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106 Year Old Larchmont Woman is Insightful, Strong

Submitted by Larchmont resident Jody Harrow:

Belle Weiss holding up a photo of herself as a Nursing School graduate
of Beth Israel Hospital in 1938

My neighbor Belle turned 106 years young (born 1917) on June 28. Her insights abound when she’s addressing these key points: learning to adapt, respecting oneself, enjoying life, social interactions, setting goals for oneself and trying to accomplish those goals.

Her mental and emotional capacities remain fully intact – possibly even strengthened with age. She is physically fit and quite strong but in the last few years has experienced a lack of eye sight.

“You learn to walk without a limb,” she says.

We both discovered my mother and she were born and raised in the same small town in upstate NY – South Fallsburg. Although she initially withheld the name of the town thinking I wouldn’t know it, I pressed her and this coincidence has bonded us over the years.

Most significantly, upon my mother’s recent death, just shy of 100, I feel Belle’s words of wisdom, especially adapting, resonate deeply within me.

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Venera Evanko
Venera Evanko
June 30, 2023 9:01 PM

Happy Birthday! Wishing you would have a group meeting so young people like me (74) could ask you questions about your life and how you have stayed so young at heart. amazing!

Helen R.
Helen R.
June 30, 2023 8:01 PM

I remember from the eye doctor’s office as well! Lovely lady!

Tina Pirrone
Tina Pirrone
June 30, 2023 6:55 PM

I’m sooo glad Bella is doing well and everyone can learn just a bit from her strength. What a beautiful woman. Happy Birthday to you 🎂
Your old hair dresser from the Lemon Tree ❤
Tina Pirrone

diane engel
diane engel
June 30, 2023 2:44 PM

She was the secretary for many years to the eye doctor I went to on Palmer Avenue. She was always so friendly.

Sara Louise Petty
Sara Louise Petty
June 29, 2023 9:21 PM

Hi Jody – I asked her what her secret to long life and what she likes to eat, she said ice cream! Also – during one of those very windy days in winter she insisted to her help that she wanted to go out for a walk, when even I stayed inside.
That was very impressive! Thanks for this lovely piece on our neighbor. Sorry for the loss of your Mom.

see you in the elevator.

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