CMSU Grad Nears 106th Birthday

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:33:25 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

After graduating in 1929, Ann Schweer taught in Jefferson City for 39 years. Now, she spends her days taking exercise classes and participating in her church.

"The church is going to be your circle where people really like you," said Schweer, who turns 106 on May 13. "It's about the only time you'll have human relations."

Schweer doesn't have immediate family nearby, but she found family in a former student.

"Ann's never had any children, so she claims my sons, she flirts with my husband, she's there for Thanksgiving and Christmas and various holidays," said friend and former student Karen Swarens.

Although she retired 40 years ago, Schweer continues to teach those around her.

"She's just full of knowledge and I learn something everytime I come," Swarens added.

"I enjoyed my work. I made some mistakes," recalled Schweer. "I would do it all over again under the same circumstances."

Schweer awards a scholarship each year to a William Woods University student. She attended the school for 2 years before graduating from CMSU.

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