Goldie Steinberg Says 'My Children Keep Me Alive'

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The second oldest resident of New York state celebrated a milestone Wednesday, as she celebrated her 113th birthday.

As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, Goldie Steinberg of Long Island was born in Romania on Oct. 30, 1900. She is the 14th oldest person in the world and the ninth oldest person in the country.

Her 71-year-old daughter, grandson and 11-year-old great grandson Tyler were on hand to celebrate Steinberg’s birthday at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach on Wednesday.

When asked how her birthday went, she said, “excellent, excellent.”

“I’m very, very happy,” the birthday girl added.

Steinberg is frail, but still quite capable — she can walk, talk and feed herself, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

Steinberg is a widow whose husband died in 1967. She is the mother of two, with a 78-year-old son and a 71-year-old daughter, Anne Teicher.

Steinberg’s daughter expressed pride in her mother’s longevity and independence.

“She lived by herself till age 104,” Teicher said.

Tyler said he sees his great grandmother regularly and they have chats during their visits.

“Regular conversations — school, my grades, how I feel about leaving camp,” he said.

Steinberg also spends her time watching the Yankees and knitting for the staff.

Steinberg, who was honored by local politicians and others, has lived at the Grandell Nursing Center in Long Beach for nine years. She worked most of her life as a seamstress.

“I used to make children’s dresses,” she said.

In fact, 15 years ago, Steinberg made the dress she wore on Wednesday.

“Mazel tov on your birthday, and many more to come,” said nursing home director Baruch Giberstein.

For perspective, William McKinley was president of the United States when Steinberg was born. When the Wright Brothers flew, Steinberg was 3 years old. She was a teenager during World War I, and was 44 when World War II ended. And when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969, Steinberg was already on Social Security.

Steinberg came to the U.S. in 1923 and lived in Brooklyn. Her cake on Wednesday included a photo taken when she was 29.

“She still crochets and watches TV and reads the paper,” Teicher said.

To what does she attribute her long life?

“My children are so happy for me,” she said. “That’s my secret.”

Steinberg is said to be the ninth oldest person in the U.S. and the 14th oldest in the world.

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