Murrells Inlet woman celebrates 105 years on Feb. 10

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

Photo provided Mary Weigh is a member of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church which she attends weekly.

Mary Catherine Weigh, a resident of Murrells Inlet, celebrates her 105th birthday on Monday, February 10, 2014. A party at home, with family and friends, on Sunday, February 9, will mark the beginning of other special gatherings in her honor.

Mary Weigh is a member of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church which she attends weekly. She is a sweet, faith-filled woman who inspired many during the course of her life. She continues to be a role-model for her family: five married daughters, 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

She is a lovely woman, active, involved, and quick-witted. Presently, she enjoys playing on her i-Pad, crocheting, praying, playing cards, being with family, and living in South Carolina with her youngest daughter and son-in-law, Mary Carol and Jim Fleming, and their Schnauzer, Louie. The quality of her life, as she describes it, is based on a vibrant faith, hard work, daily prayer, diversified interests, the Lord’s blessings, and the love of family and friends.

As a centenarian, she received several citations. Among them: from President Obama on her 101st birthday; from Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland for crocheting many bonnets for the new-born infants; from the Little Sisters of the Poor in New Jersey for donating more than 50 crocheted hanging towels for the residents in the Nursing Home. She won a Second Prize Ribbon for her crocheted doilies at the Frederick County Fair in Maryland. She received a Distinguished Citizen Silver Certificate from the Department of Texas Marine Corps League for crocheting dozens of scarves for the marines in Afghanistan. She was honored four times at the annual Maryland State Centenarians’ Celebration.

Mary Weigh was born in Hungary on February 10, 1909, the fifth child of Andrew and Anna Visotsky.

Her circumstances were modest when she came to the United States at the age of three. She was blessed with loving parents who promoted strong Christian values, a vibrant work-ethic, and an unrelenting drive to set and achieve goals.

She lived in New Jersey for more than sixty years. She married Conrad Jude Weigh on December 1, 1929. Together, they raised 5 professional daughters before moving to live with their youngest daughter, Mary Carol Fleming and her family, then residents of Maryland. Mary Weigh and her husband Conrad were members of Saint Ignatius Catholic Church and the Maryland Senior Center in Damascus. She was widowed after being married for 64 years. She attended St. Peter the Apostle Church in Libertytown, MD, where there is a stained glass window dedicated in her honor on her 100th birthday.

Congratulations to a wonderful woman, a role model, and a dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, and special friend.

Happy 105th Birthday!

— From Marilyn A. Hudson

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