The main living room area at Atterdag Village will be decorated festively to celebrate the 100th birthday of Tove Sorensen Matherly with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The public is invited to attend.
Tove was born April 18, 1912, on Fyn Island, Denmark. She lived in Fyn until age 17 and then moved to Copenhagen where she resided near relatives for six years. Wanderlust took over again and she soon found herself employed with a Danish Consulate family in Menton, France, near Nice and Monaco.
In 1950 Tove sailed to the United States and ended up in Illinois working at the Fort Sheridan Army Exchange as a saleslady and cashier.
In 1965 she flew to Escondido for her aunt's funeral, where she met her late aunt's husband, Joe Matherly, and one year later they were married. Joe was a judge in Escondido.
During her three years there, Tove became an avid oil painter, painting dozens of portraits and landscapes. Her homes were always adorned with these paintings and many were given to friends and mailed to Denmark. After a three-year stint in Idaho, the Matherlys returned to California and in 1972 they purchased a home in Solvang. Joe passed away in 1980 and Tove has resided in Solvang ever since.
She attributes her good health to walking two miles every day to pick up her mail at the Post Office, taking vitamins daily, eating home-made food and doing leg lifts before retiring every evening. Since selling her home and moving to Atterdag Village retirement home in December, she has reduced her exercising to walking with a walker around the village grounds.
Tove has made many trips to Denmark throughout the years as well as visiting many cities in the U.S. and has had many visitors from Denmark visit her in Solvang. Each year she would dress in Danish clothing and assist with the Danish Days celebration. Tove has been a member of Bethania Lutheran Church for many years as well as the Danish Ladies Aid.
Atterdag Village is at 636 Atterdag Road, Solvang.