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Birthdays

Monday, August 20, 2012
Mary Taschler

Mary Taschler of Palmerton recently celebrated her 85th birthday with a surprise birthday party Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Blue Ridge Country Club.

Born Aug. 11, 1927, Mary has lived her entire life in Palmerton, graduating from Palmerton High School and the Palmerton Hospital School of Nursing. She retired from a career as a registered nurse at Palmerton Hospital.

Mary is an active member of St. Vladimir's Greek Catholic Church and has served as a leader of the pierogi lady effort for many years.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Elaine "Dolly" Watto

Elaine "Dolly" (West) Watto recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was born on Aug. 3, 1922.

She attended school in East Mauch Chunk, and is a lifetime resident of East Mauch Chunk, which is now Jim Thorpe.

Dolly is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and has been active in her community over the years.

She continues to conduct worship services at a local convalescent home for the elderly, and she still tends her own garden.

Friday, July 27, 2012
Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus

Lois K. (Schoenberger) Claus of Lehighton will be 90 years young on Saturday.

Since her birth on July 28, 1922, Claus has had many interesting adventures, which she recalls with ease.

Born in Palmerton to the late John W. and Luella (Rex) Schoenberger, Claus lived in Lehighton until she was 6. She then moved with her family to White Haven; Belvidere, N.J., Phillipsburg, N.J.; Easton; and Lehighton. At the age of 12, she and her mother lost their home in Easton when the Roxy Theater burned down.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Mary (Betty) Dolan

Mary (Betty) Dolan turned 93 years young recently.

She was born on June 21, 1919 in Tamaqua, the daughter of the late Alex and Evelyn (Herman) Oliver. She still resides in Tamaqua, in a four-generation household, with her daughter Sue, her granddaughter Erica, and her great-grandson, 2-year-old Zakk.

Betty holds the honor of being the oldest resident on her street.

Betty and her late husband, John, who passed away in April of 1995, also have a son, Terry, who lives in Bethlehem.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Doris Sturtevant

Doris Sturtevant, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community is celebrating her 98th birthday today. She was born in Weatherly on June 27, 1914, the daughter of Harry and Mary (Rehrig) Wertman.

She was married to Robert B. Sturtevant until his death in 1982. They have a son, Robert H. Sturtevant, Weatherly.

Doris attended school in Weatherly and graduated from Weatherly High School in 1931.

Following graduation, she worked in the family business, Wertman's Hardware Store, with her father and brother, Bill.

Monday, June 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dorothy Holmgren accepts a citation from PA State Rep. Mick Carroll, in recognition of her 100th birthday.

Dorothy Moore Holmgren of Kunkletown, born May 6, 1912, recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at a party hosted by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Anne and Bill Clausen at their Kunkletown home.

Nearly 100 guests attended, including Dorothy's four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, coming from all over the United States. One guest even stopped by on his way home from China.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Norwood Anewalt

Norwood Anewalt of Palmerton recently celebrated his 88th birthday, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 26, 1924, the son of the late Clayton and Mamie Anewalt of Palmerton.

He was married to Ethel (Heisler) Anewalt for 62 years, until her passing.

Norwood is a proud World War II veteran, who traveled the world on the troop carrier, The West Point.

He fought with the Fifth Marine Division and was wounded on Iwo Jima, for which he received the Purple Heart.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Alice Yanulevich

Alice Yanulevich, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, formerly of Seybert Street in Hazleton, is celebrating her 90th birthday today. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Bohenek, and is one of 12 children.

She was married for 54 years to the late Stanley Yanulevich, who passed away in 2005. She is the mother of three children: the late Jeanette Malisko, Susan Shane and Stanley Yanulevich Jr. She has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Francy Lawton

Francy Lawton of Carriere, Miss. and formerly of Summit Hill, celebrated his 90th birthday recently. He was born on May 26, 1922 in Summit Hill.

The son of John and Margaret Lawton, he is married to Helen Haluska for 68 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Summit Hill, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He still flies the Marine flag in front of his home.

He is the father of two children, Lois, who is deceased, and Frances, wife of Robert McElmoyle of Carriere, Miss.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Daniel T. Novitsky

Daniel T. Novitsky, a resident of Heritage Hill in Weatherly, recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

He was born on March 23, 1922 in Hazleton. He graduated from Hazleton High School in 1938.

During World War II Dan was in the U.S. Army 30th Infantry Division, where he calculated artillery targets for 105 mm howitzers.

He was part of the Omaha Beach invasion, and fought through France and Belgium. As honor for his service, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Dan was married for 61 years to Anna (Brazzo) Novitsky, until her death in 2007.