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Laura Kneblick

Parsons House La Porte celebrated Laura Kneblick’s 100th birthday on Sept. 27.

She was honored with banjo music, refreshments and fried chicken as well as a pink-and-blue cake donated by Hospice Compassus and served with her favorite ice cream, vanilla.

“We feel blessed to be in the company of such a wise and witty individual,” said Colleen Moody, executive director of Parsons House La Porte. “Her vigor for life and her independence keeps the staff passionate about our work.”

La Porte Mayor Louis R. Rigby presented a proclamation to Kneblick.

In her youth, Kneblick recalls picking cotton, sewing and crocheting her own clothing, gardening and enjoying the fresh country fruit and vegetables to which she credits her longevity. “It’s important what you eat,” she said. Albeit, “walking home from the field to the delicious smell of my mother’s fried chicken is a wonderful memory.”

Before living at Parsons House La Porte, she lived in Pasadena, where she also tended a bountiful garden. Her parents were of Swiss descent.

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