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On Tuesday, January 23, Kathryn Zug, a resident of Luther Acres, Lititz, reached a milestone birthday. She turned 100 years old!
Kathryn was born in Georgetown, Bart Township (Lancaster County), and her family moved to Bareville (Lancaster County), when she was just 10 months old. As the daughter of Harry & Katie Harsh, she was one of four children and had two brothers and a sister. After graduating from Upper Leacock High School in 1936, with a class of just 19 students, Kathryn eventually married J. Clair Zug, a local dentist, on November 23, 1946. They spent 53 years together. In that time, they raised a family of four: Ronald, who resides in Florida and Ephrata, PA; Tom, of Lititz, PA; Kathy, of Schaefferstown, PA, and John, her oldest, who has passed away.
Kathryn and her husband spent most of their years raising their children on Owl Hill Road in Lititz, and for 33 years, Kathryn worked in food service for Warwick School District. She also spent three years working for Armstrong during WWII, inspecting 20mm and 40mm shells. It was her job to make sure that the ammo was shaped properly and had no defects.
Over the years, Kathryn has enjoyed collecting dolls and continues to sew to this day, helping friends with alterations and fixes that no one seems to know how to complete these days. She has resided in an apartment at Luther Acres, a Luthercare senior living community in Lititz, for nearly 14 years.
She especially enjoys spending time with her friends for lunch, and that’s exactly how she celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday. Her son, family and friends also had a party for her on the Luther Acres campus, and she still smiles widely at the balloons and basket of cards that engulf her room.
When asked what her fondest birthday memory was, she simply said that spending time in the mountains and at the bay with her children was always her favorite thing to do, no matter what time of year. She would often vacation to her son’s cabin in Sullivan County and to Holloway Beach in Maryland. And when asked what it feels like to be 100 years old? “It’s like any other birthday,” she said, with a laugh.
Founded in 1949, Luthercare, a social ministry organization affiliated with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of Lutheran Services in America, is a leading provider of independent, personal care and skilled care residences in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Luthercare operates Luther Acres, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lititz, Pa.; Spang Crest, a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing and personal care memory support community in Lebanon, Pa.; and St. John’s Herr Estate, an independent living and personal care community in Columbia, Pa. Additionally, Luthercare operates five PA Keystone Stars-accredited child care and early learning centers in Columbia, Lancaster, Reamstown, Annville and Lebanon. Luthercare, a pioneer in Child Care Programs, also offers a Mentoring Program, which aids home-based child care providers in Lebanon and Lancaster counties.