Today October 17, 2022 Laurentia (Laurence) Van Oycke celebrated her 101st birthday at RVT St.-Franciscus in Opbrakel.
Laurence was born on October 17, 1921 in St.-Martens-lierde. She was the youngest in a family of 10 children. She married Julien Spitaels from Nederbrakel in 1943. She has two children, Willy and Rita. There are also 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also became the great-great-grandmother of 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Laurence manufactured gloves and she lived on the Warande in Nederbrakel during the period of her marriage. Her husband Julien died in 1998. She has been living in a retirement home in Opbrakel for five years. She is still fully sane because she regularly trains her memory. She watches Blocks and Family every day.
Today the municipal government came to the retirement home to hand over the usual gifts.