6th Oldest American, Longtime KDKA-AM Listener Lucy Treccase Dies At 112

Jennifer Bloodworth
September 04, 2018 - 11:30 am
Lucy Traccese and Larry Richert

Larry Richert/KDKA Radio

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — A longtime KDKA Radio listener and one of the oldest Americans has passed away. Lucy Treccase was 112 years and 317 days old.

She heard the very first broadcast on KDKA Radio in 1920 with her family, and continued to listen to the station for almost 100 years.

She was born in Clarion County on October 18, 1905, making her the sixth oldest person in the U.S. — 22nd in the world.

She once told KDKA Radio's Larry Richert when he asked about her secret to longevity, “I don’t have a recipe but I don’t smoke; like my beer.”

Treccase even brewed her own beer during prohibition.

She was born near the Foxburg Golf Club in Clarion County.

“My dad was a golfer and he played golf there, and that’s why we lived there. But then when I came along they moved to Butler and he quit playing golf,” Treccase said with a laugh.

Treccase went on to graduate first in her class from Butler High School and marry her husband Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Trecasse, who died in 1980 after 52 years of marriage. He was a doctor who served in both World Wars.

Treccase made sure to listen to her favorite KDKA Radio personality Marty Griffin every day.

“She was close to 113 years old and enjoyed every minute of it,” Griffin said of Treccase. “Miss you, Lucy. But you left behind a great following of people who loved you dearly.”

Griffin and Richert both celebrated various birthdays with her.

Treccase was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and could recite the alphabet backwards. She passed away late last week in a care facility. 

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