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October 29, 1996

Howard U. Graver
Howard U. Graver, 91, of 4100 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, died Sunday in his home. He was the husband of Clara F. (Dreisbach) Graver.
He was an electrician for the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, before retiring.
Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Urban H. and Ella (Diehl) Graver.
He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Palmerton.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Lowell W. of Whitehall Township; a daughter, Betty J., wife of Robert E. Hartman of Aquashicola; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three step-grandsons.
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Harold W. Steidel
Mrs. Jeanne M. Steidel, 69, of Allentown, died Sunday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Harold W. Steidel. They observed their 48th wedding anniversary in March.
She was a crossing guard for the City of Allentown for 30 years before retiring in 1995.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Carrie (Annas) Heckenberger.
She was a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, and was a volunteer cafeteria aide at the cathedral school.
Mrs. Steidel was a former board member of the Big A Booster Club, Allentown, and a former Cub Scout den mother at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown.
She was a member of Club 55 Bowling League at the Rose Bowl, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Nancy A., wife of Thomas J. Earley of Allentown; two sons, Bruce M. of West Windsor, N.J., and David W. of Allentown; a sister Gloria, wife of George Butler of Lakeland, Fla.; two brothers, Robert of Lake Hauto and Leonard of Allentown; and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Stephen J. Tarafas
Mrs. Olga Tarafas, 66, of 1398 Newport Ave., Northampton, died Sunday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Stephen J. Tarafas. They observed their 47th wedding anniversary in June.
Born in Ormrod, she was a daughter of the late Josephat and Nancy (Myzyka) Reszetar.
She was a member of Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, John S. of Walnutport and Timothy of Groton, Conn.; three daughters, Donna Marie, wife of Johnnie Welch of Gloucester, Va., Barbara Ann, wife of Joseph Gonzales of Fayetteville, N.C., and Patricia, wife of Richard Mutarelli of Northampton; two brothers, John of Bethlehem and Stephen of Severna Park, Md.; five sisters, Mary, wife of Rudolph Bauer of Coplay, Catherine, wife of Joseph Gabryluk, and Pauline, wife of Gerald Newhart, both of Northampton, Irene, wife of Melvin Schall of Wilson, and Nancy, wife of Reginald Haseltine of Crofton, Md.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Stephen J.

Albert F. Long Sr.
Albert F. Long Sr., 79, of 893 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of LaRue T. (Paules) Long. They observed their 59th wedding anniversary this month.
He was a cinder plant operator for the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, for 40 years before retiring in 1980.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Albert E. and Lilly (Brehrman) Long.
Surviving in addition to his widow three daughters, Joan, wife of Jacob Temos Jr. of Hecktown, Mrs. Connie Anthony of Palmerton and Laura, wife of Michael Castellani of Bethlehem; two sons, Albert Jr. and Donald, both of Palmerton; a brother Charles of Lehighton; three sisters, Verna, wife of Lewis Paules of Bowmanstown, Mrs. Margaret Snyder of Walnutport and Lillian, wife of Dan McGinn in New Jersey; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeffrey T. Reed
Jeffrey T. Reed, 33, of South 13th Street, Allentown, died Monday in his home.
He was employed by the Amerada Hess Corporation, Allentown, for 13 years.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of Arthur D. Jr. and Barbara (Gouldner) Reed of Allentown.
The deceased was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, where he was an usher.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Scott of New Ringgold and Wayne of Slatington; two sisters, Vickey Eltz and Lorrie, and paternal grandmother, Catherine Smith Reed, all of Allentown; nieces and a nephew.

