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October 17, 1996

Mrs. Pearl P. Tuckett
Mrs. Pearl P. Tuckett, 73, formerly of 223 Penn St., Tamaqua, died 
Wednesday morning in the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 
Hometown, where she had resided since July. She was the widow of 
William J. Tuckett Sr., who died in 1988. She worked as a nurses' aide for 
the former Allentown Hospital in the 1940s.

Michael R. Pribish
Michael R. Pribish, 43, of 192 Dartmouth St., Highland Park, N.J., died 
Tuesday in his home. He was a self-employed landscaper.

Mrs. Anna V. Chuckran
Mrs. Anna V. Chuckran, 94, of 439 W. Patterson St., Lansford, died 
Wednesday in her home. She was the widow of John C. Chuckran. 

Angela Ondrus
Mrs. Angela Ondrus, 94, died Wednesday at the home of her son and 
daughter-in-law, Joseph J. and Marie Ondrus at 36 Coal St., Lansford. She 
was the widow of Gabriel J. Ondrus, who died in 1983.

Kathleen Waynock
Mrs. Kathleen Waynock, 72, of 264 E. High St., Coaldale, died 
Wednesday at her home. She was the widow of William Waynock, who died 
in 1987, and the late Mr. Kastrava. She was employed as a sewing machine 
operator at the former W&L Manufacturing in Coaldale, until it closed.

October 18, 1996

Joseph L. Dunn Jr.
Joseph L. Dunn Jr., 58, of 102 E. Patterson St., Lansford, died 
Thursday in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was the husband of 
Janet E. (Brode) Dunn. He was striken Tuesday evening while addressing 
members of Lansford Borough Council as a member of the community's 
board of health. He was rushed to Miners Memorial Medical Center, 
Coaldale, and later transferred to Geisinger. He was self-employed and 
retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1978.

Philip C. Scheirer
Philip C. "Phil" Scheirer, 51, of 6212 Glen Court, Germansville, died 
Wednesday in the home of his brother, Ralph T. Jr. of Allentown. The 
deceased was the husband of Jay A. (Benjamin) Scheirer. They observed 
their fourth wedding anniversary in July. He was a cutter operator at Day 
Timers, East Texas, for eight years, and previously was a machinist for 
Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, and Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He was an 
Air Force veteran of the Vietnam war.

William C. Anilosky
William C. Anilosky, 68, of Charcoal Ridge Road, South, Danbury, 
Conn., died Thursday in Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Dorothy C. 
(Heller) Anilosky. He was director of human resources for American Can 
Co., Greenwich, Conn., for 20 years before retiring.

John H. Reese
John H. Reese, 91, formerly of 337 W. Abbott St., Lansford, died 
Thursday in Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of the late Stacia S. 
Reese, who died in 1990. Prior to retiring he had been employed by 
PennDOT as a surveyor.

Joseph J. Hanzl Jr.
Joseph J. Hanzl Jr., 68, of Allentown, died Wednesday in Lehigh 
Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Rose M. (Bendekovits) 
Hanzl. They observed their 45th wedding anniversary in January. He was a 
technical investigator for A.T. and T., Allentown, for 38 years before 
retiring in 1986. Hanzl was a Navy veteran.

Peter Torak
Peter Torak, 71, of Grier City, Barnesville R.2, died Thursday in 
Hazleton General Hospital.

Mrs. Helen M. Uhnakk
Mrs. Helen M. Uhnak, 92, formerly of 225 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, died 
Wednesday in Mahoning Valley Nursing and Convalescent Center, Mahoning 
Township. She was the widow of Ludevit Uhnak.

Mrs. Ellen E. Millward Reitz
Mrs. Ellen E. Millward Reitz, 95, formerly of 425 Kuntz Ave., 
Slatington, died Thursday in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. She 
was the widow of Frank R. Reitz and Harry Millward. She was a silk 
weaver for Stanwood Mills, Slatington, for 25 years before retiring in 

Mrs. Minnie A. Deens
Mrs. Minnie A. Deens, 95, of Ambler died Wednesday in the home of 
her son, Henry C. Sr., of Horsham Township. She was the widow of Henry C. 
Deens. She was a nurse for the former Allentown Hospital after graduating 
from its school of nursing in 1922. After that, she assisted her husband in 
the operation of the former Deens Hardware and Electrical Contractors, 

Paige Amber Horwith
Paige Amber Horwith, 10-days-old, died Sunday in Lehigh Valley 
Hospital, Allentown. She was the daughter of Heather Horwith, 1230 
Wintergreen Road, Palmerton. 

