Today marks 100 years of life for one Rockford woman.
Virginia Carlson celebrated her 100th birthday this afternoon at Emmanuel Lutheran church, where she and her husband John Carlson Jr. were married in 1937. They were also the owners of Brad-Lynn restaurant, named after their two children, which was located where Stockholm Inn now stands. Virginia says she is a life-long member of the church, and has kept those lasting friendships.
"Those friends have stayed with me all these years," says Virginia Carlson. "Such a blessing I have.... I am so grateful."
Virginia was thrilled to celebrate with some of those friends today. She says her birthday party was more than she ever expected.