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Birthdays

Friday, November 22, 2013
Margaret Fay

Margaret (Puglio) Fay, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, will celebrate her 94th birthday on Nov. 21.

She was born in Hazleton, graduated from Hazleton High School and received a diploma as an RN from the Hazleton General Hospital School of Nursing. After graduating from nurses training, she and two other friends enlisted in the Army, serving a tour in Europe during World War II. During her time in the Army she traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Monday, November 18, 2013
Helen Rhoades

Helen (Reimiller) Rhoades, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 94th birthday.

Born in Hazleton on Nov. 16, 1919, she is the daughter of the late Clora and Charles Reimiller.

On Nov. 5, 1938, Helen wed Charles Rhoades, who died in 2004. They parented three children: Clo-Ellen Rhoades Triano of Richmond, Va., Charles Oscar Rhoades (deceased) and George Byron Rhoades of Weatherly.

Helen is the proud grandmother to seven: twins Scott and Shawn Rhoades, David Triano, Steven Triano, Michele Rhoades, Travis Rhoades and Caitlin Rhoades.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Stella Wrazien was the honored guest at a birthday party at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home, where she is a resident.

Family and friends wished Stella (Mikulski) Wrazien a very happy 101st birthday at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown, with a party. There were balloons, cake and entertainment by Gary and Carol Kratzer.

Stella was born Nov. 10, 1912 in Edwardsville. She married Henry Wrazien in 1939. He passed away in 1963. They have one son, Roger, married to Bonnie.

She has one grandson, David, married to Alisa and three great-grandchildren, Haley, 15, Brittney, 12 and Colin, 5, all of Stroudsburg. All attended the celebration.

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Lois Holman

Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Nov. 1. Born in Hazleton in 1913, Lois was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his passing in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his passing in 2000.

Lois is a member of the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross and received recognition for more than 50 years of service. She was instrumental in starting the Red Cross Bloodmobile in Weatherly and was also a volunteer worker in the Hazleton Red Cross office during World War II.

Friday, October 18, 2013
Mahlon Arner

Mahlon Arner of Palmerton recently celebrated his 91st birthday. He was born on Oct. 14, 1922. He was married to the late Joyce (Christman) Arner.

He has two daughters, Diane, wife of Terry Serfass of Palmerton, and Carol, wife of Gary Kuehner of Hamburg. He has five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He is a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

Mahlon enjoys playing pinochle, sending email and playing games on his computer. He calls bingo for the senior citizens in Kunkletown. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Nevin Smith

Nevin Smith, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, observed his 92nd birthday Oct. 9.

Nevin is a retired World War II Army veteran, having served as a rifleman with the 151st Infantry, Company G, from 1942-1945. After returning from the service, he gained employment at Atlas Cement and he married his childhood sweetheart.

He and his late wife Verna, raised eight children: Wilfred, Ruth, Allen, Jay, Richard, Louis, Louise and Victoria.

Friday, October 11, 2013
Caroline Schwab

Caroline Schwab, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Sept. 23.

Caroline comes from Willow Grove, Pa., and has two sons.

Carl lives in Doylestown and Bill lives in Lehighton.

She also proudly proclaims that she has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Caroline says she enjoys life at The Village including lunch trips and outings with her new friends as well as those with her family.

Friday, October 11, 2013
Blaise Schweibinz

Blaise Schweibinz, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, celebrated his 87th birthday, on Sept. 24.

He was born and raised in Lehighton. He and his late wife Evangeline had two sons. Terry and his wife Janet live in Slatington, and Larry and wife Jane live in Lehighton.

Blaise is an active member of his community. He attends exercise, plays bingo, enjoys music programs, and plays cards almost daily.

He still attends his home church at Trinity Lutheran in Bowmanstown and has been a choir member there for years.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Martha Schoch

Martha Schoch, a resident of Heritage Hill, Weatherly, recently celebrated her 91st birthday.

She was born on Sept. 21 1922, in Bismark, N.D. the second youngest of six children.

At age 6, Martha moved with her family to Hauto. After graduating from Nesquehoning High School in 1939, she moved to Orlando, Fla. with her sister, Jenny, to assist the troops during the war effort at the Orlando Army base.

During this time she met her husband, Jerry. The couple resided in Florida after the war and raised their only daughter, Carol, who died in 1999.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Mildred E. Assalita

Mildred E. Assalita is celebrating her 90th birthday. She was born Sept. 25, 1923 near Andreas (Red Valley), to Calvin and Cora (Long) Koenig.

She had three brothers and five sisters. Her youngest sister, Dorothy, still lives in the area and they visit each other weekly.

On March 7, 1942 she married Blase C. Assalita, who died Aug. 4, 2010. She still lives in the home they helped build following World War II in Tamaqua. She enjoys gardening, but not the weeds.