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November 14, 2013

Four generations helping with 91-year turkey tradition

NORMAN — It’s a tradition that has gone on for more than nine decades and one that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

For 91 years, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Women’s Club has put on a Thanksgiving spread for the Norman community, offering everything from turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry Jell-O salad, hot rolls and plenty of homemade pie.

“The cranberry Jell-O salad is a recipe passed down from my mother,” Joanne Miller said.

This year’s dinner will be served up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the gym of the Parish Center, 421 E. Acres St.

The women know that all of this cooking and cleaning couldn’t be done without a little help from members of the Knights of Columbus, Guild members, R.E. Department, Youth Group and many other faithful volunteers.

This year’s dinner is under the direction of Rita Ille, Martha Pennington and Karen Quinn. Ticket chairperson is Connie Lang.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 through 10. Children 5 and under eat free. Tickets will be available at the door.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund many Parish and community needs.

With a community dinner that has lasted 91 years, it’s no surprise that many generations have come together to make the dinner a success. Four generations of St. Joseph Catholic Church members helping with this year’s dinner include Carol O’Bryan, McKay Painter, Cheri Painter and Margaret Kahoe.

The Hames family, Jim and Deanna Hames, Steve and Helen Hames, Adam and Lisa Hames and their children, Danielle, Ashley and Cayla, also have been instrumental in organizing the dinner.

Other generations include Marcy Meiser and daughter, Stacy Zemke; Carolyn Ghelarducci and daughter, Kristen Hollingsworth; and three generations, Ken Lowery, daughter, Cindy Zumwalt, son, Steve, his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Hannah Lowery.

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