|January 4, 1997
Alphonsus Arculin, 81,of Portsmouth, Va., died
Dec. 31 in Virginia.
Prior to retiring, he had been employed at the
Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Anthony
and Mary Arculin and graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1934.
He is survived by a son, Richard, in Virginia;
two daughters, Janet Randall and Patricia Arculin, both in Virginia; three
sisters, Florence and Isabel, both in New York, and Gertrude Harvan of
Tamaqua; and five grandchildren.
Stephen P. Stianche
Stephen P. "Gummy" Stianche, 86, of Hauto R.1,
Nesquehoning, died Friday morning in St. Joseph Medical Center, Hazleton.
He was the husband of the late Pauline H. (Matsick) Stianche who died in
Born in Hauto, he was a son of the late Joseph
and Suzanna Stianche.
He was employed as a sewing machine mechanic
at various garment factories in the Panther Valley area, retiring in 1981.
He was a life-long resident of Hauto, and was
a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, and
the Hauto Fire Company.
Surviving are three sons, Bernard J. of Northampton,
Stephen P. of Jim Thorpe, and Richard J. of Lansford; three brothers, Thomas
of Lansford, John of New Jersey, and Frank of Ohio; one sister, Agnes,
wife of Fred Reich of Conygham.
Also 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph
and Michael, and four sisters, Margaret, Ella, Bertilla and Mary.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa
St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of arrangements.
Arlene E. Kistler
Arlene E. Kistler, 66, of Kempton R.2, died Thursday
evening in the Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown where she had been a resident
since last June.
She was the widow of Paul J. Kistler, who died
Born in Albany Township, Berks County, she was
a daughter of the late Warren and Beulah (Rausch) Kunkel.
She was last employed as a machine operator for
the former Cinderella Knitting Mill in Leesport from 1984 to 1994 when
She was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church,
Surviving is a daughter, Doris F. Peters of Kempton,
a son, David P. Kistler of Kutztown; two sisters, Mirian, wife of Cliffor
Reichel of Kutztown; four brothers, Howard Kunel of Kempton, Clarence and
Ellis, both of Kempton R.2, and Herman of Allentown. Also two granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by three brothers,
Clayton, George and Ivan.
The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Jacksonville
(Rt. 143) Lehigh County, is in charge of arrangements.
Mary F. Goldbach
Mary F. Goldbach, 85, of 234 North Third St.,
Lehighton, died Friday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the
late August and Christina (Stehling) Goldbach.
She was employed at Barson and Bishop Mills,
Lehighton, for 48 years, retiring in 1973.
She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic
Surviving are two sisters, Marcella Leffler,
and Anna, wife of Paul Feller, both of Lehighton.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and
Iron Streets, Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements.
John A. Miller
John A. "Bing" Miller, 80, of 311 Race St., Tamaqua,
died Friday evening. He was the husband of Fern M. (Flynn) Miller. They
were married 56 years in June.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Edward
and Alice (Buss) Miller.
He retired from Bethlehem Mines. Prior to that
he worked for Mariner¹s as a mechanic.
He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ,
Tamaqua, and was a life member of the Citizens Fire Co., Tamaqua. He also
belonged to the Schuylkill County Firemen¹s Association, and the United
Surviving is a brother William of Tuscarora.
He was preceded in death by a brother thomas.
The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E.
Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.
January 6, 1997
Mrs. Susan A. Squire
Mrs. Susan A. Squire, 95, of Towamensing Township,
Kunkletown, died Tuesday in the Brookmont Health Care Center, Effort. She
was the widow of William B. Squires, who died in 1966.
Born in Franklin, Pa., she was a daughter of
the late George R.E. and Edith (Griffith) Dawson.
She was of the Episcopalian faith.
Mrs. Squire was a member of the Women's Republican
Club and the Order of Eastern Star, both of Hackensack, N.J.; and was a
past president of the Women's Guild at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Harrington
Park, N.J. She was a former county GOP committee women in Harrington Park.
Surviving are a son, William H.B. of Bergenfield,
N.J.; a daughter, Marion Corcoran, with whom she resided; a sister, Edith
Stockman of Harrington Park; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. George J. Saunders
Mrs. M. Bette Saunders, 67, of 1035 Municipal
Drive, Walnutport, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill,
Bethlehem. She was the wife of George J. Saunders.
She was a secretary for Saunders Associates,
Born in Edwardsville, Pa., she was a daughter
of the late Richard D. and Mary (James) Jones, and a stepdaughter of the
late Geraldine (Case) Jones.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star,
Surviving in addition to her husband are three
sons, George J. III of Allentown and Richard A. and Donald D., both of
Walnutport; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was the last member of her immediate family.
The Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Ave.,
Northampton, is in charge of the arrangements.
