Turning 107 is a Piece of Cake for Waterbury’s Virginia Belliveau

This story by Martha Shanahan first appeared in the Republican-American on May 2, 2019.

Woman celebrating 100th birthday

At 107, Virginia Belliveau is believed to be the oldest person living in Waterbury. That doesn’t stop her from enjoying a piece of cake.

Belliveau was the center of attention Wednesday at The Village at East Farms assisted living facility, where fellow residents, family members and Mayor Neil M. O’Leary celebrated her April 14 birthday, a couple weeks late.

Belliveau, who was raised in East Hartford, lived with her sister, Evelyn Quinn at the Village at East Farms until Quinn died in 2015.

She never married or had children, but enjoys a close relationship with her niece and goddaughter, Patricia Barnes.

“I’m an old maid,” she said into the microphone that a television reporter held up to her during the party in the facility’s lobby Wednesday.

Barnes, a longtime teacher at Holy Cross High School, said Belliveau often tells people men didn’t want to date her because, at 5 feet, 10 and a half inches, she was too tall. She attended Hartford Secretarial School and went on to work at Aetna Fire Alarm, Hartford National Bank and Industrial Welding.

She puts on pink lipstick before going out each morning and attends daily exercise classes.

“She’s just a lady,” Barnes said. “That’s what everyone says.”

The Village at East Farms