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Centennial celebrations for Veronica

MercyCare’s Residential Aged Care facility in Kelmscott was buzzing with activity as resident Veronica Stark turned 100 years old on March 8. Family members from throughout WA visited for a reunion lunch with the centennial.

“I can’t believe I’m 100!” exclaimed Veronica.

An Aussie lass through and through, Veronica was born in Richmond Victoria. She met her husband Bill at 14 and after a few years of courtship, they married in 1940.  

After the war, the couple packed up their possessions and took the train to Perth, where they started their family. Veronica and Bill called Kelmscott their home in 1965, building a house together for them and their children.

Since then, the suburb has always been home. “I remember when we used to have a huge orchard on our street. Now it’s all houses” recalled Veronica. “Every Saturday I would bake. I would always make sausage rolls and cakes – they love my sponge cake”

With family living all over Australia, including 14 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, Veronica enjoyed a bounty of love and well wishes.