esther ellspermann

St. Wenceslaus ‘treasure’ continues to make a difference

Ellspermann visited with Father Jim Wuerth, MSF, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish, and fellow parishioner Jody James after a Mass in January marking Ellspermann’s 100th birthday.

The historic home in which Esther Ellspermann lives — built 149 years ago — was less than 50 years old when she was born there on Jan. 13, 1915.

One of her secrets to living to 100, almost 101 now, is simple.

"I entertain a lot," she said. "I like parties."

In September, she hosted a dozen people for an indoor picnic at her home. Over the years, guests have included the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood from St. Agatha Parish, and she likes to get together with a group with which she made frequent retreats at White House Jesuit Retreat.

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