In 1920, the corner of 112th Place and Western Avenue in Morgan Park wasn’t as busy as it is today.
However, in celebrating her 100th birthday on Sept. 2 at Smith Village, Joan Klenk and her family were reminded of the history they share with the life-plan community that is located across the street from where Klenk was raised.
Klenk celebrated her centennial with family and friends at Smith Village, where she is a resident.
Klenk was raised in a house at 11235 S. Western Ave., which was purchased, along with its neighbor to the north, in 2014 by Smith Village. The houses were razed to make way for additional parking for Smith Village employees on the northeast corner of 112th Place and Western Avenue. Klenk’s house was also the former site of Birthright of Chicago, a social service agency providing pregnancy and childbirth services.
Klenk’s daughter, Paula K. Everett, is a local resident and longtime president of the Mt. Greenwood Cemetery Association on 111th Street.
She said her mother enjoyed the birthday celebration and the wishes for many more years from her friends at Smith Village.