May 12-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: May: May 12-11
Happy 100th, Pauline Steck    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Dan Steck
Pauline Picchiottino, 71 years ago    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Dan Steck
Mrs. Alden Steck 70 years ago    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Dan Steck

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 07:39 am:

For those who have looked in on the Pasty Cam these past 14 years, you know this daily 'glimpse of life from the U.P.' originates in Eagle River, Michigan, the county seat of Keweenaw County. We don't have a large population, so when one of our residents reaches the Century mark, it's pretty big news. Today Pauline Steck celebrates that milestone.

Pauline was a popular school teacher at Calumet High School, spanning a couple of generations. She was married to legendary artist Alden Steck at the Phoenix Church 70 years ago next month. Edie and I met Pauline when we moved here 23 years ago, and have always been inspired by her energy and enthusiasm.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Steck, and we'll see you at the Open House in Calumet this afternoon :o)

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 07:49 am:

Happy 100th Birthday, Mrs. Steck! That's an awesome milestone to make! You look wonderful! :-)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 07:53 am:

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Steck. I'll echo what Marianne said!! It wasn't all that long ago that my Aunt Frieda Guilbault Durocher turned 100. I remember how happy she was that day! She, too, looked awesome. I really miss her :( Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 08:01 am:

Wow! Pauline is an inspiration that age is only a number! Happy 100th Young Birthday!

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 08:02 am:

From the candles, it appears the picture was taken last year on this day.

Correct. Maybe we'll have a candle update later today.

By Donna (Donna) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 08:04 am:

What a beautiful inspiring...Imagine the dreams of that young a century old. The things she's seen....and lived HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Have a stunning day! Blessings!!!

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 08:08 am:

I think in the second picture, with those sleeves she looks like an angel!

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 08:24 am:

Thanks for this great story Charlie!

Many blessings to Mrs. Steck on this special birthday ~ hope everyone has a great time at the open house.

And also special 80th birthday wishes to my second cousin Jim, out in California!

By Gary W. Long (Gary_in_co) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 08:38 am:

RD; Maybe 99 is the new 39.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 10:02 am:

Mrs. Steck looks lovely. Our family has enjoyed many moments
admiring one of Mr. Alden Steck's pictures of a wintry Eagle River
that my parents purchased many years ago. Happy Birthday, Mrs.

By Becky Howard (Beckymhoward) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 10:54 am:

Happy 100th Birthday Mrs. Steck. Wish we were there to celebrate with you.

By Bob Williams (Wabbit) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:07 am:

It just goes to show you what breathing the purest, most vitalizing air in the world, will do for you! I wish you many more birthdays, Mrs. Steck!

By LoisHart (Lhart) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 01:42 pm:

One of our favorite teachers! Many good wishes and love to her on this incredible day! CONGRATULATIONS, DEAR MRS. STECK!!!!

By Robert - CO (Halork) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 02:34 pm:

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Mrs. Steck!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 03:01 pm:

She's still alive? Good 4 her!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 03:05 pm:

...must be the vitalizing air and pasties. She looks like she could run a marathon. Happy go girl!

By Al Harjala (Alsocal) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 03:59 pm:

Happy 100th birthday to one of the most inspirational teachers of my youth in Latin I & II. Al Harjala

By Cheryl Rozman (Cotton) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 04:25 pm:

Happy Birthday Mrs Steck. I'd love to hear some of the stories you could tell of the olden days. I'm sure they would be very interesting.I hope you have a wonderful day & live to enjoy many more birthdays. God bless you with good health & more happiness.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 04:46 pm:

Well, congratulations to Mrs. Steck on this momentous occasion!
And doesn't she look fabulous! — Not a day over 60!

It sure does seem that there have long been, and still remain an extraordinary number of centenarians or near-centenarians in "da Copper Country".

What is it, somethin' in da water? Or perhaps as noted above, it really is due to that "Purest, most vitalizing air on Earth".

My maternal grandmother too, Anna Nara (nee Karvola) of Bruce Crossing, MI, who passed away on October 17, 1986, just 40 days short of her 100th birthday!

By Diana P. (Diana) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 04:55 pm:

Another "Happy Birthday" greeting sent to you, Mrs. Steck! Judging from the glowing comments posted here about your personal and professional life, you are a special and very loved lady, and most certainly were a caring and gifted teacher (inspirational in Latin class ... now that's quite an accomplishment, too!). Happy 100th Birthday!! ;-)

By Priscilla Ann Martinmaki (Pandm) on Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 08:32 am:

Happy, happy 100th year of your appreciated life, Mrs. Steck. I have always considered you a favorite teacher and of the best that Calumet High School has ever had on staff. I learned well in your class; you taught so that one who paid attention really understood the lesson. You look wonderful; and what a lovely bride you made on your wedding day!

Priscilla Ann Martinmaki

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