Alumna Margaret Isiminger Moninger Celebrates Her 105th Birthday

Alumna Margaret Isiminger Moninger, New Freeport, Pa., celebrated her 105th birthday on Feb. 4, 2013!

A 1928 graduate of then-West Liberty State Teachers College, Moniger is healthy and happy. Her daughter Shirley Zimmerman reported that Moninger has received more than 200 birthday cards and despite the weather, 100 friends turned out for her recent open house birthday celebration.

Margaret was the fifth out of nine children born to Henry and Lucinda Isiminger and grew up in the Aleppo area.

She graduated in 1927 from Cameron High School, in Cameron, W.Va. After receiving her teaching certificate at West Liberty, she taught in one-room school houses for three years before getting married. In 1929, she married Donley Moninger, of New Freeport. The couple celebrated 66 years of marriage before Don passed away in 1995 at the age of 91. They have four children, Eugene Moninger (Nancy, both deceased), Shirley Zimmerman (Paul, deceased) of New Freeport, Sharron Creighton (David) of Findlay, Ohio, and Calvin Moninger (Lois, deceased) of Cameron, W.Va.; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren (4 deceased); and three great-great-granchildren.

If you’re wondering what her secret to longevity is, she isn’t telling.

“It’s a secret and I’m not telling,” Moninger told WLU director of media relations Maureen Zambito, who called to convey WLU’s best birthday wishes.

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