Monica Lapanna still smiling as 100th birthday nears

Feb 24, 2019 139

BY: Lana Muthler

Good hard work, good friends and family, good Italian blood… and the good Lord. That’s what has kept Monica Lapanna healthy and happy for nearly100 years. Oh, she’s slowed down a bit as that remarkable milestone gets closer, but she’s still perky and smiles often as she enjoys a cup of hot tea and a cookie at the kitchen table while talking to friends and family… or her pet — a cockatiel she calls “Pretty Bird.”

“He’s always talking back to me,” she said with a big smile, coaxing the yellow and white bird to speak to visitors. The bird has a prominent place in her kitchen, right beside the table and chairs, where he can easily be seen … and heard.

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