Claire Donlin Sweeney celebrates century birthday

Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Claire Donlin Sweeney celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday, May 26 at an open house at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. The afternoon event was hosted by her three children, Tom Sweeney, Jr., Colleen Burns, and Kathleen “Kitty” Glinka.

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Born May 26, 1913 in Hand County, South Dakota, Claire is the third of 13 children in the family of Eugene “Gene” and Matilda “Tillie” (Schaefers) Donlin. She married Tom Sweeney at St. Ann Catholic Church in Miller in 1936.  They lived their early married life in Hand County and then moved to Minneapolis, where their three children were born.  They made their home in Detroit before settling in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1958. Tom died in 1985.

Claire has two living siblings: Louie Donlin of Stillwater, Minn., and Mary Hafner of Washington, D.C.  She has four grandchildren.

Family who attended the celebration were her sister Mary Donlin Hafner from Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law Bette Donlin (Mrs. Paul) from St. Paul, Minn.; brother-in-law Bob Schroeder from Sioux Falls, S.D. Also attending were grandchildren Dylan Decker, Danielle Sweeney, Allison and Tony Glinka, all of Phoenix, Ariz.  Twenty nieces and nephews attended from Arizona, California, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Washington, D.C. Those who attended from South Dakota were Alan and Mary Ann Schroeder, and Pat and Terry Schroeder, all of Sioux Falls; and Kathy Donlin Harvey, Miller.

Except for some problems with her sight, Claire is in good health and still lives in her own home at 4015 North 57th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85018. She enjoys discussing politics and reading. She remembers Miller and its residents fondly.