A recent milestone for one longtime Downriver resident shows how an active life can lead to a long one.
Ethel Schiebold of Riverview turned 100 on May 9, and she marked the occasion a day early, celebrating with friends and family at The Bellaire Senior Living, 12621 Hale. The city’s police and firefighters joined in as well, saluting her with a small procession of public safety vehicles driving past the building entrance as she watched while wrapped in a blanket to stave off the day’s unseasonably cold weather.
Schiebold was born on a U.S. Army base in Arkansas and grew up in Chicago. Her first husband, Leonard, was killed in World War II. She was pregnant with her daughter, Lenette, at the time of his death.
She later met and married Max Schiebold, and the family moved to Lincoln Park, Mich., where the couple became very active in civic duties. Max served on the city’s Planning Commission and on the City Council before becoming mayor from 1971 to 1975.
Friends say Ethel loved to make Goodfellow dolls and would make not just two or three of them, but two or three dozen. The couple were active with the Lincoln Park Historical Commission and their church, Calvary Lutheran, also in Lincoln Park.
Max and Ethel moved later to The Bellaire, where Max died in 2014. Bellaire officials say Ethel still is an active resident and loves to play bingo, go to birthday parties and exercise. She says her favorite thing is ice cream.
“With all that is going on in today’s world, it really makes you appreciate those who’ve lived a long and healthy life,” Riverview Mayor Andrew Swift said. “Riverview is lucky to have residents like Ethel to help us celebrate life.”
City officials presented Schiebold with a proclamation congratulating her on hitting the century mark.