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Sunnysiders Gather to Celebrate Resident’s 105th Birthday

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Ethel Plimack Outside her Home

Nov. 26, 2015 By Christian Murray

Ethel Plimack, a Sunnyside Gardens resident, celebrated her 105th birthday today and local residents gathered outside her 46th Street home to wish her a Happy Birthday on Thanksgiving Day.

At noon, Ethel’s neighbor Patricia Dorfman knocked on her front door to wish her Happy Birthday. When Ethel came out of her home, accompanied by a friend, about 100 people cheered.

The mob sang Happy Birthday and Ethel expressed her gratitude with a broad smile.

Several children went up to her with flowers and wished her Happy Birthday.

“Thank you. Thank you. It’s a wonderful day,” Ethel said. “ All these neighbors [here] to celebrate my birthday.”

Dorfman, the organizer, said that the occasion was particularly touching. This was the third time she had organized the event– the first time being when Ethel turned 103.

Ethel has lived a full and active life, her children told the Sunnyside Post last year.

Plimack worked as an administrative assistant until she was 94, taking the subway to Marymount Manhattan College every day. She also swam at Equinox until she was 100.

Plimack is part of a longevity study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine that revealed good genes, a wide social network and active lifestyle helped her to age so long and so well.

“We can only marvel at her extraordinary memory and continuing good health,” her daughter, Janet Sherman, said last year. “She is certainly a remarkable woman.”

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Steve (Stevie to you:-)) Kessler

Ethel – Mazel Tov! The last time I was in NY (2014) I stopped at your house to say hi but you were out & about. I interact with Henry a little on Linkedin, but please give my best to both Janet & Sylvia.

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Kathy Wilson

ETHEL- i WISH YOU THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER. i LOVE YOU AND THINK OF ALL THE GREAT LUNCHES WE HAD TOGETHER. YOU HAVE BEEN A GOOD FRIEND AND AN AMAZING WOMAN. i HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON. LOTS OF LOVE AND HUGS….KATHY WILSON

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Doris N. Flax

Dear Sylvia, Janet, and Henry,
Hope your mother is doing well! I last contacted her, via a card, on her 100th birthday! Her sister-in-law (your father Maurice’s sister, Frances Plimack), turned 105 on January 10, 2016…but just died last week on May 18, 2016. Her obituary is on NYTimes.com.
Hope all is well with you and your families.
From Frances Plimack’s daughter, Doris N. Flax, now of Boulder, CO.

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Jeanne (David) Wells

i knew Ethel’s daughter Janet in junior high and high school. Looking at Ethel at 106, it’s amazing that I can still see the face of Ethel from approximately 55 years ago. It’s heartwarming to know she is still living at the house on 46th which also looks so familiar. Happy Birthday Ethel

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Jeanne (David) Wells

i knew Ethel’s daughter Janet in junior high and high school. Looking at Ethel at 106, it’s amazing that I can still see the face of Ethel from approximately 55 years ago. It’s heartwarming to know she is still living at the house on 46th which also looks so familiar. Happy Birthday Ethel

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Gary C.

Sorry I missed it! Happy Birthday Ethel! Hope to attend next years celebration of this wonderful women.

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Krissi

seriously? There’s at least one person “down voting” others saying happy birthday? lololol

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