A glass of wine and a love for golf: Susie’s secret to a good 100 years

Rev. Ian J. Williams with Susie Cichon at Sacred Heart, La Porte.

What’s not to love about a lady who just celebrated her 100th birthday — a lady who, as one might expect from a healthy centenarian —  goes to church, has many stories about the good old days, and shares advice for a long life (her tip: one glass of red wine each evening).

But there’s more about Susan Mish Cichon, born in Stevens Point, Wisc. on March 1, 1920 and now living in La Porte, that makes her story remarkable.

“She cooks as a purist, cleans, bakes, launders, Amazon Primes, Googles, china paints, has taught china painting, goes to church, takes only one medication, can still speak Polish and keeps up many Polish traditions, is an expert on golf but has never played, will discuss politics in detail, and has had only one surgery via robot at age 96,” writes daughter Lillian Cichon Taylor Seagren, who lives in Sierra Vista, Az.

Take note of that “is an expert on golf but has never played.”

Susie frequently updates her Facebook status with golf takes and factoids about each week’s tour event. When tour players heard about Susie’s 100th birthday, daughter Lillian said several of the world’s best players filmed a message thanking her for her support — alternately singing, laughing, and generally passing along good wishes.

And how did Susie learn of the special message?

Granddaughter Juliet Taylor arranged for the Sunday morning family get-together. Family members learned that a video team would be at the house to interview the family, record a video and make it available.

“We all assembled in the living room with the TV set in front of us, thinking we would be seeing ourselves recording our tribute. Instead …”
Instead Susie can be seen on the PGA Tour’s Twitter feed, watching the video surrounded by several family members. As one player after another came on screen, she asks, “How did you get all of this?”
Click on the link below to watch Susie and her family gather around to view PGA Tour players sending birthday wishes: 

https://www.pgatour.com/video/2020/03/01/grandma-susie-s-special-surprise.html

Lillian said the birthday lineup included Tommy Fleetwood, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Billy Horschel, Shane Lowry, Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler. When it was Fowler’s turn (he came last), Susie’s face lit up and she blew a kiss back at the screen.

“I enjoy watching all of these great golfers,” Susie said of her affinity for professional golf. “I have some favorites. Sometimes they’re good. Sometimes they’re bad. Sometimes I wish they weren’t my favorite golfers but yet I like their gentlemanship, courtesy. Golf is one of the nicest sports, because there you really have to develop character.”

Past posts would indicate that Fowler is among her favorite players, her family said. In a Facebook post from February 2016, she wrote in part, “What a weekend!!! Golf and Super Bowl. I must say I enjoyed golf better than the Super Bowl. One of my favorite golf players, Rickie Fowler, was in a playoff and lost and that made me sad. I consider him one of the best mannered players on the course.”

Susie at a reception following mass at Sacred Heart

Golfers weren’t the only ones to celebrate Susie’s 100th birthday. Friends and family gathered for a reception at La Porte’s Sacred Heart Church immediately after mass that day. Susie will be feted again with an open house in early May, Lillian said.

6 Responses to “A glass of wine and a love for golf: Susie’s secret to a good 100 years”

  1. Dan Wegiel

    Mar 12. 2020

    I’ve known Susie my entire life and have said this many times “What an AMAZING Lady”. An inspiration to all.

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  2. Dean A Heise

    Mar 12. 2020

    Happy birthday 🎂 Susie, what a great life and story!

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  3. Rama

    Mar 12. 2020

    What a wonderful article. I’d love to hear some of those stories from the past 100 years…..but when the good ole days were the GOOD OLE DAYS, and music was music, and dancing was elegant. Happy Belated Birthday young lady. I still have to get a card out to you, but when I do, there will be several signatures on it. Have a beautiful day.

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  4. Patricia Sutor Welkie

    Mar 12. 2020

    Happy Birthday Mrs Cichon. Your looking great. Wish I knew Polish to wish you a Happy Polish Birthday. Keep up the good health, your living right. The good old days in pole town where you and I and all our Polish friends lived.

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  5. Lynn Lisarelli

    Mar 12. 2020

    I do not know you, but your story is amazing and wonderful. I wish you a very happy birthday. Reaching 100 full years of age is quite an accomplishment.

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