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At 91, Donora, Pennsylvania, native Mary Torres is still a riveting Rosie

from TribLIVE

Mary (Schevchik) Torres was a shy, bright-eyed 18-year-old when she ran away from home to help her country win the war. It was June 1942 and Torres had just graduated from Donora High School. She saved up all of her money from her job at J.C. Penney to buy a one-way ticket to the West Coast. Torres left a note for her parents, Michael and Julia Schevchik, while they were at church one Sunday, and took off with just a small suitcase and her dreams in tow. She didn't know it then, but Torres would become one of the original "Rosie the Riveter" women who stepped up to work on assembly lines around the country after the men went overseas to fight in World War II. more

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