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Connellsville resident is 100 years old

| Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Elizabeth Sara Zikeli Lightner of Connellsville celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 28.

She was born Aug. 28, 1911, in Ellwood City, a daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Zikeli. The Zikelis had eight children: five sons and three daughters. Hilda Wilson and Lightner are the only surviving members of the family.

Lightner is a 1930 graduate of Lincoln High School and is an alumnus of Geneva College. In 1936, she married Henry Lightner of New Castle. They had three sons, James Lightner and his wife Vicki of Santa Fe, N.M.; Thomas Lightner and his wife Dee of Oakdale; and Gerry Lightner and his wife Debbie of Connellsville. She has four granddaughters, three grandsons (one is deceased), four great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

Lightner has many surviving nieces and nephews in the Ellwood City area.

Lightner will celebrate her 100th birthday with a birthday celebration to be given by her family on Sept. 3 in Everson.

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