“My life, has been a very happy one,” Bertha Smith says.
Bertha Smith is pretty good with numbers. She was 1 of 8 children, married 30 plus years, with 3 kids, and 7 grandkids. Keeping track of all that is impressive enough, but get this, even at 102, Bertha still balances her own check book every month.
With family by her side Tuesday, Bertha blew out candles for the 102nd time. A woman who lived through the first and second world wars, now savvy to selfies and “Dutch Nation”.
“I love Dutch Bros Coffee,” Smith says, “I got one right from the window!”
In addition to her love for coffee Bertha was an avid baker, when she wasn’t making Norwegian pastries her kids were getting a lot of advice.
“Be true to yourself and be true to others,” son Buford Smith says, “and just make the best of everything as it comes.”
As for her recipe for living this long, she says she stayed active, and ate properly. Bertha has also been a member of the VFW for 70 years. She’s also never drank, smoked, or driven a car in her entire life.
Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.
She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.