Erwin L. Andrew
Erwin L. Andrew, 85, of 352 S. Second St., Lehighton, died Monday in the home of his son Vernon of 187 Church St., Franklin Township.
The deceased was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Dotter) Andrew.
He was a laborer for the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, for 35 years before retiring in 1962.
Born in Franklin Township, he was a son of the late Erwin L. Sr. and Eda (Berger) Andrew.
He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.
Andrew was a longtime volunteer firefighter and a life member of Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, Lehighton, and a life member of the Bowmanstown Fire Company.
He was a past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 650, Lehighton, and a member of the Four-County Firemen¹s Association.
Surviving in addition to his son are a companion, Alma Neeb, with whom he resided; two other sons, Maynard of Sanford, Fla., and Carl of Lehighton; a daughter Janet, wife of John McGee of Stroudsburg; two brothers, Marshall of Lehighton and Herman of Pennsville; a sister, Mrs. Mable Green of Weissport; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and William.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Alfred Frank Vietri
Alfred Frank Vietri, 79, of Safford, Ariz., formerly of Easton, died Saturday in Ross Township, Monroe County, after being stricken while visiting in the area. He was the husband of Connie (Boscio) Vietri.
A civil engineer-construction worker, he was once employed by Collins and Maxwell, Easton.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Louis and Theresa (Mancusco) Vietri.
He was an assistant chief of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club, both in Safford.
Vietri was of the Catholic faith.
Surviving in addition to his widow is a sister, Edith Calvert of Bethlehem.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Brodheadsville, is in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Harriet E. LaBar
Mrs. Harriet E. LaBar, 64, of Stroudsburg R.6, died Sunday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. She was the widow of Paul G. LaBar, who died in 1994.
Born in East Stroudsburg, she was a daughter of the late Ellsworth and Jessie (Plattenburg) Oney.
She was a member of Cherry Valley United Methodist Church.
Surviving are four sons, Scott A. Sr. of Effort, Michael of Dayton, Ohio, and Robert G. and Paul G. Jr., both of Stroudsburg; four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Beatrice M. Solt
Mrs. Beatrice M. Solt, 76, of 128 Sunny Court, Leesport, Berks County, died Sunday in her home. She was the widow of the Rev. Paul I. Solt.
Born in Trachsville, she was a daughter of the late Milton and Minnie (May) Berger.
She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Rochester, N.Y.
Surviving are two sons, Paul K. of Reading and Garland H. of Spencerport, N.Y.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Milkins Funeral Home, 4914 Kutztown Road, Temple, Berks County, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Anna Kushmanik
Mrs. Anna Kushmanik, 84, of 54 Stone Row, Branch Dale, Schuylkill County, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon in her home. She had been under a doctor¹s care.
The deceased was the widow of Anthony J. Kushmanik Sr., who died in 1982.
Born in Czechoslovakia, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Bukosky) Kralick, and came to this country as a young child.
She lived in Branch Dale for most of her life, attended Branch Dale schools and was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Branch Dale. She was a cook in the parish rectory for special church events.
Surviving are a son, Anthony J. Jr. of Palmyra; three daughters, Rose, wife of George Smith of Branch Dale, Mary Jean, wife of John Morgalis of Pottsville, and Anna, wife of Francis Serina of Lansford; a brother Frank of Minersville; two sisters, Mary Fedeles and Elizabeth Sabadish, both of Branch Dale; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Smith, who died in 1974; and two brothers, John, who died in infancy, and Andrew, who died in 1952 while a prisoner of war during the Korean Conflict.

Mrs. Elsie M. Lindabury
Mrs. Elsie M. Lindabury, 86, of Clinton, N.J., died Saturday in the Stone Arch Health Care Center, Union Township, N.J. She was the widow of Leslie Lindabury, who died in 1985.
She was a welder and cutter for the Taylor-Wharton Steel Plant in High Bridge during World War II and later did domestic work.
Born in Readington Township, she was a daughter of the late William Simon and Maryetta (Thompson) McCatharn, and had lived in Clinton for the past 34 years, moving there from Hamden, N.J.
Surviving are a son Stanley, at home; two daughters, Inez Cavlier of Clinton Township and Sarah C. Sahaycak of Slatington; three brothers, William Roger 'Curly' ofWeatherly, Simon William of Whitehouse, N.J., and Arnold 'Pete' of Oldwick, N.J.; a sister, Velma Stout of Chester, N.J.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Sghe was also preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Miller and Harry; and three sisters, Ethel Farley, Ruth Conover and Gladys. 

October 30, 1996

John L. Gogal
John L. Gogal, 83, formerly of Nesquehoning, died Tuesday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Convalescent Center, Mahoning Township. He was the husband of Evelyn (Wasas) Gogal. They were married 62 years yesterday.
He worked in the sales department of Dugan¹s Bakery, Plainfield, N.J., for 20 years until retiring.
Born in Hauto, he was a son of the late John and Anne (Stianche) Gogal. He formerly resided in Plainfield, N.J., and had lived in Nesquehoning for the past 20 years.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nesquehoning.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, John of Sciota, Thomas of Eugene, Ore., and Richard of Washington, N.J.; two daughters, Rosemary, wife of Ross Nixon of Eugene, and Linda LaPointe of Wheeling, W. Va.; three brothers, Joseph, Victor and Edward, and a sister, Mary Kattner, all of Nesquehoning; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard and Thomas; and two sisters, Rita and Theresa.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Frances V.Gabbert
Mrs. Frances V. Gabbert, 80, of 3921 Friedens Road, Friedens, died Monday in the Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center. She was the widow of Claude C. Gabbert.
She worked in the shoe department of Woolworth¹s retail variety store, Whitehall Township, for about eight years before retiring in 1977, and previously was a cashier for the former Courtesy Store, Covington, Va., for several years.
Born in Covington, she was a daughter of the late William S. Sr. and Laura M. (Bateman) Cook.
She was a member of the former Allentown Church of the Brethern.
Surviving are a son, Donald L. of Friedens; a daughter, Anna L., wife of Malcolm I. Pickett of Gloucester, Va.; two brothers, William S. Jr. of Roanoke, Va., and John A. of Covington; two sisters, Nina V. Madden of Herndon, Va., and Sue Graham of Newark, Ohio; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Joseph S. Gurka
Joseph S. Gurka, 76, of Pottstown, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was a roller operator for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, formerly of Pottstown, before retiring in 1976.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Joseph I. and Mary (Tokarz) Gurka.
He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, the Senior Citizens and the American Legion, all of Pottstown.
Gurka was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
Surviving are two daughters, Geraldine W., wife of Bernard Franks of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Deborah A., wife of Stephen P. Zazo Jr. of Pottstown; a son, Michael J. of Leesport; two brothers, John and Edward; and three grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a sister Pauline. 

