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January 14, 1998

Mrs. Joseph J. Kane

Mrs. Patricia A. Kane, 62, of 24 W. Holland St., Summit Hill, died Tuesday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the wife of Joseph J. Kane. They observed their 43rd wedding anniversary in September.

Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of Anna (Labyak) Smith of Summit Hill and the late Alexander Kastelas.

The deceased was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill.

Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are two daughters, Christine Heintzelman and Jo Ann, wife of David Scheitrum, and a sister, Elaine Trudich, all of Summit Hill; and two granddaughters.

The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

Joan E. Haag

Joan E. Haag, 68, of 4 Blue Mountain View Mobile Home, Kunkletown, died Monday in the Palmerton Hospital.

She was an estimator for Anderson, Dunston, Helene, Inc., an advertising agency in Edison, N.J., from 1969 until retiring in 1996.

Born in Rahway, N.J., she was a daughter of the late John M. and Hazel N. (Nixon) McDill.

She was of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald R. of Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y., and Richard W. of Kunkletown; a daughter Debra, wife of John Lyzenga of Saylorsburg; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was the last member of her immediate family.

Eugene L. Hunsinger

Eugene L. Hunsinger, 66, of Weston, Luzerne County, died suddenly on Tuesday in his home. He was the husband of Lillian T. (Bodner) Hunsinger. They were married for 42 years.

Before retiring in 1992, he was a crane operator for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for many years.

Born in Hazleton, he was a son of the late H. Leonard Hunsinger and Eva (Redwinski) Hunsinger Stulpinas. He lived in Weston for 28 years and previously had resided in Hazleton.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Weston, the Weston Fire Company, American Legion Post 699, Nuremberg, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Hazleton, and the United Steel Workers of America.

An Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a recipient of the National Defense Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star.

Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Eugene P. and Bruce C., both of West Hazleton, and Mark M. of Weston; a daughter Karen, wife of Daniel Frey of Bloomsburg R.3; two sisters, Doris, wife of Patrick Shanahan of Sugarloaf, and Evelyn, wife of Barry Jones of McKeansburg; two brothers, Ralph of Hometown, Tamaqua R.2, and Gerald of West Hazleton; seven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard and Carl.

Mrs. Agnes G. Bartik

Mrs. Agnes G. Bartik, 86, of Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township, died Monday in the home. She was the widow of Albert Bartik.

She worked at Hess's, Allentown, for 20 years before retiring, and previously, with her husband, owned Bartik's grocery store, Allentown, 1949-59.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Korauf) Tarkos.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Surviving are two sons, James R. of Allentown and Edward in Germany; a daughter, Judith A., wife of Ramesh Trivedi of Sunnydale, Calif.; a brother, Harry Sniscak of Whitehall Township; two sisters, Dorothy Cressman and Eleanor, wife of Michael Budnassi, both of Bethlehem; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Albert J., who died in 1988.

Frances V. Smith

Frances V. Smith, 94, of Allentown, died Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. 

A graduate of West Chester University, she taught second, third and fourth grades at the Stevens Elementary School of the Allentown School District for many years before retiring in 1967.

Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Victor S. and Mame (Ruch) Smith.

Surviving are a niece and a nephew.

Richard O. Roth

Richard O. Roth, 64, of Schnecksville, died Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Wanda E. (Blumenstine) Roth and the late Helen S. (Simock) Roth. He and his second wife observed their 16th wedding anniversary in November.

He was a regional dispatcher for the Gulf and Chevron Oil Company, Philadelphia main terminal, for five years before retiring in 1986, and previously had worked in the same capacity for Gulf Oil, Fullerton terminal, for 25 years.

He and his late brother, Robert F., were co-owners of the Neffs Hotel from 1966-70 and the former Kernsville Hotel from 1962-66.

The deceased was a part-time bus driver for the Parkland School District, 1993-95, and a truck driver for the Pitt-Ohio Trucking Company, 1989-92.

Born in Schnecksville, he was a son of the late William M. and Hilda M. (Knappenberger) Roth.

