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Obituaries - 1996

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December 24, 1996

Mrs. Lillian E. Gabel
Mrs. Lillian E. Gabel, 83, formerly of Quakertown Avenue, Pennsburg, died Sunday in the Luther Crest Health Center, South Whitehall Township. She was the widow of LeRoy L. Gabel.
A registered nurse, she worked for the Visiting Nurses Association in the Upper Perkiomen Valley area for several years.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Milton and Gertie (Green) Diehl.
She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Pennsburg, and the Perkiomen Chapter No. 318, Order of Eastern Star, Red Hill.
Surviving are a son Kenneth of Wyomissing, Berks County; a daughter Susan, wife of Richard Carmosin of Trumbauersville; and five grandchildren.

Francis M. Bramich Jr.
Francis M. Bramich Jr., 55, of Coplay, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of Gwen B. (Callery) Czekner Bramich. They observed their eighth wedding anniversary last April.
He was a laborer for Jaindl's Turkey Farm, Orefield, for nine years before retiring due to disability.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Francis M. Sr. and Lillian G. (Stephens) Bramich.
He was a social member of the Egypt V.F.W. Post.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Frank III of Doylestown and David of Coplay; three daughters, Lillian of Trexlertown, Hilda, wife of William Lambert in California, and Beverly, wife of Juan Grona of Allentown; a stepson, James Czekner of Allentown; a brother Larry of Walnutport; three sisters, Betty, wife of Daniel Jujsa of Coplay, Janet Wieand of Schnecksville and Donna, wife of Stanley Torbey of Whitehall; six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Douglas R. Rea
Douglas R. Rea, 54, of 5303 Thompson St., Germansville, died Sunday in his home. He was the husband of Glynnis (Procter) Rea.
He was a title insurance officer for the Land Title Insurance Company in Alaska for 12 years until 1984.
Born in West Reading, he was a son of the late Donald E. Rea and Bertha M. (Zieber) Rea Hoster and a stepson of Joseph Hoster Sr. of Mohnton, Berks County.
He was a Navy veteran and a member of the Lehigh Valley APPLE Users Group and a precision benchrest shooter.
Surviving in addition to his widow and stepfather are a son, David B. of Allentown; a sister, Deborah J., wife of Enrico Gatto of Wernersville, Berks County; a stepson, Christopher C. Limpar of Coplay; and a grandson.

Mrs. Hilda A. Andrews
Mrs. Hilda A. Andrews, 87, formerly of West Bowmans, died Monday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Convalescent Center, Mahoning Township. She was the widow of Morris H. Andrews.
A member of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary, she worked at its Nearly New Shop, Palmerton, for 15 years.
Born in Walnutport, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Hannah (Buck) Bachman.
She was a member of St. John Towamensing Lutheran Church, Palmerton, and was a volunteer for the Project Tuesday of Bowmanstown of the Willing Workers of West Bowmans.
Surviving are two daughters, Jean Heiney of Kresgeville and Phyllis, wife of Robert Balliet of Lehighton; two sons, Sherwood of Walnutport and Robert of Lehighton; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald J. Stephens
Donald J. Stephens, 78, of 1408 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, died Sunday in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Elizabeth B. (Gibbons) Stephens of Allentown, formerly of Bethlehem.
He was a machinist for Mack Trucks, Inc., Allentown, for 42 years before retiring in 1982.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Fred Sr. and Edna (Zimmerman) Stephens.
He was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, and a life member of its Holy Name Society.
A 4th degree Knight of Columbus, he was a charter member of Holy Cross Council No. 4754, Bethlehem, and a life member of the Lehigh Valley Assembly, Knights of Columbus.
Stephens was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a shop steward for the United Auto Workers Union in the 1960s and 1970s and a coach and manager of the Lehigh Little League, Bethlehem, in the 1960s.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Scott of St. Cloud, Fla., and Kevin of Walnutport; a daughter Beth, wife of Terry Sell of Orefield; two brothers, Fred Jr. of Slatington and Edgar W. of Bethlehem; two sisters, Pauline Landis and Barbara Glick, both of Allentown; and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Grace V. Hawk
Mrs. Grace V. Hawk, 75, of 233 S. Third St., Lehighton, died Monday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. She was the widow of Champ C. Hawk, who died June 26, 1978.
She was employed as an aid for the Carbon County Day Care Center, Fourth and Mahoning streets, Lehighton, and previously was a sewing machine operator for the former Barson & Company, Lehighton.
Born in the Big Creek area of Franklin Township, she was a daughter of the late William and Blanche (Cameron) Diehl.
She was a member of the Auxiliary of the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Post 314, Lehighton.
Surviving are three daughters, Janice, wife of Ronald Rehrig, Donna, wife of Thomas Walk, and Kim, wife of Bruce Werley, all of Lehighton; five sons, Kenneth and Dr. Clark, both of Lehighton, Stanley of Jamesburg, N.J., Gerald of Andreas and David of Franklin Township; two brothers, Clifford of Philadelphia and Mark of Lehighton; for sisters, Mrs. Thelma Frank, Elva, wife of Warren Reichard, Mrs. Olive Cunfer and Mrs. Mildred Meyers, all of Lehighton; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Susan M. Hawk, and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Brown.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

