JOHNSBURG – A longtime Johnsburg resident is turning 100.
Eunice (Ebel) Andreas will be celebrating her 100th birthday with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Whispering Hills Community Center, 4708 Jeffrey St. in Johnsburg. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Andreas was born in 1913 in Algonquin. She lived in Ringwood before moving to Johnsburg in 1978 with her husband, Weldon Andreas, who died in 1981.
She has four children, 11 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren with another on the way.
Andreas started working at the chemical plant that eventually became Rohm and Haas Company in 1942 when production geared up for the war effort, her son Duane Andreas said.
Company representatives went house to house asking if mothers would be interested in working at the factory, and Andreas decided to work half days so she could buy a new stove and refrigerator.
She retired as the longest tenured employee with more than 50 years of service.
Andreas was also very involved with the Ringwood United Methodist Church, volunteering to make quilts and put on monthly dinners to raise money for the church.