Family and friends to celebrate life of centenarian

NEIGHBORS

September 24, 1999|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BELATED 100th birthday wishes to Marian Lefevre, formerly from the area, who celebrated her centennial Sept. 14.

Lefevre arrived at Ellis Island 80 years ago, a wide-eyed farm woman from a little village outside Prague, not knowing a word of English, said Jeanette Anderson of Pasadena, one of her two daughters. She didn't have a skill but knew how to work. And work she did -- at a variety of jobs that would keep her employed well into her 80s.

She's been a waitress; worked and traveled with carnivals during the Depression; built a log cabin home in Florida with her husband, Charles Lefevre; worked as a seamstress at Mano Swartz Furriers; and, in her last career, ran a boarding house.

Lefevre survived a fall from a third-story window while working at Bon Secours Hospital, although she fractured her pelvis and legs.

"My parents had a truck and small trailer that they used to travel with the carnivals selling jewelry during the winter," Anderson said. "After my father died [in 1947], she learned to drive the truck to make money to support the family."

Welfare was for the less fortunate, and as long as she had two good hands and feet, she worked, said her other daughter, Gabrielle Gerke, with whom Lefevre lives in Lyndhurst, N.J.

Only a bad thyroid gland and a heart attack while shoveling snow in her late 80s brought her working days to a halt.

Family, including five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and friends will gather tomorrow evening at Chesapeake Christian Center for a small party to celebrate her life.

MOMS Club open house

Stay-at-home mothers and their kids can have fun and learn more about the Pasadena/Severna Park MOMS Club at a backyard carnival and open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, at a member's home.

All ages are welcome.

The club sponsors twice-weekly play groups, field trips -- including such out-of-the-way places as the Millersville Landfill -- and community service projects. A Moms Night Out is held once a month.

Membership is $20 a year.

The rain date for the open house is Thursday.

Information: Paula Tibert, 410-439-4603.

Fall golf tournament

There's still time to enter Jenkins Memorial Church's first fall golf classic.

All golfers are welcome to participate in the tournament scheduled for Oct. 7 at Longview Golf Course in Baltimore County, but registration is required by Oct. 4.

The $65 price includes greens fee and cart, refreshments, prizes, and an end-of-tournament luncheon with pit beef, red ham, Italian sausage and salads.

Prizes will be awarded for the closest to pin on holes 2, 5 and 11; longest drive on holes 3 and 17; and first, second and third for low team scores.

And for the first person to make a hole-in-one on the 13th hole -- assuming anyone is so lucky -- there's a new car.

Proceeds will benefit the church's building fund.

Information: John Taylor, 410-761-9385.

Flea market

Need some extra cash for fall? Turn your treasures into cash at the Magothy United Methodist Women's flea market, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the church, 3703 Mountain Road.

Tables are $10.

Information: Carolyn Van Dyke, 410-255-5220, or Renee Heck, 410-437-0776.

Floyd who?

Neighbors and friends in the Pasadena area have been checking in, swapping Hurricane Floyd stories this week: flooding, downed trees and power outages that lasted through Monday.

Fortunately, all my family faced was a big tree trimming, Mother Nature's way. A couple of days' raking and getting rid of debris was a small price to pay compared with waiting for claims adjusters or replacing the food from a freezer.

Keep smiling, Pasadena.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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