”

And what a sweet life it has been for Lucy. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, she and her brother, Albert, were raised on a mushroom farm in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. (No word on Lucy’s thoughts on mushrooms as part of a healthy daily diet.)  

She graduated from Beacon College in 1943 and worked as a bookkeeper for many years. Lucy and her husband, Joe, had been married for 59 years. 

For over a decade, she and Joe owned Chaps Pub in Lansdale. As part of their retirement plan, the couple sold the bar in the early 1980s, but Lucy couldn’t sit still. She worked for many years as a restaurant server, drawing chuckles from her family – which includes three kids, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren – for wearing her mink coat and driving her Lincoln Town car to work every day.   

These days, Lucy is an accomplished seamstress and an active reader. She reads hundreds of books each year and loves a good romance novel – while enjoying some sweet treats, of course.  

Happy 100th birthday to Lucy!

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