Record Turnout For Luncheon

March 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM


Important women:  front from left Nancy Rosman as Aunt Katy Reasinger, Deb Grieve as Roberta Sabbato, Meghyn Chandler, and Kris Haenes as Lena Miller. Back from left:  Pam August as Sister Carmelita, Sharon Jerashen as Nellie Cloud, Val Kucenski as Willie Gamble DuBois, Nikki Cherry as Phebe Tyler, and Gayle Gearhart, narrator.

            A record 88 members and guests attended the DuBois Area Historical Society’s 2013 Spring Luncheon. The event packed the DuBois Senior Center, which hosted the event.

            The crowd experienced an educational and entertaining program, “Women’s Contributions to Local History” staged in honor of Women’s History Month. The program featured live performances of women who were prominent in DuBois or Clearfield County history.

            Performing were:  Nancy Rosman as Aunt Katy Reasinger, a pioneer settler of DuBois; Nikki Cherry as Phebe Tyler, a businesswoman/philanthropist; Sharon Jerashen as teacher Nellie Cloud; Val Kucenski as Willie Gamble DuBois, philanthropist and wife of John E. DuBois; Pam August as Sister Carmelita, a Sister of Mercy, who worked many years at DuBois Hospital; Kris Haenes, as Lena Miller, the first woman to be executed in Clearfield County when charged with her husband’s murder; Deb Grieve as aviator Roberta Sabbato; and fourth grader Meghyn Chandler, wearing a 1970s vintage Girl Scout uniform, who talked about that time period.

            Gayle Gearhart was the narrator for the program. Gene Aravich, Deb Grieve and Cathy Hughes wrote the scripts. Dave Clark helped organize the actors.

            DuBois Area Historical Society President Ruth Gregori provided the welcome. Todd Thompson delivered the invocation.

            The luncheon menu included wedding soup from Luigi’s Ristorante, sandwiches by Jeff Clyde and Subway, macaroni salad by Don Thomas, and cupcakes from Shop & Save. The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, New York and Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community in Erie provided the sister’s habit worn by Pam August.


A large crowd attended the annual luncheon.

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