A memorial Mass for Thomas P. "Buck" Maurer,
62, formerly of Nesquehoing, who died Dec. 29 in Weatherwood, Weatherly,
will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 526 North
St., Jim Thorpe, with the Rev. John A. Hilferty officiating.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center
St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Sarah Davidson
Mrs. Sarah Davidson, 89, formerly of East Front
Street, Lansford, died Dec. 31 in the Harrison Memorial Hospital, Bremerton,
Wash. She was the widow of George Davidson, who died in 1985.
Prior to retiring, she was employed by Jonathan
Born in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of the
late James Clark and Bertha (Gangaware) Ross.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church,
Summit Hill, and the Auxiliary of the Railroad Trainmen, and previously
belonged to the Panther Valley Golden Agers.
Surviving are a son Robert of Bremerton; a brother
Emanuel of Newport, N.C.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter,
Ellamae Derzock; a sister, Ella Snyder; and a brother David.
Charles A. Hildenbrandt
Charles A. Hildenbrandt, 73, of 57 Hickory Hills
Drive, Bath, Moore Township, died Thursday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital,
Allentown. He was the husband of Dorothy L. (Beahm) Hildenbrandt. They
observed their 33rd wedding anniversary last May.
He ws a truck driver for Chemical Lehman Tank
Lines, Inc., Nazareth, for 25 years before retiring in 1985, and was a
recipient of the Hi-Miller Safe Drivers Club.
Born in Bushkill Township, he was a son of the
late Charles F. and Minnie (Rissmiller) Hildenbrandt.
He was a member of Teamsters Local 429, Health
and Welfare Fund, and the Harold V. Knecht American Legion Post 415 and
the V.F.W. Post 4366, both of Nazareth.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three
sons, Charles A. Hildebrandt of Bath, Stanley Parenti of Breinigsville
and Eugene Parenti of Easton; a sister, Dorothy H. of Bath; four grandchildren
and a great-grandson.
He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Thomas Pasquariello, 68, of 355 S. Hokendauqua
Drive, Northampton, died Friday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill,
Bethlehem. He was the husband of Doris (Sousa) Pasquariello. They observed
their 45th wedding anniversary in october.
He was the owner and operator of Pasquariello
Auto Shop, Northampton, for 28 years before retiring in 1990.
Born in Hudson, N.Y., he was a son of the late
John and Filomina (DeLucia) Pasquariello.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
An Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was
a member of American Legion Post 215, Catasauqua.
The deceased also belonged to the Slatington
Moose Lodge; the Petersville Rod and Gun Club; Raccoon Club of Northampton;
and the Klecknersville Volunteer Fire Company.
Surviving in addition to his widow are four sons,
John of Whitehall Township, Thomas of Palmerton, James of Allentown and
Marion of Northampton; two daughters, Phyllis, wife of Gary Lerch of Northampton,
and Lorene Hahn of Catasauqua; four brothers, Carmen of Caserra, Italy,
Anthony and Umberto, both of Northampton, and Maior of Whitehall; a sister,
Maria Kutz of Whitehall; and 10 grandchildren.
Olive Kromer, 87, formerly of Lehigh Township,
died Wednesday in Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township.
She was a sewing machine operator for Scotty's
Born in Lehigh Township, she was a daughter of
the late Tilghman and Katie (Young) Kromer.
She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Louis S. Hirsch
Louis S. Hirsch, 87, of Effort, died Friday in
his home. He was the husband of the late Anna (Veszpremi) Hirsch.
He was a self-employed carpenter, remodeling
homes in the Bethlehem, Easton and Poconos areas since 1954. Previously,
he owned and operated Hirsch's Hotel, Bethlehem. During World War II, had
worked at the Lehigh Foundry, and prior to that had been employed by the
Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
Born in Sokoro Packo, Hungary, he was a son of
the late Henry and Elizabeth (Marics) Hirsch.
He was of the Catholic faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Lou Ann Schlegel
of Effort and Elizabeth Behler of Kunkletown; a son, Louis Jr. of Fort
Pierce, Fla.; a sister, Helen Stephan of Philadelphia; 14 grandchildren
and 25 great-grandchildren.
Jack L. Rinehart
Jack L. Rinehart, 73, of 520 E. 12th St., Northampton,
died Saturday in his home. He was the husband of the late Maxine E. (Shawl)
A life member of the International Brotherhood
of Teamsters, Local 773, he was a route driver for Allen Laundry, Allentown,
for 20 years before retiring in 1988.
Born in Crooksville, Ohio, he was a son of the
late Samuel C. and Delice (Anderson) Rinehart.
He was of the Protestant faith.
Rinehart was a sergeant in the Army during World
War II and also belonged to American Legion Post 222 in Ohio and the Alliance
Fire Company, Northampton.
