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Obituaries - 1996

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September 11, 1996

Ora A. Nothstein
 Ora A. Nothstein, 112 S. Ninth Street, Lehighton, died this morning in 
Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton. She was the widow of John H. 
Nothstein, who died June 28.

Mrs. Janet J. Miller
 Mrs. Janet J. Miller, 93, of New Ringgold R.2, formerly of Clyde Bank, 
Scotland, died Tuesday morning in the Orwigsburg Manor Nursing Home, 
Orwigsburg. She was the widow of Donald C. Miller, who died in 1967.

Jacob W. Rimbach
 Jacob W. Rimbach, 80, of 253 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, died Tuesday in 
Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Ruth E. 
(Oakes) Rimbach. They observed their 49th wedding anniversary on May 30. 
Prior to retiring he was a patrolman for the Tamaqua Police Department 
for 28 years. He was also employed as a crossing guard for St. Jerome 
Elementary School, Tamaqua.

Joan C. Toth
 Joan C. Toth, 69, of 310 Market St., Tamaqua, died Tuesday in St. 
Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. She was a seamstress before retiring.

Mrs. Ralph Shellhamer
 Mrs. Ferne V. (Arner) Shellhamer, 79, of 583 Municipal Road, East 
Penn Township, Lehighton, died Wednesday morning in her home. She was 
the wife of Ralph Shellhamer.
 
Isabelle McAuliffe
 Isabelle McAuliffe, 96, a resident of Hometown Nursing Center, 
Tamaqua R.2 died Tuesday in the nursing home.

Alice R. Lutz
 Alice R. Lutz, 86, of 4532 Route 309, Schnecksville, died Tuesday in 
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. She was an elementary teacher in the 
Parkland School District for 35 years before retiring in 1964.

Mrs. John P. Claypoole
 Mrs. Helen M. Claypoole, 73, of 227 Shock Road, Lenhartsville, died 
Tuesday in her home. She was the wife of John P. Claypoole. She worked 
for the Pennsylvania State Unemployment Department, Allentown office, 
from 1981 until retiring last year. Prior to that she was a teller and an 
assistant manager of the former American Bank and Trust, Alburtis 
branch, working from 1968-'79.

September 12, 1996

Mrs. Isabel McAuliffe
 Mrs. Isabel McAuliffe, 96, a resident of Hometown Nursing Center, 
Tamaqua R.2, died Tuesday in the nursing center. She was the widow of 
Walter McAuliffe who died in 1972. Prior to retiring in 1960, she was 
employed in the garment industry in New York City.

Rose J. Raponi
 Rose J. Raponi, 79, of 226 N. Market St., Summit Hill, died Wednesday 
in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.

Mrs. Ralph A. Shellhamer
 Mrs. Ferne V. Shellhamer, 79, of 583 Municipal Road, East Penn 
Township, Lehighton, died Wednesday in her home. She was the wife of 
Ralph A. Shellhamer. They observed their 55th wedding anniversary in 
April.

Maude Brobst
 Maude Brobst, formerly of Ginthers, died this morning in Hometown 
Nursing Home. She was the widow of Charles Brobst.

Gerard C. Kloss
 Gerard C. Kloss, 78, of Allentown died Wednesday in his home. He 
was the husband of Mary A. (Mulherin) Kloss. They observed their 56th 
wedding anniversary last month. He was the founder and owner of Kloss 
Manufacturing Co. Inc., Allentown, since 1941. The company began as a 
manufacturer of concentrated flavors, sundae toppings, and syrups, for 
which he developed half-gallon, plastic-coated paper cartons. It expanded 
over the years to include sales concession equipment, including popcorn 
poppers and machines for making cotton candy, sno cones, funnel cakes, 
and other snacks.

Mrs. Ora A. Nothstein
 Mrs. Ora A. Nothstein, 84, of 112 S. Ninth St., Lehighton, died 
Wednesday in Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. She was the 
widow of John Henri Nothstein, who died in June. She was a knitter and 
presser from Scotty's Fashions in Lehighton.

Mrs. Janet J. Miller
 Mrs. Janet J. Miller, 93, of New Ringgold R.2, formerly of Ocean 
Grove, N.J., and Clydebank, Scotland, died Tuesday morning in Orwigsburg 
Manor Nursing Home, Orwigsburg, where she had been a guest since April 
1993. She was the wife of Donald C. Miller who died in 1967.

September 13, 1996

Frank J. Sarnicke
 Frank J. Sarnicke, 75, of Whitehall Township, died Thursday in the 
Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Florence A. 
(Bogucki) Sarnicke. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary last 
October. He was a bus driver and maintenance man for the Whitehall-
Coplay School District for 26 years before retiring in 1985.

Mrs. Thomas M. Miller
 Mrs. Mary J. Miller, 88, formerly of 178 Main St., Parryville, died 
Thursday in the Hershey Medical Center Hershey. She was the wife of 
Thomas M. Miller of 272 Main St., Conyngham, Luzerne County. They would 
have observed their 69th wedding anniversary this month.

Mrs. Dominic Colancecco
 Mrs. Anna Colancecco, 77, of 218 W. Water St., Lansford, died 
Thursday evening in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was 
the wife of Dominic Colancecco. Prior to retiring, she worked for the 
former Jonathan Logan Dress Factory, Lansford.

Mrs. Maude I. Brobst
 Mrs. Maude I. Brobst, 88, of Still Creek, Tamaqua R.4, died Thursday 
in the Hometown Nursing and Convalescent Center, Hometown. She was the 
widow of Charles J. Brobst.

