Longtime Wilton resident Josephine (Jaye) Eike turned 100 in February, and celebrated with more than 60 family members and friends on Sunday, April 26, at a party at her current home, Notre Dame Convalescent Center in Norwalk.
She and her husband, William L. Eike, along with their two daughters, Leslie Eike Yates and Bobbi Eike Mullen, moved to Wilton in 1952, first living in south Wilton and then acquiring a home in Cannondale. In 1957, Josephine, a licensed hairdresser, opened her own business, Crossways House of Beauty, in the Crossways Shopping Center, where she served the women of Wilton for many years. Eventually she closed her shop and worked at Anthony Richards, which was in the current Portofino’s at Post Office Square in Wilton Center.
Many changes have occurred in Wilton during her lifetime. In 1971 the state of Connecticut purchased the Eike family home for the proposed new Route 7, and the Eikes moved to Sherman. The beloved family Wilton home was torn down and placed into a landfill. The property has now become a wooded area.
Josephine returned in 2001 to Wilton, where she lived with her daughter Leslie until her recent move to Notre Dame Convalescent Center.
She attributes her longevity to delicious soup, good family, and a healthy interest in life experiences.