|December 4, 1996
David P. Kloss
David P. Kloss, 42, of Stonegate Road, Quakertown,
died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the
husband of Leslie (Sheldon) Kloss. They observed their 16th wedding anniversary
He was self-employed in a lawn care business
for a number of years and also had worked for more than 10 years at General
Electric, formerly in Allentown.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of James J. Kloss
of Lake Worth, Fla., and the late AnnaMay (Gray) Kloss.
Surviving in addition to his widow and father
are five brothers, James K. of Lafayette, La., and Thomas E., Donald, Edward
and Alfred, all of Allentown; and seven sisters, Karen Schneck of Slatington,
Linda McGoey of Port Jervis, N.Y., and Patricia, wife of Bernard Boyer,
Susan, wife of Gerald Cichonski, Judy, wife of Donald French, Nancy Schulte
and Jane, all of Allentown.
Mrs. Henrietta B. Taylor
Mrs. Henrietta B. Taylor, 75, of New Tripoli,
died Tuesday in the Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allentown.
She was the widow of Fred D. Taylor.
She was a bookkeeper and sales assistant for
Boas Surgical, Allentown, for 30 years before retiring in 1988.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the
late Charles and Beatrice (Geise) Heist.
She was a member of St. John Evangelical Congregational
Surviving are a son, Fred D. of Germansville;
a brother Buddy of Baltimore, Md.; a sister Alice of Allentown; two grandchildren
and a great-granddaughter.
Karstein M. Vigsnes
Karstein M. Vigsnes, 81, of Penn Forest Streams,
Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe, died Tuesday morning in the Gnaden Huetten
Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of Karen (Clausen) Vigsnes.
They observed their 55th wedding anniversary last Jan. 25.
He was a retired marine engineer and had worked
for the Mobil Oil Corporation in New York.
Born in Mandal, Norway, he was a son of the late
Birger and Alma (Ellingsen) Vigsnes.
He served with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Merchant
Marines during World War II and was a member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard
Veterans of World War II, Northeast Pennsylvania Area Chapter. he also
belonged to the Aurora Grata Day Star Lodge No. 647, F. & A.M., Bay
Ridge Masonic Temple, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son,
Richard A. of West Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Birger Vigsnes of Bennington,
Vt.; two sisters, Alfhild Vigsnes and Anna Marie Johansen, both of Norway;
five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center
St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.
Emery V. Serfass
Emery V. Serfass, 89, formerly of Little Gap,
died Monday in the Mahoning Valley Convalescent Center, Lehighton. He was
the husband of the late Ellen (George) Serfass.
He retired in 1969 as a foreman after 45 years
of service with the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Emory
and Lydia (Green) Serfass.
He was a member of St. John Towamensing Lutheran
A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of F. &
A.M. Lodge No. 440, Slatington.
Surviving are three daughters, Elaine, wife of
James Stevens of Valois, N.Y., Barbara, wife of Delbert Fisher of Palmerton,
and Mrs. Nancy Costenbader of Lehighton; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware
Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Maisie J.c Heffelfinger
Mrs. Maisie J. Heffelfinger, 95, formerly of
216 Fifth St., Walnutport, died Tuesday in the Phoebe Home, Allentown.
She was the widow of Thomas N.D. Heffelfinger.
She was a custodian at the Walnutport Elementary
School of the Northern Lehigh School District for several years before
Born in Kresgeville, she was a daughter of the
late Monroe and Mary (Shupp) Serfass.
She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ,
Surviving are a son, James Fulton, and a daughter
Arlene, wife of Charles Zellers, both in Arizona; a sister, Berneda Molanney
in Florida; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Fulton
D., and a daughter, Ruby E. Grammes.
Anthony A. Davis
Anthony A. Davis, 39, of 322 Franklin St., Bethlehem,
died Sunday in his home.
He was a salesman for Easy Sportswear.
Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of Anthony
and Hope Davis of Bethlehem.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother
Michael of Nesquehoning; and a sister Lisa and his paternal grandfather,
Anthony Davis Sr., both of Nesquehoning.
H. R. Fenstermacher
H.R.Fenstermacher, 84, owner and president of
Hadesty Hardware Co., Inc., with family owned stores in Tamaqua and Pottsville,
died Thanksgiving Day in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he resided.
He was the husband of Valena E. Fenstermacher.
His former wife is Martha D. Fenstermacher, also of Scottsdale.
Born in Tamaqua, he attended public schools there
and subsequently received a bachelor of science degree in business administration
from Susquehanna University.
His association with his family's hardware concern,
founded in 1857, was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Navy during
World War II, from 1942-45.
He became president of the family business in
1950. He served on the boards of the Miners National Bank of Pottsville
and the First National Bank of Tamaqua. He was president of the Pennsylvania-Atlantic
Seaboard Hardware Association and also served on the board of the National
Retail Hardware Association.
Retiring to Scottsdale in 1967, he remained active
in civic affairs, and as a service to his close friend, the late Walter
W. Ross, he became managing director of Phi Sigma Alpha, an international
self-improvement sorority until 1977. He was managing director emeritus
at the time of his death.
At the time of his death, he was also on the
boards of the Scottsdale Boys Club and the Verde Vaqueros. He was a member
of the City of Scottsdale Personnel Board, and was director of Seminars
of the Sun, a newly-incorporated concern which provides nationally-known
motivational speakers as a service to conventions held locally.
While serving with the Navy during World War
II, he attained the rank of lieutenant.
Surviving in addition to widow are three sons,
Herman J. II of Orwigsburg, Gary D. of Dexter, Mich., and Richard T. of
Pottsville; two stepdaughters, Glenda McGillicuddy and E.K. Butler, both
of Phoenix, Az.; a brother, Theodore F. of Cortland, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren
and a great-grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by a brother Albert.
