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Kit Abrahamson, 101

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Kit Abrahamson, 101

         Katherine, “Kit,” Abrahamson turned 101 on March 5, 2008. The lifelong Gloucester, Mass., resident celebrated with a party at Miss Tina’s Dance Studio following a practice session of the Cape Ann Seniorettes for an upcoming annual recital. Kit took up dancing when she turned 80, at a time when most people are thinking of slowing down. Her favorite dance is tap, but the group specializes in line dancing. Kit believes the twice-weekly dance lessons over two decades have kept her agile and healthy – and certainly happier. 
          An unassuming, petite woman from a large close-knit Irish family, Kit is one of 14 children. Her youngest brother, Joe, is still very active at age 89 and frequently drives from New Hampshire to visit. Kit lives in the same neighborhood where she and her husband moved after they were married. She regularly attends Holy Family church where all of the important events of her life were celebrated. Kit credits her religion and her family, including four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, for her longevity. 
          The tragedy in Kit’s life came with the sudden death of her husband when her girls were only eight and ten.  “I had to raise them alone,” Kit tells, sadly.  Remarriage was out of the question: “I had the best husband, I wouldn’t want another.”
          Kit went to work as a nurse’s aid in a local hospital to support her daughters and herself. Later she took a clerical job at the unemployment office in Gloucester. At age 60, she took the state civil service exam and went to work at the statehouse in Boston, commuting an hour each way by train. Kit retired at the age of 71, when her third grandchild was born, to help with the grandkids. 
          Kit was scheduled to be interviewed by Barbara Walters in New York City last September, but at the last minute she became ill and had to withdraw. She is planning on traveling to Florida with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter, her namesake, called Katie. All will attend Katie’s dance group, also from Miss Tina’s dance studio, as they perform at Disneyworld in October.  Will she take her dancing shoes?  “Probably,” Kit says with a sly smile.
         It was a real treat last June (when a film crew from ABC came to follow Kit) to see Kit and Katie doing a line dance together. Kit has been and continues to be an inspiration to family and friends, and a pleasure to know.

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