Oldest living <br />South Dakotan is <br />�Centenarian of the Year�

Oldest living
South Dakotan is
â�?�?Centenarian of the Yearâ�?�? South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA), in conjunction with KELOLAND Television, is honored to announce that Beryl Kapaun of Salem has been named the "2009 Centenarian of the Year!" Beryl celebrated her 110th birthday in June.  According to Century Club records, Beryl Kapaun, a current resident at the Golden LivingCenter in Salem, born June 4, 1899, is the oldest living South Dakotan! Beryl lived on her own in an apartment until she was 104 years old. As a child, her family moved around the country frequently, as her mother had bronchial conditions that required moving to warmer climates during the harsh South Dakota winters. Beryl graduated from Brookings High School and took business courses at Brookings State College and Sioux Falls Business College.  She worked in offices around the area and in Colorado as a stenographer for a large fruit-growing company. She later returned to the family farm near Montrose to care for her parents, where she stayed until the 1990s when she then moved into Montrose. Beryl credits her longevity to genes in the family and her clean living.  Beryl comments however that she is surprised that she has lived as long as she has because there were two times that stand out in her mind that she was given up for dead!  Once she had pleural pneumonia and fell into a deep sleep and her family thought she had died. The other time was when she had something she calls "Slow Fever."  She was sick for so long that the doctor gave up on coming out to see her!  Although Beryl never married, she has many nieces and nephews. She takes great pride in her accomplishment of being the oldest living South Dakotan.  "Congratulations Beryl, for over 110 years of contributions to so many lives," stated LuAnn Severson, Century Club Coordinator. "A special SDHCA Centenarian of the Year certificate will be presented to Beryl for reaching this milestone and acknowledging our Centenarians have touched the lives of others for over 10 decades."   The Century Club is a creation of the South Dakota Health Care Association and has recognized nearly 900 South Dakotans since its beginning in 1997.  Century Club sponsors created the Club to recognize both the contributions and the years of these special individuals.  The Century Club is open to residents of South Dakota upon the celebration of his or her 100th birthday.  There are no dues and every inductee receives a specially designed certificate and membership card signed by sponsors.  Once a year, the current oldest living Century Club Member is recognized as the "Centenarian of the Year."  You may submit names for the Century Club by visiting www.sdhca.org and downloading a Century Club Application or call LuAnn Severson, Century Club Coordinator, at 1-800-952-3052.

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