Family and friends celebrate Kay Beruschi’s 100th birthday

By David F. Rooney

The Beruschi family and its many friends gathered at the Regent Hotel Saturday to celebrate matriarch Kay Beruschi’s 100th birthday.

“I think she’s a remarkable woman,”¬†said her daughter Jane. “Everyone loved her. She lost her own mother when she was four years old, yet… she was a wonderful mother and an amazing cook. She’d bake a banana cream pie every day and make Dungeness carb sandwiches for lunch then have supper ready by 3. She was a super person.”

Certainly, all of the nearly 100 people who attended a 1:30 pm celebration agreed.

“She was the Beruschi family’s glue,” said City Councillor and nurse Linda Nixon who, for a while, cared for Kay. “She really pulled that family together.”

Unfortunately, she could not be present for the public, afternoon party held in the River City Pub.

“Kay has a touch of pneumonia,” her son, Freddy, told the crowd.¬†“Thanks for coming. I know Kay would love to be here… but it would have been tough to bring her here today.”

However, Kay did perk up enough to make it down for a brief appearance before a family dinner in the Begbie Room where she was warmly greeted by the youngest members of the Beruschi family.

Always a remarkable woman, as a centenarian Kay Beruschi now belongs to a pretty exclusive club. There are only 56,000 centenarians out of Canada’s 33 million people and 200,000 out of the six billion people on the planet.

Happy birthday, Kay.

Lice Somerville (left) Linda Nixon (right) and ??? enjoyed a glass of wine at the Saturday afternoon celebration of Kay Beruschi's 100th birthday at the Regent Hotel's River City Pub. "Key was the Beruschi family's glue," said Linda, who helped care for her. David F. Rooney photo
Lise Somerville (left) Linda Nixon (right) and Josiane Kimmel enjoyed a glass of wine at the Saturday afternoon celebration of Kay Beruschi’s 100th birthday at the Regent Hotel’s River City Pub. “Kay was the Beruschi family’s glue,” said Linda, who helped care for her. David F. Rooney photo
Fred Beruschi chats with Bill and Lily MacFarlane at the party to celebrate his mother's 100th birthday. David F. Rooney photo
Fred Beruschi chats with Bill and Lily MacFarlane at the party to celebrate his mother’s 100th birthday. David F. Rooney photo
Fred  and his sisters Sharon (center) and Jane greet the crowd that attended the party in honour of their mother. Unfortunately, Kay had a touch of pneumonia and could not attend the party, though she did briefly attend the dinner held by family and friends on Saturday evening. David F. Rooney photo
Fred and his sisters Sharon (center) and Jane greet the crowd that attended the party in honour of their mother. Unfortunately, Kay had a touch of pneumonia and could not attend the party, though she did briefly attend the dinner held by family and friends on Saturday evening. David F. Rooney photo
About 100 people gathered at the River City Pub for a party in honour of Kay Beruschi. David F. Rooney photo
About 100 people gathered at the River City Pub for a party in honour of Kay Beruschi. David F. Rooney photo
Kay Beruschi was warmly greeted by family and friends attending a dinner in her honour at the Regent's Begbie Room on Saturday evening. David F. Rooney photo
Kay Beruschi was warmly greeted by family and friends attending a dinner in her honour at the Regent’s Begbie Room on Saturday evening. David F. Rooney photo
This is a story about Kay published many years ago in the old Revelstoke Review. Image courtesy of the Beruschi family
This is a story about Kay published many years ago in the old Revelstoke Review. Please click to view a full size image. Image courtesy of the Beruschi family