|December 6, 1996
Mary Halladay, 79, of 136 Rhume St., Nesquehoning,
died Wednesday in the South Mountain Restoration Center, Chambersburg,
Born in Nesquehoning, she was a daughter of the
late Joseph and Mary (Stempa) Halladay.
She was a member of St. John Russian Orthodox
Surviving are three brothers, Stephan of San
Jose, Calif., Nicholas of West Chester, Chester County, and George of Nesquehoning;
and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph
The Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center
St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Kenneth L. Silfies
Mrs. Alma A. Silfies, 69, of 3730 Filbert Drive,
Danielsville, died Wednesday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem.
She was the wife of Kenneth L. Silfies. They observed their 46th wedding
anniversary in June.
She was a sewing machine operator for Caesar's
Apparel, Danielsville, for 22 years before retiring in 1989.
Born in Rockville, she was a daughter of the
late Bert F. and Annie E. (Smith) Beil.
She was a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Emmanuelsville, where she was a Sunday school teacher.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter,
Debrah L., wife of Peter V. Fartuch of Schnecksville; three sisters, Mae
C. Marsh and Arlene M. Fehnel, both of Bath, and Mary Ann L. Christman
of Danielsville; seven brothers, Walter H., Paul J. and Carl R., all of
Danielsville, Kenneth L. of Petersville, Bert H. of Bath, Harold F. of
Cherryville and Ray A. of Macungie; and two granddaughters.
Mrs. Bertram Keichel
Mrs. Mary Lou Keichel, 47, of 39 Snow Hill Road,
Northampton, died Wednesday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem.
She was the wife of Bertram Keichel. They observed their 28th wedding anniversary
She was a secretary for the former Winkelbauer
Insurance Company, Northampton, and previously had worked in the same capacity
for the Adult Community Education of the Northampton Area School District.
Born in Kingston, Luzerne County, she was a daughter
of Herbert and Shirley (Austin) Jones of Whitehall Township.
The deceased was a member of Zion's Stone United
Church of Christ, Kreidersville, where she was a Sunday school teacher
and the first female member of the consistory.
Mrs. Keichel was a volunteer for Crime Victims
Council, Allentown, and an usher for the Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown,
where she received an award for her outstanding community services.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents
are two daughters, Melissa and Kristin, both at home; three sisters, Sheila,
wife of Gary Bennett of Northampton, Candis, wife of Brian Landry of Orlando,
Fla., and Pamela, wife of Donald Lerch of Slatington; and a brother, Michael
W. of Catasauqua.
David L. Haydt, 50, of 218 Lehigh St., Walnutport,
who died Wednesday in the Palmerton Hospital., was a son of Mrs. Ethel
M. (Mertz) Haydt and the late Lloyd E. Haydt. He was also preceded in death
by a brother Perry.
December 7, 1996
Mary McGeehan, 91, formerly of Nesquehoning,
died Thursday in the Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre. She was the widow
of Own McGeehan.
Born in Nesquehoning, she was a daughter of the
late John and Anna (Onefri) Navotny.
She worked in the Kiddie Klothes Factory in Lansford
Surviving is a sister, Margaret Morman of Dorien,
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Stephen,
Andrew, John, and Frank; and one sister, Verna.
Funeral services will be today in Wilkes-Barre.
Anna M. Burkhardt
Anna M. Burkhardt, 92, of the Gnaden Huetten
Nursing Home, 211 N. 12th ST., Lehighton, died Thursday. She was the widow
of the late Leonard M. Burkhardt who died in 1955.
She was co-owner and operator of the former LeRoy
Shop on Third Street, Southside Bethlehem for many years before retiring
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the
late Samuel and Anna (Mentzel) Lawrence.
She was a member of The Cathedral Church of the
Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem.
She was a volunteer for Holy Family Manor in
Surviving is a son, William L. Burkahrdt of Jim
Thorpe; two daughters, Elizabeth A., wife of Robert F. Rowan of San Antonio,
Texas, and Mary Jane Rheiner of Bethlehem. Also, 11 grandchildren, and
She was preceded in death by three brothers,
Harold, Charles and James Lawrence and one sister, Frances ³Tess²
Mabel C. Murphy
Mabel C. Murphy, 89, of Kunkletown R.4, died
Thursday in the Brookmont Health Care Center, Effort. She was the widow
of Early Murphy.
