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A million-dollar birthday smile

Published May 03. 2010 05:00PM

When a beautifully decorated cupcake with a candle was placed in front of Sophie Sroka, her response was an enthusiastic, "Oh Baby!"

Sophie celebrated her 90th birthday on April 20 at the Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day Services in Palmerton.

Sophie was a bartender with her late brother, Teddy Kosciolek, at Kasmers Bar in Lansford for many years, beginning in the 1940s.

She and her late husband, Joe, were one of the first pioneers of Lake Hauto, where she still has her home.

Sophie has three children, Joe who lives in Durham, N.C.; Connie, wife of Ron Mihalko, of Lehighton; and Dianne, wife of Chuck Manula, of Pottstown.

Sophie has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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