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Former Mineola Resident Celebrates 104th Birthday

Ida Zipkis, a former Mineola resident and current resident of the Bristal Assisted Living Community in Westbury celebrated her 104th birthday with her daughter Roberta and son-in-law Jay Katzeff and fellow residents of the Bristal. Zipkis’ wish as she blew out the candles was, “health and happiness for everyone.”

The key to longevity she says is simple, “just leave it to God.”

Born in Brooklyn on Nov. 28, 1908 to a poor immigrant family from Poland. She dropped out of high school when she was just 16 and took a job as a bookkeeper to help her parents support her and her four siblings.

Zipkis met her husband William at work. Their first date was at the 1939 World’s Fair. They married in 1939 and raised their children in Mineola and Carle Place. They were happily married for 52 years until William’s passing in 1991.