Breaking News
More () »

104-year-old woman has waited her entire life to meet arctic friend. Her dream just came true.

Mystic Aquarium brought a penguin to Village Gate of Farmington senior living for this moment.

FARMINGTON, Conn. — A penguin encounter — that’s what one 104-year-old Farmington woman had. A moment that’ll surely make you pen-grin. 

Bertha Komar is 104-years-old.

RELATED: Pet of the Week: Cassidy

“I’ve lived a full life, I’ve had it all,” said Komar.

One of her proudest moments: “Raising kids,” said Komar.  

One of her children and grandchild were right by her side when a wish of hers came true.

She got to meet, hold, and rub a penguin thanks to Mystic Aquarium and the staff at Village Gate of Farmington senior living 

“I never thought it would happen,” said Komar. 

She shared that moment with those closest to her. 

Sign up for the FOX61 newsletters: Morning Forecast, Morning Headlines, Evening Headlines

“All of my friends here. I’ve been here for nine years so I’ve made a lot of friends,”said Komar.

“I’m so excited for her and just so happy that she’s able to have this wish come true and just to be in our life for as long as she has,” said her granddaughter, Karen Rivkin.

RELATED: Bear found in tree in Hartford: Firefighters

With 104 years underneath her belt: 

“What is your best secret for a long life? – Be active,” said Komar.

DeAndria Turner is a multi-media journalist at FOX61 News. She can be reached at dturner@fox61.com. 


Have a story idea or something on your mind you want to share? We want to hear from you! Email us at newstips@fox61.com



Download the FOX61 News APP

iTunes: Click here to download

Google Play: Click here to download

Stream Live on ROKU: Add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching FOX61.

Steam Live on FIRE TV: Search ‘FOX61’ and click ‘Get’ to download.


Before You Leave, Check This Out