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Birthdays

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Emma (Smith) Brown

Emma (Smith) Brown, a resident of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, with a party attended by family and friends.

Brown was born Nov. 16, 1910 in Little Gap and grew up in Stroh's Valley. She attended school in one-room school houses.

She was married to Allen Samuel Brown, raising three stepchildren and a son, David.

Along with being a homemaker, she helped on the family farm and also was housekeeper for several clients. She also worked in a dress factory for 2 1/2 years.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Anna Moore

Anna Moore, a resident at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center in Nesquehoning, celebrated her 105th birthday on Nov. 3. She was born in East Mauch Chunk.

Her age impresses a lot of people. She still likes to do crossword puzzles, but attests that her fingers are tortured by arthritis and has a hard time holding her pencil.

For her meals she uses a special utensil attached to her silverware.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Elsie H. Lerch

Elsie H. Lerch, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 9.

Born in Northampton in 1920, Elsie attended Northampton High School and worked as a production manager at Western Electric for 31 years.

Her passions over the years include sleigh riding, ice skating, and spending time with her friends at Peck's Pond.

She is a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Northampton.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Michael Nestor Jepko

Michael Nestor Jepko, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated his 90th birthday on Oct. 30.

Born in Coaldale in 1920, Michael has also resided in Omaha, Neb. and Weatherly.

He worked on the railroad prior to going into the service. He served in the United States Army from 1939 until 1949.

He also worked for Mengle Coal & Oil for 34 years.

He was married to his wife, Mary Agnes for 41 years until her passing in 1986.

He has three children, Michael, Weatherly; Joann Keys, Maryland; and Mary Lou Cookson, Illinois.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Albert Francis Baloga is celebrating his 91st birthday on Sept. 20. Born in Wilkes-Barre in 1919, Albert is a Penn State graduate and holds a degree in industrial electronics. He is a veteran of World War ll and served with the Fourth Armored Division as an operative sergeant with the 704 Tank Destroyer BN.

Albert was married to his wife, Catherine for 30 years until her passing in 2003. They had two daughters, Mary and Catherine who died as infants.

Monday, August 30, 2010
Mary (Mazurick) Kapish

Mary (Mazurick) Kapish, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated her 97th birthday on Sunday.

Born on Aug. 29, 1913 in Mahanoy City, she also resided in West Hazleton and Hazleton Heights.

She was married to her husband, Andrew Kapish for 49 years until his passing in 1981. They had one son, Calvin "Jackie" Kapish who passed away in 2001.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Anna Kitchko

Anna Kitchko a resident at Weatherwood, formerly of Nesquehoning, celebrated her 95th birthday on July 11.

She is the widow of Samuel Kitchko who passed away in 1965. She has a daughter, Judith, of Nesquehoning, and a son, Sam, who also resides in Nesquehoning with his wife Michele. Anna has two grandchildren: Michael of Feasterville, and Samantha, wife of Nino Logan of Virginia Beach, Va. and a great grandson Xander Logan.

A family celebration was held in her honor at the pavilion at Weatherwood.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Helen (Olczewski) Anderson

Helen (Olczewski) Anderson, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 91st birthday on July 30.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1919, Helen also resided in Dixhills, Long Island and Montauk, Long Island. She attended Hofstra University where she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and teaching. She worked at the Chemical Bank & Trust Company in Manhattan as the secretary to the vice president of the bank.

She married Henry Anderson on Aug. 19, 1939 and they were married for 55 years until his passing.

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Agnes Josephine Kopec

Agnes Josephine Kopec, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, celebrated her 91st birthday on July 18.

Born in Harwood in 1919, Agnes also resided in Treskow, Hazleton, and West Hazleton over the years. She worked as an examiner in the garment industry. She married Peter Kopec on Nov. 1, 1944 and they were married until he passed away in 1977.

Agnes' passions are bowling, cooking, baking, shopping, and being involved in church activities. She is a member of Transfiguration Church in West Hazleton.

Friday, July 16, 2010
Beatrice Burbes

Beatrice Burbes, a resident of the Hometown Nursing Home and formerly of Lehighton, will celebrate her 98th birthday on July 17.

She is the widow of Lewis Burbes, who passed away in 1979. She is the mother of two sons: Bruce Fritzinger, who resides in Lehighton with his wife Charlotte; and Elmer Fritzinger, who passed away nine years ago.

Beatrice enjoys cooking and shopping and is still very active.