Centenarian Edna Stein says, 'Smile and be happy'
Not everyone likes surprise parties. Luckily, Edna Stein does. Here is what she said when friends and family surprised her on her 100th birthday Oct. 9:
"I never knew so many people cared about me. This was the best party ever!"
She was born on Oct. 9, 1912, and her parents died when she was young. She was raised by several aunts and her grandmother in various Pittsburgh neighborhoods, primarily the West End. She graduated from St. Martin's School and worked for 20 years at the Carnegie Library in the West End, where she did clerical work and stocked the shelves.
For 30 years, she worked at Koppers in the research library and as a secretary to the department head. Although she never married, she has a large circle of friends and close relatives with whom she sometimes watches Steelers games. She celebrated with friends, residents and staff at Marian Manor in Green Tree, where she now lives.
When asked the secret to her longevity, she said, "Smile and be happy."
First Published October 30, 2012 12:00 am