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and Willard ran a farm, tended a huckster route, started a stand at Renninger’s Farmers Market in Kutztown and opened the country store in 1975. All that, while raising three sons, Glenn, Lynn and Marlin.

In another video, posted on YouTube, Verna is lauded by friends, associates and personalit­ies.

Kline, a former WEEU

Radio and Reading Eagle Company executive, celebrated Verna’s “homespun charm” expressed in radio commercial­s she made over the years.

Berks County historian George M. Meiser IX sang “Happy Birthday.” So did the gang from Trainer’s Midway Diner in Bethel Township.

Author, folklorist and chronicler of haunted tales Charles Adams III told Verna she’s “one heck of a woman who means so much to so many people.” And, WFMZ-TV news anchor

Kathy Craine said Verna “epitomizes a work ethic from a bygone era.”

Those who attended Verna’s birthday party didn’t go home empty handed.

Courtesy of Dietrich Meats, they took along a snack box filled with Dietrich’s smoked meats and cheese, Kutztown soda, Premise Maid candy and Dieffenbac­h potato chips.

And, as a keepsake, a bottle of wine from Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery with a custom label made up of milestone photos from the life of Verna Emma Leiby Dietrich.

 ?? COURTESY OF DIETRICH FAMILY ?? Verna and Willard Dietrich were married in 1952 and, together, founded Dietrich’s Meats & Country Store in 1975. Willard has passed away, but Verna continues to work at the store. She turned 90 on March 13.
COURTESY OF DIETRICH FAMILY Verna and Willard Dietrich were married in 1952 and, together, founded Dietrich’s Meats & Country Store in 1975. Willard has passed away, but Verna continues to work at the store. She turned 90 on March 13.

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