Madeline Amman

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Reading, puzzles keep Madeline Amman sharp

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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As she turns 100 this week, Madeline Amman has no time for canes.

"I'm not ready for that," she says.

But she has the time and sharp wits to read books and work crossword puzzles.

She was born Nov. 21, 1911, in Neuchatel, Switzerland, a scenic lakeside town in the Alps. When she was 9, she came to the United States with an aunt, an uncle, grandparents and her mother, Jael Frasse. They settled in the Carrick-Beechview area, and her mother worked as a seamstress.

She attended St. Norbert School and became a member of the church. While working as a bus girl at McCrory's Downtown, she met a cook named Charles Amman, who was also from the French section of Switzerland. They married on Nov. 2, 1933, and he became a steelworker at J&L Steel Co. on the South Side. They had two daughters: Jackie of Ocala, Fla., and Audrey of Bethel Park. Mrs. Amman has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

If you, or a friend or a relative recently turned 100 or will soon do so, the Post-Gazette would like to hear from you. On an occasional basis, the Magazine section will feature short stories on people marking their 100th year. To be included, send the honoree's biographical information and your phone number to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Century Club, Attn: Kevin Kirkland, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222. Fax: 412-263-1313. Email:

First published on November 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

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