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100 CANDLES: Gertie Negaard

Gertie Negaard

Gertie Negaard of Duluth will celebrate her 100th birthday with a surprise party from 1-3 p.m. today at Aftenro Home, 510 College St., Duluth. No gifts, please.

Gertie was born to Annie and Alster "Ed: Flewell in Courtenay, N.D., on Oct. 20, 1909. She grew up in North Dakota and Duluth, married Bill Negaard on Nov. 14, 1937, and lived in Duluth all their married life. Gertie was employed at Cobb School.

Gertie's children are Jan and Jack Anderson and David Negaard, all of Duluth, Ginny and Bill Allen of Toledo, Ohio. She has nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Her sister, Hazel Beewith of Duluth, lives at St. Ann's and is approaching her 103rd birthday.

Gertie loves being with her family.

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