Lehighton woman celebrates 90 years
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.
Claus recalls the fire in 1935, explaining that her mother, who was trapped in their apartment, was saved by a neighbor, who lived in the apartment next to them on the third floor.
Claus said that as a result of her family moving 27 times, she is very good at packing.
She attended a total of 10 schools during her education due to moving, and graduated from Easton High School in 1940.
After graduation, Claus wanted to become an airline hostess, but did not have the classes necessary to become one so she did the next best thing, become a pilot.
At the age of 19, Claus received her pilot's license for flying solo, but was grounded once World War II broke out.
In 1946, Claus received the greatest Christmas present a woman could receive, she gave birth to her daughter, Jean.
She and her daughter moved to Lehighton in 1957, and both now reside in the Beltzville area of Lehighton.
Her employment career was colorful, as Claus called it. She worked for Binney & Smith Factory, the maker of Crayola Crayons, for four years; and then as a cosmetology teacher and supervisor at Empire Beauty School in Allentown and Stroudsburg Beauty School until 1989. She also co-owned a beauty salon, Town and Country Beauty and Wig Salon in Lehighton, with her daughter for many years.
Since retiring, Claus has enjoyed gardening; helping her daughter; going to bingo; and doing puzzles.
Claus said that she has had a wonderful life, pointing out that longevity runs in her family. Her mother passed away in 2002 at the age 100.
She plans to celebrate her birthday with friends this weekend.