October 21, 1996

Bill Yost
Wiliam W. Yost, 84, who served as mayor of Tamaqua for 16 yeas, 
died Sunday in his home. He was he husband of Alma (Fey) Yost. They were 
married for 64 years. He was president and general manager of Remaly 
Manufacturing Co., Tamaqua, from 1941 until retiring in 1992. He was still 
serving as treasurer of the company. In 1927 while still in high school he 
began working at a meat market owned and operated by Francis Lambert, 
managing the market after Lambert's death until assuming the position at 
the Remaly firm.

John P.D. Nothstein
John P.D. Nothstein, 79, of 75 Dietrich Road, Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, 
formerly of Emmaus, died Friday in Montefiore Hospital, University of 
Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh. He was the husband of the late Rose 
F. (Frank) Nothstein. He was an automotive parts salesman for Prestolite 
Co., Toledo, Ohio, before retiring in 1979. Mr. Nothstein was an Army Air 
Corps veteran of World War II having served with the 303rd Bomb Group.

Robert A. Parsons Sr.
Robert A. Parsons Sr., 77, of 1410 Fireline Road, Palmerton, died 
Saturday in Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of the late Sophie 
(Chedrick) Parsons. He was an operator in the field station of the former 
New Jersey Zinc Co., Palmerton, before retiring. Mr. Parsons was an Army 
veteran of World War II.

Mrs. Marion N. Copp
Mrs. Marion N. Copp, 86, of Effort, formerly of St. Johnsbury, Vt., died 
Saturday in Palmerton Hospital. She was the widow of Wendell Copp. She 
was a trustee at the Sunset Home, St. Johnsbury, for 15 years before 
retiring in 1980. 

Mrs. Dorothea A. Hall
Mrs. Dorothea A. Hall, 86, formerly of Jonas, Monroe County, died 
Friday in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the 
widow of Raymond F. Hall.

Mrs. Ruth J. Snyder
Mrs. Ruth J. Snyder, 74, of 6335 Farm Bureau Road, Allentown, 
formerly of 5321 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, died Friday in her home. She 
was the widow of Arthur A. Snyder. She worked in the security department 
of Food Lane, Allentown, for five years before retiring in 1983.

Joseph Briska
Joseph Briska, 76, of 101 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, died Sunday at 
Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, after a lengthy illness. He was 
last employed at Quartite Lamp Factory in Nesquehoning. Mr. Briska was a 
U. S. Air Force staff sergeant and a veteran of World War II, serving in the 
European Theater of Operations.

Jose V. Murillo
Jose V. Murillo, 93, of 8 Hillside St., Palmerton, died Saturday in 
Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Irma (Juarez) Murillo. They 
celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this month. He was a bricklayer 
for the former New Jersey Zinc Co., Palmerton, for 42 years before 
retiring in 1968.

Eugene Cichelli
Eugene Cichelli, 64, of 16 W. Holland St., Summit Hill, died Saturday 
in Palmerton Hospital. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corporation at 
Sparrows Point before retiring. Mr. Cichelli was an Army veteran of the 
Korean Conflict.

Ernest W. Neimeyer
Ernest W. "Bud" Neimeyer, 72, of Fogelsville, formerly of Emmaus, 
died Thursday in his home. He was the husband of Nancy J. (Christman) 
Neimeyer. They observed their 47th Wedding anniversary last December. He 
was a millwright at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for more than 30 years before 
retiring. He also served 41 years in active and reserve duty in the Navy 
retiring from the reserve in 1984. A senior chief electrician's mate, he 
served aboard the USS Thomas DE-102, a destroyer escort credited with 
sinking four German U-boats during World War II. He was recalled to 
active duty during the Korean Conflict. 

Frank R. Kanick
Frank R. Kanick, 69, of 134 W. White St., Summit Hill, died Sunday in 
his home. He was the husband of Mary (Vannicola) Kanick. A career printer, 
he co-owned the American Printing Co., Summit Hill, for many years. Mr. 
Kanick was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mrs. Mary H. Mudri
Mrs. Mary H. Mudri, 86, of 1735 Meadow Glen Drive, Lansdale, 
formerly of Hellertown, died Thursday in St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. She 
was the widow of Andrew Mudri.

Mrs. Willard S. Solt
Mrs. Hazel M. Solt, 76, of 805 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, died Sunday 
in Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of Willard S. Solt. They observed 
their 51st wedding anniversary in January.

Mrs. Elizabeth A. Dutton
Mrs. Elizabeth A. "Betty" Dutton, 85, of Hometown Nursing Center, 
Tamaqua R.2, formerly of Lehigh Street, Tamaqua, died Saturday in Miners 
Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of Archibald 
Dutton. She was employed by John E. Morgan Knitting Mill, Hometown, 
before retiring.

