A Centenarian – A life well lived!

Mary Alice, born in 1921, was the oldest of three. After graduation, she attended Lancaster Bible School. She was married in 1941 and had one daughter. This remarkable woman has always been very musically inclined. She played the piano and directed choirs at several churches, played the organ and played the violin. She has taught Sunday School and led Pioneer Girls for many years. All the while she was an Executive Secretary to the Actuary at PA Blue Shield. Along with her husband, Mary hunted, fished and boated, and in fact, shot her own deer!!

Mary Alice was an accomplished seamstress, made coats, gown and all her own clothes and her daughter’s. She knitted, crocheted, embroidered, and quilted. She did all sorts of crafts.

She has two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. They are pictured here in honor of her hundredth birthday. What a enjoyable photo shoot this was. Having been long-time friends with Chuck and Joy (her daughter) along with the Shugharts, made this so much fun to be part of.

Here Is What 93 Looks Like!

July 4th, a celebratory day! It is a day that we celebrate our country and all the good things that it stands for! Freedoms! and Blessed Opportunities! It is a day that, in our family, we celebrate the Patriarch of this Feehan family. Without him, all the rest of us would not be here! He is a descendant of an Irish immigrant. His family came here as a result of the Potato famine in Ireland during from 1845-1852. They came through Ellis Island, and ended up as farmers in the Midwest. My Father-in-law was born on a very hot day in July. No air conditioning in those days. The only way to cool off would be to take a ride in a buggy or wagon ride after the heat of the day was over. According to my father-in-law, that is exactly what his Mother did. Some time later that day, on the Fourth of July, He was born! He grew, attended St. Wendelin High School in Fostoria, Ohio. He married Patricia, my husband’s Mother and they together had 9 children! Barbara, Michael, Janet, Cathy, Mary Jo, Patrick, Danny, Debbie and Ann. As in most families, there have been times of challenges, sadness….but, mostly blessed, joyful times. We celebrate his birthday on the Fourth every year. Every year, there have been changes….new grandchildren, new great grandchildren, and then some people are missing that were here the year before. But, mostly we celebrate family being together, at least one time a year to celebrate and make memories together, just by spending time enjoying one another. Such as it was this year…despite the world’s changes…we could still do this as a family.

Stahl Family Fotos

One thing I really love doing is taking pictures of people. It is so nice to be able to photograph a family. Mostly, I photograph my family, but once in awhile I capture images of people whom I haven’t met before. This is a blessing, getting to know them through the camera lens and interacting with them on so many levels. Recently, I have been able to meet a family and shoot their family pictures at Little Buffalo State Park. This was an awesome place to catch a small glimpse into their family. Lots of places to walk and talk and pose. The Stahl family consisted of Grandparents, Tim and Bernice, their Son’s family, Josh and Maddie with their sweet little boys, Ryker and Kolton. The little people were so very patient and good during this process! We captured many lovely images of all of them and some of them. Enjoy a peek into a very enjoyable time!