Helen Kenreigh celebrates 100th birthday

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield resident Helen Kenreigh celebrated her 100th birthday on July 30. Kenreigh was born in Canfield in 1917, and her family has deep roots in Canfield.



Canfield resident Helen Kenreigh celebrated her 100th birthday on July 30. Kenreigh was born in Canfield in 1917, to her parents Alden and Hildegard Finnegan Gross.

A resident of The Inn at Ironwood, Kenreigh’s family had deep roots in Canfield, owning a home and property on South Broad Street which is adjacent to the Canfield Fairgrounds and has been in the family for generations.

“My family still has a home on South Broad Street. When we were young, we used to park cars for the Canfield Fair. We charged 50 cents a car. It was mostly the people who worked at the fair who wanted to be able to get their cars out quickly. It was a very good income. We still do it now, too,” Kenreigh said.

When asked if she still attends the Canfield Fair, Kenreigh answered, “If I have time.”

Kenreigh also used to display her floral products from her Canfield shop, Endres Gross Floral Shop, at the fair and gave some advice to current business owners.

“We used to display our floral products at the fair. It was a good thing to do and still is a good thing for businesses to do. It’s a good thing to display your materials at the fairgrounds. You can do very well if you have your merchandise at the fair,” Kenreigh said.

Kenreigh was a member of the Canfield High School class of 1935. She attended Youngstown College and then graduated from Salem Business College. She was an active member of the Canfield Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School and was a youth group leader. Kenreigh was also a Girl Scout leader and a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, the Quota Club of Salem and the Sunny-Side Up Club which consisted of female alumnae from her high school class.

Kenreigh married Ray Kenreigh and had two children, Beth and Edgar. Kenreigh has four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Kenreigh credits living a good life to becoming a centenarian.

“Living a good life has enabled me to celebrate my 100th birthday. Having a loving family is also important. I have had a wonderful life,” Kenreigh said.

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