Howard E. Jessup Sr.
Howard E. Jessup Sr., 80, of Slatington, died
Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband
of Edna B. (Blevins) Jessup. They observed their 55th wedding anniversary
He was a tree trimmer for Asplundh Tree, Willow
Grove, Montgomery County, for 44 years before retiring in 1979.
Born in Peekskill, N.Y., he was a son of the
late Charles and Emeline (Croft) Jessup.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a Purple
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son,
Howard E. Jr. of Slatington; five brothers, Charles of Stockton, Calif.,
Willard of Portola, Calif., Albert of Peekskill, Richard of Hayward, Calif.,
and Leonard of Big Walter, Utah; a sister, Mrs. Estelle Fontaine of Las
Vegas, Nev.; and two grandsons.
Mrs. Lucy F. Britton
Mrs. Lucy F. Britton, 94, of 219 Lafayette Ave.,
Palmerton, died Tuesday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.
She was the widow of Simon L. Britton Sr.
She was a seamstress for Terry Ann Fashions,
Slatington, for 23 years before retiring in 1967.
Born in Little Gap, she was a daughter of the
late James and Margaret (Weiss) Smith.
Surviving are a daughter Joyce, wife of George
Hagenbuch, and a son, Simon L. Jr., both of Palmerton; four grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware
Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Eva W. Jones
Mrs. Eva W. Jones, 94, of Weatherwood, 1000 Evergreen
Ave., Weatherly, died Wednesday in the home. She was the widow of John
She was a clerk for the former Costenbader¹s
Drug Store, Palmerton, for 50 years.
Born in Bowmanstown, she was a daughter of the
late James and Amanda (Rehrig) Weidaw.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,
Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth J., wife
of Mark Steigerwalt of Rincon, Ga.; two sons, John R. and David W., both
of Allentown; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was the last member of her immediate family.
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave.,
Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles W. Eberts
Charles W. Eberts, 78, of Andreas R.1, died Wednesday
in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, where he was a patient for three
days. He was the husband of the late Pearl M. (Schaefer) Eberts, who died
He was a heavy equipment operator for Union Local
542, Reading, working in construction for various contractors for 32 years
before retiring in 1983.
Born in West Penn Township, he was a son of the
late Jonas and Ida (Kistler) Eberts.
Surviving are three daughters, Charleyn A., wife
of Wayne Yenser, and Jacqueline I., wife of Gregory Owens, both of Emmaus,
and Dorothy J., wife of Herbert C. Wink of Andreas R.1; a son, Raymond
W. of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a brother Willard of Andreas R.1; nine grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother William,
who died in 1971.
The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Snyders,
is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial services for Richard E. Miller, 67,
of 517 Mahoning St., Lehighton, who died Nov. 6 in his home, will be held
at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron
streets, Lehighton, with the Rev. David H. Knoebel officiating, followed
in interment in the St. John Church Cemetery, New Mahoning.
November 15, 1996
Mrs. Laura Thomas, Jim Thorpe tourism and community
leader, dies at residence
Mrs. Laura F. Thomas, a longtime and prominent
promoter of Jim Thorpe tourism and cultural activities, died Thursday in
her home at 72 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.
She was the widow of Dr. George P. Thomas, M.D.,
who died on July 25, 1992. The couple came to Mauch Chunk in 1948 and maintained
a practice in family medicine there for many years.
Mrs. Thomas served as vice president and manager
of the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, Jim Thorpe, and was instrumental
in its fundraising activities, membership drives, open house programs and
the general day-to-day activities. Only last week, it was announced the
center had been singled out as the best cultural enrichment program in
a seven-county region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, as it was presented
a first place ³PO-NE² Award for ³The Story of Mauch Chunk²
during the 18th Annual Pocono Northeast Community Awards Recognition Dinner
held by the Pocono Northeast Development Fund.
The deceased supervised educational programs
at the museum and was the producer of two Broadway musicals, ³Carousel²
and ³The Music Man,² as fundraisers for the museum. She also
served as the museum¹s representative to the Delaware and Lehigh Heritage
An active member of the Jim Thorpe Chamber of
Commerce, she was chairman of its Beautification Committee and co-chairman
of the Turnpike and Highland Building signs projects. She coordinated trash
receptacles for town merchants; was events co-chairman, including the Presidents¹
Day Ice Sculpture and Enchantment weekends and the Jim Thorpe Christmas
House Tour event; served as supervisor for chamber office employees and
volunteers; organized the Town Van Tour; and was chairman of the chamber¹s
Mrs. Thomas was a member and public relations
chairman of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club; a member of the Bach and Handel
Chorale, where she sang as a soprano, was chairman of its annual major
fundraiser, and held receptions in her home for the benefit of the Chorale.
