Masonic Village resident celebrates 100 years of life
BY ENELLY BETANCOURT, Staff Writer
Nothing can stop Gerald Bange from doing what he loves best -- reading and listening to music.
Bange particularly enjoys the murder-mystery stories by Agatha Christie and has developed a rich sense of wonder and profound love of piano music.
His lifelong passion for books, music and art will be commemorated as he marks a century of life today.
A big birthday celebration will be held Friday in Huntingdon, where the centenarian lived for many years. Bange will be joined by friends from Masonic Mount Moriah Lodge No. 300, of which he has been a member for 60 years.
A resident of Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Bange moved to Lancaster in 2005. He still enjoys fairly good health, although his hearing is not as good as it used to be and he no longer walks long distances.
He enjoys traveling through Europe -- especially visiting relatives in Norway -- playing piano, painting and dining out.
A native of Huntingdon, Bange was born March 14, 1913, the youngest of two children of Helma and Charlie Bange.
He graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1929 and attended an agricultural school in Doylestown, Bucks County, graduating from its horticulture program.
After graduation, Bange worked for the Altoona Chamber of Commerce and managed an insurance company for 35 years before retiring at age 70. He also served as a board member at Union National Bank until 2005.
Bange has two children -- Jane Henry and James Bange -- four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ann Bange, his wife of 63 years, died in 2005.
Bange was active at his church, Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon, where he served as secretary, treasurer and deacon.