Sadie Boss Jauch moved to Lodi in 1919, the same year that A&W Root Beer was founded here. She's been a customer at Farmers & Merchants Bank for more than 80 years. She and her late husband Ernie were charter members of English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church.
And she loves roses, especially pink ones.
Jauch, who turns 106 today, has roses all over her front yard. Not only that, she and her husband planted nearly 500 roses outside the church.
Jauch, who is healthier and mentally sharper than some people half her age, was honored with a birthday party at the church. Some 200 people showed up for the festivities.
Several gifts and proclamations were given to Jauch (pronounced "Yow"), but perhaps the most significant one is the presentation of a rose named "Lady Sadie."
Family friend Dave Yancey said that Jauch will be at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 5 for a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the International World Peace Rose Garden. One of the roses will have Jauch's name on it, Yancey said.
"She will be one of the stars," Yancey said.
The Lady Sadie rose has made the rounds. Yancey said he acquired the roses from Weeks Roses, located in Wasco, a Kern County town known for its rose production. Other Lady Sadie roses have been planted in Portland, Ore. — dubbed "The Rose City" — a Martin Luther King historical site in Atlanta, Sacramento's McKinley Park and in Jauch's hometown of Parkston, S.D.
Jauch was grateful for the party, but she couldn't understand why Yancey went to so much trouble to plan the birthday bash.
"Why would he want to do it for me?" she wondered.
Jauch keeps active by taking care of her roses, cooking her own meals and writing three to four letters a day to friends and relatives to keep in touch. She may be the only 106-year-old in Lodi to continue attending Bible study.
Jauch says she's a vegetarian, but she admitted that she occasionally eats chicken. And boy, does she love her root beer floats.
Peter Knight, owner of the A&W Root Beer restaurant on Lodi Avenue, served root beer floats to Jauch and anyone else who wanted one. He also gave her a gold card, entitling her to free root beer for the rest of her life.
Knight even brought the 7-foot-tall A&W mascot, the Great Root Bear, a bipedal bear who wore a bright orange pullover sweater with the A&W logo on it.
Other presentations included proclamations by the Lodi City Council and the F&M Bank board of directors. Jauch was flabbergasted when F&M Vice President Bill Burneel gave her a large bouquet of flowers.
"Oh my," Jauch said with her eyes popping wide open. "Thank you."
Burneel also gave Jauch a fleece blanket. It may have been too warm in Lodi this week to use it, he acknowledged.
"But you'll never know in the next 106 years when you'll need the blanket," Burneel said.
Lance Liebelt, vice president of the Voice of Prophecy, a Seventh-day Adventist ministry, congratulated Jauch for reaching 106, though she hasn't yet reached the age of 969, as Methuselah did.
So what's Jauch's secret for living so long?
"I have great faith in my Lord, and as long as he has work for me to do, I'll do as He sees fit," she said.
Her son, Bob Jauch, said, "She's always doing something for someone else. That's what keeps her going."
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