Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Traveler Inspired Her Children to See the World

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Traveler Inspired Her Children to See the World

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Anna K. Listwak, who turned 100 years old on Dec. 18, had two life goals: to travel and to see her four children graduate from college. She achieved both and apparently inspired her children to travel to places she never reached.

She was born in Arnold, the sixth of Maciej and Katie Dombroski's 11 children. Her three oldest siblings were born in Europe and remained there when the family emigrated. She grew up in Upper Burrell, educated in one-room schoolhouses. She walked 14 miles daily to attend New Kensington High School, becoming the first family member to graduate from high school.

She married Charles Listwak on Nov. 3, 1934, at Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Arnold. They had four children: Patricia Saugrich of Sarver, Charles (deceased), Ronald of West Chester, Pa., and Thomas of Fox Chapel.

She was a homemaker who loved canning, sewing and reading. …

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