Once upon a time, older adults who spent hours reminiscing were told to "stop living in the past."
Today, reminiscing by the aging population is no longer considered a negative sign of old age. Seniors are encouraged by health care professionals and social workers to remember and review decades of life experiences.
Personally, I'm an addict for such history. Whenever an elderly person wants to look back and talk about his or her life, I'm all ears.
Judy O. Morris, 53, of Zionsville, died August 24, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Dr. D. Lynn Morris. Born in Wellsville, N.Y., she was the daughter of Lawrence W. and Marion M. (Lewis) Osgood.
She was a teacher for the past 25 years with the Allentown School District working at South Mountain Middle School and William Allen High School.
She received her bachelor's degree from Kutztown University and her master's degree from DeSales University.
She was a member of Bethel Bible Fellowship, Emmaus.
Gertrude C. "Trudy" Noon, 89, of Sacred Heart Senior Living, Center Valley, formerly of Macungie, died August 24, 2012. She was the wife of the late William J. Noon who died in 2002. They were married for 53 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Charlotte and William Conner.
She worked as a secretary for National Cash Register in New York City until she got married.
She was a devout Catholic and a member of the Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Colesville.
The Keystone Rally Association held their annual soap box derby Saturday and Sunday on the Ridge Street hill, next to the Emmaus Public Library. Children from throughout the area participated in head-to-head heats all weekend. The race results are:
1st Place - Liam Donovan
2nd Place - Vincent Orler
3rd Place - Haley Spotts
4th Place - Erin Donovan
5th Place - Aspen Tomasello
6th Place - Travis Fazio
7th Place - Tyler Myers
8th Place - Brooke Strand
Super Stock Division
Mabel Pietropaulo, 97, of Alburtis, originally from Huntington, W.Va., died August 24, 2012 peacefully in her home. She was the wife of the late evangelist Carlo Pietropaulo. They enjoyed 60 years of full-time ministry together. Born in New Boston, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Nora (Campbell) Benner.
She and her husband traveled extensively sharing the gospel all over the United States and Canada.
The Wheels of Time hosts over 15,000 spectators and participants.
Edward J. Nemeth, 57, of Easton, formerly of Allentown and Emmaus, died August 22, 2012, in his home. Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of Mary J. (Wilber) Nemeth and the late John Nemeth.
He is survived by brothers, John and Raymond; sisters, Theresa Pierog and Mary Elizabeth Rini; nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.
John Francis Costello, 81, of Macun-gie, died August 19, 2012, at Gracedale, Nazareth. He was the husband of the late Mary Lou (Fitzgerald) Costello. He was born in Jersey City, N.J.
He was a graduate of Notre Dame University and Notre Dame School of Law. He was a corporate attorney for Bank of America and Chrysler First until retiring.
He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of the Lehigh Valley Alumni Association of the University of Notre Dame.
He was a member and a communion minister at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Emmaus.
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