Esther Keisling celebrated her 103rd birthday July 24 at Elan Gardens, South Abington Twp., where she is the oldest resident, around a cheerful lunch table with family members in a room full of friendly faces.
According to her niece, Joan Thorpe, Keisling was born in Scranton in 1910, and moved in 1958 with the Erie Lackawanna Railroad to Bay Village, Ohio, where she resided until seven-and-a-half years ago, when she moved to the senior living home.
“She is an avid reader, loves going out for lunch, spending time with her family, playing games, painting, gardening and bowling at Elan Gardens,” Thorpe said.
Keisling grew up with three sisters and three brothers, according to Thorpe, and her youngest brother, Bernard Keisling, currently resides in Scranton.
She has several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, many of whom joined her for her birthday celebration July 24.
Keisling said she was “so overcome with the events” of the day, she did not know what to say or do. When asked the secret to her longevity, she replied, “God just didn’t want me yet.”
Linda Umerich, great niece, added, “She enjoys being active and being with people.”