Celebrating 100 years
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Centenarian Edgar Weiss and his buddy, Starbuck.
Edgar Weiss of Palmerton, celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 14.
Weiss was born in Franklin Township to Herbert and Mary (Cellers) Weiss. He is the sole survivor of seven children.
Weiss is known for his sense of humor, which remains intact.
When he finished eighth grade, he says he thought he knew it all.
His first job was at the hosiery mill in Weissport. He worked five years in the steel mills, but most of his working years were in the hosiery mills until he retired.
He worked part-time for Rich Miller's funeral home in Union Hill until he was 85.
"I only retired from that because I was painting a garage and fell off the ladder," he chuckles.
Weiss and his wife Evelyn were married in 1943. He helped raise his stepson, Jim McLaughlin. Evelyn passed away in 1987.
His favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing, but says he has more fun now just sitting around.
He still drives (sometimes, and only locally), still shovels snow, mows the lawn, rakes leaves, tends a small vegetable garden and feeds the family's goats.
Weiss likes to watch baseball and football on television.
He enjoys a good laugh and is known for his practical jokes, like hiding a friend's shopping cart in the grocery store.
One of the most amazing things he has seen in his 100 years is watching the space shuttle take off while visiting Florida.
He lives with one of his three grandchildren, Jim Dempsey and family.
Weiss was treated to a celebratory birthday dinner at a local restaurant, where he enjoyed his favorite meal, liver and onions.