Century Club: At 100, she recalls her driving days

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Anna Rose Valloric had many hobbies -- reading, sewing, crocheting and knitting -- but her favorite was driving, especially on family vacations. She took Suzy, her 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit, on vacations in Florida and trips to see relatives in Ohio and her son Jack in Washington, D.C. She continued to drive until her 97th birthday.

On Dec. 11, Mrs. Valloric celebrated her 100th birthday at Sunrise Senior Living in Upper St. Clair, where she has been living for about a year. She was born on Third Street in Carnegie on Dec. 11, 1912, the only daughter of Rose and Albin Mraz. Her parents emigrated in 1910 from Austria-Hungary, now the Slovak Republic.

After attending Carnegie High School and graduating from Curry Business College in 1928, she married and moved to Bellaire, Ohio, where she lived and worked during the Great Depression. She has two sons, Jack of Arlington, Va., and Jim of South Fayette. In 1940, she returned to Carnegie and got a job during World War II in a bomb fin factory on the North Side.

She later took a job as a seamstress at A. J. Weinstein Co. in Carnegie and worked her way up to office and payroll manager and "Girl Friday" to the Weinstein family. She retired in 1978 after 35 years with the company.

At Sunrise, Mrs. Valloric enjoys daily walks, visits from family and friends and regular prayer. On her birthday, she celebrated with dinner, a champagne toast and birthday cake with friends, family and fellow residents.

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If you or a friend or a relative recently turned 100 or will soon do so, the Post-Gazette would like to hear from you. To be included in Century Club, send the honoree's biographical information and your phone number to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Century Club, Attn: Kevin Kirkland, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. Fax: 412-491-8452. E-mail: kkirkland@post-gazette.com.


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