September 19, 2021
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Seppa reaches a milestone of 100

  • Rohnert Park resident Marie Seppa gave me the honor of taking her picture in recognition of her centennial birthday. Photo by Robert Grant

By: Irene Hilsendager
March 6, 2020

Marie Seppa was born Feb. 11, 1920 in a little town of Hermiston, Oregon to Jens, who was Danish and Hannah, from Swedish descent, Skovi who were the biggest beekeepers in eastern Oregon. Coming to the San Francisco area at the age of 19, she worked as a secretary to the Western Pacific Railroad.

Eventually she married as Marie says, “an insurance man from Penngrove.” Emil and Marie had a huge wedding in San Francisco and moved to Penngrove where she lived forty-plus years and she was so proud of being a stay at home mom.

She had four children, two boys and two girls and was heavily into 4-H for many years. Her children went to school in Penngrove, Petaluma Jr. High and one also attended school in Cotati.

With working with 4-H and Girl Scouts, Marie has always thought out of the box doing crafts, sewing draperies, selling flowers, raising sheep and using the yarn for her knitting projects. She is very proud of the fact that her father taught her how to knit. When asked if she sold her hand-crafted articles, she said, “no, mostly are gifts for the family.”

Marie reminisced about her childhood, the fun of living in Oregon and how her mother sewed articles of clothing made out of soft sugar sacks. Marie said during hard times you use every avenue of life just taking care of your family.

Marie loves living at the Rohnert Park Retirement Community called Happy Living by Cogir on Snyder Lane. She feels safe, loves the food, dances and is always down for doing some kind of crafts. 

At Marie’s 100 birthday party about 70 guests enjoyed the day with her.  Happy birthday, Marie and many more.