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John Frack, a friend, gets some advice from Elizabeth Gehring as she celebrates her 100th birthday at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12. John Frack, a friend, gets some advice from Elizabeth Gehring as she celebrates her 100th birthday at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.
Laura Long, vice president of independent living at Fellowship Community, presents Elizabeth with a West Chester University Alumnae recognition plaque. Laura Long, vice president of independent living at Fellowship Community, presents Elizabeth with a West Chester University Alumnae recognition plaque.
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILCharles Gehring, Elizabeth’s son, and Tara Kralik, with Fellowship Community, pack up the donations each guest brought for Whitehall Food Bank. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILCharles Gehring, Elizabeth’s son, and Tara Kralik, with Fellowship Community, pack up the donations each guest brought for Whitehall Food Bank.

Fellowship resident celebrates 100 years

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Elizabeth Gehring, a lively centenarian, celebrated her milestone event with 200 of her friends at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.

Elizabeth first came to everyone’s attention when her fifth-grade class, now in their 70s, sought her out. They have semi-annual meetings to relive old adventures.

To celebrate, Elizabeth had every guest bring nonperishables for Whitehall Food Bank. Shari Noctor, who chairs Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, was impressed with the haul. The donation table was filled to overflowing and had to be emptied several times.

She received accolades from state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd; and Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr.

West Chester University sent along a special memento. Gehring graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1939. She is happy to relate her Great Depression-era stories of her search for a teaching position.

Carol Gehring, Elizabeth’s daughter-in-law, was instrumental in pulling all the elements together and took a turn at the piano for a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

“I might not deserve all this, but I accept it. I feel like Queen Elizabeth,” she said.

Elizabeth is not the only centenarian at Fellowship Community. Miriam Masters recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Interestingly, Miriam was a teacher in the Northwestern Lehigh School District, and Elizabeth’s husband, Charles, was superintendent.