He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Laurys Station.

Roth was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was a life member of the Community Fire Company No. 1, Schnecksville, and a member of the Slatington Moose Lodge, the North End Rod and Gun Club, Lowhill Township, and the Copeechan Rod and Gun Club, Schnecksville.

Surviving in addition to his widow is a sister, LaRue L. Wilson of Allentown.

Warren J. Blose

Warren J. Blose, 90, formerly of 4527 Mountain Road, Slatington, died Tuesday in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. He was the husband of the late Hilda A. (Handwerk) Blose and the late Mayme (Biegley) Blose.

He was a janitor for Holiday Fashions, Slatedale, from 1974-77, and previously was a slate trimmer for the Penn Big Bed Slate Company, Slatedale, for more than 30 years.

Born in Washington Township, he was a son of the late Howard W. and Cora A. (Walters) Blose.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Slatedale.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, including David S. Blose, with whom he formerly resided.

He was also preceded in death by a son Harold.

Alvin Snyder

Alvin Snyder, 79, of 117 E. Center St., Nesquehoning, died Wednesday morning in the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.

He was a son of the late William and Mae (Steventon) Snyder.

The Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Atty. Richard S. Enterline

Atty. Richard S. Enterline, 76, 9 E. Center St., Ashland, died Monday in the Ashland Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of Ann (Hartenstein) Enterline.

He was formerly senior counsel for the Board of Claims, Harrisburg, former assistant district attorney and had his own practice in Ashland for many years.

Born in Ashland he was a son of the late Leroy E. and Millie (Weaver) Enterline.

He was a graduate of Ashland High School, Gettysburg College, Dickinson School of Law and Dickinson Junior College.

He was a Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Ashland, the Schuylkill and Pennsylvania bar associations; American Legion Post, Washington Fire Company and a volunteer at the Anthracite Museum and past board member of the Visiting Nurses Association, all of Ashland.

Surviving with his wife are two daughrters, Joann Woodward of Ashland R.D., and Deborah Enterline of Jim Thorpe; a son, Richard J. of Harrisburg; four brothers, Stevenson of Matawan, N.J., Robert of Hagerstown, Md., Dr. H. Theodore of Kenneth Square, and William of West Chester; a sister, Elizabeth E. Adams of Doylestown; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Marlin Sherer

Mrs. Eleanor A. Sherer, 54, of Orwigsburg R.2, died Monday at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville. She was the wife of Marlin C. Sherer. They were married for three years.

She was last employed at Hecla Machinery Company farms, New Ringgold, from 1981 until retiring in 1988. He also worked for Western Electric Company, Reading, as a tester in the 1960s and 70s.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Annabelle (Long) Schadler Sr.

She was a member of christ United Church of Christ, McKeansburg, Jefferson Grange, Auburn, and Auxiliary of Shoemakersville Fire Company.

Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Tammy Lynn Schaeffer of Schuylkill Haven, and Wendy R. Kern of Orwigsburg; a son, David J. Reis Jr. of New Ringgold; a stepdaughter, Michelle M. Sherer of Orwigsburg; two stepsons, Michael and David Sherer, both of Pottsville; two sisters, Caroline Shadler of Reading, and Patricia L. Schadler of Shoemakersville; two brothers, Thomas B. of Mount Penn, and Williard R. of Pratville, Ala.; and 12 grandchildren. 

January 15, 1998

Warren C. Nester

Warren C. Nester, 76, of 5537 Route 873, Schnecksville, formerly of Tamaqua and Lynnport, died Wednesday morning in his home. He was the husband of Arlene M. (Hoppes) Nester. They observed their 46th wedding anniversary last February.

He was employed in the maintenance department of the former Kutztown Foundry, Kutztown, for 40 years before retiring in 1986.

Born in Albany Township, Berks County, he was a son of the late Robert and Bertha (Leibensberger) Nester.

