TERRE HAUTE —
Former Terre Hautean Norma Roberts will observe her 100th birthday on May 2 during a family celebration in Pennsylvania. She was born on May 2, 1912, in southern Indiana, and later moved to Terre Haute with her family at age 12.
The former Norma Kight graduated from Wiley High School in 1930. She went on to business college, and became a bookkeeper for a lumber company.
She attended North Union EUB Church, where she met her husband, Everett Roberts. They married in July 1934 and she became a homemaker and mother of Mary Jo, Richard and Dan. The couple owned and operated several restaurants in the area, and were active members of the former Montrose Methodist Church. In 1947, they became active members of North Union Church.
The couple moved to Ohio in 1954, and later to Florida, before retiring to Terre Haute in the late 1970s.
Roberts wrote a weekly column in the Tribune-Star for nearly four years featuring the Wabash Valley Senior Citizens Center.
The couple moved to Reading, Pa., in 1984, where she continued to live after her husband’s death in 1997.
Family and friends in Vigo and Clay counties are encourage to send cards or letters to Roberts, c/o Dan Roberts, 1517 Hill Road, L-3, Reading, PA 19602.
Esther Rost will celebrate her 100th birthday from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Girl Scout Building, 1100 Girl Scout Lane, in Terre Haute, hosted by her family. Everyone is welcome. No gifts are necessary. Square dancing activities will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to bring photos, stories and other momentos to share. Cards and letters may be sent to Esther Rost, 4955 E. Davis Drive, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.
Esther married Harry Rost, and he is deceased. The couple had two sons, Gerald Rost (deceased) and Harold “Bud” Rost. Rost has 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She is a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and Old Fiddlers.