June 6, 2023


Fashion groove

Greenfield woman, 89, crafts hundreds of pandemic masks to donate

Jackie Stebler pushes her walker amongst the rows of material. She’s in search of the ideal materials.

When she finds what she demands, she places it on the seat of the walker and keeps shifting. Her daughter, Karen Culley, transfers the fabric sample to a searching cart.

Jackie is on a mission to make additional facial area masks for folks simply because of the pandemic.

Immediately after an hour browsing, she rolls up to the location of the Joann cloth keep in Cranberry where by a woman measures and cuts the substance. She will make her way to the checkout counter and pulls out her checkbook.

“This is my sweet retailer,” explained Stebler, of Greenfield, who will change 90 in November. She explained she has built a lot more than 1,000 face masks for loved ones, close friends and individuals in need to have.

“I am not amazed she is performing this,” stated Kristine Stebler, one of her other daughters. “My mom loves to assistance.”

Stebler said she does not think what she is accomplishing is something exclusive. She gives absent the masks for absolutely free to folks she is aware or as a result of term of mouth.

“This is just me,” she explained. “I just want to do a thing to keep people protected.”


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Jackie Stebler, 89, of Greenfield is applying her governing administration stimulus revenue to acquire materials and supplies to make face masks.


Stebler typically stays up right up until 1 or 2 a.m. stitching. She has two stitching equipment — a person with white thread and an additional with black thread — in her perform room and a table complete of cloth and spools of elastic. The masks are double layered.

She has cloth in rustic styles, leaves and pumpkins, witches and candy corn as nicely as Santa Claus, sweet canes and gingerbread adult men, and some others with cupcakes, tie-dye types, pet dogs and camouflage.

Stebler despatched masks to Allegheny County Govt Wealthy Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Well being Director Dr. Debra Bogen. They identified her past week at a information conference.

“I want to thank Jackie for this mask,” Fitzgerald mentioned. “Greenfield is a exclusive area for me, because it is the place my spouse grew up.”

Bogen explained Stebler, a previous kitchen area worker at the Greenfield Senior Centre, can be noticed handing out masks in her neighborhood and out when she stores.

“Jackie, like public wellbeing officers throughout the entire world, know deal with coverings will protect her and the types she enjoys from spreading the virus,” Bogen said. “We will have to all go on to wear encounter coverings when we go out. The facial area coverings are one of the crucial tools we to have to gradual the spread and to safeguard men and women like Jackie.”


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Jackie Stebler, 89, of Greenfield (center front) made all of the facial area masks that her daughters (from still left) Korene Kegg, Karen Culley and Kristine Stebler are sporting. Kegg’s English Labrador assistance canine, Windy, retains watch.


Stebler and her late husband, Gerard, lived on the North Aspect and experienced seven kids. She labored at Ross Eat’n Park for more than two decades.

In 2008, she moved in with her daughter Kristine in Greenfield.

She has 11 grandchildren, 17 excellent-grandchildren and a few terrific-fantastic-grandchildren. She began creating masks for her loved ones of 61. She kept making when she read others required them.

“She constantly told us to do matters for other persons,” Kristine Stebler explained. “She tactics what she preaches. She is tireless. She will keep up late to fill an purchase. “

Kristine Stebler’s twin, Korene Kegg, stated she and her siblings by no means had to obtain Halloween costumes. Their mother usually created them.

“If I have 50 percent her strength at 90, I will be joyful,” claimed Kegg, of Greenfield. “Most ladies give start, but my mom gave me a life. Our mother handled us like anyone else. If we could do some thing, then we did it. She assisted us be unbiased.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Evaluation staff writer. You can call JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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