An acquaintance I encountered last week said he and his wife are caring for her frail, elderly mother in their home.
“I don’t know why she keeps hanging on,” he lamented. “She has no quality of life left.”
“Maybe she’s not ready,” I replied.
I could have said much more but I bit my tongue.
How can anyone judge another person’s quality of life? I don’t think we can.
My idea of a worthwhile life may be completely different from someone else’s.
An individual’s perception of his or her quality of life may not be at all the way others view that life.
There is always a line. There is always a line. A line that, when crossed, is a step too far.
The police in Minneapolis on May 25, were doing their jobs until they crossed the line and George Floyd became a victim of police brutality that ended tragically with his death.
Had those police officers not crossed that line, George Floyd would still be alive today.
Peaceful protesters have been rightfully demonstrating their outrage over senseless police brutality and racism that still exists in this country.
Bryan Sobczak of Fogelsville graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of occupational therapy degrees from Alvernia University, Reading.
During his college experience, Sobczak earned dean’s list status and was inducted into Lambda Sigma National Honor Society his sophomore year.
He worked for the Campus Activity Board, representing that organization as a contestant in Mr. Alvernia and attended the National Association of Campus Activities Convention on their behalf.
Sobczak is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Pennsylvania entered the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan June 5. One of the changes allowed in the yellow phase is the allowance of outdoor dining at restaurants.
This has opened the door for Pennsylvania residents to get out of the house, sit at their favorite eatery and be served food and drink for the first time since mid-March. And, boy, did people take advantage of the opportunity.
I work as a server and bartender at a popular restaurant in Bethlehem. We had 12 tables, with seating for more than 40 people at once, spaced out along our front sidewalk.
Lillian I. Folk, a resident of Luther Crest Retirement Community, South Whitehall, celebrated her 104th birthday on June 17.
Lillian, who was born in Seipstown, is the last surviving member of her family of 14.
The daughter of the late Wilson and Mary (Rupp) Breininger, she was married to the late Earl Folk and the companion of the late Woodrow Neff.
Lillian attended one-room schools in Seipstown and her one regret was she could not attend high school because of not having transportation to Fogelsville to catch the bus.
Ich Un De Betsy Wetzel Gaena Fisha
Ich un de Betsy Wetzel, sell oldt maidel woo ich dere derfun fartzaeled hob de ledsht woch, sin der onner dawg gonga fisha un mere hen en shtarn-hawgelsy tzeit g’hot.
Won du in dime laeva net mit da weipsleit gonga bisht fisha don waisht du evva gor nix derfun, un we wennicher os du derfun waisht we besser os du ob bisht.
Well, mere sin doh nunner on de Schwoger grick woo se olls g’sawt hen de sucker lia uff’m rick.
James A. Groover, 62, of Slatington, died June 10, 2020, in his home.
He and his wife, Sherry L. (McIntosh) Groover, were married 35 years on Dec. 31, 2019.
Born Nov. 19, 1957, in Frostproof, Fla., he was the son of the late James A. and Hope (Haussy) Groover.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy.
He was an EMT at Lehighton Ambulance for many years before retiring.
Before that, he was a chaplain and EMT at several other ambulance services.
He was a member of Allen O. Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington.
Elsie C. Gernerd, 93, of Allentown, died June 7, 2020, in Country Meadows.
She was the wife of the late Dr. Ross M. Gernerd.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Bek) Csondor.
A 1943 graduate of Allentown High School, she graduated from Cedar Crest College in 1947.
She worked alongside her husband at his medical practice as a bookkeeper, and was a homemaker.
She volunteered at Parkland Community Library, was an avid bridge player, enjoyed traveling and spending summers in Avalon N.J., and listening to Frank Sinatra.
Evelyn J. (Snyder) Grammes, 101, from Bethlehem, formerly of Whitehall, died June 12, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg campus, Bethlehem.
She was the wife of the late Paul R. Grammes.
Born Nov. 15, 1918, in Germansville, she was the daughter of the late Oscar P. and Althea M. (Wehr) Snyder.
A 1936 graduate of William Allen High School, she also was a graduate of the former Henry’s Beauty School, Allentown.
She was a hairdresser at the former Hess Bros. and Lewis’ Beauty Salon, both in Allentown for 10 years before retiring.
Carolyn J. “Tuttie” Mantz, 94, of Germansville, died June 8, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in New Tripoli, she was a daughter of the late Edgar F. and Minnie A. (Kunkel) Kern.
She was a mask shop operator from 1961-87 at the former AT&T for 26 years.
A member of the Slatington Chapter 458, Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years, she was past matron, flag bearer and sentinel.