Tear-jerker reunion for 100th birthday
THERE was enough cake at Rosa Donohoe’s one hundredth birthday party to last a month, but the highlight of the occasion was a visit from Rosa’s baby sister who she hadn’t seen for eight years.
“It was a bit of a tear-jerker,” said Rosa’s son, Michael. He masterminded the surprise party at home for his mum.
Friends and family gathered at the home Rosa and Michael share in South Grafton to celebrate the remarkable occasion, bringing with them ‘umpteen’ boxes of chocolates, cards and gifts for the birthday girl who enjoyed the day of being pampered.
“My sister, Marina, who turns 75 today, was the biggest surprise for me,” Rosa said yesterday.
“She’s the youngest and I’m the oldest of 12 kids and there are now only four of us left,” Rosa said.
Reflecting on the day after the party, Rosa said life would continue as normal. Reading and doing crosswords have kept her sharp as a tack.
“I like murder mysteries, biographies and stories about the Australian countryside but will read just about anything,” she said.
Rosa came to Australia from England as a 12-year-old girl and although she’s never been back, a glint of an accent still remains when she recalls the stories of growing up outside Wollongong, before moving to Grafton with her husband, who has since passed away.
She is now cared for by Michael who says they are a tight-knit family and he is proud to look after his beautiful mum.