Gottfried Schmid will turn 106 in a few weeks.
He still hits the casinos occasionally and continues to live on his own, though he’s using a walker a bit more these days around his Stoughton apartment.
“I’ve slowed up,” he said. “I watch every move I make.”
Schmid was one of eight centenarians the State Journal interviewed last May in a story about the increasing number of people living to be 100 or older in the U.S. One year later, seven of the eight continue to defy the actuarial odds.
Marian Hendricks, for instance, is doing well, still residing at her Far West Side home. She will turn 101 on Sunday.
Lois Lane, who lives at the Capitol Lakes retirement community in Madison, dined on pizza at her 102nd birthday party in March. “She’s as sassy as ever,” said Terry Little, a Capitol Lakes supervisor. He again dressed as Superman for her party, a tradition now.
Agnes Ropers was working on a jigsaw puzzle of dogs and cats when reached at her Waunakee apartment. She turns 103 Friday and is looking forward to dinner with a granddaughter at Paisan’s, an Italian restaurant in Madison.
Abe Landsman, 101, who had expressed reservations last year over living so long, has moved from an independent apartment at a Madison retirement community to one in the assisted-living area.
“He’s more frail than he was a year ago,” said his son, Howard Landsman. “I would say he’s stable, with kind of a gradual decline in his abilities but still looking forward to each day.”
The elder Landsman does 30 minutes of range-of-motion exercises every day, plus a daily walk in the hallway. “I think the main thing he looks forward to every day is dinner with the seven ladies at his table — his harem,” said his son.
As last year’s article noted, men who live to 100 have improved dating odds. Eighty-three percent of centenarians are female.
Marjorie Hindley of Verona had just turned 104 last year when she was profiled in the article. She died in October at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.
The cause was old age, said her daughter, Jane Masaki.
“She was ready to go and had been for several years,” Masaki said. “She just kind of drifted away. I think it was a pretty nice ending.”