Way to Thrive at 105!

On October 16, 1909, Esther Gross was born in Philadelphia, the second of six children.

What’s remarkable about Esther, even beyond her years, is that she’s lived every one of those years right here in Philadelphia. Plus the fact that she can still sing in six different languages!

Esther was born the year that the Indian Head cent was replaced by the Lincoln penny and the Philadelphia A’s moved into Shibe Park, the first concrete and steel ball park in the majors.

She grew up at 8th and Berks in North Philadelphia and attended William Penn High School. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a Masters degree in Spanish and went on to teach Spanish in the public school system for 35 years. She then taught at Temple for another 10 years.

Readers who were lucky enough to be her students will remember Esther better as Mrs. Eilberg, which is her married name. She is the mother of one, grandmother of three and great grandmother of two children.

“We are so honored to have such an experienced and vital lady as Esther living as a role model in our community,” said Jennifer Tapner, executive director for the Center City high rise. “Other residents who are 10, 20, even 30 years her junior really look up to her. She is our grande dame.”

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