West Bloomfield Man, Living at American House, Turns 100
Sam Raick, born Dec. 12, 1912, said he could live for '100 more years' with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and girlfriend.
Cake, song and socializing were the order of the day for Sam Raick, who celebrated his 100th birthday Wednesday at American House in West Bloomfield.
A large group of residents and family filled the front lobby of the senior living center on Maple Road, including his girlfriend, two children and several of his five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
"I could live 100 more years!" smiled Raick, who was born Dec. 12, 1912 in Detroit. A former student of Russell Grammar School, Cass Tech High School and Commerce High School, Raick retired from XLO manufacturing company.
The secret to his vitality? Socializing. Although a widower, Raick had a girlfriend of 18 years before settling in to a new relationship with fellow resident Marilyn Katz, 85.
"Being here, you have to have a support system," said Katz, herself a widower. "People are all around you. It's wonderful. You're never lonely. That's very important when you get older. We spend a lot of time with people and we have dinner together and it's very nice."
What's the secret to his relationship? "His white hair," smiled Katz. "He has a great head of hair, still."