The Messinger Mortuary and Chapel, Scottsdale,
is in charge of the arrangements.
Lawrence V. Prekopa
Lawrence V. Prekopa, 67, of 331 W. Sherman St.,
McAdoo, died Tuesday in the Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband
of Theresa (Bonafair) Prekopa. They were married for 45 years.
He was a mason before retiring and once worked
at the Allentown State Hospital.
Born in McAdoo, he was a son of the late Andrew
and Anna (Lorko) Prekopa.
He as a member of St. Mary Church of the Assumption,
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6708 and American Legion Post 76, all of
McAdoo, and the McAdoo Fire Company.
Prekopa served in the Army during the Korean
He sang the national anthem at McAdoo sporting
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son
Lawrence of Allentown; four daughters, Diane, wife of Lawrence Consoli
of Summit Hill, Denise and Andrea, wife of James DeLucca, both of Hazleton,
and Theresa, wife of Joseph Madochick of McAdoo; three sisters, Mrs. Nicholas
(Ann) Voneumann of Middlebrook, Mrs. John (Susan) Honysey of South Sandwich,
Mass., and Mrs. Ernest (Vera) McGinnis of Bridgeport, Conn.; a brother
Joseph of McAdoo; and seven grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters,
Mary Enama and Helen Mislitski.
Evelyn (Keck) Peschel, of 3720 37th Street, St.
Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Jim Thorpe, died November 29 in her home.
She was the widow of Gordon Peschel.
Survivors include a daughter, Norma Byrd of St.
Petersburg, two sisters, Judith Weaver and Helen Keck, both of Jim Thorpe,
two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren,
and several nieces and nephews.
Connie Lou Reese
Connie Lou Reese, 42, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died
Monday morning in the Northwest Ohio Hospice In Patient Unit, Perrysburg,
She was a veterinary technician at the Colerain
Animal Hospital, Cincinnati.
Born in Findlay, Ohio, she was a daughter of
Mrs. Helen L. (Zuercher) Reese and the late Calvin R. Reese.
She attended Findlay schools and graduated from
Tamaqua Area High School and the Schuylkill L.P.N. School.
Surviving are a brother, Raymond A. of Pawtucket,
R.I.; a sister, Mrs. James (Colleen M.) Twilbeck of Monterey, La.; and
her maternal grandmother, Leona Zuercher of Benton Ridge, Ohio.
December 5, 1996
Mrs. John S. Mikulsky
Mrs. Catherine Mikulsky, 87, of 45 S. Walnut
St., Lansford, died Wednesday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.
She was the wife of John S. 'Vince' Mikulsky. They were married for 58
She worked at the former Kiddie Kloes, Lansford,
and was last employed by the former Wargo garment factory, Coaldale.
Born in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of the
late Joseph and Anna (Fada) Kielbasa.
She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic
Church, Lansford, where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son,
John D. of Pittsford, N.Y.; two daughters, Maryann, wife of Raymond Boyer
of Hometown, and Florence, wife of Ronald Weiss of Coatesville, Chester
County; and eight grandchildren.
The Skrabak-Parambo Funeral Home, 210 E. Bertsch
St., Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Jennie S. Ackerman
Mrs. Jennie S. Ackerman, 89, of Allentown, died
Wednesday in The Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the widow of Earl W.
She was the owner of Ackerman's Garage, Allentown.
Born in Cratetown, N.J., she was a daughter of
the late Albert S. and Teresa (Sheats) Yawger.
She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church,
Allentown, and attended Salem-St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kresgeville, in
Surviving are a son, William F., and a daughter,
Martha M., both of Allentown; a niece whom she raised, Marian, wife of
David Barid of Port Hueneme, Calif.; a brother George of Oldwick, N.J.;
two sisters, Charlotte, wife of Kenneth Doolittle of Middletown, N.Y.,
and Mary Hildebrant of Flemington, N.J.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a nephew whom
she raised, Earl Haines.
George W. Kocher
George W. Kocher, 82, formerly of Jim Thorpe,
died Wednesday in the Adam's Manor Nursing Home, Scranton. He was the husband
of the late Margaret (Hobbs) Stralkowski Kocher, who died in 1994,. and
the late Grace (Rehrig) Kocher.
Prior to retiring, he managed the state liquor
store in Jim Thorpe.
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late
George and Sarah (Bullock) Kocher.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church,
Kocher was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving are a son Robert of Avon, Conn.; a
granddaughter, nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter,
Bonnie Lee Rauch.
David L. Haydt
David L. Haydt, 50, of 218 Lehigh St., Walnutport,
died Wednesday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Deborah
L. (Carlton) Haydt.
He was a parts delivery man for NAPA, Walnutport,
since March, and previously had worked as a planer operator for the Bethlehem
Steel Corporation for 31 years before retiring earlier this year.
Born in Bowmanstown, he was a son of Mrs. Ethel
M. (Mertz) Haydt of Lehighton and the late Lloyd E. Mertz.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother
are two sons, Stephen D. of Easton and Michael L., at home; a brother,
Dennis L. of Palmerton; a sister, Patricia M., wife of Richard H. Strohl
of Lehighton; and a grandson.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harry
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave.,
Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Alex Kruszynsky
Mrs. Mary E. Kruszynsky, of 222 N. West St.,
Shenandoah, died Wednesday morning in the Hazleton-St. Joseph Medical Center.
She was the wife of Alex Kruszynsky.
She was a garment worker in the local dress factories.
Born in Shenandoah, she was a daughter of the
late Mr. and Mrs. William A. Astromsky.
She was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church
and the Senior Citizens, both of Shenandoah, and the International Garment
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter,
Mary Ellen, wife of Tom Fore of Barnesville; and two grandchildren.