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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Marguerite Kralik

Marguerite Kralik, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 88th birthday on March 19.

Maggie, as she's known to her friends, is a long time Palmertonian. She is one of 12 children.

"I was number seven. I always had someone to play with and someone to take care of," she says.

When asked how she met her husband, she smiles.

"I knew Steve my whole life. He was a buddy to all of my brothers. He spent more time at our house than at his own.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ruth Elliston

Ruth Elliston, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 96th birthday on March 8.

Ruth is an active lady. She attends exercise classes, plays bingo and Scrabble.

She also Wii bowls and is part of the Gardening Gang. Ruth enjoys repotting plants and giving them away to friends. She likes to be out and about but the time spent in her room is active as well, with crocheting and reading.

Ruth has three children: Belva lives in Shermansdale, Pa., Mary is in Malvern, Pa. and George is close by, in Palmerton.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Carrie Deebel

Carrie (Bley) Deebel, who was born March 22, 1915 in Ringtown, Pa., is celebrating her 98th birthday.

The daughter of the late Armin and Rebecca (Dietz) Bley, she attended the East Union Township Schools.

Carrie was married to Allen W. Deebel for 43 years, prior to his death in April of 1978.

She has two children, Jean (Deebel) Lorah, of Center Valley, Pa., and James Deebel of Lehighton. She also has 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She has always enjoyed cooking, baking bread, quilting and loves to read.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Jim Kressler

Jim Kressler recently celebrated his 95th birthday. He was born March 17, 1918. As a boy, he grew up on a farm and worked in Bucks County.

In the 1930s he moved to the outskirts of Jim Thorpe, on top of Kattner's mountain. He married his brother's sister-in-law. It was amazing how two brothers fell in love and married two sisters.

Jim and Lucy Kressler lived at Behren's Dairy, where he worked. Jim was instrumental in helping transform the swamp into a spring fed lake known as Bear Creek Lakes.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Mildred "Millie" Harahus

Mildred "Millie" Harahus of Tamaqua celebrated her 90th birthday on March 10. The former Mildred Marcin, she is the widow of George Harahus of Lansford.

During World War II, she was a nurses' aide at the former Coaldale State General Hospital. Her work career also included a 10-year stint at the former Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, and demonstrating Coca Cola Products at various grocery stores.

She was last employed by Jamesway in Tamaqua.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Dorothy Abelovsky

Dorothy Abelovsky, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 89th birthday Feb. 16.

Born in Egypt, Pa., she later moved to Northampton. Dorothy was one of five children, and the only girl.

When she was 16, her brothers asked her to fill in on their baseball team as an outfielder, because they were "one man down." After the game, one of the fellows came up to her and said, "Hi Dorothy, I'm Joseph, and one day I am going to ask you to marry me." Dorothy said she gave him a look of horror.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Elsa Partel

Elsa Partel, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, celebrated her 93rd birthday on Feb. 15.

Elsa is a longtime Palmerton resident coming from the close-knit neighbors on Columbia Avenue. She was born and raised in Palmerton.

When she was a teenager, her family moved to Lehigh Avenue. In summer she would ride her bicycle each day to Kunkle's Grove to meet friends and go swimming. Not knowing at the time that Gus Partel, her future husband, lived just five houses down the street and would watch her ride by.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz

Ailene Abbie Meyers Utz recently celebrated her 96th birthday. She was born Feb. 17, 1917 to Maud Jordon and John Kemp Meyers of Dayton, Ohio.

She met her husband David Williams Utz while they were students at Ohio Wesleyan University. They were married for more than 50 years, living in Dayton; Albany, N.Y.; Chicago; and Savannah, Ga.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Floyd "Reds" Kresge

Floyd "Reds" Kresge, a resident at The Village at Palmerton, recently celebrated his 92nd birthday on Feb. 9.

Reds is a native of Palmerton having worked as a foreman for the N.J. Zinc Company until his retirement.

He played minor league baseball for a time in the 1940s in Limeport, Pa.

"Back then we got paid $15 a game a lot different than nowadays," Floyd says with a grin.

Friday, February 15, 2013
Muriel Hughes

Muriel Hughes, a resident of The Village at Palmerton, observed her 91st birthday on Feb. 10.

Originally from Slatington, where she lived all her life, Muriel wanted to be a hairdresser, but being one of six children her parents couldn't afford to send her for training. She worked in a garment factory for a few years and later worked at Keystone Lamp in 1939.

When asked how she met her husband, Muriel's smile grew wider.