It’s thumbs up for Fay Gritz

High Five: Fay Grits gives a thumbs up for many more happy years at her 103rd birthday celebration at Ateret Avot Senior Home.
Photo by Steve Schnibbe



Three cheers and a huzzah to Fay Gritz. The strong-as-grits centenarian-plus turned 103 wonderful years young on Sept. 14 and celebrated with cake, cards, and balloons at Ateret Avot Senior Home, where she has resided for the past 14 years. Born in Hungry in 1912, our gal Fay emigrated to the U.S.A. in the mid 1920s, according to Alan Magill, the home’s director of recreation. She has one son, Harold, who lives out-of-state, and a host of grandchildren.

Fellow residents and friends Muriel Rubin and Sylvia Reiler, along with staff members Miryam Netanel, Badana Gertz, and Alan were all on hand for the festivities. “It was a great party,” Magill said. “It energized us all.”

Alan added, “I’ve known Fay ever since she arrived and I have to say, she is an inspiration to all of us.”

When asked to speak a few words on her important day, Fay said, “The love I get from all over, I wish that for all my friends. From the bottom of my heart you should reach my age and go above it.”

Fay added, “I never thought I would reach this age, but I gotta tell you, it’s great.”

Standing O thinks it’s great too!

In closing, Alan told Standing O, “Fay is one of a kind. She is not selfish and has the biggest heart. She is always thinking about the feelings of others. Recently when we were handing out awards, Fay said to me ‘What about so-and-so, she deserves one too.’ That is the type of giving person she is.”

Standing O wishes Fay many more happy birthdays and looks forward to visiting with her for her 104th.

Mazel tov!

Ateret Avot Senior Home [1410 E 10th St., between Avenues M and N in Midwood, (718) 998–5400].

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