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PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILJohn Frack, a friend, gets some advice from Elizabeth Gehring as she celebrates her 100th birthday at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILJohn Frack, a friend, gets some advice from Elizabeth Gehring as she celebrates her 100th birthday at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, June 12.
Classmates from the former Wolf School, Bath, where Gehring once taught, gather for the birthday celebration. Classmates from the former Wolf School, Bath, where Gehring once taught, gather for the birthday celebration.

Former Wolf School teacher turns 100

Tuesday, July 3, 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 Wolf School fifth-grade class, now in their 70s, sought her out. They have semi-annual meetings to relive old adventures from their days at the former Bath school.

To celebrate her birthday, Elizabeth had every guest bring nonperishables for Whitehall Food Bank. Shari Noctor, who chairs Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, was impressed with the collection. 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 was 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 where Elizabeth’s husband, Charles, was superintendent.