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             Tuesday, January 28 2003  

Where are they now? Ann (Lindrose) Gongloff

Born March 24, 1931, in the Finntown section of Nanty Glo, Ann is the daughter of William and Petronella (Schrader) Lindrose. Both her parents as well as her brother Charles are deceased. Her remaining siblings include sisters Martha Oravetz of Milford, Connecticut, and Eleanor Lindrose of Johnstown, and brothers William, who lives in Ebensburg, and Albert of Boulder, Colorado.

Ann (Lindrose) Gongloff
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Ann is a 1949 graduate of Nanty Glo High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. A caption beside her senior picture says she was 'always talking about Milt,' her high school sweetheart whom she married November 29, 1950. Ann and her Nanty Glo native husband, Milton Gongloff, are the parents of eight children: daughter Judy Stefanich and their sons Michael and Brian live in Nanty Glo; their daughter, Leah Ann Schall, makes her home in Belsano; Daniel and Francis live out of the area, Daniel in Greeley, Colorado, and Francis in Kingstowne, Virginia. Two of the Gongloff children are deceased; Tim passed away in 2001 and Kevin died in infancy. The Gongloff's are the parents of 12 grandchildren that range in age from seven to 23.

"Two days after graduation, I started working in Commons' Hardware," says Ann. "I worked there off and on for 30 years; when my husband was on strike and between babies."

Her love of books was the source of her affiliation with the Nanty Glo Public Library as a volunteer in the early 1960s. According to Ann, the library was formed in 1962 and has known many 'homes'; the basement of St. Mary's school, the former Mitchell's Restaurant on Lloyd Street, the Miner's Hall... among others. The library's current home is in the building on Roberts Street that formerly housed Donofsky's Department Store and, later, Wolf Furniture.

"Mary Kivisto was the first librarian," says Ann, "And when she passed away, Augusta LaMantia, Nora Dilling, and myself shared the Librarian duties until I was hired to be the Librarian in 1980, a position I held until my retirement in 2002." To assist her in her duties as Librarian, Ann attended the Johnstown Campus of the University of Pittsburgh, compiling nine credits from classes taken in children's literature, reference, and cataloging. Through her two-decade tenure with the library, Ann says she witnessed many changes; most natable being the introduction of technology. "The library now has a computerized check-out system and all the library reports are done on the computer," she says.

"The library is busy and well used; we have one of the highest circulations in Cambria County...there's a lot of reading material going out." Ann still maintains her ties with the library, offering her assistance and experience when and where needed. In a closing statement and in a voice filled with modest conviction, she says; "I feel as though I was instrumental in making the library what it is today, but I couldn't have done it without the capable help of volunteers, the college work-study student interns,United Way people, and I always had good assistants, and I wanted my successor to be someone who loved the library as much as I do."

Like many who grew up in Nanty Glo and had the advantage of its smalltown atmosphere, Ann has many pleasant memories of her home town. "As for childhood, we had a blast," she says, "Playing in the woods, picking berries for jelly, making dams in the creek so we could swim. We made birch beer by soaking the bark from Birch trees in sugar water. My mother canned food all summer...I used to help her because my hands were small enough to fit into the jars."

Memories of a later time are connected with the library when she would accompany librarian Mary Kivisto to Johnstown to buy books.."I learned how to buy books. Fiction was the most popular back then," she says.

"I miss all the stores and movie theaters...we used to walk to the theaters, and in those days it cost 25 cents to get in," she recalls. "It was a town where you didn't have to worry about your safety."

"I'm still hoping Nanty Glo 'comes around,' and with the new water and sewer lines it might become developed and vibrant again."

Anyone wishing to send greetings to Ann can find her at MOG1298@AOL.com.

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Click here for an index of all Where Are They Now profiles in this series.

Would you walk for a camel?

Noah was standing at the gangplank checking off the pairs of animals when he saw three camels trying to get on board. "Wait a minute!" he said. "Two each is the limit. One of you will have to stay behind."

"It won't be me," said the first camel. "I'm the camel whose back is broken by the last straw."

"I'm the one people swallow while straining at a gnat," said the second.

"And I am the one that shall pass through the eye of a needle sooner than a rich man shall enter heaven." said the third.

"Well, I guess you had better all come in," said Noah, "the world is going to need all of you."

Thought for the day

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

—G. K. Chesterton
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