Palmerton's Angela DeKorte turns 100 today
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Angela "Ann" DeKorte celebrates her 100th birthday today. Her family and friends feted her at a birthday celebration on Sunday at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.
Angela "Ann" DeKorte celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday with family and friends at the pavilion at Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.
DeKorte, a resident of the Village at Palmerton, was born on Aug. 26, 1913 in Patterson, N.J. and grew up in New Jersey. She lived most of her married life in upstate New York with her late husband Garry DeKorte, where they owned a 350-acre farm following his retirement.
He passed away in 1995.
On the farm, the couple raised cows and pigs and hosted their children and grandchildren at family get-togethers.
Her son, Reese of Andreas, attended the party. His other two siblings, Judy and Adrian "Butch" are deceased.
Ann has nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. All of her family members live within the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, and most of the family members attended her celebration.
Her son said that his dad was considered a jack of all trades. He had been a carpenter, farmer, owner of a hardware store and a laundry/ice cream store and bowling alley. He also ran an excavation business and was a landlord of an apartment building.
After her husband retired and they bought the farm, they traveled the entire United States. In 1977, they drove a Ford truck to Alaska, where a moose stopped them in their tracks by standing on the highway in front of them.
"I met my husband when he stopped by my mother's house to buy eggs," she said. They went out for several months before they married.
Her husband, Garry had been a model for Norman Rockwell. His likeness can be seen on artwork in the New York Library while he was wearing his U.S. Army uniform.
Garry had also been extraordinary in the carpentry trades as he was the only carpenter in the area who could read a square for hip roofs.
Angela had sewed for Barbazon, a business which created linens for the home. She was an exemplary seamstress, often making original matching outfits for her granddaughters to wear.
She was also a homemaker, canning produce from her garden and picking berries to make homemade jam and jelly.
"We have great memories of my parents at the farm," said her son. "I remember when it got so cold in 1955 that the heating pipes froze inside the walls. It was between 10 and 20 degrees below freezing. We had blankets on our blankets."