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Stella turns 100

Editor’s note: A story printed Feb. 4 about Stella Gallagher’s 100th birthday contained some inaccuracies. A corrected version, along with additional details, follows.

Catasauqua Borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel was one of the people celebrating Stella Gallagher’s 100th birthday. Stella is a regular along Schlegel’s daily walk, and Stella always has a kind word to those she meets.

She stays at the high rise at Third and Pine streets.

She married Charles “Chink” Gallagher in 1941. They were both raised in Catasauqua.

Stella had three sons, James in Lancaster, Joseph in Catasauqua and Charles from Reading, who is deceased. She has nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She started her career in the Catasauqua Area School District.

She helped the community at Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop and at the food bank.

Stella gets great joy seeing her nephews and nieces in the area.

She is a woman of faith. Stella is an active member of Salem United Church of Christ on Third Street. She is always at the church fundraisers. Pastor Michael Smith offered Stella thanks for all she has done for the church.

Schlegel offered a proclamation in Stella’s honor.