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Leavitt Family Jewish Home Resident and Volunteer Celebrates Birthday Milestone Abe Neigher Turns 100
Story Number is : 122616107
JGS Lifecare

William D. Neigher, Ph.D., LLC and his father Abe Neigher offer the motzi (a Jewish Blessing over Bread) before Abe’s birthday celebration.
Generations of Neigher relatives come together in celebration of Abe Neigher’s (center) 100th birthday.
Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno declares Dec. 18th “Abe Neigher Day” in the City of Springfield.
Family, friends, volunteers and staff of JGS Lifecare’s Leavitt Family Jewish Home celebrated the 100th birthday of resident Abe Neigher Sunday, December 18, 2016 in the nursing home’s Gloth Family Auditorium, the fifth nursing home resident to reach the birthday milestone this year! Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno presented the family with an official proclamation declaring the date as “Abe Neigher Day” in the City of Springfield, and Senator Eric P. Lesser sent the family more good wishes from the state legislature. The celebration also included heartfelt presentations of Abe’s first century, a performance by the Debbie Neigher Trio, and birthday cake in his honor.

Abe was born December 23, 1916 in Springfield, the youngest of nine children. He graduated from the High School of Commerce and served his country with distinction during World War II as a pharmacist’s mate in the Navy. He was married to his beloved wife Molly for 66 years before her passing in 2007. Their only child William was the master of ceremonies for Sunday’s celebration, joined by his children Aaron and Deborah, as well as numerous extended family, including fellow centenarian Ethel Neigher, who was married to Abe’s brother Hi, who also reached his 100th birthday before his passing in 2015. Indeed, longevity runs in the Neigher family. Abe is the fourth sibling to reach the milestone, along with his two oldest sisters Goldie and Betty, and his older brother Hi.

A dedicated and committed fundraiser for Jewish and secular causes, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New England, and was honored by that organization, appearing on the Jerry Lewis Telethon on their behalf. He is a Shriner, and a 32nd degree Mason.

Now a resident of the Leavitt Family Jewish Home, he was a volunteer before becoming a resident, and is proud to hold the honor of third most hours worked among his fellow volunteers. When asked about his (and his family’s) secret to living long and meaningful lives, he said “I worked very hard [but so did everyone else]; I had a positive outlook on life. Never held a grudge. I loved everyone. If something didn’t work out I tried something else. I was very proud of being Jewish.” And we, at JGS Lifecare, are very proud of Abe. Mazel Tov!

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