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Dance-loving banker from Munhall was always on her toes

| Friday, March 21, 2008

Elizabeth Legg's children could never complain while growing up in Munhall that there was nothing to do.

"My mother was a Girl Scout leader," said Cynthia Hanchak of Chester, Va. "My brothers, Roy and Todd, were Boy Scouts, and Mom also involved herself in their activities."

Elizabeth J. Legg of Munhall, a retired bank officer, died on Saturday, March 15, 2008, in her home. She was 81.

"We went camping and took car trips throughout the state, and on weekends there was church and Sunday school," Hanchak said.

As a youngster growing up in Munhall, Elizabeth Clucas took piano and tap-dancing lessons. The daughter of steelworker George Clucas and Annie Doughty Clucas, she attended Sunday school and sang in the choir of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Homestead.

Upon graduating from Munhall High School in 1944, she was employed as a secretary at the Homestead Works of U.S. Steel.

"Mom loved to dance," Hanchak said. "During the war (World War II), Mom would go to the USO center in the Downtown and dance with the servicemen."

In 1946, she married Roy Legg, who lived in the Munhall area. "Dad served in the Signal Corps during World War II," their daughter said. "He saw action in Normandy, France and Germany."

Mr. Legg, who died in 1980, was a bricklayer and later worked for Nabisco in East Liberty.

"Dad, like Mom, enjoyed dancing," Hanchak said. "They were really good at jitterbugging. And on weekends, you could find them at the Palisades in McKeesport or ice dancing at the Ardmore skating rink on Ardmore Boulevard in Forest Hills."

Mrs. Legg worked in the audit department of Union National Bank (now National City), Downtown.

"Although my mother did not have a college degree, she was so proficient and worked hard at what she did that she was given the job of consolidating all financial statements for the bank," Hanchak said. "By the time she retired in the mid-1980s, my mother had worked her way up to the position of assistant control officer."

After her retirement, Mrs. Legg joined the Parkette Line Dancers of Homestead Park Methodist Church. "On one occasion, the Parkettes danced at the PPG Plaza in the Downtown. They also entertained at various nursing homes," her daughter said.

"Another challenge my mother took on after her retirement was to learn to play golf. It didn't take her long to become a fairly good golfer."

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Legg is survived by two sons, Roy Legg of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Todd Legg of Margate, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the George Irvin Green Funeral Home Inc., 3511 Main St., Munhall.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, McKeesport.

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