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Staying active Susan Hrinko’s key to longevity

Mitch Fryer
| Saturday, March 21, 2009 12:00 a.m

She’s 100 now, but there was a time when Ross Ridge Manor Personal Care Home resident Susan Hrinko liked to dance and drink beer.

Hrinko gave up both for good when she got married and raised her two daughters and a son. Now she spends her time drinking ginger ale and reading a good book.

“I made it and I drank it. I loved beer,” Hrinko said. “When I was young, oh man did I dance. My feet were always moving.”

“I had a good and interesting life,” she said. “I came up the hard way but I enjoyed it.”

Celebrating her 100th birthday Friday at the care home in Manor, Hrinko says she thinks the secret to her longevity was staying active. “I did a lot of walking,” she said. “Walking kept me strong.”

Hrinko said she got her foot stuck in a bucket at her home before she moved to Ross Ridge and fell down the stairs. “I never got hurt,” she said.

She tripped getting the mail and didn’t get hurt. “I never broke anything. I have strong bones,” she said.

Caregivers at Ross Ridge Manor say Hrinko is always outside getting lots of fresh air or inside reading a book. She is the oldest resident of the care facility and takes the fewest of medications, they said.

“I still read a book 2 to 3 hours every day,” Hrinko said. “I like good books, not junk. Books about real life.”

Born in the Ukraine, at 4-years-old, Susan Rudek (shortened from Rudekevich) came with her family to the United States in 1913.

Hrinko lived in Ambridge all of her life, moving to Ross Ridge Manor to be near her daughter Marion who lives in Ford City.

One of her earliest and fondest memories was of getting her ration of butter during World War II.

“I would run down the hill to Isaly’s for butter,” Hrinko said. “Get my butter and go to work.”

Her best memory is of her late husband John whom she was married to for 68 years.

“He proposed to me by saying ‘I’m tired of eating in a restaurant, let’s get married, and by the way, I love you.’ That did it,” she said. “He was one good man.”

“I still like the old times better,” she said.

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