Former resident marks 100th Birthday in Florida


Former resident Faye E. Yuknis has seen much in her century of living.

She was born in a log cabin near Chrisman, the third child of Marian and Maude Michels. The doctor who delivered her arrived at the home in a horse and buggy.

Her upbringing on the family farm instilled the Midwestern virtues of friendliness, a strong work ethic and a clear sense of right and wrong that never left her.

After graduating from Paris High School, she moved to Chicago, met John Yuknis and married him in 1938. Other places she has lived include Westville, Culver City, Calif., Fort Launderdale, Fla., and for the last 36 years she has called Ocala, Fla., her home.

Yunkis worked for Borg Warner in Chicago and Castro Convertibles in Fort Launderdale. While living in California, she was a winning contestant on the “Queen for a Day” radio show.

Her family of daughter Darlene (Dick) D’Ambrosio; grandchildren, Laura, Dave and Rich; and great-grandchildren, Mark, Matthew, Anthony and Sierra gathered in Ocala from Glen Ellyn, Shreveport, La., Denver, Colo., and St. Paul, Minn., to celebrate her centennial birth.

Yuknis is the last living family member of her generation having been preceded in death by siblings, John, Virgil and Wilma, her brother and sisters-in-law, her husband and one son.