Evelyn Goralzick likes crocheting, game shows and an occasional glass of wine. She loves chocolate. Is that a recipe for longevity? It is for her -- she will turn 100 on Wednesday.
She was born on Oct. 2, 1913, in Bloomfield, the oldest of George and Dela Donato's five children. Her youngest brother, Morgan Donato of Florida, is her only surviving sibling.
She attended St. Lawrence School and moved with her family to East Liberty when she was 6. On Jan. 26, 1938, she married Walter Carl Goralzick. They had three boys: Walter "Cliff" of Baldwin Borough, with whom she lives, Richard (deceased) and Robert of Murrysville.
While her husband worked at Rockwell, Mrs. Goralzick worked part-time at Hardgrove Co. He died in 1975 after nearly 37 years of marriage. She worked in production assembly for Direct Mail Services from 1976 to 1997, when she retired. She is a longtime member of Prince of Peace Parish and its Christian Mothers Guild. She bowled for many years in Sokol Hall leagues and in other leagues, making many friends. She is still active in Sokol Hall bingo.
Mrs. Goralzick has eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. They were among 100 people who came from as far away as Florida and Georgia to celebrate with her Saturday at Prince of Peace Hall.
'Toots' turns 100
She was born Elizabeth Lucinda Kistler on Oct. 2, 1913, but she has been called "Toots" all her life. She has no idea where the nickname came from.
On Wednesday, Toots Watt will celebrate her 100th birthday at Cloverleaf Estates East in Delmont, where she lives.
She grew up in Harrison City, the eldest of Minnie Myrtle and Calvin Caleb Kistler's four children. On Aug. 4, 1937, she married Louis Schlotter, whose parents owned a store in Boquet. When they were unable to manage it, she and her husband took it over until he died in 1975. For four or five years after his death, she worked at a pizza shop in Irwin. In 1982, she married Earl Watt and became stepmother to his five children, two of whom are still living.
She is a member of First United Church of Christ in Harrison City and enjoys tending her many flowers and plants -- Christmas cactus is her specialty. She is a regular at bingo and loves cards, especially euchre. She also enjoys playing games on a computer and is a big fan of canaries and the Pirates.
Mrs. Watt attributes her long life to never smoking or drinking, and being blessed with "God's help and pretty good health." She makes fabulous fudge that disappears quickly whenever she brings it to events.
On Saturday, she celebrated with her family and then had cake and coffee with friends at Cloverleaf Estates. She declined an offer from a friend to go bar-hopping on her birthday.
"It's a bingo night," she explained.birthdays
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