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Thursday, January 5, 2012
William Valinch

William Valinch, currently residing in Sacramento Calif., recently celebrated his 103rd birthday.

Formerly of Rolling Mill Avenue in Tamaqua, "Bill" was born in Gilberton, Pa. on Dec. 22, 1908, to the late John and Margaret (Zerdgusky) Valinch. He was married to the former Julia McGee for 70 years.

He has two sons: William of North Huntington, Pa. and John of Carmichael, Calif. He also has two granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Ruth Huhn

Ruth Huhn, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 100th birthday on Dec. 25.

Born in Brooklyn, Indiana in 1911, Ruth has also resided in Palmerton, Connecticut and Weatherly. She was a secretary at Tung-Sol in Weatherly for 30 years.

Ruth was married to Fred Huhn in 1935 and they were married for 48 years. Over the years Ruth has belonged to the Salem Choir, Gray Ladies, and the Women's Guild.

She is a member of Salem UCC in Weatherly. Ruth is also an avid fan of Penn State football.

Friday, December 23, 2011
Gabe P. Ferrence

Gabe Peter Ferrence, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, celebrated his 96th birthday on Dec. 20.

Born on a farm in White Bear, Summit Hill in 1915, Gabe graduated from Nesquehoning High School in 1934. He married his wife, Rose, in 1938 and was married for 22 years until her passing in January of 1960.

He has three children, Ronald, Lansford; Jean Staloski, Lake Hauto; and Thomas, Nesquehoning. He also has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is the last surviving member of 10 children.

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
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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.

Monday, October 31, 2011
Lois E. (Sands) Holman

Lois Evelyn (Sands) Holman, of Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 98th birthday Nov. 1. Born in Hazleton in 1913, she was married to Allan Williams for 47 years until his passing in 1979, and to David Holman Sr. for 10 years until his death in 2000.

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Helen Cheslock

Helen (Zankofski) Cheslock, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, will be celebrating her 93rd birthday on Saturday.

Born in Hazleton in Oct. 29, 1918, Helen was married to her husband Richard for 35 years, until his passing in 1976.

Helen and her husband had two children: Richard Cheslock, who resides in Virginia, and Francella Hamecs, who resides in New Jersey.

Helen has three grandchildren, Lynn, Bryan, and Daniel; and two great-grandsons, Eric and George.

Monday, October 24, 2011
Mrs. Anna Mary Ogozalek is celebrating her 100th birthday this week. Helping her to observe the day are her son Leonard and daughter, Virginia Zabo.

Family and friends of Anna Mary Ogozalek, a resident of Summit Hill who is a guest at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mahoning Township, gathered on Sunday, Oct. 23, to celebrate her 100th birthday which will be held on Wednesday of this week.

Close to 50 persons were on hand for the special celebration, during which time the honoree received proclamations from state Rep. Doyle Heffley and William J. O'Gurek, chairman of the Carbon County Board of Commissioners.