Ghouls, ghosts and Halloween hosts
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sue Sesko, Clara Barton, Mary Ellen Orach, Sandy Boback, Rose Rosamilin, Pat Makosky, Jeanne LeFevre, Carol Piotroski, and Salette Marmelo stand on the steps where Sarah Rauch was seen. Seated is Barbara Temarantz.
Step inside the house at the end of the road and Jeff and Jeanne greet you. They are a rather bony couple dressed in their wedding finery.
Of course, the original Jeff and Jeanne LeFevre of Washington Township already met their guests outside. On Oct. 17 the couple hosted the Red Hat Scarlet Ladies of Bethlehem, Quakertown and Wilkes-Barre, who came for lunch, games and to meet with a clairvoyant.
"Now you've arrived. Come right in. The master has been expecting you," said Garda, another of LeFevre's Halloween 'friends.'
The talk changed to the clairvoyant. Sharon Swanson said the last one she saw could not read her and that meant she had some psychic abilities herself.
Pumpkin spice tea with pumpkin spice Coffee Mate were served with dessert.
After lunch it is time for a game of Halloween bingo with werewolves, ghosts, black cats and vampires in place of numbers.
Cheers and clapping greet the woman entering the kitchen. The clairvoyant, Sue Sesko, has arrived.
"I don't do this professionally but started seeing spirits around people. I love going to historical places," she said. "When I came up the road I saw a man, woman and child."
Jeanne said the child would be Sarah Rauch, who lived in the house in the early 1900s. Jeanne said she had a great-niece who came to the house and told her she and another niece raced up and down the stairway. Sarah watched the party from the stairway, and Sue was hoping she would show up in a group picture at the stairs, but she did not.
She was 15 when her father died.
"He came to tell me how it was over there. It was so beautiful. Like we have blood going through our veins there was love flowing. My father was psychic and held seances."
Salette Marmelo asked, "Do we come back in a future life?"
"Definitely, and animals too, but people stay people and animals stay animals," said Sesko.
Red Hat Queen Pat Makosky said a loved dog died and ever since there has been a white butterfly in her yard.
Jeanne said her picture was in the paper when she wrote a book. A neighbor saw it and thought it was Sarah.
One day Makosky felt a pressure inside her head and made a phone call. The man said he'd be right down (from Wilkes-Barre). While he was driving he tried to call her and could not. He told his wife to get an ambulance to her workplace. She walked down the steps with him.
Sue asked, "Do you have a brother who passed over?" She said she did.
He's taller than you with the same color hair. He loves you very much. I'm asking him to give me something that only the two of you would know. He passed in his 40s. (Early 50s said Makosky.)
Sue asked what his name was and was told "Bob." She cannot pick up on names, but said her teacher could.
Jeanne said she grew up with a person that was very close to her. She died after a bad illness.
Sue asked if she had shoulder length hair, and said she was showing herself in a white gown. At first Jeanne could not place the gown but then it comes to mind that it is a wedding gown. The person's name is Patsy and she was Jeanne's cousin. She says Jeanne should be happy for her.
Rose Rosamilin said, "I was close to my mother when she passed. I expected some sign but there was nothing."
"I see a woman next to you and I assume it is your mom. Did she bake a lot; use a rolling pin?" asked Sue.
"She made pie crusts in Portugal," said Rosamilin.
She asked if Sue thought someone could hang on when they are dying. Rose's husband was dying but her son refused to accept it. He finally made a phone call from Florida and told his dad it was OK. His father died a half-hour later.
"The will to live is strong," Sue replied. "Our lives are intertwined. It takes so much energy for them to come through."
Sandra Boback said her sister was very sick. She saw someone who had died. She wore a pink jacket. "Was she really there?"
"Does she have dark hair? I feel a sense of her," said Sue.
"She was a caregiver who had an answer for everybody," said Boback. "It was my mother and maybe she didn't want to come between us."