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Reeders Memorial Home resident celebrates 100th birthday

December 27, 2011
  • Sylvia Hutzell Poffenberger, a resident of Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 5 at a family celebration at the home.
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BOONSBORO — Sylvia Hutzell Poffenberger celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 5 at a family celebration at Reeders Memorial Home, where she lives.

Poffenberger has spent her entire life in the Boonsboro area. She learned early in life about hard work and living off the land. She grew up on a truck farm on Mousetown Road, where she helped raise the garden produce that was taken to market.

She married Clarence Poffenberger, whom she knew from attending Zittlestown School and Zittlestown Church of God.

In 1931, the couple moved to her husband’s family farm on Reno Mountain Road. There, she helped milk cows, tend chickens, and worked in the family garden and berry patches.

The couple raised hogs, which provided their meat. The meat was preserved by “frying down” bacon, sausage stuffed in casings and hog pudding, which was stored in crocks and covered with grease. There was no electricity until 1941.

Poffenberger has two daughters, Janice Tritapoe, who lives in Pleasant Valley, and Margaret Miller, who lives at Reeders.

She has seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

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