Local woman celebrates 100th birthday



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Violette “Vi” Sophie McTeague has recently reached another milestone in her illustrious life. On Monday, March 6, McTeague officially turned 100.

McTeague celebrated a century of life with a special party at Addington Place of Alpharetta, an assisted living and memory care center where she now resides.

Born March 6, 1917 in New York City, McTeague has never once slowed down. She has two children and seven grandchildren, who refer to her as “Grandma Dynomite,” and has survived three husbands and one paramour.

“Violette is a smart and beautiful woman ahead of her time,” said her son Bob Schmitz. “She believes her kind heart and fun-loving attitude have gotten her to where she is today.”

McTeague started her career at RKO Paramount Theatre in New York, where she hoped to become a dancer. Instead, she found her passion as a fashion clothes buyer for Best & Company on 5th Avenue. McTeague later became the owner and proprietor of Gallery 63, also in New York City.

She didn’t retire until the late 1970’s, when she moved to Cape Coral, Fla. Despite her retirement, McTeague continued to lead an active life by volunteering for 23 years as a buyer and clerk at Cape Coral Hospital.

She enjoyed taking Tai Chi long until she reached the age of 97 and still loves to dance and play cards.

McTeague, according to Schmitz, has always embraced life.

Echoing her favorite singer Frank Sinatra, McTeague lives by the words, “I did it my way.”

–Julia Grochowski

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