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Birthday bash Thursday for ‘Lady Sadie’, 106

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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:56 am

We’re sure that you have been to plenty of birthday parties, but have you been to one honoring a 106-year-old woman?

You’ll get your chance on Thursday night, when Lodi’s Sadie Jauch is honored by friends, relatives and dignitaries. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1260 W. Century Blvd.

Jauch, whose birthday is actually Friday, is sharp as a tack mentally, said Dave Yancey, a family friend who is helping organize Thursday’s birthday bash at the church.

There will be special presentations from Farmers & Merchants Bank, where she has banked for more than 80 years, and A&W Root Beer, which set up shop in Lodi as the very first A&W restaurant in 1919. That year also marks the year Jauch (pronounced “Yow”) moved to Lodi from Parkston, S.D.

“She loves root beer floats,” Yancey said.

A&W’s corporate office will send Jauch a letter and supply root beer and ice cream for the party, Yancey said.

The billboard outside the Lodi Avenue A&W restaurant has an announcement commemorating Jauch’s birthday.

There will also be at least one surprise for Jauch in which the News-Sentinel is sworn to secrecy until Thursday’s party.

Born March 15, 1907, Jauch will have lived 38,690 days by Friday, Yancey said. She graduated from Lodi Academy in 1926, was a nurse for nearly a half-century and has read the News-Sentinel for more than 90 years.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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