Martha Olive Grove Overholtzer, Panda factory
WoJern winçÿ Pag# Sixteen Pottstown, Pa., Saturday, December 23, 1972 PANDA FACTORY — In a room resembling Santa’s workshop, Mrs. Martha Overholtzer, 1696 Yarnall Road, Upper Pottsgrove, puts the finishing touches on 10 panda bears which she will give as Christmas pres* Ten grandchildren will Grandmother's version Triggered by President Nixon’s trip to China last February, which focussed the attention of the world on panda bears, a Pottstown area woman is hoping to provide Christmas joy for her grandchildren by giving them her own handmade versions of the cuddly animals. By Christmas Eve, Mrs. Martha Overholtzer, 1696 Yarnall Road, Upper Pottsgrove. hopes to have 10 of the cuddly handmade black and white animals ready to give to her eight youngest grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. “Pandas are the big thing this year so I simply decided I was going to make some for the youngest family members.” she said. She found a pattern for the 15-inch bears in a pattern shop and purchased flirry white and black pile and lining used for making coats. NYLON STOCKINGS She stuffed the bears with factory-rejected nylon stockings which she obtained obtained through a friend. The eyes add a touch of realism to the animals, since the large black pupil moves in a plastic covering, depending on how the bear is held or shaken. Mrs. Overholtzer sews the eyes to the head of the panda instead of just sticking them into the material, to give extra security for inquisitive hands. She uses felt strips, cut according to the pattern, for the mouth. "I have been making different kinds of animals is A entitled The World,” by Mrs. Peg meeting of Creek Woman’s New Hanover Building. Mrs. Christmas and present countries, customs have over in this Mrs. chairman of Churchwomen Wilkes-Barre announced that were filled the flooded Mrs. reported on f o r children Hanover-Upper Gilbertsville, Elementary Serving on the Mrs. William Ralph Baas, Albert Pearson. Mrs. chairman of Improvement outlined next five Serving are Mrs. Guerre-Chaley. The January be in the surprise Hostesses were Mrs. and Mrs. at Grace became the Richard A. First Ellwood City. The Rev. Morris, pastor, the double Mrs. soloist, Daniel John Graw, The bride of Mr. and Howell, Parents of are Mrs. Washington, Boggs Sr., Given in father, the attended by A. Howell, Bridesmaids Doyle, Gail Doughton, Bruce the man. Tim Gene Huttie, ushered. Following the church couple left trip to Seven The bride, Pottstown employed by School librarian for Rupert The employed at Norristown. The couple mmm ents to grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made stuffed animals for several years, including cats, rabbits and even a fierce lion. (Mercury Staff Photo) receive oí pandas for several years,” she said. “This year I also made some dogs, cats and even some lions. 1 think I’ll give some of those to my friends.” At Easter, she made rabbits with movable legs, paws and ears. While she has seen items similar to the ones she makes in stores, they are not as large, especially the pandas, she said. NOT ALONE Mrs. Overholtzer is not alone in her hobby. Recently her husband, Horace, Bethlehem Steel Corp. retiree, started making a variety of animals and birdhouses out of wood. Some of those eventually find their way to the grandchildren. In previous years the entire family got together for a Christmas celebration at the Overholtzer home, but when the attendance rose to more than 24, the house became too small. Now Mr. and Mrs. Overholtzer simply stop off for Christmas visits at their children’s homes. Last year’s gifts to the grandchildren included 10 giant teddy bears, each of them 24 inches tall. Pottstown Memorial Medical Center NORTH DIVISION Admitted: Gladys B. Grofe. Boyertown RD 4; Dorothy B. Miller, 9931 Warren St.; Fonzer Avery, 453 Chestnut St.; Gertrude L. Tressgar, 903 Queen St.; James E. Boalton, 34 W. Stephen T. Lloyd Jr., Pottstown Pottstown RD 2; Robert J. Urban, Urban, 379 Belmont St.; Raymond Endy, 318 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown; Bruce R. Bechtel. Oley RD 2; David H. Schoenly Sr., 1027 Queen St.; Robert V.