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Gretchen Smith1

Female
b. 15 March 1911


Mother Laura Emmaline Fiedler1 b. May 1891
Father William Roy Smith1 b. circa 1886
Pop-up Pedigree

Family Albert L Turner
Marriage* 1935  Principal=Albert L Turner3 
Child  1. Gretchen "Dolly" Turner b. 23 Feb 1948

Birth* 15 March 1911  Harmony Borough, Butler Co., PA1 
Census* 1920  1920 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony Borough, ED: 48, Series: T625, Roll: 1544, Page: 41A, January 9
Sheet 4A, Main Street
(enumerated with father, William R Smith)
21, 74, 79, Smith, Gretchen, Daughter, , , F, W, 8, S, , , Yes, Yes, Yes, Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , Yes, None, , ,1 
Census 1930  1930 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Harmony Borough, ED: 10-39, Series: T626, Roll: 2009, Page: 243A, April 10
Sheet 7A, Mercer Street
(enumerated with father, William R Smith)
47, 153, 173, Smith, Gretchen, Daughter, , , , No, F, W, 19, S, , Yes, Yes, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, , 58, , , , , Yes, None, , , , , , , ,2 
Married Name 1935  Turner3 
Marriage* 1935  Principal=Albert L Turner3 
News/Obit 30 March 2011  Monongahela Woman Celebrates Her 100th Birthday
Published in the Union Finley Messenger, Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Monongahela resident Gretchen Smith Turner celebrated her 100th birthday on March 15, 2011. Gretchen was born to Emmaleen and William Roy Smith at the family home in Harmony, Pennsylvania on March 15, 1911.

She was one of three children and still has a brother, William Roy, age 99, still living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She married Albert Turner (now deceased) in 1935 and has one daughter, Gretchen (Dolly) Barnhart from Castle Shannon. She has two grandsons, Tim Barnhart who is in the US Coast Guard in Cranberry Township and Jim Barnhart with whom she resides in Carroll Township. She also has one great-grandson.

Gretchen is best known for her love of playing the piano. She attended Slippery Rock College where she played piano for the Boys Glee Club. As an elementary school teacher, she asked the school janitor to bring a piano in to her first grade classroom so that she could play the piano and teach music to her students. She began playing at the age of eight and still occasionally plays her beloved hymns at the First United Methodist Church in Monongahela where she is a member of the United Methodist Women and a former Sunday School Teacher. Among her other accomplishments are playing for the “Showboat" Musicals for the Monongahela Senior Center and entertaining tenants at the Residence At Hilltop with Reverend Garvin, a visiting minister from Alaska.

Throughout her life, Gretchen has remained active in her community of Monongahela where she has been a member of the local Monongahela Woman's Club for over 60 years. She also is a member of the Eastern Star and the Monongahela AARP.

In her honor, the Monongahela Woman's Club celebrated Gretchen's 100th birthday at the March 14 meeting.
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News/Obit 1 April 2011  Monongahela Council Moderates Discussion about Community Standards
Published in the Union Finley Messenger, Friday, 01 April 2011

In other business:

• A proclamation was displayed and read, which recognized the 100th birthday of Gretchen Turner, a former schoolteacher in Monongahela.4 
News/Obit* 30 April 2011  Monongahela Womens Club News
Published in the Union Finley Messenger, Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Monongahela Woman’s Club recent meeting was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Monongahela. The 100th year birthday celebration of Gretchen Turner had all of the members singing to Gretchen and wishing her well.

She received many cards and a birthday cake. Her family and friend from the Methodist church also attended our celebration for Gretchen. Gretchen has been a member of the Club for over 60 years and has played the piano for special occasions for the Club functions. At one time the Monongahela Woman’s Club had a small choir that Gretchen helped with.4 

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Citations
  1. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S458] People Finders.Com, online http://www.peoplefinders.com.
  4. [S1269] PA, Union Finley Messenger, online http://qs1865.pair.com/dbhost/unionfinley/.


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