Twins Iola Lewis and Iona “Scoop” Narestad are tackling the later years of life together, finding it easier to age with your sister by your side. The 93-year-old twins, who celebrated their birthday on June 16, are filled with spirit, memories and light-hearted sarcasm.
Twins Iola Lewis and Iona “Scoop” Narestad are tackling the later years of life together, finding it easier to age with your sister by your side.
The 93-year-old twins, who celebrated their birthday on June 16, are filled with spirit, memories and light-hearted sarcasm.
In their living room surrounded by family on a weekday, they feel most alive, reminiscing about how picturesque downtown Belvidere was during their youth compared with when they were born.
“It used to be horses and street cars in downtown when we were born in 1916,” Narestad said.
Both were born and raised in Belvidere. Narestad enjoyed sewing and sports, married, but never had children, while Lewis became the matriarch to five generations, was never far from a kitchen and loves people watching.
“She was a cook at The Little Horseshoe in Belvidere and of her household,” Narestad said of Lewis. “We used to be active, but not so much anymore. Now we play cards.”
“I could tell you in one word what the kids liked, chicken-n-dumplings,” Lewis chimed in, after her daughters Joy McCormick and Pat Nelson reminded her of their favorites. “They ate a lot of home-cooked meals.”
While they are opposites in personalities, the two share many of the same physical features and a passion for travel.
“They really like cruises. They’ve traveled the Caribbean, visited the Panama Canal, gone to Alaska and the West coast,” said Nelson. “They were married and had their own families and now they’re back living together again.”
The sisters say another thing they have in common now are a few wrinkles.
“If you think you’re getting old, you ought to be in our shoes,” Lewis said. “My daughter made me put my glasses on to cover my wrinkles.”
“My mom’s going (to live) for 113 years,” said McCormick. “They’re totally different people, but they’ve always been a big part of everyone’s lives in our family.”
Betsy López Fritscher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 544-3452.