Mrs. Augusta R. Wolden
Mrs. Augusta R. Wolden, 96, of 3776 Old Philadelphia Pike, 
Bethlehem, died Friday in St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. She was the 
widow of Walter B. Wolden. 

October 22, 1996

John J. Yost
 John J. Yost, 69, of Coplay, died Monday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, 
Allentown. He was the husband of Frances A. (Stubits) Yost. They observed 
their 49th wedding anniversary in June.
 He was a machinist for the former Hellertown Manufacturing 
Company for 30 years before retiring in 1982.
  Born in Stiles, he was a son of Mrs. Bertha (Marx) Yost of Whitehall 
Township and the late John Yost.
 He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Coplay, and the West 
Coplay Mannerchor.
 Yost was a Navy veteran of World War II.
 Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are a son, Gerald N. of 
Coplay; two daughters, Bonnie, wife of James Sipics of Catasauqua, and 
Denise of Danielsville; three sisters, Theresa, wife of Frank Perl of 
Stiles, Bertha, wife of Joseph Szoke of Lehighton, and Hilda, wife of 
Charles Parsons of Emmaus; and three grandchildren.

David J. Sweeney
 David J. Sweeney, 50, of 118 Second Ave., Walnutport, died Monday in 
the Palmerton Hospital after being stricken at home. He was the husband 
of Teresa (Feola) Sweeney. They observed their 22nd wedding anniversary 
in June.
 He was a draftsman for the Pennsylvania Power and LIght Company, 
Allentown, for 25 years.
  Born in Hazleton, he was a son of Mrs. Helene (Riley) Sweeney of 
Hazleton and the late Donald Sweeney.
 He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville, 
where he was a Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the Knights 
of Columbus and the Catholic Men of Good News.
 Sweeney was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
 Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are a son, Shawn D., 
and a daughter, Sabrina A., both at home; a brother, John T. of Camp Hill; 
and two sisters, Judith, wife of Liborio Sabatini of Flushing, N.Y., and 
Rosemary, wife of Ralph Montanio of Franklin Square, N.Y.

Mrs. Theda M. Saltzman
 Mrs. Theda M. Saltzman, 77, of Schnecksville, died Monday in her 
home. She was the widow of Raymond M. Saltzman.
 She was a seamstress for the former Bishop and Company, 
Weissport, for 25 years before retiring in 1973.
  Born in Bowmanstown,she was a daughter of the late Clyde A. and 
Sally E. (Schoch) Rehrig.
 She was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
 Mrs. Saltzman was a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 222, 
Schnecksville, and was a kitchen volunteer for the Community Fire 
Company No. 1, also of Schnecksville.
 Surviving are a son, Larry E. of Boulder, Colo.; two daughters, Janet 
S., wife of Calvin G. Dorward of Valparaiso, Ind., and Linda M., wife of 
Robert J. Merryman of Oviedo, Fla.; two sisters, Gladys E. Walck of 
Lehighton and Bernadine O., wife of Willard Wolfe of North Weissport; five 
grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
 The Heintzelman Funeral Home, 4609 Rt. 309, Schnecksville, is in 
charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Marion Irene Seltzer
 Mrs. Marion Irene Seltzer, 79, of  Virgina Beach, Va., formerly of 
Slatington, died Saturday in the Hillhaven Nursing Home, Virginia Beach. 
She was the widow of Elmer E. Seltzer.
 She was a teacher's aide in the Northampton Area School District 
before retiring.
  Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Stanley T. and 
Minnie (Williams) Fritzinger.
 Surviving are a daughter, Harriet Owens Wickizer of Virginia Beach; 
a brother, Carl Williams Fritzinger; five grandchildren and eight great-

