[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 201 (Thursday, December 20, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1709]
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                        HON. NYDIA M. VELAZQUEZ

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, December 20, 2018

  Ms. VELAZQUEZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to extend the happiest of 
birthday wishes to Mrs. Elsie Mayer, a resident of the Williamsburg, 
Brooklyn, New York, and a centenarian, who will be celebrating her 
107th birthday on December 23, 2018.
  Elsie was born in Poland on December 23, 1911. It was a world much 
different from today. From an early age, she learned to endure famine, 
poverty and the human cost of war. Elsie's life is characterized as one 
of a survivor and a woman with great strengths and unyielding 
  She came to America at the age of 10 with her family who first 
settled in Manhattan, and later moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is 
in Williamsburg years later that she meets her future husband Joseph. 
Together they raised three children, their sons Martin and Stuart and 
daughter Marsha. Elsie worked hard, enjoying sewing and baking, 
especially apple pies for her family.
  Over the course of 107 years, Elsie has experienced countless 
remarkable events in New York and our country. Elsie symbolizing 
decades of longevity and hard work, this occasion reflects an important 
milestone in a growing segment of American life: the Centenarian. Over 
the years, special individuals like Elsie have contributed to our 
nation and witnessed remarkable changes and extraordinary progress. She 
has lived through some of the most exciting times in our nation's 
  Today, Elsie enjoys the company of her surviving and beloved 
children, grand-children and community. She has many friends at the 
Independence Neighborhood Senior Center. As we celebrate her birthday, 
we celebrate her faith, her optimism, her health and the innumerable 
lives she has touched throughout her life. I ask my colleagues to join 
me in honoring Mrs. Elsie Mayer on this special occasion of her 107th 
year birthday.