Centenarian Celebrations

Harry Persinger

Submitted by Ed Ballard, Regional Director, Carbide Retiree Corps (CRC)

Harry Persinger celebrated his 100th birthday on October 14, 2018, joined by friends and his three children, Philip, Ann and Patricia.

Harry retired as Research Scientist R&D Analytical Area after 40 years of service. He served in the Navy during WWII before joining Union Carbide in the Works Lab analytical area. Harry enjoyed working, and he also kept busy outside of work with several hobbies and activities. He has always liked to spend his time volunteering.

One of his latest projects is helping with Christ Kitchen. Christ Kitchen, at St. Mark’s Church in Saint Albans, serves meals and aids those in need five days a week. For the past 10 years, Harry has prepared eggs at breakfast for anyone so wishing.

The CRC presented a blanket and letter of recognition on October 15 at Christ Kitchen during the breakfast activities.

After a brief ceremony, birthday cake from CRC was served to all the attendees, including family and friends, while sharing stories and congratulations. Harry is still active and contributing to the community.

Sophie Janos

Submitted by Jim Evans, Director, Northeast Region CRC

Sophie Janos, a Union Carbide retiree, turned 100 on May 18, 2019. Sophie worked as an accounting clerk for the Linde Division of Union Carbide in the Eastview, New York, office, from 1968 until her retirement in 1982. Sophie now lives in her own house in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Edward J Klingkamer Sr.

Submitted by John Durkin

Ed Klingkamer was employed by the Visking Company, a division of the Union Carbide Corp., as a rotating shift supervisor. He is the father of 6 children and has 19 grandchildren.

Ed is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team and threw out the first ball at the Cubs game on his 100th birthday. He is a World War II veteran and gives talks at the local school about his military experiences. He is also an avid woodworker.