My great-great uncle, Joseph Berger, was born 100 years ago today on December 10, 1914, in McDonald, Pennsylvania.
Uncle Joe was the youngest sibling of my maternal great-grandmother, Mary Berger Vincenti (1911 - 1999). He died in 2012 at the age of 97, making him the longest-lived member of my family.
At the time of Uncle Joe's 95th birthday in 2009, I penned a post on his life. Among other details, it notes he was the son of immigrants from Belgium.
It was through Uncle Joe and Grandma Vincenti and their sister, Ann Berger Barrick, that my generation received a sliver of connection to that immigrant history (including a delicious recipe for thick Belgian galettes).
Here's to keeping their memory alive for many years to come.