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December 19, 1996

Mrs. Katie I. Stiles
Mrs. Katie I. Stiles, 92, of 95 Vista Court, Palmerton, died Tuesday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the widow of Paul J. Stiles, who died Jan. 16, 1969.
She was last employed on the mill floor at the former Seling Furniture Company, Railroad, York County.
Born in Springfield Township, York County, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Flossie E. (Strickhouser) Bowman.
She was a member of St. Peter (Yellow) United Church of Christ, Seven Valleys, York County.
Surviving are a son, Gene L. Stiles of Palmerton; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,
The Geiple Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Glen Rock, York County, is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert M. Klotz
Robert M. 'Bob' Klotz, 89, of Chandler Estates, Walnutport, died Wednesday in Gracedale Upper Nazareth Township. He was the husband of the late Florence E. (Gower) Klotz.
He was a musician for most of his life, starting at the age of 14 when he was a pianist with a Northampton dance band at the Odd Fellows Hall. When he turned 16, he was a fill-in silent film pianist at the Lyric Theater, Northampton's first movie theater.
He then played for the London Criterions band for five years, performing mostly at Mealy's in Allentown, a dance hall near Fourth and Hamilton streets. Later, he joined the Paul Hasser Orchestra and performed at a dance hall at 10th and Walnut streets, Allentown.
Klotz performed with other bands in the Roseland Ballroom, New York; Steel Pier, Atlantic City; Frolics Ballroom, Allentown; Saylor's Lake and other Pocono resorts; Budd Lake, N.J.; and in Vermont, Mich.
The Bud Rader Orchestra was his home band, and he stayed with it for over 40 years until its final performance in 1984 at the Saucon Valley Country Club. He also played for the Rotary Club for 42 years and the Northampton Area Retired Men's Club.
The deceased was a driver-salesman for the former Drake's Cakes, Inc., Bethlehem, now Borden's, for 13 years before retiring in 1968. Previously, he owned and operated Klotz's Bakery, Northampton, for many years.
Born in Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late William J. and Annie C. (Miller) Klotz.
He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northampton, where he was a pianist for the Sunday school classes and taught the adult Bible class.
Klotz was a scoutmaster and committee man for Boy Scout Troop 26 for over 45 years.
He was a past president of the Northampton Rotary Club and in 1992 received an honorary Rotarian.
He attended Lehigh University.
Surviving are three sons, William A. of Walnutport, James R. of Northampton and Thomas R. of Kunkletown; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Margaret Beil
Mrs. Margaret Beil, 72, of Northampton, died Tuesday in her home. She was the widow of Stewart J. Beil.
She was employed by the former Sutton Shirt Company for many years and also had worked for the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton.
She was a daughter of the late Jan and Anna (Ozdinec) Haronka.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Northampton.
Surviving are a brother John of Boise, Idaho; and a sister, Mrs. Helen Weaver of Allentown.

Rev. Harold Hufford
The Rev. Harold Hufford, 85, of Inverness, Fla., formerly of Center Valley, died Dec. 10 in the Mariner Health Care Center, Inverness. He was the husband of Ethel (Green) Hufford. They were married for 33 years.
He was a Baptist minister, having served for many years in Belmond, Iowa. He was founder of the Joy Hour Evangelical Meetings for children, which were held in Baptist churches in the United States.
After retiring from the ministry, he was a piano tuner and owner of Hufford Piano Service, Center Valley, from 1976 until retiring in 1990.
Born in Larksville, Luzerne County, he was a son of the late Henry J. and Ida (McKeel) Hufford.
He was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church, Floral City, Fla.
Surviving in addition to his widow are four daughters, Ethel Alice Aungst and Lilly LaBell, both of Bethlehem, Judy Veszpremi of Nazareth and Barbara Chamberlain of Walnutport; a sister, Edna Richardson of Newark, Del.; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

Mrs. Ruth I. Keegan
Mrs. Ruth I. Keegan, 98, formerly of 10 Second Ave., Lehighton, died Tuesday in Weatherwood, Weatherly. She was the widow of Fred P. Keegan, who died in 1972.
She was a teller for the former Bank of Lehighton before retiring in 1965 after 18 years of service.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Guswine and Ellen Nothstine.
She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.
There are no immediate survivors.
The Kenneth N. Phifer Funeral Home, Third and Alum streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

William B. Handwerk
William Bail Handwerk, 75, of 25600 Oak Alley, Leesburg, Fla., died Tuesday in the Leesburg Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of Jeanette Z. Handwerk.
Born in Palmerton, he was an engineer for Crutcher Resources, Houston, Tex., before retiring.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Leesburg.
Handwerk was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Todd B. of Southlake, Tex., and W. Chris of Houston; a daughter, Jeanette Z. Lynne of Carrollton, Tex.; a brother, Robert H. of Royersford, Montgomery County; and three grandchildren.

