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Local woman observes 100th birthday

October 10, 2013
Camille Schmidt Campau, of St. Clair Shores, observed her 100th birthday at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Saturday, Oct. 5.

According to her great niece, Cathy Kegler, Campau was born Oct. 5, 1913, and left home at the age of 15 to “intercede for the nuns” at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church’s convent. The nuns were cloistered and not allowed to speak to male workers. Campau married Edwin Campau and lived on Muir in Grosse Pointe Farms, next door to her mother-in-law, Mame. Her only son, John, died.

The family owned land in St. Clair Shores, now called Chapoton Woods. Kegler said “during the Depression the family let the ‘worthless’ land revert back to the state.”

Campau was joined for her birthday celebration by her niece, Pat Perry, and Ed Winters of New Port Richey, Fla.; Kegler and her husband, Ned, of Catawba Island, Ohio; great-niece Beth Perry, and Jeff Roach; great-great niece Vanessa Perry Road of Chicago and Waterford; great-niece Kathleen Perry of Edgewater, Colo.; and great-niece Stephanie Malnight of Lafayette, Ind.

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