Century Club: Helen McGregor Buck turns 100 on Friday

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Helen McGregor Buck met her husband when she was 13 and he was 14. When they decided to marry, she was living in Edgewood and he in Trenton, N.J. Since neither could afford long-distance phone calls, they planned their wedding entirely by mail. She was not yet 20 when she married David F. Buck on Sept. 2, 1933.

On Friday, Mrs. Buck will turn 100 years old at Beatty Pointe in Monroeville, where she now lives. She was born in Wilmerding on Oct. 11, 1913, the youngest of Richard and Clara Faller McGregor's three girls. They moved to Edgewood when her father opened Faller Furniture in Wilkinsburg. After her wedding, she moved with Mr. Buck to Trenton. They had two girls, Lorraine Peacock of Monroeville, now deceased, and Joanne Olejkowski of York, Pa.

The family lived in Cleveland and then in Murrysville. Mr. Buck died in June 2002 after 69 years of marriage. Mrs. Buck, a longtime member of Mother of Sorrows Church in Murrysville, still attends Mass regularly and likes to sew, play bridge and blackjack and work the daily crossword and Jumble puzzles in the newspaper. She has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A family gathering is planned to celebrate her birthday.

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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. Email: kkirkland@post-gazette.com. First Published October 7, 2013 8:00 PM


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