Lithuanians in the news
1st January, 2004
Stepas Jarembauskas Celebrates 100th Birthday
Stepas Jarembauskas cutting his
100th Birthday cake
Stepas at his 100th birthday party
Stepas Jarembauskas, an Australian Lithuanian from Sydney, celebrated his 100th birthday on January 1, 2004. He received letters of congratulations from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Governor-General of Australia, Michael Jeffery, the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, the Governor of New South Wales, Marie Bashir, the Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr, the Attorney - General, Phillip Ruddock, and many others.
Stepas was born in Lithuania and migrated to Australia with his wife, Bronislava, in 1948. A civil engineer by profession, he retired from the NSW Department of Main Roads in 1964. Soon afterwards Bronislava, a dentist, experienced the first of many subsequent strokes and he continued to care for her until her death a few years ago. He continues to live and care for himself in the family home. Always an active member of the Australian Lithuanian community, he maintains his interest in things mathematical and scientific to this day and expertly communicates world wide via the Internet from his own personal computer. His zest for life, cheerful disposition and interest in the world around him must be the secrets of his longevity!
His friends and relatives honoured him with a party at the Sydney Lithuanian Club, where he reminisced about his eventful life and enjoyed sharing anecdotes from the experiences of a century.
Stepas, you are a shining example to us all. Congratulations! The Lithuanian community of Sydney is proud of you!