LANSING | By this time next week, this south suburb will be able to count two centenarians among its 27,000-plus residents, and that caused Village President Norm Abbott to take a few moments Tuesday to pay tribute.
Abbott used the Village Board meeting to acknowledge Adele Schultz and Rose Tomporowski.
Schultz is the granddaughter of Christian Schultz, who was one of the early settlers of what is now Lansing. She turns 100 years old Friday, while Tomporowski's 100th birthday is Monday.
“We’re going to have two local residents turn 100 this weekend. That doesn’t happen very often,” Abbott said.
Adele Schultz was born Feb. 8, 1913, in Lansing, and her son Duane told village officials that his mother first lived in Christian Schultz’s old house until she turned 12.
Over the course of her life, she lived in four houses, one of which has since been torn down. But Duane Schultz said it once was possible for his mother to look out the window of her current home and physically see the other three structures where she had lived her life.
“She could see them all from where she lives today,” Duane Schultz said.
Neither Adele Schultz nor Tomporowski were physically capable of attending Tuesday’s Village Board meeting. But Duane Schultz said his family plans to celebrate his mother's birthday on Sunday with a party at the Lansing Country Club.
Just one problem. Duane said. The family had hoped to do something resembling a mock roast of Adele’s life. But no one has been able to come up with any stories about her that are anything but nice and sympathetic.
Tomporowski is not a lifelong Lansing resident, having moved to the south suburb when she was in her late 50s. But Abbott pointed out that still makes her a 40-year resident of the suburb.
Tomporowski and Adele Schultz are not the only older honorees. Village Trustee Tony DeLaurentis said that Bonnie Nott will be honored by the Police Department this week upon her retirement following 30 years as a crossing guard in Lansing.
In other business, the Village Board approved a $102,697.49 contract with Western Utility Contractors to install street lights along Chappel Avenue. Trustee Terry Kapteyn said this will be the first installation of all-LED lighting, which will reduce village utility bills by about 50 percent.
Trustees also approved changes in village ordinances concerning pet licenses to include legal language making it clear that cats are included. Abbott said it was brought to his attention by Village Clerk Patty Eidam that the existing ordinance did not specify cats, even though the village has always required their licensing.