Russell P. Krell
Russell P. Krell, 81, formerly of Salisbury Township, died Wednesday in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Irene H. (Hoppes) Krell.
He was a custodian at Salisbury High School for 18 years before retiring in 1980.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late William J. Krell and Clara (Beck) Krell Dunkelberger.
He was a member of Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Allentown.
Krell was an Army veteran of World War II, having been stationed at the Scofield barracks during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Surviving are a brother Richard and a sister Carolyn, wife of Walter Shindler, both of Lehighton.
The K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, 46 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown, is in charge of arrangements.

John N. Pantazis
John N. Pantazis, 84, of 146 S. Laurel St., Hazleton, died Tuesday in the Hazleton-St. Joseph Medical Center. He was the husband of Lucy (Depos) Pantazis, formerly of Tamaqua. They were married for 50 years.
Prior to retiring in 1972, he was a co-owner of the Blue Comet Restaurant, Hazleton.
Born in Andros, Greece, he was a son of the late Nicholas L. and Froso (Aregeros) Pantazis.
He was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre.
Pantazis was a past president of the Order of Ahepa, Steve J. Depos Chapter No. 109, Tamaqua and Hazleton, serving in that capacity for several years, and also belonged to the Andros Society of New York City.
He graduated from high school in Greece.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Dr. Nicholas J. of Iowa City, Iowa; a daughter Frances, wife of George Manolas of Bath; two sisters, Irene Manalas and Maria Karpouzias, both of Athens, Greece; five grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Louis N., who died in 1993; and a sister, Evanthia Giannsis, who died in 1995.

George Matrician
George Matrician, 80, of 229 10th St., Easton, formerly of Coaldale, died Tuesday in the Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Amelia (Tomasovich) Matrician.
He was the band director for the former Coaldale High School and later was the first band director at the Panther Valley High School. Afterwards, he was band director at the Easton Junior High School before retiring.
He composed the Panther Valley High School Alma Mater and other pep songs for the school.
Born in Summit Hill, he was a son of the late John and Helen (Mlechick) Matrician.
He was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Easton.
A graduate of the former Summit Hill High School, he received a bachelor's degree in music from Mansfield University and a master's degree from Ithaca University.
Matrician was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific.
He was a 50-year member of the Coaldale American Legion Post.
Surviving in addition to his widow are four sisters, Susan, wife of Emil Krazinski of Middletown, Anna Solak and Mary Stival, both of Summit Hill, and Helen McGuire of Jim Thorpe.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.

December 20, 1996

Lester G. Storm
Lester G. Storm, 56, of 462 Main Road, Franklin Township, Lehighton, died Thursday evening in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of Mary (Summers) Storm. They observed their 33rd wedding anniversary last March 3.
He was self-employed, owning and operating the Lester Storm Logging and Clearing Business in Franklin Township.
Born in Franklin Township, he was a son of the late John P. and Ellen (Eberts) Storm.
He was a member of Salem Bible Fellowship Church, Lehighton, where he was chairman of the Borad of Deacons and the Benevolence Committee.
Storm was active in the Franklin Township Little League Baseball program, and sponsored the Mets team in the league since 1990.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, MaryAnn, wife of Jonathan T. Dait of Palmerton, and Barbara, wide of Michael A. Kindt of Lehighton; a son, Jeffrey L. of Palmerton; a brother, Glenn A. of Lehighton; a sister Joycelle, wife of Wayne Koch of Seven Valleys, York County; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth A. Bohl
Elizabeth Ann 'Betty' Bohl, 58, of 1105 Russell Ave., Fountain Hill, died Thursday in her home.
She was a medical technician at the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem, the Palmerton Hospital and the Grandview Hospital, West Rockhill Township.
Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of Rosemary E. (Curry) Burkit, with whom she resided, and the late Cornelius Burkit.
The deceased was a member of St. Ursula Catholic Church, Fountain Hill.
Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, Shawn of Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, and R. Michael of Nazareth; and three grandchildren.

Daniel J. Miller
Daniel J. Miller, 42, of 2522 Martha Lane, Land O'Lakes, Fla., died Monday in the University Community Hospital, Tampa, Fla. He was the husbad of the late Mary E. (Sieber) Miller. They observed their 16th wedding anniversary last May.
He was a maintenance worker at the St. Joseph Hospital, John Know Village, Tampa.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Theresa (Dale) Miller Hahn of Whitehall Township and the late Victor Miller.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mothers are a son, Aaron M., at home; two brothers, Gary of New Tripoli and Michael of Whitehall; two sisters, Anita, wife of Steven Tantaros of Schnecksville, and Janet of Steel City; and his stepfather, Ernest J. Hahn Jr. of Whitehall.

