Echuca resident Agnes Kotsiakos will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday.TRENT HORNEMAN May 2, 2014 3:50am
Echuca’s Agnes Kotsiakos believes determination is the key to a long life.
Mrs Kotsiakos will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday.
About 35 family and friends will help her mark the milestone on Sunday.
She moved to Echuca from Melbourne almost 34 years ago, after her husband and his brother traded in their jobs in search of the farming life.
‘‘They were bitten by the farming bug,’’ she said.
Her daughter also lives in the region, teaching at Leitchville, and her son lives in Bendigo.
Mrs Kotsiakos was born in the inner-city suburb of Carlton.
As a child, she recalled the first electric light being installed in her house.
‘‘There used to be brass fittings around the light switches, as well as the guard on the front of the fireplace and on the front door where the postman would deliver letters. It was my job to polish the brass,’’ she said.
After working in a retail store on Burke St, she married and had two children.
‘‘I am a bit sad that we didn’t have more,’’ she said.
‘‘My husband had plans for a family of six or eight, but that soon changed.’’
She is proud of her family, which includes five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Growing up in Carlton, Mrs Kotsiakos loved going to Princes Park to watch her beloved Carlton Football Club play each week.
She has been a member of the Carlton Football Club’s social club for about 50 years.
While these days limited eyesight prevents her from watching much football, Mrs Kotsiakos said she always listened in to Carlton matches on the radio.
‘‘As a family we would go to the football almost every week,’’ she said.
‘‘I liked Big Nick (former captain John Nicholls), Serge Silvagni and Jezza (Alex Jesaulenko).
‘‘I was there when they won their last premiership.’’
As well as a love of football, Mrs Kotsiakos and her husband also enjoyed an active social life.
‘‘My husband, who was an industrial textile chemist, had a lot of mates and we would be quite often out for dinner,’’ she said.
‘‘We were out for dinner in East Melbourne one night when our first grandchild was born.’’
Even now at her Wharparilla Lodge home she enjoys the occasional glass of wine.
Despite a few health setbacks in the past couple of years, Mrs Kotsiakos said motivation and determination were keys to a long life.
‘‘There have been a few battles, but you can’t have it all your own way,’’ she said.
‘‘My mother was determined. She told me that it was important to keep your mind active.
‘‘She said if you don’t use it, it will rust.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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