2012 was a big birthday year for Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre, S.D. Five members — Fern Lyngstad (left), Irene Caldwell, Ralph Henrickson, Alma Buechler and Albina Stageberg — turned 100. The congregation celebrated in mid-September when two had turned 100 and the other three were soon to have birthdays. The honorees were recognized during worship and at a potluck following the service. Members sang a favorite hymn of each, and family members spoke about life lessons they had received from the mothers and father — testaments of hard work, strong character and great faith, said the local newspaper.
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