Hilda Guedes wanted to spend her 96th birthday with friends and relatives, so she hosted her own birthday party at Bert's Steakhouse, Palmerton, on March 5. Bert's had been a favorite place where she and her husband enjoyed eating.
She lives alone at her Lehigh Street home with help from her children: Angelina, Jose Joao, Manuel, Rosa, Agostinho Jr. and Beny (deceased). A woman comes to the house to help three times a week.
There are 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.