Vera Minnaert, 100, lived a century before she ever saw the Chicago Cubs win a World Series title, whereas Kellan Aune, who was three-days old when the Cubs won, has spent the majority of his life in a world where the Cubs are the reigning champions.

Vera Minnaert, 100, lived a century before she ever saw the Chicago Cubs win a World Series title, whereas Kellan Aune, who was three-days old when the Cubs won, has spent the majority of his life in a world where the Cubs are the reigning champions.

Minnaert and Aune represent Geneseo’s oldest and youngest Chicago Cubs fans.

After midnight, in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 3, the Chicago Cubs clinched their first World Series title in 108 years. The Chicago team defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a high-drama, extra innings Game 7.

“(The Cubs) made me very nervous because the Indians had a good team,” said Minnaert, a resident at Hammond-Henry Hospital’s Long-Term Care Unit.

Minnaert, who will turn 101 in January, said she first started following the Cubs 65 years ago when her children were young.

“Way back when, we’d go to Chicago on the bus and attend games,” she said.

After waiting so long to see her Cubs clinch a title, Minnaert wasn’t going to

miss a moment of the television coverage.

“I stayed up until 1:30 a.m. watching TV,” she admitted.

The next morning, dressed from head-to-toe in Cubs apparel Minnaert was celebrating with Hammond-Henry residents, staff and visitors.

“A lot of people have told me, ‘Congratulations,’ and have given me high-fives,” said Minnaert, who added she has high hopes for the Cubs’ future. “They’re a young team. I think they can win it again next year.”

Erin Aune, of Geneseo, was in labor on Sunday, Oct. 30 and watched Game 5 of the World Series at the hospital with her husband, Chris, while waiting to

give birth.

“I was in a lot of pain at the time, so I wasn’t really enjoying the game as we watched, but the Cubs did win,” said Erin.

Kellan made his arrival into the world the next day, Halloween.

“I wish I could tell you he was born at 19:08,” said Chris, referencing the last year the Cubs’ won the World Series, “But he was actually born at 16:01.”

The couple and their newborn watched the Cubs win Game 6 before capturing it all in Game 7.

His parents then draped Kellan in a miniature Cubs’ “W” win flag before taking pictures to commemorate the historic victory.

“He’s a lucky charm. They’ve only won since he’s been born,” said Erin.

For more local reactions to the Cub’s historic victory, please see Page B1.