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hat’s the secret to living a long, happy life? Just ask Kerma Nordyke, a resident of Friendship Village who just celebrated her 107th birthday on June 4 with a few of her family members and friends. Kerma has lived in Friendship Village for 28 years and until recently has been mostly independent. Kerma Pauline Bradford was born in 1905 and grew up in Coshocton, Ohio, with a younger brother and sister, whom she both outlived. She attended Dennison College where she met her first husband, John Minor. They moved to his father’s farm in Greene County near Carmichaels and Garards Fort, Pennsylvania, where they raised their five children: Marilyn (Lynn) Strickland of Greensboro, North Carolina; Robert Minor, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey; Helen Ashley of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Donna Carroll of Peters Township; and John Minor of Wichita, Kansas. The farm included Herford cattle, a small dairy operation, chickens, lambs, pigs, and a vegetable garden to feed the family. As a teacher, education was always important to Kerma. She went back to work as an elementary school teacher in Bobtown, Pennsylvania when her children were still in school to make sure they all had the opportunity to go to college. The children were also required to work to help with the cost. Today, she still loves reading, poetry, and most of all—children. “If there was one thing that kept her young, it was her love for teaching and children,” said Ashley. After the death of her first husband at 62, Kerma married two more times. Her second marriage was to Albert Hoge, who owned Hoge’s Bakery in Waynesburg. He passed away and she moved to Friendship Village in 1986 where she met and married her third husband , Jack Nordyke, at the age of 84. They were married for several years before he passed away.

Kerma in 1962 when she taught second grade

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