Dorothea, 97 years young last month

BIRTHDAY: Dorothea Kobelt celebrated her 97th birthday with her family, including her sister Nancy Morris (nee Burton).
BIRTHDAY: Dorothea Kobelt celebrated her 97th birthday with her family, including her sister Nancy Morris (nee Burton).

One of Cleve’s oldest residents, Dorothea Kobelt, has marked another birthday.

Mrs Kobelt celebrated her 97th birthday last week on Tuesday, February 20.

Mrs Kobelt celebrated her birthday by having lunch at the Cleve Hotel Motel, along with her sister Nancy Morris (nee Burton), her eldest son Lindsay and his partner Sonia and son Mark and his wife Julie-Anne.

Dorothea Kobelt was born 97 years ago in Cowell on February 20, 1921 and has lived on the Eyre Peninsula all of her life.

During World War II, she married Harold Kobelt in 1943, and together they lived on a farming property in Darke Peak.

Following their wedding, the Kobelts had three sons, Lindsay, Brian and Mark.

Mrs Kobelt has now moved into Cleve and is living on her own in town and still getting out and about regularly.

Just last weekend she attended a dinner at the Cleve Bowling Club with her sister Nancy Morris and 50 other people.

Mrs Kobelt is a life member of the Cleve Bowling Club and a life member of the Darke Peak branch of the South Australian Country Women’s Association, which she joined in 1945.

Late last year, Mrs Kobelt reflected on the history of bowls in the Eastern Eyre region at the official opening of the new synthetic bowling green at the Cleve Bowling Club.