At 105, Hamilton’s Ann Konkel is determined to see the end of her second pandemic

News Jul 14, 2020 by Mike Pearson Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton centenarian Ann Konkel has already lived through one pandemic.

Now at 105, she’s determined to see the end of this one as well.

Konkel was born during the First World War on July 14, 1915. As a young child in the Netherlands, she lived through the Spanish flu pandemic and survived the German bombing of Rotterdam during the Second World War in 1940. Konkel settled in Hamilton with her husband in 1952.

After working as a teacher and school principal in Europe, Konkel took a job as a cleaning lady, then retrained to become an operating room nurse. She retired from her role at Henderson General Hospital (now Juravinski Hospital) at 65.

“I loved the job,” said Konkel.

Today Konkel has a simple philosophy for health and longevity.

“There’s no secret. Eat well, sleep well and try to be happy every day,” she said.

Konkel was a dedicated volunteer with the Catholic Women’s League at her church and the Good Shepherd, up until just two years ago.

At 99 she flew to Europe, and at 100, she visited New York.

Konkel once taught Canadian football hall-of-famer Peter Dalla Riva. She’s a fan of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and received a serenade from players for her 101st birthday a few years ago.

In her golden years, Konkel continued to live in her own home until earlier this year in May, when she suffered a fall. She’s currently recuperating at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she’s on the mend and in good spirits.

To help cheer her up, Konkel’s family held a small gathering in the hospital’s courtyard to celebrate her 105th birthday on July 14. Her family is calling upon friends and well-wishers to send 105 birthday cards to help celebrate the milestone.

Son Chuck Konkel said the family has been heartened by the response so far.

“I think it’s good to see that the community does come together in ways that you don’t expect,” he said.

When asked for some advice on living through a pandemic, Konkel responded, “You have to have a steady purpose in life. That’s about it.”

“She just comes out with these gems, these sentences that are so true,” said granddaughter Laura Konkel.

Daughter-in-law Robin Konkel said Ann has always put the needs of others above her own.

“She’s been selfless her whole life,” said Robin.

Konkel's family is accepting birthday cards at the following mailing address: Ann Konkel, P.O. Box 10066, Don Mills, Ont., M3C 0J9.

At 105, Hamilton’s Ann Konkel is determined to see the end of her second pandemic

‘You have to have a steady purpose in life. That’s about it,’ says retired nurse

News Jul 14, 2020 by Mike Pearson Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton centenarian Ann Konkel has already lived through one pandemic.

Now at 105, she’s determined to see the end of this one as well.

Konkel was born during the First World War on July 14, 1915. As a young child in the Netherlands, she lived through the Spanish flu pandemic and survived the German bombing of Rotterdam during the Second World War in 1940. Konkel settled in Hamilton with her husband in 1952.

After working as a teacher and school principal in Europe, Konkel took a job as a cleaning lady, then retrained to become an operating room nurse. She retired from her role at Henderson General Hospital (now Juravinski Hospital) at 65.

“I loved the job,” said Konkel.

Today Konkel has a simple philosophy for health and longevity.

“There’s no secret. Eat well, sleep well and try to be happy every day,” she said.

Konkel was a dedicated volunteer with the Catholic Women’s League at her church and the Good Shepherd, up until just two years ago.

At 99 she flew to Europe, and at 100, she visited New York.

Konkel once taught Canadian football hall-of-famer Peter Dalla Riva. She’s a fan of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and received a serenade from players for her 101st birthday a few years ago.

In her golden years, Konkel continued to live in her own home until earlier this year in May, when she suffered a fall. She’s currently recuperating at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she’s on the mend and in good spirits.

To help cheer her up, Konkel’s family held a small gathering in the hospital’s courtyard to celebrate her 105th birthday on July 14. Her family is calling upon friends and well-wishers to send 105 birthday cards to help celebrate the milestone.

Son Chuck Konkel said the family has been heartened by the response so far.

“I think it’s good to see that the community does come together in ways that you don’t expect,” he said.

When asked for some advice on living through a pandemic, Konkel responded, “You have to have a steady purpose in life. That’s about it.”

“She just comes out with these gems, these sentences that are so true,” said granddaughter Laura Konkel.

Daughter-in-law Robin Konkel said Ann has always put the needs of others above her own.

“She’s been selfless her whole life,” said Robin.

Konkel's family is accepting birthday cards at the following mailing address: Ann Konkel, P.O. Box 10066, Don Mills, Ont., M3C 0J9.

At 105, Hamilton’s Ann Konkel is determined to see the end of her second pandemic

‘You have to have a steady purpose in life. That’s about it,’ says retired nurse

News Jul 14, 2020 by Mike Pearson Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton centenarian Ann Konkel has already lived through one pandemic.

Now at 105, she’s determined to see the end of this one as well.

Konkel was born during the First World War on July 14, 1915. As a young child in the Netherlands, she lived through the Spanish flu pandemic and survived the German bombing of Rotterdam during the Second World War in 1940. Konkel settled in Hamilton with her husband in 1952.

After working as a teacher and school principal in Europe, Konkel took a job as a cleaning lady, then retrained to become an operating room nurse. She retired from her role at Henderson General Hospital (now Juravinski Hospital) at 65.

“I loved the job,” said Konkel.

Today Konkel has a simple philosophy for health and longevity.

“There’s no secret. Eat well, sleep well and try to be happy every day,” she said.

Konkel was a dedicated volunteer with the Catholic Women’s League at her church and the Good Shepherd, up until just two years ago.

At 99 she flew to Europe, and at 100, she visited New York.

Konkel once taught Canadian football hall-of-famer Peter Dalla Riva. She’s a fan of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and received a serenade from players for her 101st birthday a few years ago.

In her golden years, Konkel continued to live in her own home until earlier this year in May, when she suffered a fall. She’s currently recuperating at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she’s on the mend and in good spirits.

To help cheer her up, Konkel’s family held a small gathering in the hospital’s courtyard to celebrate her 105th birthday on July 14. Her family is calling upon friends and well-wishers to send 105 birthday cards to help celebrate the milestone.

Son Chuck Konkel said the family has been heartened by the response so far.

“I think it’s good to see that the community does come together in ways that you don’t expect,” he said.

When asked for some advice on living through a pandemic, Konkel responded, “You have to have a steady purpose in life. That’s about it.”

“She just comes out with these gems, these sentences that are so true,” said granddaughter Laura Konkel.

Daughter-in-law Robin Konkel said Ann has always put the needs of others above her own.

“She’s been selfless her whole life,” said Robin.

Konkel's family is accepting birthday cards at the following mailing address: Ann Konkel, P.O. Box 10066, Don Mills, Ont., M3C 0J9.