She was a member of the committee for the Laurel
Festival of the Arts and also belonged to the Mauch Chunk Historical Society,
the Community Council, Bi-Annual Art Walk committee, Jim Thorpe Mausoleum
Committee, Joe Boyle Plaza Committee, Friends of Asa Packer Mansion, the
committee for the Preservation of the Civil War Monument, and the Linen
Drive for the Ronald McDonald House.
Born in Crafton, Allegheny County, she was a
daughter of the late Charles and Laura (Schuhay) Frain.
Surviving are four daughters, Laura Jean, wife
of Robert Stevenson of Lehighton, Janet, wife of Elliot Jaspin of Woodbridge,
Va., Gwen of Jim Thorpe, and Nancy, wife of Curtis Pratt of Collingswood,
N.J.; a son, Robert G. of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters, Kathleen, wife of
Sid Folk of Encinitas, Calif., and June, wife of Frank Buzbee of Cantonment,
Fla.; two brothers, James and Charles Frain, both of Arlington, Va.; and
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center
St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles A. Gorka
Charles A. Gorka, 66, of 620 E. Bertsch St.,
Lansford, died Monday in the Emergency Ward of Miners Memorial Medical
Center, Coaldale, after being stricken in front of his home.
He was a certified public accountant with Eastman
Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., until he retired.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Vincent
and Stella (Marsoleck) Gorka.
He was a technical sergeant in the Army during
the Korean Conflict.
He was a graduate of the former Lansford High
School and the Pennsylvania State University.
He was a member of the Basketball Club, Alumni
Club, Volleyball Club, Sportsman Club and Football Club, all of Penn State;
the Penn State Club of Carbon County; the No. 9 Coal Miners Museum, Lansford;
and the Lansford Historical Society.
Surviving are two brothers, Thaddeus and Peter,
both of Lansford; two sisters, Sophie, wife of John Modric of Lansford,
and Stella, wife of Gerald Williams of Bethlehem; a half-brother, James
Gorka of Levittown; two stepsisters, Frances Ristetter of Coaldale and
Bertha Blassmyer of Port Carbon.
He was also preceded in death by a sister Anna;
and two brothers, Joseph and Stanley.
Funeral services were held Wednesday from the
August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale.
Mary Herbert, 69, of 221 W. Patterson St., Lansford,
died Thursday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She worked in the cafeteria of the Panther Valley
Middle School, Lansford, for many years before retiring in 1992.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late
John and Helen (Goyda) Herbert.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox
Surviving are two brothers, John, with whom she
resided, and the Very Rev. Paul, pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,
Homestead, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother George,
who was killed in the European Theater of Operations during the Battle
of the Bulge.
The John Puschak Funeral Home, 208 First St.,
Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements, with services to be held from
the Roche Funeral Home-McNamara Chapel, 3 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.
Mrs. Sarah McGolrick
Mrs. Sarah McGolrick, 91, formerly of Lansford,
died Monday evening in ManorCare Health Services, Pottsville, where she
was a resident since 1998. She was the widow of Philip F. McGolrick.
She was formerly employed as a housekeeper and
factory worker in the Lansford area.
Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late
Manus and Catharine (Malarkey) Breslin.
She was a former member of St. Mary Catholic
Church, Coaldale, and a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Lansford.
Surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers,
Daniel and Joseph; and four sisters, Margaret ³Peg² Cantwell,
Catherine, Anna and Mary Kelly.
The Schlitzer-Allen-Pugh Funeral Home, Sixth
and West Market streets, Pottsville, is in charge of the arrangements.
William E. Helman
William E. Helman, 77, of Easton, died Thursday
in the Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Eldred (Hoffert) Miller Helman
and the late Rosalie (Cuvo) Helman. He and his second wife observed their
19th wedding anniversary in July.
He worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation
for 41 years before retiring in 1981.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Claude
W. and Emma (Knapp) Helman.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son
Larry of Palmer Township; two daughters, Diane Kelley of Meredith, N.H.,
and Debra Hargis of San Antonio, Tex.; two brothers, John of Lakeside,
Fla., and James of Philadelphia; three sisters, Claudine Herbert of Allentown,
Marylou Rockel of Catasauqua and Sally Jane Hunter of Tamaqua; four stepsons,
Herbert, Jerel and Thomas Miller, all of Allentown, and Douglas Miller
of Bethlehem; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Mrs. Anna W. Hrapsky
Mrs. Anna W. Hrapsky, 79, of 120 Coal St., Nesquehoning,
died Thursday in her home. She was the widow of John Hrapsky, who died
Prior to retiring, she worked in the garment
industry for 33 years.
