Family honors veteran turning 100 years old

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – As families celebrate the Fourth of July, one family is celebrating more than that this weekend. They’re honoring a World War II veteran who just turned 100 years old.

There was a lot of cheering and laughter coming from Lakeside Park Saturday afternoon at the Thielitz family reunion, a yearly event.

Several generations gathered to celebrate family and the holiday weekend.

“This year we’re having a special occasion in that Uncle Ben turned 100 years old on June 30th, so we decided to make the theme this year in honor of his accomplishment,” said Carrie Tischer, a relative of Ben Thielitz, who is happy to have a crowd celebrating him.

“Well it makes me feel ten foot tall,” he laughs.

Thielitz is a proud veteran who says he was in the Army from 1940-1945 and served in World War II.

Nothing makes him happier than to see his kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild celebrate with him.

“I got a bunch of them here from Seattle, Washington, from Illinois and Antigo and you know from all over,” said Thielitz.

“I think it’s just a feeling of joy to know this man has reached this milestone age, he’s still totally independent and just a real Cracker Jack guy,” said Tischer.

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