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Senior battles back from surgery to continue birthday tradition

March 12, 2019

A Cherokee County resident recently fought back from her first surgery to make sure she wouldn’t miss the annual birthday party her family throws for her.

Kathleen Snowberger, who turned 98 on Thursday, wanted to continue the tradition in which for past nine years her family has come from each coast of the country to celebrate her birthday.

She recently had her very first surgery. Though it took a long rehabilitation following the procedure to be able to go back to living in her own apartment in her daughter’s house, she was determined not to miss the party. She worked hard in rehab to get home in time for the event, loved ones said.

Every year, a theme is chosen from some of the things or places that have happened during her lifetime. Some of the themes have been the big-band era, old movies, marching band and this year, Mardi Gras, loved ones said. Snowberger fell in love with the city of New Orleans due to her love of music and dance. However, she never had the chance to attend a Mardi Gras celebration, they said.

Snowberger has four children, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. More than 40 family members came to celebrate.