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Sister Foltz celebrates her 102nd birthday

Sister Valeria Foltz (left), of the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Friday, Nov. 12. Featured are Foltz and Huntington Mayor Richard Strick during her birthday celebration.
Sister Valeria Foltz (left), of the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Friday, Nov. 12. Featured are Foltz and Huntington Mayor Richard Strick during her birthday celebration.

Sister Valeria Foltz, of the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (OLVMS), celebrated her 102nd birthday on Friday, Nov. 14, with friends from the Saint Anne Community and Huntington Mayor Richard Strick present for the party.
When asked what it’s like to be 102-years-old, Foltz replied, “It seems like any other day.”

She continued, “I’m grateful for everyone’s prayers, because I really think it’s prayer that keeps me going and keeps me healthy. Without God’s help, I wouldn’t be able to do it.”

Foltz is originally from Nebraska, where many in her family reside. She was the ninth of 13 children in her immediate family. Altogether, she had eight brothers and four sisters.

“When we get together for a family reunion, there’s always 200 to 300 people present. That’s how many relatives I have,” Foltz said.

Foltz joined OLVMS in 1941 and spent her time with the mission teaching religious education in various parts of California, including Redlands, Los Angeles, Solvang, Ontario and Commerce. She also taught in Gary, Detroit, MI, Paulding, OH, Union City, PA, and Mathis, TX. Her longest mission was in Commerce, CA, where she served for 23 years.

“It was like family,” Foltz said referring to her time in Commerce.

She also recalled that the city would allow the teachers to take a bus three times a year for free and go somewhere special as long as they stayed within 150 miles. She was able to see a lot of places in California because of it.
Since she has been back at Saint Anne’s, Foltz enjoys sewing turtles, Raggedy Ann dolls, aprons, towels and quilts.

“A little bit of everything,” she said. “The days go fast. I don’t get everything in.”
She also writes a lot of cards to friends and family so she can stay in touch with them. She likes to decorate them with stickers to surprise the mailman.
Sister Judy Turnock says that Foltz enjoys praying the rosary, especially when she can be outside.

“When it’s nice, she sits outside. There’s a statue of Mary if you come up the driveway, so she likes to look at the statue,” Turnock explained.
When the birthday party was over, Foltz thanked everyone for coming and said, “God bless you all and take care of you.”