November 6, 2015

Centenarians Join in Life Celebrations

By , Globe Staff

CHELSEA — They were born 4,000 miles and a world apart, Joseph Bach to an established Jewish family in the bustling city of Lvov, a cultural seat of Eastern Europe, and Winnifred Monahan to an Irish-Canadian railroad foreman and his wife in the far reaches of northern New Hampshire.
On Thursday, more than a century later, after the long arc of both of their lives had bent toward Chelsea, they shared a birthday party at a skilled nursing center on a bluff overlooking Boston Harbor, Joe Bach at 107 and Winnie (Monahan) Murphy at 106. Sort of.
The banners with their pictures had been strung above the function room, the sparkling wine was on ice, and the table had been set with two cakes, one for Joe and one for Winnie, the seniormost residents at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, and two of the oldest people in the entire state…
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