Neighbors, friends and family will gather at Michael's Restaurant on September 15 to celebrate Elizabeth Kuader's 100th birthday.
Elizabeth Sitler McLane Crouse was born September 17, 1909 in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio to Arthur James McLane and Agnes B Johnston, of Pennsylvania. Both parents died at an early age and "Betty" was adopted by Katherine and Herbert Crouse in 1922.
Leaving school at age 16, Betty's first job was at the Bell Telephone Company where she rose to become a senior operator.
On September 20, 1947, she married Albert Kuader, a steelworker, and the couple moved to Homestead. Eventually they would purchase a home in Carrick, where Betty still resides.
An active volunteer, Betty has donated her time to the American Cancer Center for 20 years and has a 30 year service pin for volunteering with the American Red Cross (even before it was the Red Cross). She is a member of the Carrick Eagles Auxiliary and has volunteered at the Elder-ado Senior Center in Carrick where she enjoys the center's trips and daily activities.
Betty is still active in the Salvation Army and attends services every Sunday. She's made Christmas packages for the Salvation Army's homes and hospital and was also a bell ringer at one time.
Her hobbies include bead work and crossword puzzles, but loves to Wii bowl at the senior center.