Homer resident Edna Farsdahl celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends Sunday afternoon at her home on Race Road, off East Hill Road.
Well wishers, some traveling from afar, gathered at her home to help her celebrate and remember her exciting journey for the past 100 years.
Born on a farm in Wakoti, North Dakota, Edna has had an adventurous and healthy life so far, and anticipates even more fun in the future.
As a teenager, Edna traveled by steamship to Haines in 1930, where she worked at the Haines Orphanage, cooking and caring for the children.
She then studied education at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where she met and married Jim Farsdahl, who was then head of the Alaska Railroad. The couple had one daughter, Renee.
Jim homesteaded 160 acres up East Hill with Lloyd Race, and 10 of those acres eventually became home to Edna and her offspring.
Edna taught third grade at North Pole Elementary for 25 years. Then, after Jim died in 1975, she began traveling extensively abroad. She remembers exciting and educational trips to Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Nepal, China, Spain, Germany and Peru.
And she’s not done. Recently, Edna and her daughter and her husband, Renee and Achim Jahnke, drove down the Al-can Highway in a motor home. The three traveled across many western states, starting with her home state of North Dakota, and venturing across the country to California.
Edna attributes her long life to a healthy lifestyle, being raised on a farm and keeping life exciting and well-worth living. Her family lives in a cabin close to her and helps her out as needed. Numerous friends joined her and her family to celebrate her birthday Sunday.
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