Five generations celebrate unique family circle


Charlotte Newman, who was born in 1913, was happy to meet her great-great-grandson.

Photo courtesy of the Newman Family

Joy encircles a family, but it is even more joyous when that unit includes five generations.  Charlotte Newman, 103, of Melbourne joined her family in celebrating the birth of David Oliver Flook on May 18, completing the family's fifth generation circle.

Charlotte Newman, arriving in Melbourne 53 years ago to retire, remains active in her own home she shares with her son. She loves her game shows like “Family Feud” with “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” not to be missed each evening. Knitting keeps her busy, but it is the puzzles of any size, shape or kind that keep her reading and going strong selecting word puzzles, cryptograms and scrambles, “she does them all, and jigsaw puzzles,” said Hilda Petruncola, Newman’s daughter.

“We go to out to dinner every night,” Petruncola said. “UNO’s on Wickham is her favorite restaurant, but we go to many other places.” 

The new addition making the family a fifth generation is the son of David and Samantha Flook of Southbury, Conn.  The little fellow received his wings for taking his first flight, awarded to him by the pilot upon his plane landing in Orlando when recently coming to visit the family. Little David Flook will continue his flying by traveling with his parents to England for a wedding, said Petruncola.

And great-great-grandmother Newman looks forward to her next birthday on Nov. 22.