Miller looking out for the children of Jeannette
Originally hailing from Kittanning, Patricia “Trich” Miller moved to Jeannette when she married city resident Ted Miller.
Ted Miller went to college at the Kittanning Extension of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and boarded with her aunt, which is how the couple met and started dating. During that time, Ted Miller was drafted but when he came home from the service the couple married and settled in Jeannette.
Prior to her marriage, Trich Miller had worked as a beautician and did the same for a few years after moving to Jeannette. Upon the birth of her children, Eric and Jason, she decided to become a stay-at-home-mother.
Over the years, Ted Miller worked at various hospitals in the area as a cytologist. Trich Miller was very active with her boys and helping out at school. Eric and Jason graduated from Penn Trafford High School.
Eric attended the Art Institute in Pittsburgh where he earned a degree in graphic design. He is married to the former Tina Veltri. The couple resides in Monroeville with their three children, Giana, 10, Adee, 8, and Eric, 6.
Eric works part-time for Toys-R-Us and cares for the three children and his disabled mother-in-law, while his wife works full-time as a school counselor for the Woodland Hills School District.
Jason went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in restaurant management. For many years he worked for Restaurant Depot in Pittsburgh, but currently is employed by Famous Supply as a district manager.
He is married to the former Maria Gongloff of Pitcairn and the couple resides in Penn Township with their two children, Logan, 10, and Cole, 7.
“Giana and Logan were both born on the same day at the same hospital. I knew both my daughter-in-laws were pregnant, but I didn't know their due dates were the same,” said Trich Miller. “Both girls went into the hospital at 8 p.m. the night before and my granddaughter Giana was born at 4 a.m. and my grandson Logan was born at 7 p.m. It was very exciting.”
It is evident that Miller loves children when she speaks about her grandchildren. This is also a fact not lost on the children in Jeannette, where Miller has been a playground counselor and supervisor at the Jeannette Recreation summer playground program for the past eight years.
The program runs for 10 weeks each summer from 10 a.m. in the morning to 4 p.m. in the afternoon. During that time children ages 6 through 10, play games, participate in a reading program and get lunch daily.
“I wish I could do it every day,” said Miller. “I love the kids. They are generally wonderful. They come back and see me. It is very touching. You touch their lives, but in return they have touched your life. It is a wonderful program for the City of Jeannette, and I love it so much.”
Miller is also very active at the First Presbyterian Church where she is a member. For 15 years, she was in charge of the food pantry. She is currently involved in the choir, she has been a deacon and has served on a number of committees including the worship and property committees.
Miller is also an avid gardener and enjoys spending time outside.
Anyone interested in summer recreation, gardening, or volunteering can get to know neighbor Trich Miller.
Margie Stanislaw is a freelance writer.
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