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For Koester, a milestone birthday

At 100 years of age, you’ve seen and done a lot.

Genevieve Koester, a longtime resident of Rosemount and Farmington who celebrated her 100th birthday Monday, was born on a farm in rural Plum City, Wis., the second of nine children. She went to the country school a mile away, then moved to Durand, Wis., where she worked for her room and board while going to high school.

After high school, she went to nursing school in St Paul and eventually joined the hospital staff at Plum City. She met her husband-to-be during this time and eventually married Albertus Koester. She designed and made her wedding gown and all the bridesmaid dresses.

Al and Gen bought a farm in rural Plum City and started their family again.

Five children were born to them before they relocated to Rosemount so their children could experience better educational opportunities.

After several years in Rosemount, during which they designed and built their own farmhouse, the family moved to a larger farm east of Farmington. There they demolished the existing house, then designed and built their new home with a bomb shelter. Five years later, Genevieve lost her partner and loving husband.

She was left with her two youngest children still in school and was unable to continue farming. She eventually sold a portion of the farm then designed and build another home in 1975 where she lived until moving to St Paul.

During this time, she was nominated for Winter Carnival Queen.

Genevieve has five married children, 12 grandchildren, almost all married, and 25 great-grand-children.