BARBARA Goebel celebrated her 100th birthday by waltzing with friends at her party last week.
Mrs Goebel, who turned 100 on February 18, attended a special Mass and lunch at Holy Family Services Aged Care in Marayong last Thursday.
During her party, she waltzed, had lunch with her friends and fellow residents, received certificates from the Queen and federal government as well as a congratulatory visit from a representative from the Polish embassy.
Born in 1914 in Poland, Mrs Goebel lived through both world wars.
She lived and worked in military hospitals as a nurse during World War II and continued her nursing career in peacetime.
In 1959, Mrs Goebel was forced to hide her identity in order to get a passport from the communist government to move to Australia. After a three-month journey by ship she arrived in Australia, where she was reunited with her younger brother and his wife.
She later met her husband Lolek at the Ashfield Polish Club.
The couple never had children; instead they travelled the world together.
After the death of her husband, Mrs Goebel moved to Holy Family Services in Marayong.