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St. Clair Shores resident turns 106 | C&G Newspapers

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“I’m an antique,” longtime St. Clair Shores resident Connie Frock joked when thinking about how many candles would be on her birthday cake this year.

On Sept. 13, the birthday girl turned 106 years of age and celebrated the milestone.

At press time, several get-togethers were planned in her honor, including lunch Sept. 16 with family at the Continental Restaurant at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, and coffee and cake Sept. 18 at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, where Frock attends service every week.

For the past four years, Frock has lived at the American House Lakeshore senior living community in St. Clair Shores. On Sept. 12, the centenarian shared her life story with the St. Clair Shores Sentinel. Her daughter, Carole Krieger, 77, also participated in the interview.

Frock’s maiden name was Constance Olive Ellingham. She was born in 1916 in St. Albans, England, located north of London. She was 10 years old when Princess Elizabeth of York — who in 1952 would become Queen Elizabeth II — was born in 1926. Frock’s family moved to the U.S. when she was a young child, but she always followed the royal family. She felt the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Sept. 8 at the age of 96.

“I felt terrible. I was surprised because she looked so well right up until the very end,” Frock said. “She was down to earth. She was for the common person, and she was giving them happiness. I thought she did a wonderful job.”

Growing up, Frock’s family lived in Detroit, where the young girl enjoyed her school years.

“I seemed to be the teacher’s pet,” she said.

That’s because she was a good student and always willing to lend a hand.

“The teachers always got you to help take things to the office and wash the blackboard,” Krieger said.

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