Helen Ritter

Helen Ritter, a lifelong resident of Tyrone, celebrated her 90th birthday on July 11.

She is the last surviving sibling in a family of five children.

She was born July 11, 1924.

Helen graduated from Tyrone High School in 1942 and married the late Robert Ritter on Jan. 8, 1944.

She has two children: James of Fairfax, Va. and Joyce Burwell of Culpeper, Va.

She also has two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She worked for the Wolf Furniture Co. for 31 years until her retirement in 1986.

She enjoys crafting, doing word puzzles and reading.

To celebrate Helen’s birthday, her family planned a week-long vacation, including a surprise birthday party, at a beach house on Topsail Island, N.C.

All of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present for the celebration.


Michael Peckowych

Michael Peckowych of Bellwood celebrated his 91st birthday on June 19 with a surprise party at his residence.

He was born June 19, 1923 in Pinecroft. His wife, Adela, is deceased.

He has three children: Jean Lutchko of Altoona; Denise DeCarolis of Roswell, Ga.; and David Peckowych of Osceola Mills.

He also has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Peckowych retired in 1983 from Conrail, Hollidaysburg.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He enjoys riding his bicycle.