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I,ll try to keep it to Christmas Kiddo, but its hard when your talking about the old neighborhood. i still get my christmas tree at westmorland @ kensington ave, just last week when i went the guy there said where are you from you look likei know you from somewhere, i said juniata, he said [dam] everyone wanted to live there.we thought you guys were rich, you here that alot if your from juniata...i never new why, i thought there neighborhoods were very nice, spent many of day in different places, and now they are doin better then juniata,. all the houses were decorated, the mongos singing xmas carols, stoppin door to door at friends houses, going too the steffas house on christmas eve for mass, yep MASS George and Pat Steffa had a priest do mass every christmas eve in a packed house, * * * just having there cousins over, the donahues was a packed house but they did it, George Steffa was the Definition of AWSOME, i,ll think of more for you kiddo, thanks den cool.

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LOFTUS
JOSEPH P. "BIG JOE", suddenly on Dec. 16, 2012 at the age of 68. Beloved husband of the late Bernadette (nee Henes). Devoted father of Jennifer, Jeanine (Matt) Brierley and the late Joseph and Jeffrey. Loving Pop of Lauren and fiance Kevin Carroll, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Ashley and Allyssa. Dear brother of James (Sheila) Loftus and Dorothy (Bob) Musser. Survived by his daughter-in-law Sharon Mellor and many nieces and nephews. Relatives, friends and members of I.L.A.T.A. Clerks and Checkers Local 1242, of which he was a member for over 45 years, are invited to call Friday 9 to 10:45 A.M. at Holy Innocent's Church, 1337 E. Hunting Park Ave. (at L St.), Phila., PA 19124. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

My prayers to Jennifer and Jeanine. Your Dad will get to spend this Christmas with the rest of your family.


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Boys, I am pretty sure that the comments you made are not what Carolan had in mind.LOL. Miss visiting everybody, just walking from one house to the next and visiting. We are creating new traditions for our children, but they will never truly understand what it was like to grow up the way we did. Sure do miss the good old days. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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I still have some decorations my grandparents bought at Herman Klein's Hardware on Hunting Park Avenue in 1960. The lighted candles still work.

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I remember stopping by the Kane's house every Christmas Eve with a nice Christmas plant from Carrol's. My second family!!! Hope all is going well with you guys...

Added: December 18, 2012
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THANKS JEFF. AFTER THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND COUNTLESS HOURS OF THERAPY, NOW I HAVE THAT MEMORY BACK IN MY HEAD.

Added: December 18, 2012
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I remember my sister Kathy getting falling down drunk every year!

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Thanks a lot everyone! Keep em coming :)

Added: December 17, 2012
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Christmas Caroling which their are some pictures posted as we wheeled around a keg on a wagon...

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For Starters, Christmas Eve...we would decorate the tree and my parents would buy us new pajamas, me and my brothers would get NFL teams, my sisters got girly jammys; then off to bed, during the nite my brothers and i would sneak out of the bedroom to see if Santa left the toys, and i was the one they held by my ankles down the steps to see more into the livingroom if we made out good, Waking up my Father would line us up by age to come down the steps with the Brightest Light and a 8mm camara, recording as we came down. {it was blinding at 6am}. then of course it was great. Then going on the street with all your buddys and sharing what you got, Christmas was usually Hockey season so remember getting rooler skates with metal wheels and the black hockeypucks {hard as a diamond} getting hit with will show you a new kind of pain, my mother would make the goalies pads with the cushions from the couch and sow old wrangler jeans around them, and the ties to hold them on were made in a factory in Kenso..from my grandmother...more stories to come,.P.S. i was also the kid they held buy the ankles to go down the sewer to get our pimpleballs...LOL.. merry christmas cool.

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