Delight as Kathleen celebrates 104th birthday in style
By Maurice Garvey
FORMER chaplains nurse Kathleen Fosdike celebrated her 104th birthday last week at Mayfield Nursing Home in Chapelizod, reports Maurice Garvey.
A Galway native from Dunmore, Kathleen has been a resident at Mayfield for the last couple of months.
Kathleen Fosdike celebrated her 104th birthday, pictured with Ella and Mylene
“She loves music, dancing, chatting to people and being entertained,” said Michelle Cramp, Activities Co-ordinator at Mayfield Nursing Home.
“She loves joining in activities. Although she never had children, she was a former chaplain’s nurse and a children minder, and has fond memories of minding children.
"You can see the love she has, when the magician was over for her birthday she held the rabbit on her lap during the show.”
Kathleen is also a woman of strong religious faith, and goes to mass every day at Mayfield’s inhouse chapel.
Michelle and her work colleague Catherine Burke helped to organise Kathleen’s special celebration on Saturday.
“Kathleen worked as a nurse in England but returned to Ireland to marry her husband Joe and lived in Crumlin,” said Catherine.
“They moved to Fairview, but Kathleen didn’t move into a nursing home until she was 98. She grew up in a Galway family of three girls and three boys.”