Art Ludwig celebrated a huge milestone with a surprise birthday party at his morning hangout. His friends surprised Art at the McDonalds in Lomira with a 100th birthday celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The 100-year-old stops at McDonalds for breakfast and to visit with his friends a couple times a week. Over the years, he has become close with this group he met at the restaurant.
Though there was a snowstorm that dumped around a foot of snow in the area on Monday, Art still ventured out on his 100th birthday. He was surprised with a cake, decorations and a present from his breakfast buddies. “It was a surprise,” Art said while sitting in his normal spot at the restaurant. “This is my seat it seems.” Art said he wondered if maybe something was being planned.
One of the employees had asked him if he was planning to come in for his birthday, but then he figured she was just asking to be polite. In addition to his friends, Art’s daughter and her husband drove up from Kohlsville to celebrate with the McDonalds’ crew.
Considering he is 100, Art still gets around by himself and lives on his own. He still drives where he needs to go, takes care of his house and enjoys playing cards and putting puzzles together. “He was mowing the lawn until last year,” said Bonnie Snyder, Art’s daughter. As far as the secret to his longevity, Art didn’t have any special secret.
He said he keeps active as much as he can and stays in touch with friends and family. Bonnie added, “It’s just taking it easy and not worrying about things.” Art also spends quality time with his family.
In addition to Bonnie, he has a grandson and a great granddaughter, whom he loves spending time with. “He enjoys his great grandchild,” Bonnie said. “I come over on Tuesdays and spend the day with him and we take supper to him on Fridays.” When asked about his life, Art pointed out his biggest accomplishment. He and his wife, Albina, were married for 70 years, until she passed away at the age of 88.