Walashek celebrates 105th birthday
Laura Walashek, a Shantytown native, celebrated her 105th birthday with family and friends Sunday, May 1.
Married at age 15, she and her husband were the second couple to be married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galloway. Laura was married to Henry Mlodik in 1926 and had five children, three sons and two daughters.
The couple farmed and retired in 1950.
After retiring from the farm, Laura worked in a dental office. Mr. Mlodik died in 1970. In 1972, Laura was married to Ben Walashek.
At age 105, Laura said enjoys family, and they visit frequently at the Portage County Health Care Center. Previous interests included gardening and grandchildren and great-grandchildren activities.