Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

She and Her Pies Won Applause

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

She and Her Pies Won Applause

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Lots of people make a good pie. But how many beat a bakery in a bake-off and get a standing ovation from Pittsburgh City Council?

Anna Rush, who recently turned 100 years old, made her famous lemon meringue and coconut cream pies for many years as head baker for Lenten fish fries at Risen Lord Parish on the North Side. In a pie bake-off, she defeated a local bakery. For her volunteer work, city council declared April 19, 2011, Anna Rush Day in Pittsburgh.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1918, in Sharpsburg. She married John Rush, and they had five children: Anna McDowell of Dormont, Ray of Cincinnati, Bob of Grindstone, Rich of Bellevue and John (deceased).

When their oldest child was 10, Mr. Rush died of cancer after 12 years of marriage, leaving her to raise five children on her own. Mrs. Rush moved to Brighton Heights and still lives in that neighborhood today. …

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