Toth services
 Graveside services for Mrs. John C. (Rogich) Toth, 69, of 310 Market 
St., Tamaqua, who died on Tuesday, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the 
St. Michael Parish Cemetery, Summit Hill.

Robert R. Folk
 Robert R. Folk, 64, of 109 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale, died Thursday in 
the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of the 
late Thelma (Keich) Folk, who died in May, 1995. Prior to retiring, he had 
been employed by the J. E. Morgan Knitting Mill, Hometown.

Clarence P. Knittle
 Clarence P. Knittle, 72, of 306 Mauchnor Road, Lehighton, died 
Wednesday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Ruth A. 
(Bonser) Bauer Knittle. They observed their 45th wedding anniversary in 
May. He was a laboroer for the former Trojan Powder Company, now INC 
Chemical Group, Inc., South Whitehall Township, for many years before 
retiring.

Edward J. Jenkins
 Edward J. Jenkins, 79, of 1223 Washington St., Whitehall Township, 
died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was 
the husband of Anna D. ³Jane² (Coller) Jenkins. They observed their 47th 
wedding anniversary in July. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal 
Service for 41 years, delivering in the Shenandoah area, before retiring in 
1977.

William H. Whitehead
 William H. Whitehead, 86, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of New 
Ringgold, died Saturday, Sept. 7, in his home. He was the husband of the 
late Frances (Melton) Whitehead. They were married 60 years until her 
death earlier this year. He was an industrial engineer for the Dana 
Corporation in Pottstown for 30 years until retiring.

September 16, 1996

Mrs. Jamie Hittner
 Mrs. April D. Hittner, 20, of 580 Beers Lane, Palmerton, died Sunday 
in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of Jamie Hittner. They 
observed their second wedding anniversary last December.

Mrs. Laura A. Halliday
 Mrs. Laura A. Halliday, 68, of Bethlehem, formerly of Stroudsburg, 
died Sunday in the St. Luke¹s Hospital, Bethlehem. She was the widow of 
James G. Halliday. She worked for the Pennsylvania Department of 
Education for 40 years before retiring in 1993.

Matthew T. Pela
 Matthew T. Pela, 12, of Saylorsburg, died Saturday in a bicycle 
accident on Featherman Road in Hamilton Township, Monroe County.

Mrs. Carolyn M. Schaffer
 Mrs. Carolyn M. Schaffer, 72, formerly of 900 Sour Apple Lane, 
Bethelehm, died Sunday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was 
the widow of Ralph L. Schaffer.

Maurice A. Otto
 Maurice A. Otto, 80, of 117 South Street, Jim Thorpe, died this 
morning in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.

Mrs. Celilia M. Collotty
 Mrs. Cecilia M. ³Sis² Collotty, 73, of 187 Creekside Manor Dr., 
Lehighton, died Saturday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury 
Township. She was the widow of John J. Collotty, who died in 1993. She 
was a sewing macine operator at Fran Fashions, Lehighton, for 42 years 
before retiring in 1985.

Clifford S. Hamm
 Clifford S. Hamm, 79, of New Tripoli, died Sunday in the Kutztown 
Manor. He was the husband of the late Minerva A. (Held) Hamm, who died in 
July. He was a farmer in the Weisenberg Township area for 55 years 
before retiring in 1994, and was also a self-employed carpenter for 50 
years, retiring in 1990.

Mrs. Lizzie Gum
 Mrs. Lizzie Gum, 83, of Saylorsburg R.1, formerly of Martins Creek, 
died Sunday in the Pleasant Valley Manor, Snydersville. She was the widow 
of Stanley Gum, William Teel and Ernest Dorshimer Sr. She was a sewing 
machine operator for the former Better Made Blouse Mills, Effort, before 
retiring in 1978 after 25 years of service.

Edward P. Brewer
 Edward P. Brewer, 78, of 424 Second St., Slatington, died Friday in 
the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of the late Alice (Stromburg) 
Brewer. He was a maintenance worker until retiring in 1982.

Thomas A. Hagenbuch
 Thomas A. Hagenbuch, 69, of Kunkletown R.2, died Friday in his home. 
He was the husband of Goldie (George) Hagenbach. They observed their 40th 
wedding anniversary last January. He was a custodian for the Pleasant 
Valley School District for 13 years  before retiring in 1989, and 
previously was a carpenter for various area construction companies for 
many years.

Thomas J. Murphy
 Thomas J. Murphy, 91, of 336 Coal St., Lehighton, died Saturday in 
the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton. He was 
the husband of Martha F. (Smith) Murphy. They observed their 63rd wedding 
anniversary last November. He was a salesman for various companies for 
45 years before retiring in 1970.

Russell R. Haas
 Russell R. Haas J., 68, of Cetronia, South Whitehall Townsip, died 
Saturday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the 
husband of Margaret (Young) Haas. they observed their 46th wedding 
anniversary last October. He was a truck driver for the Lehigh Valley 
Dairy, Whitehall Township, for several years before retiring, and 
previously had worked in the same capacity for A&B Meats, Allentown, for 
many years, and was employed part-time for Day Timers, Inc., East Texas, 
for several years.

George Pantella
 George Pantella, 58, of Jim Thorpe, died Saturday in his home. He 
was the husband of Betty (Blacketta) Pantella. He was the owner of A-Z 
Fencing, Jim Thorpe.

Mrs. John J. Donchez
 Mrs. Catherine A. Donzhez, 74, of 263 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, died 
Saturday int he Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, Allegheny County. 
She was the wife of John J. Donchez. They would have observed their 44th 
wedding anniversary this month. She was a beautifician for Michael¹s 
Coiffure, Allentown.


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