The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

April 24, 2012

County’s oldest resident, 106, dies

HERMITAGE — Glenn Williams, believed to be the oldest resident of Mercer County, died Monday morning.

Mr. Williams, Hermitage, was 106 years old.

In October he was the subject of a Herald story profiling him as the oldest person living independently in the county. That story contained a reference to an older person living at St. Paul’s in West Salem Township, but the nursing home confirmed Monday that its oldest resident is Betty Williams, who turned 106 in February, a few months after Mr. Williams.

He was born August 8, 1905, in Princeton, Ohio, and worked at Sharon Steel for more than 35 years before retiring in 1970.

His lifetime spanned a century of enormous social, economic, political and technological change.

“I saw a lot of years, a lot of changes,” he told The Herald last year.

He lived through two world wars, lost nearly everything in the Great Depression and earned it back over a lifetime of hard work. His partner through much of it was his wife Mary, who died on the couple’s 77th anniversary.

Mr. Williams discussed the ups and downs of his long life when he was interviewed by The Herald and remained optimistic to the end.

“If you stick at it long enough, you’re bound to win,” Mr. Williams said.

See Obituaries for complete obituary.

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