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             Monday, October 7 2002  

Where are they now? Patty-Jo (Russell) Cocho



Patty-Jo (Russel) Cocho in a recent photo.

Born October 2, 1948, Patty is the daughter of Maryland native Joseph Russell and Erma (Fresh), from Conemaugh. One of three siblings, her sisters both live out of the area and take advantage of the southern climate. Betty Lou (Russell) Wallace now lives in Alabama and Beverly (Russell) Andrews lives in Virginia.

A 1966 graduate of Nanty Glo-Vintondale High School, Patty-Jo has been married to Nanty Glo native Tom Cocho since January 4, 1968 and they are the parents of four children: Tammy Staufer, 34, Stevens, Lancaster County; Tina Ragley, 33, Vintondale; John, 28, living at home with his parents in Edgewood, Md., and Tressa, 23, living in the Edgewood area. Six grandchildren round out the family: Danielle, Leah, Jonathan, Steven, Austin, and Samantha.

The Cochos left the area in 1993 after the C&I Railroad, where Tom worked, closed up shop, forcing them and many others like them to places where jobs could be found. The Cochos have now lived in Maryland for eight years. Being only a few hours away from home enables Patty to "get home" once every two months to visit with her daughter and grandaughter and friends from the past.

A 1966 graduate of Hammond School of Beauty, Patty earned her diploma enabling her to open her own shop. She was the owner/proprietor of Patty-Jo's Beauty Shop in Nanty Glo from 1974 to 1978. Her regular clients numbered around 35, and when asked if her clients confided any secrets to her, all she would say was, "I talked to my clients a lot." Back in the '70s hairdressers did lots of teasing and used lots of hairspray. And, according to Pat, "everyone wanted to look like a movie star. Haircoloring was a 'big' item back then, too."

Memories of Nanty Glo: "I had very strict parents, I had to be home at 11 p.m. and on prom night I had to be home at 12. I wasn't allowed to go everywhere. I had to learn to make a choice as to where I went.

"I miss the low cost of living that this area enjoys. Where I live, basic commodities like food, etc., are basically priced the same as here, but housing costs are much higher. When my kids were small, I played in the snow with them.

"I met my husband Tom at a pizza shop on Roberts Street. Back then, the thing to do was to ride around town in your car, and who can forget the Miners' Hall and the record Hops?"

Hopes for Nanty Glo: I would like to see the streets and roads repaired, and more and better jobs for friends still living in the area.

Anyone wishing to send greetings can find patty at P_Cocho@hotmail.com.


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T-shirt sayings (10th of a series)

46. Suicidal twin kills sister by mistake!
47. My wild oats have turned to shredded wheat.
48. Computer geeks don't byte, they nibble a bit.
49. Computer geeks know how to use their hardware.
50. The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Men do not gather grapes of thorns, nor figs of thistles. The fruit of a tree is determined by the tree, and the fruit of life by the kind of life it is. What a man is interested in to the point of absorption both decides and reveals what kind of man he is; and the kind of man he is by a secret law of the soul decides the kind of fruit he will bear.

A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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