Paul Henry
Paul Henry, 84, formerly of 439 S. Second St., Bangor, died Wednesday in the Slate Belt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bangor R.1. He was the husband of the late Mona (Evans) Henry.
He was a research assistant and chemical technician for the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, until retiring in 1974.
Born in Danielsville, he was a son of the late William O. and Diana Henry.
He was a member of the First Evangelical Church, Bangor.
Henry was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving are two sisters, Helen McCray and Grace, both of Daytona Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Richard S.H. Arner
Mrs. Olga D. Arner, 81, of 326 N. Ninth St., Lehighton, died Thursday in ManorCare Health Services, Bethelehem. She was the wife of Richard S.H. Arner. They observed their 62nd wedding anniversary in June.
She was a teacher's aide at the Shull-David Elementary School of the Lehighton Area School District before retiring.
Born in Packerton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline (Sabluk) Hubitsky.
She was a member of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, Lehighton.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Robert K. of Perkasie; a daughter, Gail Ann, wife of Metro Yurchak of Quakertown; two brothers, Joseph of Pottsville and Paul of Lehighton; three sisters, Margaret and Rita, wife of Joseph Mucha, both of Bethlehem, and Pauline, wife of George Thear of Nesquehoning; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard G., who died in 1980.
The Kenneth N. Phifer Funeral Home, Third and Alum streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Morris A. Brunner Jr.
Morris A. Brunner Jr., 71, of 6163 Sullivan Trail, Nazareth, died Thursday in the Easton Hospital. He was the companion of Mary E. Rader, with whom he resided.
He was a car operator in the blast furnaces of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 37 years before retiring in 1983.
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Morris A. Sr. and Mary E. (Danks) Brunner.
He was a member of Emmanuel Evangenical Congregational Church, Bethlehem.
Brunner was an Army veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart medal recipient.
Surviving in addition to his companion are a daughter, Linda L., wife of Don Frederick of Whitehall Township; three sons, Wayne M. of Lehighton, Jeffrey O. of Allentown and Barry L. of Bethlehem; a sister, Margaret Gerhard of Bethlehem; and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Henrietta M. Kauffman
Mrs. Henrietta M. Kauffman, 87, of 339 Liberty St., Bethlehem, died Wednesday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. She was the widow of Louis K. Kauffman.
Born in Mauch Chunk, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Lottie (Mummey) Milford.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
Surviving are a son, Louis R., with whom she resided; and two grandchildren.

Russell J. Simons
Russell J. Simons, 72, of Bushkill Center Road, Nazareth, died Thursday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem.
He was a self-employed electrician and plumber in the Moore, Bushkill and Lehigh townships areas for most of his life.
Born in Danielsville, he was a son of the late Charles A. and Stella S. (Best) Simons.
He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Moore Township.
Surviving are a sister, Helen M., wife of Paul E. Schlamb of Moore Township; a brother, Homer C. of Lady lake, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dorothy Loisch
Mrs. Dorothy Loisch, 74, a resident of the Edgemont Personal Care Lodge, Lansford, died Thursday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. She was the widow of William Loisch.
Prior to retiring, she had been employed by the Crown Cork and Seal Company.
Born in South Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Gertrude (Breiner) Knepper.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansford.
Surviving are a stepdaughter, Mrs. Dorothy DiSanto of Burlington, N.J.; a brother William of Tamaqua; and three grandchildren.
The Robert C. Reeser Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. George Durilla
Mrs. Mary E. Durilla, 79, of 501 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, died Thursday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the wife of George Durilla.
Prior to her marriage, she had been employed as a telephone operator in Tamaqua.
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Curtis C. and Mary (Beyrent) Keefer.
She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.
A 1935 graduate of Tamaqua High School, she was a Tamaqua Meals On Wheels volunteer for the past 18 years.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Thomas M. of Center Valley; a daughter, Mary K., wife of Ross Davis, and a sister, Mrs. Theodore (Kathryn) Baddick, both of Tamaqua; a brother, Robert E. Keefer of New Ringgold R.1; and seven grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, George O., who died in August; and three brothers, Leo, Curtis and Richard.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Anna Kott
Mrs. Anna Kott, 100, formerly of McAdoo, died Thursday evening at the home of her daughter, Eleanore, wife of Robert Feathers, in Tamaqua. She was the widow of Stephen Kott, who died in 1945.
Born in Mahanoy City, she was a daughter of the late Simon and Mary Morba and celebrated her 100th birthday in July.
She was a member of St. Kunegunda Catholic Church, McAdoo, and Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Tamaqua. She was a member of the altar and rosary societies of both churches.
Surviving, with her daughter are four sons, Joseph and Leonard, both of McAdoo, Daniel of Hazleton and John of West Hazleton; a daughter, Dolores, wife of Joseph Kapes of Levittown; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Stephen; and five brothers, Albert, Thomas, John, Frank and Paul; and two sisters, Mary Kostick and Katherine Jadosh.
The Stanley E. Anilosky Funeral Home, McAdoo, is in charge of arrangements.


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