October 31, 1996

Mrs. Edna Ruth Fronheiser
Mrs. Edna Ruth Fronheiser, 84, of, Havertown, died Tuesday in the I.H.S. of Marple, Broomall. She was the widow of Harry W. Fronheiser, who died in December, 1994.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late William and Veronica (Bittzer) Weng.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Drexel Hill.
Surviving are a brother-in-law, Robert F. Fronheiser of Lehighton; a cousin and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Voss and Dorothy Fronheiser.
The Spencer T. Videon Funeral Home, Garrett Road and Shadeland Avenue, Drexel Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

Sister Mary Albensia Ogorzalek
Sister Mary Albensia Ogorzalek, 85, a nun in the Order of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters for 71 years, died Wednesday in the St. Joseph Medical Center, Stamford, Conn.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Bartholomew and Mary (Poremba) Ogorzalek, and had resided in Stamford for the past 14 years.
She entered the convent in Reading in 1925 and became an administrator on the provincial and local level and a principal and teacher at all levels of the school system.
She taught at the Villa Maria Educational Center in Stamford, where she also served as directress of the Villa Maria Retreat Center. She served on the hospitality staff and was supervisor of the housekeeping committee at the center.
Surviving are four brothers, Joseph Gazella and Frank Gazella, both of Lathrop Village, Mich., John Gazella of Owensboro, Ky., and Bernard Ogorzalek of Lansford; three sisters, Mary Nesterak of Coaldale, Teresa Solak of Williamston, Mich., and Bernadette Lukac of Summit Hill.
Funeral services will be held in Stamford.

Carl R. Zacharias
Carl R. Zacharias, 47, of Gilbert, died Tuesday in a car accident on Church Road in Towamensing Township.
He was a powder burner for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 29 years before retiring this year.
Born in East Stroudsburg, he was a son of Mrs. Martha (Green) Zacharias of Stroudsburg and the late Ramon Zacharias.
He was of the Reformed faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, James of Marshalls Creek and Keith in South Carolina; a brother Roger of Bushkill; a sister, Tyla Marciante of East Stroudsburg; and a granddaughter.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Clayton A. Miller
Mrs. Beatrice M. Miller, 67, of Walnutport Mobile Court, Lehigh Township, died Tuesday in her home following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Clayton A. Miller. They observed their 47th wedding anniversary in June.
She was employed by Paris Accessories, Walnutport, for 25 years before retiring as head of the mangling department in 1992.
Born in Slatedale, she was a daughter of the late Steward H. and Elda (Kern) Bryfogle.
She was a member of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Slatedale.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Dean S. of Northampton; three daughters, Denise and Melinda, wife of Michael J. Meleski, both of Walnutport, and Terry A. of Northampton; a brother Robert of Slatington; three sisters, Freda E. Horn of Slatedale and Dorothy A., wife of LeRoy A. German, and Delores E., wife of Kenneth R. Gruber, both of Slatington; and three grandchildren.

Raymond M. Hite
Raymond M. Hite, 86, of Allentown, died Tuesday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Edna M. (Green) Hite. They observed their 65th wedding anniversary last December.
He was a laborer for Bonney Forge, Allentown, for many years before retiring in 1975.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Benjamin and May (Wallace) Hite.
Surviving in addition to his widow are five sons, Raymond H. and Robert A., both of Germansville, Clarence M. and James R., both of Allentown, and Richard D. of Coopersburg; four daughters, Judith A., wife of Bruce L. Kehs, Kathleen M., wife of David Stenack, and Nancy L., wife of Michael Zahradnik, all of Allentown, and Bernice B., wife of Robert Birkhardt of Fogelsville; a sister, Mrs. Louise Lydecker of Sarasota, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ruth E. Kistler
Ruth E. Kistler, 89, of Allentown, died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She worked in several shirt factories in Allentown for 40 years before retiring in 1970.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William G. and Estella (Werley) Kistler.
Surviving are a daughter, Elaine G. Mitchell, and a brother, Roy S., both of Allentown; and two sisters, Alma, wife of Louis Cresti of Allentown, and Mrs. Erma Gregory of New Tripoli.

Mrs. Jennie B. Kresge
Mrs. Jennie B. Kresge, 101, formerly of Stroudsburg, died Wednesday in the Pleasant Valley Manor, Snydersville. She was the widow of Raymond M. Kresge.
Born in Jamison City, Columbia County, she was a daughter of the late Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Dotter) Bonser.
She was a member of the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Glendora H. Henning of Stroudsburg; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son George and a daughter, Charlotte Saxe.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.


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