By Elizabeth Wehman, editor

MILDRED KORF will be celebrating her 105th birthday today. On Feb. 6, 1911, Ronald Reagan, our 40th President was also born in Tampico, IL. Also, in that same year, the Lincoln Memorial Commission was created to find an ideal site for the proposed Lincoln Memorial and Charles F. Kettering unveiled the first electric starter for the automobile. Korf has had the opportunity, throughout her long life, to experience many significant events in history, yet she believes her secret is a simple choice. (Independent Photo/Elizabeth Wehman)


Today, Feb. 17, Mildred (Rathbun) Collard Korf will be turning 105 years young. At one point of Korf’s life, the doctor told her and her family she could live to be 110, “I’m almost there,” declared Korf. “Even though, I’m not sure I want to get to be 110. That doctor was crazy to even say that,” Korf laughingly added.

Korf was born on Feb. 17, 1911, in Owosso, the oldest of five younger brothers and one sister where she graduated from Owosso High School. She and her first husband, Ermal Collard raised two boys and were married for fifty one and a half years. She was single for two years and then met her second husband Elmer Korf and was married to him for five years. “I had two stabs at it, I don’t want to try again.” Korf said about her two marriages, “Both were happy.” Korf raised her two boys as a homemaker, but also worked outside the home for a few years after her boys were raised. “I think it was very important to be home with my boys while they were young and in school.”

Korf lost one of her sons when he was 64 years of age. She comments that it was one of the hardest things she’s ever had to go through. Her other son is now 85 years young and lives in Florida during the winters. Family says Korf is healthy and just needs to be hooked up to oxygen due to having pneumonia this past fall. She acquires ‘being happy’ to the success of turning the amazing age of 105 years.

She has been not only blessed with her two sons, but has acquired 28 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and even two great-great grandchildren in the span of her long life.

Upon wishing Korf a Happy Birthday and bestowing God’s richest blessings on many more she announced, “Oh goodness, I hope not. I think 105 is plenty of years to be on this earth.”

Celebrating 105 Years was last modified: February 17th, 2016 by Karen Elford