John E. Duffy III
John E. Duffy III, 49, of 737 Main St., Bethlehem, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill.
A member of the United Cerebral Palsy Bell Choir and the 4-Leaf Clover Bowling League at Jordan Lanes, Whitehall Township, he was also involved in swimming at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Alan of Bath and Michael of Bethlehem; two sisters, Nancy, wife of David Roman of Northampton, and Cheryl, wife of Richard David of Danielsville; and nieces and nephews.

December 26, 1996

Ethel E. Jacoby
Ethel E. Jacoby, 85, of Crest Street, Grier City, died Saturday, Dec. 21, in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the daughter of the late Elwood James and Louisa (Kegel) Jacoby.
She was a school teacher for 42 years in the Tamaqua School District.
She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.
Surviving are a sister, Lorene J. Shafer of Grier City; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday from the Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown, with the Rev. David Searing officiating, followed by interment in the Nuremburg Cemetery.

Mrs. Mamie A. Frantz
Mrs. Mamie A. Frantz, 89, of Stroudsburg, died Wednesday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. She was the widow of Thearon Frantz.
She was employed by Mamouth Hosier, Stroudsburg, for 40 years.
Born in Blakeslee, she was a daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Silfies) Henning.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albrightsville.
Surviving are two sisters, Pearl Shultz and Helen Kolnik, both of Bethlehem; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Alexander Werner
Mrs. Carol J. Werner, 66, of New Tripoli, died Wednesday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Alexander Werner. They observed their 48th wedding anniversary in April.
Born in Lakeview, long Island, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late William and Ethel (Broggelwirth) Glaspy.
She was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Carol Jean, wife of William McCartney of Concord, N.C.; two sons, Wayne A. of Vernon, N.J., and Craig W. of Saylorsburg; a sister Olive, wife of George Von Bartheld of Patchogue, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren.

Edgar W. Fogel
Edgar W. Fogel, 88, of 1716 W. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton, died Tuesday in the Sanctuary Personal Care Facility, Jim Thorpe. He was the husband of Edith G. (German) Fogel.
Prior to retiring, he worked in the research department of the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Allen L. and Edna S. (Green) Fogel.
He was a member of Dinkey Memorial Lutheran Church, Ashfield.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Ronald T., and a sister, Mrs. Marian Drake, both in California; a brother Arthur in New Jersey; and two grandsons.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Lawson
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Lawson, 90, of 233 E. Hazard St., Summit Hill, died Tuesday in her home. She was the widow of William Lawson.
Born in Jim Thorpe, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Hawk) Tracey.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, and the Summit Hill Senior Citizens.
Surviving are a daughter Elizabeth, wife of John P. Jones of New Ringgold R.1; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

