Elsie Rita, well known in her community, recently celebrated her 99th birthday.
She was born on March 13, 1914 in Lansford as Algisa De Marco to Assunta and Florindo De Marco. She married Joseph V. Rita on Jan. 31, 1931.
They had 64 years together and were blessed with three children: Joseph A. Rita, of Nevada; Rita "Rita" Repinec of Tamaqua; and Pat Rita of New Hampshire.
She also has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.