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Announcements

Friday, November 25, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Berger

Kristi Strohl, daughter of Keith and Susan Strohl of Lehighton, and Scott Berger, son of Colin Berger and Denise Brotzman of Kunkletown, were united in marriage on Aug. 6, 2011 at Middlecreek Christian Church in Kunkletown.

Pastor Wes Wales officiated at the double ring ceremony. Tamara Lehig was the pianist. Lamont Sherer was the vocalist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Clarissa Bartholemew of Parryville to be her maid of honor.

Friday, November 25, 2011
Mark Bower and Kristy Borger

The engagement of Kristy Borger, Kunkletown, to Mark Bower, also of Kunkletown, has been announced by her parents, Gary and Perma Borger of Kunkletown.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School.

She earned a bachelor of arts in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice and social work from East Stroudsburg University.

She is employed by Sanofi Pasteur.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Maureen and George Bower of West Deptford, N.J. He is a 2005 graduate of West Deptford High School in New Jersey.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Brian Edward Hawk and Rebecca Kim Zerfuss, 803 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe.

William John Kattner Jr., 399 Court St., Lehighton, and Rachael Jewel Zigarski, 1102 Bridge St., Lehighton.

Anatoli Kotow, 124 Ginsberg Circle, Albrightsville, and Kortney Jade Clause, 101 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton.

Richard James Davidson III and Jennifer Ann Rupert, 3984 Forest Inn Rd., Aquashicola.

Christopher Todd Ritter and Jennifer Ann Stermer, 105 Dead End Lane, Lehighton.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bariexca

Erin Elizabeth O'Gurek, daughter of William and Siobhan O'Gurek of Summit Hill, became the bride of Stephen Bariexca, son of Stephen Jr. and Gail Bariexca of Summit, N.J., during a Mass and wedding ceremony held on June 18, 2011 at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church of the campus of Villanova University, Montgomery County. The Rev. David Cregan officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Samantha M. Powanda, 212 Pioneer Road, Shenandoah, and Shawn A. Drogus, 273 Lehigh St., Cumbola, Blythe Township.

Wendy R. Bednar, 741 State Road, Barnesville, and John J. Demjanick III, 186 Orient St., Bayonne, N.J.

Tracy L. Brown and Dujuan W. Sylvester, 315 S. Hancock St., McAdoo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Blanche Garrett

Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, will celebrate her 91st birthday on Nov. 26.

Born in Nesquehoning in 1920, Blanche has also resided in Jim Thorpe; Lansford; Lake Harmony; Stratford, N.J.; and Summit Hill.

After graduating from Summit Hill High School in 1938, Blanche attended tech school in Jim Thorpe and trained to be a hair dresser.

She was married to Edward M. Jones for 40 years prior to his death in 1977, and to Russell Warren Garrett for two years prior to his death in 1998.

Monday, November 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1946 held its 65th anniversary reunion on Oct. 15, at the Top of the 80's in Hazleton. Welcoming remarks were made by Herb Curvey, while Floyd Zimmerman offered the invocation and benediction. A moment of silence was held in memory of the 73 deceased class members, whose names were read aloud by Irene Billman. Jean Hochstetter Tonkin provided the treasurer's report. The class discussed the scholarship award that was established in 1999.

Monday, November 21, 2011
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Josephine (Smith) Holman, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Nov. 16.

Born in Yorkshire England in 1919, Josephine has also resided in Clearwater, Fla.; Virginia; Willow Grove, Pa.; Freeland; Sandy Run; Hazleton; and Weatherly over the years.

Josephine was married to her husband William for 62 years, until his death in 2002. She has a son, William Holman Jr., who resides in Willow Grove and a daughter, Nancy Shaw, who resided in Hartford, Conn. prior to her death in 2003.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Faith Faust

Faith Faust, a resident of Heritage Hill, recently celebrated her 94th birthday. She was born in Plymouth, Pa. on Nov. 20, 1917.

She spent her early years at Scales Siding near White Haven and attended a one-room schoolhouse there. She later attended Ripples School and graduated from Foster High School.

After high school Faith met the man she would later marry, Robert C. Faust. They courted until "Bob" returned from World War II and were married on May 1, 1946. They have been married for 65 years.

Monday, November 21, 2011
Ardie Helmer

Ardie Helmer, a resident of The Village in Palmerton, celebrated his 96th birthday recently. He was born on Nov. 10, 1915. A family party was held to mark this special occasion.

Ardie has three children, Linda, wife of David Bergey of Ambler, Pa.; Bill, husband of Barbara Helmer of Phillipsburg, N.J.; and David, husband of Carol Helmer of Lehighton.

He also has three grandchildren, Chad, husband of Jennifer Helmer of Allentown; Mark Bergey of Ohio; and Susan Bergey of New Jersey. Ardie also has a great-grandson, Sean Helmer.