On November 11, Frances found herself surrounded by her sisters Julia Kopriva, who turned 104 earlier in November, and Lucy Pochop, who celebrated her 102nd birthday in June.
Frances Kompus just turned 100. She is fortunate enough to celebrate her milestone birthday with her two older sisters. On November 11, Frances found herself surrounded by her sisters Julia Kopriva, who turned 104 earlier in November, and Lucy Pochop, who celebrated her 102nd birthday in June, as per USA Today. The sibling trio gathered in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in her northwest Kansas town of Atwood, along with nearly 50 people, to rejoice the special occasion.
Recalling the birthday event, Frances recently said, "I loved it. It was a good party." The choice of venue could not have been more perfect as it is the same church where the three were baptized and confirmed. The sisters walked down the aisle of the same church as they got married over the years. And the fact that both Lucy and Julia could be there for her 100th birthday made Frances extremely happy.
Some call it rare. They call it a blessing. Three Kansas sisters have each reached 100 years old. “I guess I have been around a while,” laughed Lucy Pochop. “We are getting up there,” added her sister Frances Kompus. #OldPeopleAreCool @linkedsenior https://t.co/L9WaSxAcPu pic.twitter.com/9jc9cZ9hVo— Old People Are Cool (@Oldplparecool) December 6, 2021
The three sisters have been together for years, starting from their childhood which was spent on a farm in Beardsley, Kansas. Frances never felt alone because she always had Lucy and Julia to count on. Recalling the good old days, the Centurian revealed how she had to "run to keep up with her sister" during the 2-mile walk to school. "I always did what they did," shared Kompus. "Sometimes that was working and sometimes that was fun."
The three grew up helping their parents on the farm. "What I remember well is my father didn’t have modern tractors. We took gas, gasoline out in the field in 5-gallon buckets,” Kopriva explained. “We’d cross the pasture, we would walk, and then on the way back, we would stop at the creek and catch frogs, put them in our pockets." Recalling those simpler days when there was no internet, Kopriva added, "We always had homemade bread, just plain potatoes, and gravy and meat. With those cookstoves, that was hard to bake, the temperature was hard to keep. Even if it didn’t come out good, we still ate it."
Frances Kompus is edging closer to her big sisters — Julia Kopriva, 104, and Lucy Pochop, 102 — but of course will never quite catch up.https://t.co/1vxGCRaXPL— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 6, 2021
The sisters have been through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, something they described as "dark" times. "The younger generation don’t believe what we done went through. We work today, but we worked harder those days," said Kopriva, while Pochop added, "Things are a lot better now than they were when we were little." Now some believe that the three being alive is a rare coincidence but the sisters consider it a blessing according to KSN. "I guess. I have been around a while,” joked Lucy Pochop. "We are getting up there," added Frances. "I am thankful for us girls being together all the time, my parents and my faith," said Kopriva.
The three were so close that they were even called "The Three Musketeers." Pochop's daughter Valyne noted, "They've always been involved in each other's lives. That's just pretty amazing." Maybe it's their love for each other that keeps them going even at this age. When asked about the secret to their incredibly long lives, Kompus credited their good eating habits. She also noted the significance of being social, walking a lot, and, simply, having the resolve to "Keep going." Kopriva said, "I think faith comes first and thank your parents, grandparents. We eat well, right? And pray and try to stay out of mischief."
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