Surviving are two sons, William L. of Hereford
and Jack L.M. of Northampton; two daughters, Barbara L., wife of Frank
Gangemi of Northampton, and Deborah L., wife of Walter Trybulski of Germansville;
a brother Samuel of Mansfield, Ohio; a sister Nadine, wife of William Harper
of White Cottage, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Raymond E. DeLong
Raymond E. DeLong, 67, of 550 Main St., Slatington,
died Saturday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethelehm. He was
the husband of the late Betty jean (Heffelfinger) DeLong.
He was a veneer finisher for the Bethlehem Furniture
Company, Allentown, for 6-1/2 years before retiring in 1991.
Born in Coplay, he was a son of the late Harry
and Mary (Sagar) DeLong.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are two sons, Jeffrey of Seneca Falls,
N.Y., and Robert of Burgaw, N.C.; two daughters, Cindy, wife of Clinton
Scott, and Sherie, both of Allentown; four brothers, Robert of Breinigsville,
Ernest of Hamburg, James of Bath and Kurt of Nazareth; three sisters, Miriam
Werner of Slatington, Doris, wife of Joseph Compton of Bethlehem, and Olive,
wife of Herb Wolfinger of Blandon; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Edna M. Williams
Mra. Edna M. Williams, 81, of B'nai B'rith Apartments,
Allentown, formerly of 956 Hamilton St., Allentown, died Friday in the
Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of George L. Williams.
She was retired from the former Finance America,
Allentown, and previously had been employed by the former Lehigh Valley
Auto Club, Allentown.
Born in West Penn Township, she was a daughter
of the late Charles E. and Catharine (Schupp) Miller.
She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
Surviving are two sons, Burdell Reinhart of Lehighton
and Ronald Reinhart of Stroudsburg; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle I. Frey of Lehighton;
seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert
Frank J. Salvador
Frank J. Salvador, 85, of 232 N. Lehigh St.,
Tamaqua, formerly of Summit Hill and Coaldale, died Saturday in the Good
Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville. He was the husband of Antoinette
E. "Toni" (Geusic) Salvador.
He was a foreman for the Lehigh Coal and Navigation
Company at the No. 8 Coliery, Coaldale, before retiring.
Born in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Emil
and Rose (Piccin) Salvador.
He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church,
Salvador was a member and past president of the
Lansford Italian Club.
An avid golfer, he scored four holes-in-one during
his golfing career.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter
Jean, wife of Bruce Behr of Tamaqua; a son, Frank E. of Bricktown, N.J.;
a sister, Mrs. Emma Korsak of Trenton, N.J.; six grandchildren and six
Funeral services were held this morning from
the Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, followed
by a Mass of Christian Burial in the church and interment in the parish
cemetery, Tamaqua. Contributions in his name may be made to the church,
Alma J. Callahan
Alma J. "A.J." Callahan, 56, of 70 Poco Circle,
Towamensing Township, died Saturday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center,
She was a customer service representative for
United Parcel Service, Allentown, for 16 years before retiring in 1992.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., she was a daughter of
the late Albert and Marie (Feidler) Martin.
Surviving are four sons, Richard J. of Columbia,
S.C., and Chip, Bryan G. and John B., all of Bethlehem; a daughter, Allison
Krokus of Bethlehem; a companion, Edward J. Thomann, with whom she resided;
and eight grandchildren.
The Kenneth N. Phifer Funeral Home, Third and
Alum streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Margaret A. Grim
Mrs. Margaret A. Grim, 84, formerly of 210 Main
St., Slatington, died Friday in the home of her daughter and son-in-law,
Annette M. and Bryon H. Farber of 345 Williams St., Slatington, with whom
The deceased was the widow of Lawrence O. Grim,
who died last month.
She was secretary emeritus of St. John United
Church of Christ, Slatington, where she worked for 30 years. Previously,
she was a secretary for the former Bright's department store, Lehighton,
P.P. & L., Allentown, and the former Pasbit Silk Mill, Slatington.
Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the
late Ario L. and Flossie H.M. (Evans) DePuy.
She was a member of St. John Church, where she
sang in the choir, and was also a member of the Slatington Heritage Choir.
Surviving in addition to her daughter are another
daughter, Natalie K., wife of Robert P. Raykos of Bethlehem; a sister,
Arlene D., wife of Malcolm G. Merkel of Slatington; four grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
The Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second
St., Slatington, is in charge of the arrangements.
Donald C. Caskie Sr.
Donald C. Caskie Sr., 72, of Williamsburg, Va.,
died Friday in the Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News, Va. He was the
husband of Jean M. (Sterner) Caskie. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary
He was a transportation executive for Grand Union
grocery stores, Wayne, N.J., before retiring in 1991.
