VERNON HILLS, Ill. — Sadie Rosenberg is 100 years old and currently lives at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions in Vernon Hills. She has spent her life serving others, even when her own life was difficult.
At just 3 years old, Rosenberg lost her mother. Shortly thereafter, she and her two younger sisters were sent to live in an orphanage while their father struggled to earn money to support them.
Because money was so tight, Rosenberg had only the necessities. Her father was never able to purchase toys for her or her sisters.
Despite that, Rosenberg grew up happy, got married and worked to make sure her two daughters were able to have nice things. Today, Rosenberg is still serving others, writing letters dictated to her by people she lives with who cannot write.
All these years later, Rosenberg still remembers the only thing she wanted for herself that she never got: a doll.
She says people felt sorry for her because she couldn’t have the doll she always wanted.
Now, almost a century later, her wish was finally granted by the Wish of a Lifetime Organization. The group focuses on granting wishes for seniors.
WGN reports Wish of a Lifetime sent Rosenberg and her daughter to the American Girl Doll Store in Chicago so that she could own her very first doll.