He was a member of Salem Bible Fellowship Church, Lehighton, the Lynnport Fire Company, Walnutport Senior Citizens, Schnecksville Senior Citizens, Woodlawn Senior Citizens and the Keen Agers Senior Citizens, Laurys Station.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Dennis W. of Tamaqua; a stepdaughter, Darlene G. Matthias of Allentown; a brother Russell of Kutztown; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Snyders, is in charge of the arrangements.

Harry S.Wernett Sr.

Harry S. Wernett Sr., 77, of the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton, died Tuesday in the home. He was the husband of the late Phyllis M. (McFarland) Wernett.

He was a heavy equipment operator for over 20 years for Raymond J. Prezlock Excavating, Somerset, N.J.

Born in Albrightsville, he was a son of the late Paul Sr. and Anna H. (Metzger) Wernett.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are three sons, Harry S. Jr. of Lancaster, Mass., Carl L. of Union Beach, N.J., and Donald L. of Sayreville, N.J.; two daughters, Thelma H., wife of David Eickhoff, and Bonita D. Smith, both of Lehighton; three brothers, Paul Jr. of Lehighton, Ralph of Hillside, N.J., and Robert of Northampton; four sisters, Catherine DeHaven of Jim Thorpe, Janet, wife of Robert Smith of Kunkletown, Margaret, wife of Delbert Laury of Lehighton, and Shirley, wife of Charles Leinthall Sr. of Summit Hill; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Michael DeBias

Michael DeBias, of 79 Maple St., Tresckow, Carbon County, died Wednesday in the Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Esther (Fellin) DeBias.

Before retiring, he was employed by the Honey Brook Coal Co.

Born in Tresckow, he was a son of the late Salvadore and Antionette (Mastrul) DeBias, and had lived in the Tresckow area all of his life.

He was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Tresckow.

Surviving in addition to his widow are three daughters, Julie, wife of Joseph Clark, and Marie Lettiere, both of Tresckow, and Melanie, wife of David Brown of Mountaintop; a sister Ann of Hazleton; five grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Rev. George P.Allen

The Rev. George Paul Allen, 67, of Warren, Mich., formerly of Cherryville, died Tuesday in his home. He was the husband of Marguerite "Margo" (Malko) Allen of Scranton.

A United Church of Christ minister for 40 years, he pastored Peace UCC, Detroit, Mich., before retiring, and previously had served in Buffalo, N.Y., Canton, Ohio, Ringtown, Schuylkill County, and at St. Paul UCC, Indianland, and Zion Stone UCC, Kreidersville.

He was a 1951 graduate of Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C., and received his bachelor of divinity degree from the Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1954.

Born in Scranton, he was a son of Martha Allen of Scranton and the late William Allen.

He was a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve at Willow Grove, McGuire and Delfridge Air Force bases for 26 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Rev. Allen was a senior chaplain of the Warren Police Department and regional chairman of the International Police Chaplains Association.

Active in scouting, he received the Silver Beaver and Service to Scouting awards from the Minsi Trails Council, where he was a former chairman.

The deceased was a former president of the Northampton Rotary Club, a volunteer for the Ringtown and Lehigh Township ambulance and fire corps, and was active in the Brotherhood of Masons.

Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are two sons, James of Waldorf, Md., and Daniel of Derry, N.H.; four daughters, Ginger, wife of Bob Hopkins of Sturgis, Mich., Laurel, wife of Steve Devino of Derry, and Georgia, wife of John Wrinkle, and Kristen, both of Warren; a brother Robert in Florida; six foster children and 13 grandchildren.

J. Madison Heppe

J. Madison Heppe, 94, of Bethlehem, formerly of Chalfont, Bucks County, died Tuesday in the Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Gerda (Avery) Heppe.

He was a custom builder for 43 years, specializing in churches for the last part of his career.

Born in Oreland, Montgomery County, he was a son of the late Herman W. and Elizabeth H. (Johnson) Heppe.

He was a member of the Chalfont Methodist Church, and previously was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent for many years at the Oreland Baptist Church, which was founded by his father.

