A stream of cars and pedestrians offered birthday wishes to Easton’s oldest resident, Luella Ostrofsky, 104, on Sept. 6. The parade included family, friends, neighbors and parishioners from Jesse Lee United Methodist Church of Easton, where Ostrofsky taught Sunday School and oversaw the ham and bean dinner as well as the annual Thanksgiving dinner preparations.

Born and raised in Maine, Ostrofsky moved to Easton with her husband, Milton, in the late 1940s. She joined Jesse Lee Church soon after arriving in town and has been an active and devoted member ever since. Her three sons, Bill, Jeff and Milton, Jr., were born and raised in Easton.  

According to son Jeff, she had a great day, particularly when she saw Diane Pepe arriving with her horse. The event started at 2 p.m. and at 5, Ostrofsky was still sitting on her porch with her family, taking in all the festivities. Jesse Lee’s former minister, the Rev. Jim Stinson, said he would not have “missed this event and being part of this celebration.”

In addition to her many fans at Jesse Lee, a group of Ostrofsky’s Senior Center friends came to pay tribute to her. First Selectman David Bindelglass participated in the drive-by parade with police, fire and EMS sirens blaring. Many cars honked birthday greetings.

Ostrofsky had a very special day, serenaded by well wishers and surrounded by floral tributes.

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