Monongahela's Peggy Savadeck has slowed down, but remains active at 88
Growing up in New Eagle in the early 1940s, Peggy Savadeck had little knowledge or concern about World War II.
Then she met and married her husband, Michael Savadeck, in 1944. Within a month, he shipped out with the Army for the duration of the war.
“When I got married, it brought a whole new perspective on the war for me,” Savadeck said.
Savadeck met her future husband at the home of a friend in New Eagle.
They married even before she graduated from high school.
After high school, she worked in the factory at Corning Glass in Charleroi, making light bulbs.
“I was on the (conveyor) belt, inspecting them,” Savadeck said. “They were used for Army vehicles. It was a defense plant.”
She also recalled blackouts held during the war.
But the fear and reality of the war struck home the day she received a telegram from the Army. Her husband had been wounded in Belgium, she learned.
“I was so scared when I got that telegram,” Savadeck said. ‘I was in shock. Then I found out what happened.”
Michael Savadeck was looking through binoculars when he was shot through the hand.
Her husband came home in 1946 and worked as an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
“When he came home, it made my life complete,” Savadeck said.
They were married 62 years when he died in 2006.
She has two daughters, Betty Santon in Ohio, and Judy Peters in Belle Vernon, along with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Savadeck commented on how much Monongahela has changed over the years. She recalled when the city had a G.C. Murphy's and a Woolworth store as well as two theaters – the Anton, which was located on Third Street in the city, and the Bentley, which was located near the current senior center.
“I used to sit in the shows for hours,” Savadeck said. “That was my entertainment.”
Savadeck said she loved to roller skate in her earlier years.
“I gradually changed with Monongahela, she said.
Now 88, Peggy Savadeck lives in Monongahela. And she remains active.
She has participated in the Senior Games for the past 10 years, competing in the walking and running events, for which she has won medals.
“But I'm 88 now, so I'm slowing a little,” Savadeck said with a smile.
She still finds time for bowling, and for spending time with her friends at the Monongahela Senior Center.
“I like the camaraderie,” Savadeck said. “And it gives me something to look forward to. They do things I like to do. They have bingo and dances.”
Savadeck said she loves living in Monongahela.
“The people in Monongahela are so friendly,” Savadeck said. “They never change. They're almost like family.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.