LIFE Armstrong County Celebrates 106 Years of Life

Hannah CloakThe staff of LIFE Armstrong County recently held a birthday party for one of the participants. They documented the event with a cell phone—emailed it over the Internet to be posted on Facebook—a lot has changed since Hannah Cloak’s birth, 106-years-ago.

One of 12 children born to Arlie and Ella Yount, Hannah still remembers riding in a horse-drawn buggy with her father at a young age. Hannah grew up near the Buttermilk Falls area of Rayburn Township, Armstrong County.

She met her husband, Edgar Dale Cloak Sr. at a square dance. The couple married on April 10, 1938. They raised three children (2 daughters and 1 son), and were married for 66 years. Her husband, Edgar passed away in 2004 at the age of 94.

Hanna attributes an “active lifestyle,” to her longevity.  “Staying active is my secret to a long life. Stay on the go!” she exclaimed.

Hannah CloakUp until her early 90s, Hannah played golf at the Lenape Heights Golf Course, where she and her husband frequented often. Hannah is was even one of the original members of the Lenape Heights women’s golfing league. To stay active as she got older, she competed in the Pennsylvania Senior Games. A year ago, on her 105th birthday, Armstrong County commissioners recognized her life when they proclaimed February 19 as “Hannah Cloak Day” in the county.

Today Hannah remains active with her daughter, Sally Pennington as regular participants at LIFE Armstrong County. Hannah has 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two, great-great-grandchildren.

“It is such a blessing to have Hannah as part of our program,” said Lesley McGregor, LIFE Armstrong Center Director.  “The goal of the program is to help people like Hanna remain in their home and in the community.”

Pennington feels blessed to have witnessed her mother live such a rich and fulfilling life, and still spends time with her at the Center.  As she explained, “It means everything to me to still have my mom.”