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Berks woman still quilting at 101

BERN TWP., Pa. - A 101-year-old woman has been putting her hands to work for a long time to help others.

All Lisbeth Nestler needs is a needle and thread to keep her busy for hours. She quilts, along with a dozen other ladies, at the Epler's United Church of Christ in Bern Township every Tuesday.

"She is a wonderful person. She keeps us in good spirits all the time," said Pat Bender, quilter.

But, quilting is more than just a hobby for these ladies. Once they finish a quilt, they auction it off to benefit the church.

While they are working, they get to hear stories about each other's lives, like  Nestler's past growing up in Germany during World War II.

"She tells us about how they had to scrounge for food and as the bombing progressed they took more and more people into their homes. It was a very hard existence for them at that point," said Patricia Bender, quilter.

Nestler has been quilting for more than 30 years and just celebrated her 101st birthday on July 3.

"My birthday was just great. Outstanding," said Nestler.

She said she never expected to live this long, but hoped to see her grandchildren have their own children one day.

"Another one got married and I said, 'I wish I could see when she had a baby.' I am still here and so and so on," said Nestler.

Now, she has five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She still enjoys gardening, quilting and spending time with family.

"My secret is to be happy. Do not be a pessimist and try to look always on the good side," said Nestler.

The Epler's Church Quilting Club meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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