An amateur musician, he played first trumpet for the Philadelphia Amateur Symphony Orchestra and the Philco Band from 1917-50.

He was a volunteer for the Salvation Army.

Surviving are two sons, Madison A. of Bethlehem and David L. of Brodheadsville; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Alvin R.Snyder

Alvin R. Snyder, 79, of 117 E. Center St., Nesquehoning, died Wednesday in the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.

A graduate of New York University, he was a special education teacher in the New York City public schools system for 20 years.

Before that, he served in the Army for 21 years, retiring with the rank of first sergeant. He served in Europe during World War II and also served during the Korean Conflict.

Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late William and Mae (Steventon) Snyder.

He was a member of Meeds United Methodist Church, Nesquehoning.

Snyder was a member of American Legion Post 172 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8008, both of Nesquehoning, and the United Federation of Teachers.

Surviving are a brother Walter of Nesquehoning; two sisters, Jeanne, wife of Thomas Zuber, with whom he resided, and Doris, wife of Robert Schmidt of Quakertown; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother William.

The Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Dorothy M. Neff

Mrs. Dorothy M. Neff, 92, formerly of 101 S. First St., Lehighton, died Tuesday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton. She was the widow of Norman H. Neff, who died in 1962.

A member and former chairwoman of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, she was a machine operator for Scotty's Fashions, Inc., Lehighton, before retiring in 1968 after 18 years of service.

Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Charles H. and Eliza J. (Snell) Montz.

She was a Democratic committeewoman for the 3rd Ward in Lehighton for many years.

Surviving are a son, Ronald A. of Ashfield; a daughter Charlotte, wife of Millard Thomas of Macungie; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.

The Kenneth N. Phifer Funeral Home, Third and Alum streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements. 

January 16, 1998

Frederick S. Garrett

Frederick S. Garrett, 80, of 55 E. White St., Summit Hill, died Thursday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton.

He worked for Mack Trucks, Inc., Allentown, for 22 years before retiring in 1978.

Born in Summit Hill, he was a son of the late William and Amelia (Storch) Garrett.

He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and American Legion Post 316, both of Summit Hill.

Surviving are two brothers, Franklin, his twin, with whom he resided, and William Chapel in Florida; a niece and five nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, George and Emerson A. Sr.

The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

William Solan

William Solan, 89, of 56 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, died Thursday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mahoning Township. He was the husband of the late Christine (Petrock) Solan, who died in 1991.

He was employed by Schrafft's Restaurant, New York City, N.Y., for 43 years before retiring in 1974.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Peter and Irene (Hansser) Solan, and had been living in Nesquehoning since 1974.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nesquehoning.

Surviving are two daughters, Lorraine McCluskey of Richmond, Va., and Noreen, wife of Donald Carbucci of Scarsdale, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Irvin F. Schoener Jr.

Irvin F. Schoener Jr., 80, of 10 Cherry St., Tamaqua, died Thursday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of the late Evelyn M. (Schock) Schoener, who died in 1990.

He was an engineer for the former Reading Railroad before retiring in 1976.

Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late Irvin F. Sr. and Hilda (Miller) Schoener.

He was a life member of the South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua.

Schoener was a 1935 graduate of Tamaqua High School.

Surviving are three sons, Robert B. of Golden, Colo., Glenn C. of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Matthew Moyer of Tamaqua; a daughter, Dawn M. Kunkel of Danbury, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Florence Kleckner of Wernersville, Berks County; and seven grandchildren.

The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

William J. Fritz

William J. Fritz, 66, of Seipstown, died Thursday in his home.

He was a self-employed woodworker in Seipstown for the past 10 years, and previously was superintendent of maintenance for the Episcopal House, Allentown, for five years until 1983, and a truck driver for the former Modern Transfer, Allentown, from 1961-76.

Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Raymond D. and Hannah (Fegley) Fritz.

He was a member of the Cetronia Fire Company.

