Longtime Holliston Resident Vera Haberski Turns 99

From Michelle Haberski

On January 19th my grandmother Elvira Haberski turned 99 and celebrated her birthday in true Holliston fashion with a trip to Fiskes’, a cake from Gaetano’s Bakery, pizza from the Corner Market, and takeout from Casey’s! 

Gaetano (back left) delivers the cake to Vera as her son Robert (back right) looks on.
Robert owns Haberski Excavating downtown. 

In addition to Holliston businesses, she was also treated the day before with food from the Medway Lotus and La Cantina. We want to thank these local businesses for helping to make her 99th birthday so special! 

Left, Vera with John at Fiskes’. Right, Vera with her grandson, Mason (who has the same birthday as Vera)

Originally from the South End she has lived in Holliston for over 60 years and raised her seven children here. Throughout her time in Holliston, she has been an active member of the community.  She worked at Outpost farm for many years, is a regular at St Mary’s and an active member of their Crochet Group and Women’s Group.

Left, Vera enjoys her takeout from Casey’s. Right, Vera can’t wait to dig into the “Big Haberski” pizza from the Corner Market – aptly named for her son Robert!

Up until COVID hit she regularly volunteered at Timothy Daniels nursing home and the Senior Center. That’s right she volunteered at a nursing home well into her 90’s which is pretty amazing! 

She is such a special person and loved by all who meet her that our family would love to have her recognized! 

Publishers’ Note: Recently we have two birthday celebrations for nonagenarians. When we introduced our Milestones page, we wanted to track all of life’s milestones. Sadly, we mostly receive obituaries, we would love to post more happy occasions: births, graduations, retirements, any birthday 90 or older. Please let us know what milestones your family is celebrating. pubs.holliston.reporter@gmail.com

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  1. Pat Maley on January 23, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Happy Birthday Vera,

  2. Karen Bonazzoli on January 23, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Vera is THE BEST. She is my brother-in-law’s mother, but I feel like the Haberskis share her with me. I’m coming to town and Vera will have tea and cookies waiting for me. She will entertain me..

  3. Carol Ann Palmieri on January 24, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Happy Birthday with wishes of many more to come! You are an inspiration to all for so many reasons! Love, Al & Cal

  4. Anne Haberski Dod on January 24, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Hands down I have the best mother and as an added bonus gave me the BEST brothers and sisters anyone could ever ask for!!!

    • Blando Palmieri on January 27, 2022 at 3:56 pm

      Dear Elvira
      we are very proud of you and also very happy to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY from your relative in Rome.
      Blando, Evelyn, our sons Sandro, the wife Eugenia and the son Gabriele,Livia (three years) and Giulia (three monts) and Gabriele, his wife Lucia and the two sono Francesco (8 ,years old) and Daniele ( 6 years old)

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