Milton Stier birthday celebrations
He's seen a century's worth of history and on Monday, April 20, Milton Stier celebrated his 103rd birthday. However, it was the first time he celebrated with social distancing measures in place. Yet the party didn't stop! The staff at La Posada, a Kisco Senior Living Community in Palm Beach Gardens, made sure it was memorable.
Monday Mr. Stier celebrated with his family via Zoom, including his son Kenny and daughter-in-law Annette, daughter Lois - all three residing locally -and son Jeffrey and daughter-in-law Mady living in Hollywood, FL. His grandchildren and great granchildren live across the country. Despite being spread out, everyone was able to share their birthday wishes. La Posada's chef, Clay Bordan, created Mr. Stier's favorite meal in honor of his 103rd trip around the sun: lamb chops and homemade strawberry shortcake.
Big birthday celebrations are a tradition of the Stier family. Mr. Stier celebrated his 90th birthday at La Posada with a huge party, and another year they celebrated on a cruise! Before the coronavirus, the family had planned a big bash at La Posada with many of his grandchildren flying in to eat lamb chops with their grandpa. While this wasn't their original, everyone still found a way to celebrate!
"Birthdays and anniversaries don't stop just because we're practicing social distancing. Our community always strives to celebrate life's milestone moments with residents and that hasn't changed during this unprecedented pandemic," said Brad Cadiere, executive director of La Posada. "It's an honor for our team to be a part of making these celebrations great."
Mr. Stier has called La Posada home since 2007, and even at 103 is living independently. His family says art has kept him going. Nearly every day, Mr. Stier works on stained glass. His career was in textile machinery and in his super senior years, he's fallen in love with stained glass.