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Woman with Wyano roots marks 100th birthday

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Mary Hazuza Bogley celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 6.

Bogley, who wore a 100th birthday tiara and sash during the event, enjoyed luncheon celebration in her honor with the residents and employees of TLC Adult Care Home in West Newton, where she has resided since 1998.

Along with cupcakes and ice cream, Bogley had her favorite pizza made by her granddaughter, Pam Proctor.

Family and friends also celebrated with a dinner buffet and a once-in-a-lifetime family photograph.

Bogley's granddaughters, Cyndi Clark and Teresa Knopp, and their families traveled home from Florida for the occasion.

In the early 1900s, Bogley's parents, George and Meri, emigrated to the United States from Moravia, Czechoslovakia. Along with Bogley, the couple's other children were sons Martin and George, and a daughter, Ludmila.

Bogley was born on Sept. 6, 1913, in Yukon.

On June 30, 1944, she married the late Frank A. Bogley in Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church in Yukon.

The couple was married for 45 years and lived in Wyano.

During that time, the Bogleys worked as beekeepers.

They entered their honey in the local and county fairs, winning numerous blue ribbons over the years.

Bogley had many hobbies, and one of her favorites was decorating Easter eggs with the melted beeswax. Yough Lake Dam was a spot where Bogley boated with family and friends in the summer months.

She also enjoyed gardening and growing her own raspberries.

Family looked forward to her baking pies from her home grown berries.

At one time they had several lambs, ducks and chickens. Every visit to grandma's was rewarded with her homemade noodles.

The delicious perfect pierogies, breaded chicken, canned goods, wedding bow knot cookies, shi shi gravy, flapjacks, jelly and jams were some of the best foods she prepared. Bogley and her mom, Meri, crocheted together. She could look at a doily and crochet it without a pattern.

After her husband Frank suffered a heart attack in 1969 and was unable to work his job as a foreman at Delmont Fuel Mine in Ruffsdale, Bogley started working as a nurse's aid at the age of 56 and retired at the age of 70 from Westmoreland Manor. In 1970, the couple also started the B&T Greenhouse of Wyano in which flowers and vegetables were grown from seed.

The couple had two children, Betty Tokarcik of Wyano and Frank E. Bogley of Scottdale. Their six grandchildren include Kathy Smartnick; Cyndi Clark and her husband, Tom; Pam Proctor and her husband, Zane; Teresa Knopp and husband, Harry; Alex Bogley; and Andrew Bogley and his wife, Kathy. The couple's seven great-grandchildren are Melanie Jo Smartnick, Jared Smartnick, Lauren Knopp, Amanda Stricek, Nicole Stricek, Shane Knopp and Audrina Bogley.

Bogley worshipped one to two times weekly as a member of the Seven Dolors Roman Catholic Church and prayed the rosary daily.