Bangor resident turns 100, sends message to her numerous descendants

Bangor resident sends message of love to her family as she turns 100
Bangor resident sends message of love to her family as she turns 100(wabi)
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 5:19 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - For several nights we’ve told you about local Mainers celebrating birthdays of over 100 years.

You can add a Bangor resident to that list.

Delina Karlsson is 100 Friday.

She’s a resident at Philips-Strickland House in Bangor.

She grew up in Aroostook County and picked potatoes for five cents a barrel to pay for her school clothes.

She also worked for more than three decades at Acadia Hospital when it was the James Taylor Osteopathic Hospital.

Delina was a LPN on the maternity ward and held many babies over the years, which she loved every minute of, especially helping the new moms.

She says she’s a strong, independent woman who loves reading books daily.

Delina has four children, six grandchildren, 13 great-grand children and two great-great-grandchildren.

She wanted to be sure she got a message out to all of them.

”I want to tell all my family, my grandchildren, great-grandchildren, my great-great-grandchildren, my great-great-great grandchildren, that I love them all.”

She was married for 65 years to her husband, Vincent, a Navy man.

Delina says she was planning on being a nun until she met that navy guy!

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