Surviving are a companion, Grace A. Wotring, with whom he resided; two daughters, Elizabeth A., wife of Edward G. Faust of Alburtis, and Carol, wife of Eugene Fegley of Allentown; three sons, William of Hazleton, James of Collegeville and Michael of York; a sister, Mrs. Edith Subacz of Hazleton; a stepdaughter, Anna Mae, wife of William Augustine of Allentown; four stepsons, Harry and James Barron, both of Tamaqua, Ronald Barron of Allentown and Donald Barron in Washington State; 31 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Phyllis Freeman

Phyllis Freeman, 73, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Cordova, Alaska, died Jan. 9 in her home.

Born in Weatherly, se was a daughter of Helen M. (O'Leary) Freund, who died last year.

The deceased was a licensed Realtor in Anchorage, and previously was a substitute teacher and fishing boat worker, 1977-80. In the 1960s, she managed Conway Personnel, Easton, and worked for Snelling and Snelling, Allentown. She was also an executive secretary for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation from 1953-63.

She received a certificate of completion in real estate from Royse and Associates, Anchorage.

Surviving are three daughters, Brenda Schwarz and Sue Babcock, both of Anchorage, and Barbara Howett of Newtown, Bucks County; and seven grandchildren.

Myron E. Jones

Myron E. "Mack" Jones, 86, of 544 Werkheiser Ave., Nazareth, died Wednesday in his home. He was the husband of the late Mary C. (Lauer) Hoffman Jones.

He was a lineman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 126, Collegeville, for 31 years before retiring in 1978. He recently received his 50-year membership pin.

Born in Slatington, he was a son of the late John J. and Jeanette (Davies) Jones.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Nazareth.

Jones was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of F. and A.M. Lodge No. 440, Slatington; the Valley of Allentown Scottish Rite; Rajah Temple Shrine, Reading; and the Stockertown Rod and Gun Club. He was a life member of the Vigilant Fire Company, Slatington.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Hodgson of Newark, Del., and Sandra, wife of Errol Betzenberger of Nazareth; a sister, Mrs. Mary Yenser of Slatington; and four grandsons.

Harry Kepping

Harry L. Kepping, 76, of Box 570, Drums R.3, died Thursday morning in the Hazleton-St. Joseph Medical Center, where he had been a patient for a week. He was the husband of Mildred (Wagner Trently) Kepping. They were married for 17 years.

He was employed by UGI of Hazleton for 34 years, retiring in 1976, as a construction superintendent.

He was born in Hazleton, a son of the late Harry O. and Bessie (Farmer) Kepping. 

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Johns.

He was a Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany and France.

Surviving with his wife are four sons, Harry T. of Weatherly, Donald of Bloomsburg, William of Hazleton and Thomas of West Hazleton; a daughter, Maybert, wife of Robert Horensky of Drums; five stepdaughters, Joyce, wife of Gordon Minnick, June Midway and Mildred I. Doney, all of Drums, Kathleen, wife of Nicholas Manyko of Hazleton, and Joanne, wife of Jack Justofin of Sugarloaf; two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Grace) Keck and Mrs. Margaret Hinkle, both of Drums; 22 grandchildren, a great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.

Clinton J. Minnich

Clinton J. Minnich, 85, formerly of 253 N. Third St., Lehighton, died Wednesday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton. He was the husband of the late Nellie (Lentz) Minnich, who died Oct. 1, 1966.

He was employed as a bookkeeper for Mann Homes of Allentown for many years until retiring. Prior to that he was employed by Swift and Company of Lehighton, and Calvin Steigerwalt Farm Implement of Andreas.

Born in Lehighton, he was the son of the late Warren and Pearl (Zellner) Minnich.

He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and a life member of the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, both of Lehighton.

Surviving are nieces.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Rev. Raymond A. Minnich, who died Aug. 4, 1995.

The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron sts., Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements.

Edward J. Breslin

Edward J. Breslin 49, of 339 E. White St., Summit Hill, died Thursday in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Donna (Reiber) Breslin. 

The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of arrangements.


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