Mrs. Donald P.Handwerk
 Mrs. Penelope S. "Penny" Handwerk, 53, of 620 W. Franklin St., 
Slatington, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, 
of injuries received in a fall at home on Oct. 7, according to the Lehigh 
County Coroner's office.
 The deceased was the wife of Donald P. Handwerk. They observed 
their first wedding anniversary this month.
 She was self-employed in the crafts and stained glass windos 
business, having recently opened Handwerk's Studio, Friedens. Previously, 
she owned and operated the former Ariel Gallery and Gifts, Allentown, for 
10 years.
  Born in Anderson, Ind., she was a daughter of Mrs. Wilma (Alexander) 
Robinson Eck of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the late Robert L. Robinson.
 Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are four sons, Duff 
A. Douglas and Thomas Schilling, both of Emmaus, D. Todd Douglas of Fort 
Lauderdale, and Jason Douglas of Catasauqua; two daughters, Danielle, 
wife of Dennis Edelman Jr. of Wescosville, and LIsa D. Douglas of Ocala, 
Fla.; a sister, Carol Pospiech of Fort Lauderdale; a brother, Robert 
Robinson of Bath; two stepsons, Chad Handwerk of Parryville and Jarred 
Handwerk, at home; and two grandchildren.
 The Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second St., Slatington, is in 
charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Emma M. Helfrich
 Mrs. Emma M. Helfrich, 80, of 219-1/2 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, died 
Sunday in her home. She was the widow of Ervin C. Helfrich.
  Born in Norristown, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Matilda 
M. (Mackening) Arnold.
 Surviving are a son, Charles L. of Tamaqua; a daughter, Eleanor M. of 
Orwigsburg; a brother, Herbert W. in California; nine grandchildren and 14 
great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
 She was also preceded in death by a son Bennett.
 The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in 
charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Stella M. Kistler
 Mrs. Stella M. Kistler, 90, of Orwigsburg Manor, formerly of Andreas 
R.1, died Monday evening in the Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic, 
where she was a patient since Saturday. She was the widow of George C. 
Kistler, who died in 1965.
  Born in Lynn Township, she was a daughter of the late Samuel J. and 
Louisa J. (Krause) Kistler.
 She was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Zions Union Stone 
Church, New Ringgold R.2, where she was a former member of the Sunday 
school and the Ladies Quilters.
 Surviving are two sons, Charles S. of Andreas R.1, with whom she 
formerly resided, and Kermit M. of New Ringgold; seven grandchildren and 
eight great-grandchildren.
 She was also preceded in death by a daughter Margaret, who died in 
 The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Snyders, is in charge of 
the arrangements.

Mrs. Mary Murphy
 Mrs. Mary Murphy, 84, of Weatherly R.2, died Monday in the Hazleton 
General Hospital. She was the widow of Robert E. Murphy, who died in 
 She was employed in the dietary department of the White Haven 
Center. She operated a poultry fam and was an egg supplier.
  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Sr. and 
Mary (Drevenak) Klynowsky.
 She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Weatherly, 
and the L&L Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary.
 Survivng are a daughter, Catherine Nagel, and two brothers, Robert 
and John, all of Weatherly R.2; and a grandson.
 She was also preceded in death by a son, Arthur D., who died in 1995; 
two brothers, Stephen Jr. and Edward Sr.; a sister, Margaret Waverka; and 
a grandson.
 The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, First and Packer sts., Weatherly, 
is in charge of the arrangements.
Briska services
 Members of the Holy Name Society of SS. Cyril and Methodius 
Catholic Church, Coaldale, will meet at 8 o'clock tonight at the August M. 
Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, where they will pay 
respects to departed member Joseph Briska.

Dr. Paul H. Masoner
 Dr. Paul H. Masoner, 88, of McCandless, 88, of McCandless, Pa., died 
on Oct. 15. He was the husband of Lorraine (Carr) Masoner, a native of 
Quakake, Rush Township.
 He was dean emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh School of 
Education and the president of the board of trustees at Robert Morris 
College from 1970-89.
 He was a teacher at Bellevue High School from 1932 until becoming 
a counselor and vice principal in 1934 and principal in 1943.
 Dr. Masoner was the administrative head of engineering, science and 
management war training at the University of Pittsburgh from 1942-44.
 During his more than 40 years of tenure at the university, he was a 
psychology counselor and lecturer, an instructor, professor and dean, and 
director of the office of special programs.
 He was a member of the American  Association of University 
Professors, American Personnel and Guidance Association, American 
Association of School Administrators, American Association for the 
Advancement of Science and the Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity.
 Surviving in addition to his widow are a son Paul of Lexington, Mass.; 
a daughter, Linda Smith of North Andover, Mass.; a stepson, Phillip Carr Jr. 
in Vermont; a stepdaughter, Elisabeth Carr-Jones in Massachusetts; a 
brother John of Franklin, Ohio; six grandchildren and three great-
 Funeral services were held in Pittsburgh, followed by the interment 
in the White Church Cemetery, Rush Township.

Ruth Koons
 Ruth (Hettig) Koons, 78, formerly of Lehighton, died Sunday evening 
at the Piney Mountain Nursing Home, Chambersburg. She was the wife of 
Ellsworth C. Koons. They were married 60 years.
  Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Ida 
Mae Hettig.
 She was of the Lutheran faith.
 Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Amelia Parker of 
Kerneysville, W. Va., and Kathryn adams of Medina, Tenn; one sister, Mrs. 
Doris Jacoby of Lehighton; seven grandchildren and six great-
 The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Lehighton, is in charge of 

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