Cicero’s ranks of nonagenarians continue to grow after August’s group of “super seniors” was recognized at a Town Board Meeting. Five seniors aged 90 and older were honored for their longevity during the August 22 meeting, receiving accolades from town officials and residents.
“I am very honored to be here with all these beautiful people,” said Jeanette Bromberek, 92. “I just love being in Cicero. I love everything about this town and I am thankful for being here today.”
Joining Bromberek were Bob Luksta, 90; Bernard Napolitan, 96; Vivian Rogala, 92; and Antonia Sawyer, 90.
Luksta entertained the board and audience with stories from his time playing basketball for DePaul and later coaching Loyola University in Louisiana. Luksta was also a professional basketball player for the New York Celtics, a barnstorming team, and later a scout for the Orlando Magic. His stories included meeting Pope Pius XII, President George H.W. Bush, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, Jim Thorpe, Jack Dempsey, Harlem Globetrotters owner Abraham “Abe” Saperstein, Danny Kaye, and Frank Sinatra, Jr.
“Bob Lukstra was an inspiration for me personally when I was growing up in Cicero,” said Dennis Raleigh, Town Trustee.
Antonio Sawyer was also noted for launching Cicero’s Senior Citizens Club and now serves on the Cicero Senior Commission.
If you or someone you know is 90 years of age or older, please contact Town Collector Fran Reitz at (708) 656-3600, extension 274, or Marie Pikul at (708) 656-3600, extension 249, between 8am and 8pm, Monday through Thursday.