Sophie Patchinka celebrates 100th birthday
Marty Hacker opened up his North Catasauqua home March 31 for a birthday party for his mother-in-law, Sophie Patchinka, and all the family members.
“It’s what you do when someone turns 100,” said Roxane Guzie, one of Sophie’s daughters.
Sophie spent her life as a homemaker, with the exception of a stint at a blouse factory. She was the best baker, her family said, and she prepared dinners for the family fresh from her garden.
She and her husband built their own house, and their family moved close by.
“She would find a new recipe and make sure that each of us had a sample,” said Monica Tassi, another of Sophie’s daughters. “She lived life doing things for her family, and she taught us to live the same way.”
Hacker and his son Michael, with Outcast Car Restoration in Northampton, are vintage car enthusiasts, with a 1963 Corvette as one of his show pieces alongside a 1944 Willys drag racer. For the party, Hacker moved a few cars out of the garage and brought out the karaoke machine.
The remaining members of Sophie’s immediate family have the long-living gene, with a couple of sisters soon also approaching 100.
A comparison chart the family put together showed Sophie’s wedding picture with her wedding dress and her handsome World War II Army soldier at her side. The list of 1919 prices includes cars with a $600 window sticker and fresh eggs at 56 cents a dozen.
Today, Hacker’s ’63 Corvette could top $100,000 at auction.
When you are around 100 years, there are a lot of offspring. Sophie has three daughters: Tassi, Patty Hacker and Guzie. The three daughters gave Sophie seven grandchildren: Tara Winkelbauer, T.J. Tassi, Michael Hacker, Kate Pammer, Belle Hacker, Anthony Guzie and Rebecca Keck.
The grandchildren gave Sophie eight great-grandchildren: Derrick Russell, Gianna Winkelbauer, Cecelia Winkelbauer, Jacob Tassi, Hailey Baez, Gavin Hacker, Weston Pammer and Bowen Pammer.
Adding in a few nieces and nephews, all of this makes for a great family reunion.