Theodore Glass
Theodore 'Ted' Glass, of Allentown, a former basketball referee known locally, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Joan M. Glass.
He was employed by Mack Trucks, Inc., Allentown, for many years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Morris and Sarah (Rosenberg) Glass.
Active in sports for many years, he was a high school and college basketball official and currently was an observer for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Glass was a member of the 1950 Allentown High School cage team that won the District 11 title. He later played Class A softball and basketball for several teams, including Mack Trucks, Young Mens and the Salvation Army, which were state champions.
He was among the leading scorers in the A League, compiling a record of 186 points in 13 games. In 1952, he was offered a professional try-out with the Wilkes-Barre Barons.
Glass was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He received a trophy when his Army softball team won the All-Japan service championship.
He was named Athlete of the Week in the Camp Yokohama Special AServices Bulletin as an outstanding basketball player while assigned to Detachment A, Yokohama Signal Depot.
He was also an outstanding pitcher with the playoff champion Mack Local 677 in the Industrial Softball League.
The deceased won the James ³Brey² Brennan Award in 1956 as the champion city league athlete. He was inducted into the First and Sixth Ward Old-Timers Hall of Fame in 1974.
Glass was a member of the Congregation Agudas Achim, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to his widow is a sister Mary of Carlisle.

Robert Sicher
Robert Sicher, 76, of 213 First St., Slatington, died Sunday in the Palmerton Hospital.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late LeRoy and Helen (Fries) Sicher.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in Africa and Europe.
Surviving is a brother, Miles H. of Allentown.

Mrs. Evelyn B. Wech
Mrs. Evelyn B. Wech, 83, a guest at the St. Luke Manor, Hazleton, formerly of Carleton Avenue, Hazleton, died Wednesday in the home. She was the widow of George F. Wech, who died in 1987.
Prior to retiring, she was a telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company, Hazleton.
Born in Weatherly, she was a daughter of the late William and Susan (Frey) Butler, and had spent her entire life in the Hazleton area.
She was a 1930 graduate of Hazleton High School and a member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers and Christ Lutheran Church, Hazleton.
Surviving are a brother, Melvin Meiser of Weatherly; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Gimbi and Howard Meiser; and five sisters, Anna Bengtson, Edith Raebenold, Martha Miller, Cora Koren and Grace Penberth.

Anna Pispecky
Anna Pispecky, 82, of 605 E. Ridge St., Lansford, died Tuesday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.
Prior to retiring, she was a seamstress for the former Jonathan Logan Mills.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Stidenc) Pispecky.
She was a member of Trinity and St. Philip Episcopal Church, Lansford, where she sang in the choir and belonged to the Altar Guild.
Surviving are four brothers, Frank of Mechanicsville, Va., John of Lansford, Steve of Ramah, N.M., and Mahlon of Springfield, Va.; and three sisters, Stella of Lansford, Mrs. Josephine Warner of Ocala, Fla., and Mrs. Margaret Werner of Sellersville.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Joseph; and a sister, Mary Ann.
The Holmes-Griffiths Funeral Home, 200 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mary A. Gurka
Mrs. Mary A. Gurka, 72, of 55 N. Walnut St., Lansford, died Tuesday. She was the widow of Adolph J. Gurka, who died in June, 1965.
She retired from the former Pace Dress Factory, Lansford.
Born in Jolliet, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Michael Sr. and Mary M. (Dzurko) Steblar.
She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Lansford, and the St. Ann Society of the church.
The deceased was a graduate of St. Michael Parochial School, Lansford, and in 1941 graduated from the former St. Ann High School, Lansford.
Surviving are two sons, Bernard of Mountain Top and Edward of New Cumberland; a brother, Dr. Michael of Waycross, Ga.; and five grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Krokovich.
The Al M. Sverchek Funeral Home, Powell and East Bertsch streets, Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements.


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