Born in Nesquehoning, she was a daughter of the
late John and Esther (Veranka) Watto, and was a lifelong resident of the
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian
Orthodox Church, Nesquehoning.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald of Austin, Tex.,
and John of Salisbury Township; two brothers, Andrew of Lehigh Acres, Fla.,
and George in California; and two grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis
and three brothers, John, Paul and Peter.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa
St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.
November 16, 1996
Kathryn L. Zern
Kathryn L. Zern, 78, of 303 Princeton Ave., Palmerton,
died Friday in Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of Guy
F. Zern. They were married for 56 years.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the
late Clarence R. Jr. and Mary (Teter) Adams.
She was a member of First United Church of Christ,
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter,
Patricia Solt, of Kailua, Hawaii; two sons, Gregory of West Chester and
Guy F. of Lehighton; two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Werkheiser and Mrs. Howard
Bossard, both of Palmerton; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Neil F. Zern.
The T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave.,
Palmerton, is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne K. Sensinger
Wayne K. Sensinger, 54, of 5406 Mountain Road,
Germansville, died Friday in Allentown Osteopathic Hospital. He was the
husband of late Joanne (Smith) Sensinger.
He was sewing machine operator and supervisor
at Paris Accessories, Walnutport.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Edward
M. and Erma M. (Kline) Sensinger.
He was a member of St. John¹s United Church
of Christ, Palmerton.
Surviving are a son, Wayne K. Jr. of Germansville;
two daughters, Wanda A., wife of Joseph A. Reda of Germansville, and Lisa
M., at home; two brothers, Robert E. of Cornelia, Ga., and George A. of
Germansville; a sister, Arlene E., of Shoemakersville; and five grandchildren.
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave.,
Palmerton, is in charge of arrangements.
Fern M. Boyer
Fern M. Boyer, 80, of 519 North Eighth St., Lehighton,
died Friday in her residence. She was the wife of the late Alden ³Sparky²
Boyer, who died in 1985.
She was a secretary for the former Hamm Chevrolet-Cadillac
dealership in Lehighton until her retirement. Prior to that, she was a
sales clerk at the former Cohen¹s Department Store in Lehighton.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the
late John and Mary (Long) Snyder.
She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic
Surviving are nephews and nieces.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth &
Iron Streets, Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements.
Leonard A. Sicenavage
Leonard A. Sicenavage, 75, of 213 W. High St.,
Coaldale, died Friday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center,
Lehighton. He was the husband of the late Rose (Derzock) Sicenavage, who
died in 1992.
A butcher by trade, he co-owned and helped operate
the former Sicenavage Meat Market, a popular Coaldale business that closed
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Enoch
and Anna (Garmus) Sicenavage.
A 1939 graduate of the former Coaldale High School,
he was a member of St. John the Baptist Lithuanian Catholic Church, Coaldale,
and played an active role in church maintenance duties.
He also served in the United States Navy, and
was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are two daughters, Carol McCallum and
Annette Sicenavage, both of Reading; a son, Leonard J., of Kansas; two
brothers, Vincent and Joseph, both of Coaldale; and one grandson.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert,
Edward, and Ignatz.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge
St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangements.
Martha (Pohlod) Morgan
Martha (Pohlod) Morgan, 70, of 12 W. Abbott Street,
Lansford, died Friday in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.
She was last employed as a clerk for the Lansford-Coaldale
Joint Water Authority. Prior to that, she worked as a clerk at the former
Havel Drug Store, Lansford.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late
Michael and Elizabeth (Marton) Pohlod.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Summit Hill, and a member of the Lansford American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
A 1944 graduate of the former Lansford High School,
she also served as secretary of the school¹s alumni association.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Cathy Domerecki
of Summit Hill, and Mrs. Margaret Fernandez of Chattanooga, Tenn.; three
sisters, Mrs. Margaret Rausch, Mrs. Mildred Schook, and Mrs. Irene Whitehead,
all of Lansford; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by six brothers, Michael,
George, John, Andrew, Joseph, and Robert; and five sisters, Miss Elizabeth
Pohlod, Mrs. Lena Pohlod, Mrs. Mary Balaska, Mrs. Anna Hawes, and Mrs.
The Holmes-Griffith Funeral Home, 200 E. Bertsch
St., Lansford, is in charge of arrangements.
Eugene McCarroll, 42, of 3024 Elm Road, Reading,
and formerly of Summit Hill, died Friday in the Reading Hospital. He was
the husband of Amy (Whitenight) McCarroll.
Due notice of funeral arrangements; Thomas J.
Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill.