Kathryn Kreger had a milestone birthday recently - she turned 100 years old on Sept. 13 - and it wasn't the first party for a centenarian she's attended this year.
Kathryn's husband of 46 years, Herman, turned 100 years old on Feb. 29.
The Kregers have been members of the Williamsport Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Williamsport for many years and credited the Lord with their long lives.
Kathryn Kreger cuts her birthday cake
during a party
100th birthday on
"Our secret? The Lord helps us everyday," Kathryn told the Sun-Gazette before Herman's party back in February. "We depend on our Guardian Angel to take care of us."
The Kregers said they also eat right and live right, meaning no smoking or drinking for either of them in their younger days.
Kathryn Ertel was born in Hughesville and has lived near and around Williamsport most of her life. She became a member of the Williamsport Church in 1925 and has been a faithful member since that time.
She first became a teacher in 1933. She taught for 27 years at Mountain View Christian, a Seventh-day Adventist school in South Williamsport, educating more than 120 students before her retirement in the late 1990s. She dedicated her life to instructing children to love Jesus.
In 1966, Kathryn agreed to marry Herman after he joined the church. The Kregers believe that Adventist education is an important factor in a child's life and established a scholarship fund at the academy.
The annual scholarship fund is based on criteria established by the Kregers and includes students demonstrating respect, obedience, loving kindness to others and be orderly in appearance and conduct in the classroom and at home.