WEST CHESTER (March 29, 2019) – Surrounded by friends and family, Gertrude Faillaci was recently recognized on her 108th birthday at Barclay Friends Senior Living.

“I believe Gertie is Chester County’s oldest living resident and I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to recognize her on this tremendous milestone,” state Senator Andy Dinniman said.

Also in attendance was West Chester Mayor Diane Herrin.

Gloria Bilunas, Faillaci’s daughter, said her mother credited her longevity with a simple approach to healthy living, including “early to bed, early to rise,” a strong work ethic, and an optimistic outlook on life.

Faillaci, originally of Westchester County, New York, has lived through 17 presidents and raised a large family of two children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.”

In November 2017, she survived the fire at Barclay Friends, which tragically claimed the lives of four residents. Fortunately, Barclay Friends skilled nursing facility, the Cotter Building, where Faillaci resided, was not directly impacted by the fire, according to relatives.

In the aftermath, she resided at Brandywine Hall for several months, before returning to Barclay Friends last year.