Born in Slatington, he was a son of the late
Cassel Q. and Remola (Wentz) Caskie.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church,
Caskie was an Army Air Corps veteran of World
War II and a member of Corinthian Lodge No. 542, Greensboro, N.C.
Surviving in addition to his widow are four sons,
Bruce D. of Reedsville, N.C., Joseph J. of Hampton, Va., Donald C. Jr.
of Hershey, Mich., and Michael O. of Toano; a brother, Cassel Q. Jr. of
Whitehall Township; a sister Nancy, wife of Richard Bachman of Bredenton,
Fla.; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Among the survivors of Stephen P. "Gummy" Stianche,
86, of Hauto, Nesquehoning R.1, who died Friday morning in the Hazleton-St.
Joseph medical Center, is a daughter Marian, wife of Michael Gerber of
Archie A. Edmonds
Archie A. Edmonds, 85, of Tamaqua R.3, died Sunday
in his home. He was the husband of the late Evelyn G. (Steigerwalt) Edmonds,
who died last May.
He was an independent milk distributor for the
Dairylee Milk Company, Hazleton, from 1926 until retiring in 1974.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Thomas
and Catherine (Greasing) Edmonds.
He was a member of the Lutheran congregation
of Zion's Union Stone Church, New Ringgold R.2.
Edmonds was a member and former treasurer of
the West Penn Sporting Club, Tamaqua R.3, and a member of the South Ward
Fire Company, Tamaqua.
In the 1930s and 1940s, he was a pitcher for
the former South Ward Sluggers, a semi-professional baseball team in Tamaqua.
Surviving are two daughters, Thelma N., wife
of Peter Feretti of Union, N.J., and Sandra L., wife of Larry Boyer of
Macungie; a brother John of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandsons and a great-grandson.
The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Snyders,
is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Anna C. Benninger
Mrs. Anna C. Benninger of 5 W. Ludlow St., Summit
Hill, died Sunday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She
was the widow of Charles Benninger.
She worked for clothing factories in the Summit
Hill area before retiring.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late
Rudolph and Magdalene (Dylong) Cebulewski.
She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church,
Summit Hill, and the Polish National Alliance.
Surviving are a brother Stan of Hillside, N.J.;
four sisters, Mary Evans of Summit Hill, Rose Cooper of Maplewood, N.J.,
Theresa Pappas of North Hollywood, Calif., and Josephine, wife of William
Smith of New Cumberland, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers,
Michael, Frank and Joseph.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell
St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Larry P. Follweiler
Mrs. Mary Louise B. Follweiler, 58, of 5417 Deibert
Lane, Schnecksville, died Sunday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury
Township. She was the wife of Larry P. Follweiler. They observed their
29th wedding anniversary in September.
Born in North Whitehall Township, she was a daughter
of Mrs. Mildred M. (Werley) Schaeffer of Slatington and the late LeRoy
The deceased was a member of Union United Church
of Christ, Neffs, where he belonged to the Helping Hands.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother
are three sons, Barry L. Follweiler of Whitehall Township, Randy L. Tacker
of Slatington and Shane L. Follweiler of Kuhnsville; two brothers, LeRoy
J. of Walnutport and Ronald D. of Mason, N.H.; a sister, Linda L., wife
of Donald Wentz of Palmerton; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Michael Baran
Mrs. Dwilla J. Baran, 158 Berwick St., Beaver
Meadows, died Saturday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was
the wife of Michael A. Baran
She was formerly employed by Deisroth's Department
Born in Junedale, Luzerne County, she was a daughter
of the late Harry P. and Dwilla (Beacroft) Davis.
She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine
Catholic Church, Beaver Meadows, where she was a volunteer for the women's
Surviving in addition to her husband are two
sons, Donald M. of Beaver Meadows and Dr. Robert W. of Freeland; two daughters,
Linda D. Sotack of Atlanta, Ga., and Arlene J. Vito of Allentown; two sisters,
Audrey Baran of Weatherly and Winifred Fellin of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren
and nieces and nephews.
Anna M. Blew
Anna M. Blew, 91, of 1000 Strawbridge Road, Northumberland,
died at Nottingham Village at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. She had been
living at Nottingham Village since March 1993.
She was born in Mahanoy City, July 16, 1905,
a daughter of William Quick and Ella M. Snyder Quick. She was a farmer's
wife in New Ringgold most of her life.
Her husband, Paul E. Blew, preceded her in death.
She is survived by a sister, Lillian Everhart
of Tamaqua, a daughter, Charolette A. Moyer of New Ringgold, five grandchildren,
eight great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were made by David T. Zweier
Funeral Home at 157 Chestnut St. in Sunbury.