Lorie Gorney is a resident at Generations at Oakton Arms, an independent living facility in Des Plaines, IL. On September 22, 2022, Lorie joined a very elite club where less than 1% of the US population ever reaches! According to a 2010 study done by the U.S. Census Special Report on Centenarians, there are 53,364 centenarians in the United States or 1.73 per 10,000 people. Living past a century is a great accomplishment, to give you an example of just how impressive this feat is, let us travel back to 1923, the year Lori was born. Being born just shy after WW1, Lorie was present for WW2, The Great Depression, Prohibition, passing of the 19th Amendment, The Invention of Sliced Bread, Time becomes the first weekly news magazine and Walt Disney first introduces Mickey Mouse just to name a few.
Lorie has had a long and busy life and described herself as a woman who is organized. Her friends call her humble. Still open to this day, Lorie attended Thornton Township High School in Harvey, IL. As a young adult during WWII, Lorie was a Gray Lady, volunteering her time at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. For 10 years she volunteered her time with the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. Holding the title of District Director and then for a four year term was Lady Vice President. She has had the opportunity to meet Pope John Paul twice, once in Chicago and once in Rome. Lorie had three children, all boys, Rick, Bob, and James. While they were adults, she was known as ‘The Amber Lady,’ touring Europe and the Dominion Republic collecting precious gemstones for her jewelry and craft. Amber was her specialty. She did this for the better part of twenty years. She is an absolute gem in our eyes- happy birthday, Lorie!