Century Club: Life continues to be sweet for Luther Dupree, 102, and Edith Adler, 100
Luther Dupree of East Liberty, who recently turned 102, is still following the regimen that has brought him this far: exercising two or three times a week and eating healthy foods like sweet potatoes and green vegetables. Oh, and lots of sweets, too.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1910, in Dillon, S.C., the 12th of William and Laura Jane Dupree's 14 children. He is the only surviving member of the family.
In March 1937, he married Gertrude McCall and they moved to Pittsburgh. They had five children: Mary Thompson of McKeesport, Gladys Dupree of Atlanta, Elaine Wood of Penn Hills, Luther J. Dupree of Point Breeze and Gertrude Dupree (deceased).
Mr. Dupree worked for 37 years for Westinghouse Electric, retiring in 1975. He then worked as a photographer at a Pennsylvania Driver's License Center until retiring in 1993. His wife died in 1999 after 62 years of marriage.
He enjoys watching television and going out to eat. Mr. Dupree is very active in and a deacon at Unity Baptist Church in Braddock, formerly Bethel Baptist. His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven."
He celebrated his 102nd birthday with his children, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren at his home.
Edith Adler is a hard worker, as an employee or volunteer. The 100-year-old woman worked for more than 25 years with her husband, Bertram, at his family-owned men's clothing store in Canonsburg. She retired when it closed in 1968, but then volunteered at Canonsburg Hospital for 55 years and Washington Hospital, retiring several years ago.
She was born on Dec. 2, 1912, in Braddock, the sixth of Bernath and Mollie Roth Schwartz's seven children. She graduated from Schenley High School and attended Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, part of the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
In 1935, she married Bertram Adler and they moved to Canonsburg in 1941. They had two sons: Jon of Peters and Alan of Akron, Ohio. Her husband died in 2001 after 65 years of marriage.
Mrs. Adler, who enjoys reading, was a member of the Canonsburg Gray Ladies while volunteering at Canonsburg General Hospital and Beth Israel Sisterhood and Hadassah at Beth Israel Congregation of Washington, of which she is a longtime member. She also belongs to Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh.
She celebrated her birthday at an open house Nov. 25 with friends and family, including her three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
First Published December 4, 2012 12:00 am