Wanda Brekken will celebrate 100 years on Monday, November 30. She is currently residing at Benedictine Living the Summit, and due to COVID-19 restrictions along with the safety of her health, the family will honor her with 100 lights for the Benedictine Auxiliary’s Light Up a Life fundraiser.

The Benedictine Auxiliary at the Villa St. Vincent and the Summit is holding a Light Up a Life fundraiser through December 31. In memory of a friend, loved one, or someone living you wish to honor, $5 will light up a bulb on the Benedictine Living Community Stairwell. The lights will be lit at dusk each night from December 31 through January 31. All proceeds will go toward Auxiliary sponsored events for tenants, residents, and Benedictine Living Community Crookston staff. 

Brekken’s large family celebrates life, love, and remembering those they lost, but mostly celebrating family. There are some intense rounds of bocce ball, volleyball, and even a golf scramble; a tradition celebrated every three years at the Brekken farm in rural Crookston where Wanda and her late husband Albert raised their family.

The family is giving back to the facility that cares for their mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and even great-great-grandmother Wanda. The family will also host a drive-by for the local family members and reach out via social media to flood her with cards for her 100th birthday.

Most recent Brekken Family reunion in 2018