Centenarian Toni Stahl credits family and being active for longevity

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – One of Bowling Green’s residents is celebrating 100 years of life, but her journey to longevity has not been an easy one.

Toni Stahl, who retired to Bowling Green in 1964, is celebrating her 100th birthday early at Live Active where she takes workout classes three times a week.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Stahl worked for the U.S. Army making parachutes. She was then evacuated to California with her 22-month old daughter Sandra at her side.

On Wednesday, Stahl was given a certificate of celebration signed by Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

Stahl, the oldest of six children, credits being active for her long life. Working on balance and mobility in her classes helps her cognitive skills by paying attention and following instructions.

Most of all, she said her family has made the difference.

Stahl is widely known among her friends as the mother of actor Andy Stahl, who starred in films like The Patriot and The Blind Side.

Stahl officially turns 100 years old on Sunday.