Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow residents, Frances Mulica celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday.
While she’s spent the last two years at Golden Acres, the centenarian spent 98 percent of her life in Lorain.
With tears in her eyes, Mulica blew nearly 100 kisses to her friends and family.
“I don’t want to cry,” she said. “I’m just so happy.”
The retired kindergarten teacher said she didn’t believe she was 100 years old and thought someone made a mistake.
“I’m up there, but not that old,” she laughed.
Mulica’s family said they weren’t sure what their aunt, great-aunt, and great-great-aunt secret is.
“I take more medication than she does,” niece Carol Caco said.
Aside from teaching young children, Mulica also taught porcelain china painting.
She and her husband Bernie were the first couple to marry inside the Saint Stanislaus Church in Lorain in 1940.
Mulica said her advice to live a good life, is to live a happy one.
“Just be happy and make a lot of friends like I have here.”