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Burlington residents turns 100

Select Board member Mike Runyan stopped by Sunrise of Burlington recently to deliver a proclamation to Rose Stark who last month celebrated turning 100 years old.

Born Oct. 7, 1922, she was raised on a large farm in Newbury, N.H.

Her parents were Italian immigrants from southern Italy. Rose had five younger brothers who all helped work on the farm, and most of whom served in the military. Rose attended Keene State College and became an elementary school teacher before she met her husband and moved to New York City.

She taught 2nd grade until she had her two daughters. 

In later years, she was a substitute teacher in Needham and played bridge until age 95. Stark moved to Sunrise Senior Living on Mall Road in Burlington in April 2018 at age 95, having lived in Needham since 1963. Rose enjoys reading the Boston Globe daily crossword puzzles, regular puzzles, magazines, walking around the Sunrise property and participating in art classes.

Rose is blessed with good health, a great sense of humor and being independent. Good Italian stock raised on a New Hampshire farm – that must be the secret!