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Posted on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 : 3:06 p.m.

Superior Township man celebrates 105th birthday

By Jessica Kerman

Fred Kiener says the secret to a longer life is a shot of whiskey a day.

The Superior Township resident might be right since he celebrated his 105th birthday today at the Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s Village.

“I feel pretty old and pretty tired,” he said before he started a short harmonica recital in front of 50 residents in the senior living community.

Kiener’s 71-year-old son, Fred J. Kiener, hired an accordion player as entertainment for the short birthday party at the assisted and independent living facility. He said his father, who took a boat from Switzerland to Canada in 1924, is still very sharp.

“I flunked out of French, but he still speaks French and German,” he said.

Fred Kiener immigrated to Canada when he was 24 to work as a knitting machine mechanic. He moved to Pennsylvania in 1957. He then moved to Cleveland before his family brought him to Michigan in January.

“He probably thinks this is way too much,” Fred J. Kiener said of the party.

Overall, Fred Kiener is in good health, his son said.

“He takes an eye drop and a small aspirin and that’s it,” he said.

Jill Fischer-Harrington, director of hospitality at Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s Village, said Fred Kiener is the oldest person in the 200-resident facility. The next oldest person is 99, she said.

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Mumbambu, Esq.

Sat, Jul 25, 2009 : 2:03 p.m.

A shot of old crow goes a long way. Happy Birthday, yo!