Suburban centenarians look back on a lifetime of friendship


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Not many people reach their 100th birthday, and even fewer get to do it with their best friend by their side. Our client, Irene Cook, was recently featured in a story with her friend Alice Jensen both born in 1913. 

The women grew up one street apart in the same Chicago neighborhood and met during first grade at St. Gregory's Catholic School.

 Jensen would stop by Cook's house every morning on the way to school and wait for her to come outside. The two were part of a group of six girls who were friends from childhood throughout their lives, but Jensen and Cook are the only ones left.​

The two have outlived their husbands, siblings and friends, but they still have one another. The secret to a friendship that has lasted nearly a century is simple, they said.

"I always look for the better side of people. I don't look for faults -- that's what we built our friendship on," said Jensen who lives at Luther Village in Arlington Heights.

"We just liked each other. We got along," Cook said.

When asked what they like best about each other, Irene joked, "Nothing." "That I could tell her of," Alice responds. The two laugh.

More seriously, though, "I never gave that a thought, just that she's a good friend," Cook said.

For more on this Daily Herald article check out: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130925/news/709199507/​​

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