Edward Reinhardt and Phyllis Carlson with associates at their birthday party

Residents sometimes share birthdays, but for two residents to turn 103 on the same day is a special occurrence!


On May 15, 2019, two unrelated residents at Life Care Center of Port Orchard, Washington, celebrated their 103rd birthdays. The facility threw a party for Phyllis Carlson and Edward Reinhardt complete with the traditional cake and lots of well wishes.


Carlson was born in Forks, Washington, and over the years worked as a bartender and manager of an apartment building in California. She loved to ball room dance and even line danced in her 80s. She was married several times and had five sons, and now she has more than a dozen grandchildren and too many great-grandkids to count.


“I had five boys, married five times, never dieted,” Carlson said when she was asked how she has lived so long. “I’m spoiled.”


Reinhardt, who was born in St. Johns, Oregon, has a very different background and philosophy of life.


“Don’t drink, don’t smoke, work hard!” was his advice.


Reinhardt worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He built his own home and enjoyed gardening, fishing and outings with his wife, Lora, and four children.