Tel Hai resident Elsie Geiger turns 100

Tel Hai resident Elsie Geiger, right, along with her daughter Judy Davidheiser, left, view her 100th birthday citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

Tel Hai Retirement Community recently hosted a celebration birthday party in honor of Elsie Schweitzer Geiger, who turned 100 on November 6, 2017.

Elsie was born on a 77-acre farm located on Plow Road, Robeson Township, in 1917 to her parents Job and Sallie (Thomas) Schweitzer. Her former homestead is now known as 65 Whippoorwill Lane, Plow Road. Elsie was 11th of 16 Schweitzer children including five brothers, nine sisters, and a half-sister.

Elsie attended and graduated 8th grade from the Pleasant Grove School, which was a one-room schoolhouse located on Zion Road, Robeson Township. Being raised on a large farm, Elsie developed a strong work ethic at a very young age. Chores included cows to be milked, chickens and pigs to be fed, crops to be harvested, canning, cooking, baking, washing, ironing, and cleaning.

Elsie met the love of her life and married John Geiger on January 22, 1938. They celebrated 42 years of marriage before John passed away on October 22, 1980. They resided at Cold Run Road, Geigertown. While John worked for the Reading Railroad, Elsie was a stay-at-home mom raising two children, Butch and Judy.

Elsie joined St. Paul’s Methodist Church and attended Sunday School Class and church regularly. She was a Sunday School teacher to young children for several years at St. Paul’s and she faithfully helped serve at the many church suppers.

Prior to retiring in 1980, Elsie worked at the Feroe Paper Box Factory in Pottstown and in the cafeteria at the Twin Valley High School in Elverson.

Elsie enjoyed playing cards, such as Pinochle and Hasenpfeffer and traveling with family and friends to New Jersey, Florida, California, Hawaii, Canada and Switzerland. She bowled regularly on a weekly team at Jay Lanes in Pottstown and later at Bowl-O-Rama in Exeter. She also loved to garden, cook, bake and host family and friend gatherings.

Elsie moved to Tel Hai Retirement Community in 2009, where she currently resides. Elsie’s only surviving sibling is her half-sister Jacqueline (Schweitzer) Klink Calvaresi, and her daughter Judy, son-in-law Bill, daughter-in-law Pat, grandson Todd and his wife Alicia, and great-grandson Evan.

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