‘Franks-Giving’: Celebrating 102 Years of Life, Love and Legacy

Dec 27, 2023 | Community News, Life at East Ridge

This holiday season brought a remarkable milestone for one Miami senior. On November 23, amid joyous Thanksgiving festivities, Frank Koebel, a proud resident of East Ridge at Cutler Bay, celebrated his 102nd birthday. Affectionately dubbed “Franks-Giving,” this special day is a testament to a life well lived, filled with rich experiences and a legacy of love.

A Life Worth Celebrating

Frank Koebel’s journey is nothing short of extraordinary. A Veteran naval officer who served during World War II, Frank’s life story is a tapestry woven with courage, resilience, and a deep commitment to family. For Frank, his greatest accomplishment lies not in his wartime service but in the bonds forged with his family. With a son, Dan, and two daughters residing in Miami, along with numerous grandchildren, Frank’s legacy extends beyond his own remarkable years.

Family First

For Frank, “Franks-Giving” is more than just a birthday celebration; it’s an opportunity for family to come together, share a meal, and weave new memories. Dan, who made the intentional decision to move into East Ridge a couple of years ago, expresses the importance of being there for his father’s “final lap.” The closeness between father and son is evident, creating a beautiful narrative of familial support and love.

The East Ridge Experience

Both Frank and Dan share a positive experience of living at East Ridge. The senior living community has become a cherished home, where they not only enjoy the camaraderie of fellow residents but also appreciate the warm and welcoming staff. Frank, who engages in physical therapy three times a week, attributes his active lifestyle to the vibrant community around him. “I really enjoy the people,” he adds with a smile.

A Celebration of Resilience and Joy

“Franks-Giving” is more than just a birthday celebration; it’s a celebration of resilience, joy, and a life well lived. Frank Koebel’s 102 years stand as a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of family bonds. As he gathered with loved ones on this special day, the echoes of a life filled with love, laughter, and a legacy of service resound, creating a heartwarming chapter in the Koebel family’s story. Happy “Franks-Giving” to a remarkable man who continues to inspire us all with his zest for life!