From Hank Aaron’s 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth’s record to being among the first to ride to the top of the St. Louis Arch, Marcella (Sally) Lorch has witnessed some remarkable events in her century of life.
Through Heart & Soul Hospice’s One More Time program, Lorch, a resident at Farmington Presbyterian Manor, got a special birthday gift – a visit with her son, Dennis, and daughter, Sharon, in honor of her 100th birthday. Sharon lives in California and Dennis lives in Cape Girardeau. Heart & Soul Hospice coordinated with Presbyterian Manor to make the visit possible since visitors are not allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
As a girl, Lorch attended St. Elizabeth’s Academy, a Catholic school for girls in St. Louis. The first job she remembers was a salesperson position at her mother’s furniture store in St. Louis. She thinks she made about 20 cents an hour.
In addition to being in the stadium in Atlanta on that fateful day for Aaron, she attended a portion of the 1944 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns at what was then The Sportsman’s Park stadium.
While she doesn’t remember exactly where she was when she first heard President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, she does remember the widespread grief that followed. She remembers watching Neil Armstrong become the first man to walk on the moon on television with her family.
But despite all these historical events, Lorch said her most favorite, cherished memories were made with her children and grandchildren. She says her family was and still are her most prized accomplishments and possessions.
Lorch offers a few pieces of advice for living to be 100 years old – don’t take any medications you don’t need, don’t smoke, live a clean life and above all, keep a positive attitude.
Heart & Soul Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified hospice agency serving Iron, Madison, St. Francois, St. Genevieve and Washington counties.