Born in Middle Creek, she was a daughter of the
late Peter and Emma (Smale) Bollinger.
She had been a seamstress at the former Nova
Sportswear in Brodheadsville for 13 years before retiring.
She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ,
Gilbert. She also belonged to the Patriotic Order of Americans, the Young
at Heart Senior Citizens, and the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company
Ladies Auxiliary, all in Kresgeville.
Surviving is a son, Neal Murphy of Kunkletown
R.4; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
The William H. Kresge Funeral Home, Inc., Brodheadsville,
is in charge of arrangements.
Rose A. Arrone
Rose A. Arrone, 88, of 2762 Anita Drive, Dover,
Pa., York County, and formerly of Coaldale, died Friday at her residence.
For many years she was employed at Philip &
Jones and Rosenau Brothers factories, both of Lansford.
Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late
John and Mary (Check) Balazovich.
She was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic
Church, Coaldale, and was former vice-president of the Slovak Catholic
Surviving is a daughter, Patricia, wife of Robert
Scutta, with whom she resided; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Boran of Hanburg;
two brothers, Stephen Balazovich of Coaldale and William Balazovich of
Tamaqua; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, John
and Michael Balazovich and a sister, Mary Balazovich.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge
St., Coaldale, in charge of funeral arrangements.
Hermine L. Rhoads
Hermine Louise Rhoads, 64, of 862 1/2 E. Main
St., Ephrata, and formerly of Palmerton, died Friday afternoon in Ephrata
She was the wife of the Rev. Abraham E. Rhoads,
an Evangelical Congregational Pastor. They were married 44 years last July
Born in Raeville, N.J., she was a daughter of
the late Francis X. and Maria *Binder) Weiss.
She resided in Ephrata the past year and a half,
and resided previously in Palmerton, Pitman, Cressona, Hazleton, and Lebanon,
where her husband pastored.
She was active in church activities in each of
the congregations her husband was stationed.
Surviving with her husband are two daughters,
Kathleen A., wife of Dale Rothermel of Pitman and Kristine K., wife of
James C. Bean, Birdsboro; two sisters, Marie Reed of Lancaster, and Clara,
wife of Clyde Hoagland of Clearwater, Fla.; also two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday in Ephrata.
Harvey N. Fogel
Harvey N. Fogel, 91, of 133 Seneca Road, Mahoning
Township, died Friday at his residence. He was the husband of Flora (Eckhart)
Fogel. They were married 71 years on Sept. 26.
He was a custodian for the Lehighton School District,
working at the Mahoning Elementary School, retiring in 1969 after 13 years.
He was also a band leader and fiddle player for
the Serenaders Country Western Band of Lehighton for 60 years, retiring
He was a member of St. Johns U.C.C. of Lehighton.
He was a son of the late John E. and Bertha (Serfass)
He belonged to the Mahoning Valley Golden Agers
and the Mahoning Valley Fire Co., where he was a charter member.
Surviving with his widow are two sons, Harvey
E. and Larry F.R. Fogel, both of Lehighton; a daughter, June E., wife of
William Boger of Lehighton; a sister, Helen Kern of Palmerton; 7 grandchildren,
10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Phyllis
Haydt, who died in 1971.
The Kenneth N. Phifer Funereal Home, Third and
Alum Streets, Lehighton, in charge of arrangements.
John J. Fahey
John J. Fahey, 76, of 1043 Main Road, Lehighton,
died Friday at his home. He was the husband of Jessie (Berger) Fahey. They
were married 38 years last Feb. 13.
Born in East Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the
late Daniel and Mary (Sypnisky) Fahey.
He was an assistant superintendent of train movement
for Conrail, working out of the Bethlehem Terminal. He retired several
He was a former Democratic Committeeman in Franklin
Township, and recently received a commendation from the Carbon County Commissioners
for voting 50 consecutive years.
He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic
Surviving with his widow is a son, John J. Jr.
of Alpha, N.J.; three daughters, Jessica, wife of Peter Petrack of Pittsburgh,
Jacquelian, wife of Paul Weichman of Weatherly, and Jennifer Fahey of Ouiedo,
Fla.; three sisters, Josephine, wife of Frank Dudley of Easton Eileen,
wife of Joseph Baransky of Media, and Mary Theresa, wife of Lawrence Gallagher
of Bethlehem. Also four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother Leon, and
a sister, Mrs. Margaret Dougherty.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and
Iron Streets, Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements.