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Christ Church of Sharon celebrated a lifetime of church and community service on Saturday, Sept. 10, holding an Evening Prayer service for Francoise Kelz on the occasion of her 100th birthday.  A reception in her honor followed, complete with cake and speeches. Photo by Leila Hawken

Turning 100 brings praise, appreciation, and a party

SHARON — When a beloved parishioner, retired teacher  and community leader reaches the venerable age of 100 years, much of that time in service to her church and community, it calls for celebration.

Christ Church of Sharon honored Francoise Kelz on the occasion of her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 10, with an Evening Prayer Service of Praise followed by a festive reception in the parish hall.

Born Sept. 10, 1922 in New York City, Francoise was the daughter of Francois Kelz, notable for his position as maître d’ at the Ritz Carlton, Rainbow Room, and the Savoy Plaza. Francoise moved to Sharon in 1965, joining the faculty at Kent School where she taught the sciences until her retirement.

She has served as president of the northwest corner towns’ chapter of Church Women United and worked in outreach for Church World Services. Active in various roles at Christ Church, she is also a past president of the Sharon Garden Club.

“This is a joyful day,” said the Rev. Dr. Martha Tucker, Priest in charge at Christ Church. Turning to address the honoree, Rev. Tucker highlighted her years of generosity in support of all aspects of the church, including the Altar Guild and renovation of the organ.

A plaque honoring Kelz’ unflagging service in the church kitchen was presented and will be installed somewhere near that kitchen.

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