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               Monday, July 22 2002  

Where are they now? Shirley (Gamber) Rhoades



Shirley and David Rhoades

Nanty Glo native Shirley Vivian Gamber Rhoades was born October 18, 1932, to Raymond "Shorty" Gamber and Vada (Elliott) Gamber, Shirley is one of three children, a sister to Donna Salyards of Hurlock, Maryland, and Barbara Barr of Germantown, Maryland. The Gamber sisters were raised in the Finntown section of Nanty Glo.

This half-pint sized 1950 graduate of Nanty Glo High School was a member of Y-Teens and chorus during her high school years. Her love of group singing, harmony, and membership in the chorus led the way for her to sing 12 years with The Sweet Adelines and for 25 years in her church choir.

Married to Nanty Glo native David "Curley" Rhoades since September 22, 1951, she and Dave are the parents of two grown sons: David, Jr., 46, Camp Hill, and Donald, 43, State College. Two grandaughters, children of David, Kaitlyn, 10, and Erin, 6, give Shirley and Dave lots of pleasure and bragging rights.

Retired from Penn State University's Dept. of Continuing Education since 1993 where she was responsible for editing and proofreading the Continuing Education brochures for all Penn State Campuses, she is now free to pursue her hobbies of painting, sewing, needlework, gardening and, last but not least, traveling. She has traveled many times to Europe and Hawaii and has taken one trip to Nova Scotia. Last year, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, she and Dave treated their two sons to a European vacation.

Favorite memories of home town Nanty Glo: "Sled riding down Rodgers Street from Finnie's Ball Field to the wall behind the Moose Club with Wally and Marie Lindrose and Donna Hakanen. We had a wooden toboggin that Wally's dad had made; we would all climb on and away we'd go. People were close knit, and it was a comforting atmosphere to grow up in because all my relatives were there too! It was so safe..."

"I would love to see the museum completed, I think that would be nice. It would be nice for some industry to move in, because it was and still is a nice place to live and grow up in. I think small towns are wonderful...State College has grown so...now it's more like a city."

Anyone wishing to send greetings can find Shirley and Dave at SDRhoades@juno.com.


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Thought for today

Love that stems from created things is like a small lamp whose light is sustained by being fed with olive-oil. Or it is like a river fed by rainfall; once the supply that feeds it fails, the surge of its flow abates. But love whose cause is God is like a spring welling up from the depths. Its flow never abates, for God alone is that spring of love whose supply never fails.

—St. Isaac the Syrian (Isaac of Nineveh), 7th century.

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