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SI Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday

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She's been around a long time, and Friday, those who care for Anne Asherman threw her a birthday party 100 years in the making. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.

Ask Anne Asherman how she feels about turning 100, and you'll get a response that's straight to the point.

"I like it," she said.

Asherman didn't have much more to say than that at a celebration marking her 100th birthday Friday, but she was decked out for the occasion, with a birthday crown atop her head, her hair styled in a girlish ponytail, lipstick on her mouth and nail polish on her fingernails.

Staff members at the Staten Island Care Center, where Asherman has lived for the last eight years, said she wouldn't have it any other way.

"They have class. So I think, you know, that never leaves them, really" said Catherine Finkel of the Staten Island Care Center. "She loves getting her nails done and dolled up."

Asherman, a Nova Scotia, Canada, native, was born on August 14, 1914. She lived in Brooklyn for a time before finally settling on Staten Island.

While she has good days and bad days, her nurses said her mind is sharp. They said she often recalls her younger days, when she traveled to Manhattan every day for a job at what was once the nation's largest department store chain.

"She still tells us about her work, when she worked with Gimbels," said nurse manager Ruth Morrison.

"She tells me how the rest of the staff are doing, so she kind of helps me with my job," said Zevi Lipschitz with the Staten Island Care Center. "But she's a true gem to have on the building."

Living well into her golden years runs in Asherman's family. Her sister is in her 90s, her nephew in his 80s and her son in his 70s. She speaks with all three frequently.

"Most of us went to her to get the blessing from her," said nurse Juliana Owoh. "We have to hug her! Take pictures with her! Hundred is not here!"

That's why her nurses, and the other patients she lives with, like being around her so much. They said she's their good luck charm.

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