William Smith alums, the “Kirchner Triplets” are appearing on the Rachel Ray show this morning (Oct. 26) for a show with the “theme of threes.” According to the show’s website, “Catherine, Marguerite and Frances know a little bit about being triplets – they’ve been triplets for 90 years!” Tune in today, or visit the online archive later, to see these amazing William Smith alums, and to see design expert John Gidding sneak a few kisses from the ladies!”
The triplets, Marguerite Kirchner Miller ’42, Catherine Kirchner Roth ’42, and Frances Kirchner Hornberger ’42 recently celebrated their 90th birthday and have been featured in Newsday. The Rachel Ray show episode will be archived online.
Miller’s hometown paper wrote an article announcing she and her sisters would be on the show (see below).
Allentown Morning Call
Allentown triplet, 90, to be on Rachael Ray Show
Kathy Lauer-Williams • October 21, 2010
An Allentown nonagenarian who is one of what are believed to be the oldest living triplets in America will be featured with her sisters on The Rachael Ray Show at 10 a.m. Tuesday on ABC.
Marguerite Kirchner Miller who turned 90 Aug. 23 will join her sisters Catherine Kirchner Roth of Batavia, NY and Frances Kirchner Hornberger of Long Island as guests on the daytime talk show.
Miller says the producers from the show contacted her and her sisters in August after they celebrated their collective 90th birthday in Long Island.
Miller says she was picked up at her home at Luther Crest and stayed overnight in New York City for the show where the sisters had front row seats and were asked questions by Ray.
“It was a wonderful experience,” Miller says. “It was a really fun day. “
Miller says the show was themed on threes and also included a set of 27-year-old triplets who got makeovers.
According to the Guiness World Records, the oldest living triplets are 96-year-old German sisters. However the Kirchner sisters have been trying to verify whether they’re the oldest living triplets in the United States.
The triplets were born in Brooklyn in 1920 to a mother who didn’t realize she was pregnant with triplets. The girls grew up in Floral Park, NY and often dressed alike.
“We were Depression children and we made all our own clothes,” Miller says.
All three followed a similar path in life. They all attended William Smith College In Geneva, NY graduating in 1942 and all married “Hobart men” from nearby Hobart College. They also all became teachers and were active in sports. Miller played golf and tennis into her 80s. Between the sisters, there are 15 children, 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Miller moved to Allentown with her husband Edgar Miller, to whom she was married for 58 years.
She attributes her longevity to “good genes” and “being active.” And apparently longevity runs int he family. The triplets have an older sister, Grace Haddad, 93, who also lives in Long Island.
In the photo above, the triplets returned to campus to celebrate Reunion 2009 and had their photo taken with President Mark D. Gearan.