|January 9, 1997
LaRue Y. Snell
Mrs. LaRue Y. "Penny" Y. Snell, 68, of Gainesville,
Fla., formerly of Allentown, died Sunday in the Alachua General Hospital,
She worked at Zollinger-Harned Department Store
and was also a unit clerk at the Allentown General Hospital until retiring
Born in Weissport, she was a daughter of the
late John and Mary Ellen A. (Kunkle) Penberth of Lehighton.
Surviving are a son Jeffrey of Gainesville; two
granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John
Penberth of Lehighton; and a son, Dennis Snell of Catasauqua.
The Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main St., Gainesville,
is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Frank Scheirer
Mrs. Helen C. Scheirer, 92, formerly of Main
Street, Slatington, died Tuesday in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was
the widow of Frank C. Scheirer.
She and her husband owned and operated the former
Coplay Plumbing and Heating Company before retiring in 1975, and previously
was a looper in Slatedale knitting mills and a weaver in Walnutport silk
Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the
late Charles and Cora (Frey) Henritzy.
She was a member of St. John United Church of
Christ, Slatington, where she belonged to the Women's Guild.
Mrs. Scheirer was a member and past president
of the Patriotic Order of America, Coplay chapter, and a former treasurer
of Mother's of World War II, Coplay Unit 2 and Slatington Unit 6, for more
than 25 years.
There are no immediate survivors.
Beatrice E. Ritter
Beatrice E. Ritter, 98, of the Phoebe Home, Allentown,
died Tuesday in the home.
She was director of nursing services and principal
of nursing schools in Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania, including the
Hahneman Medical College, Philadelphia. She was the first dean of the School
of Nursing, District of Columbia General Hospital, Washington, D.C.
From 1945-62, she reorganized the Capital City
School of Nursing to achieve National Accreditation and implemented many
In 1963, she was appointed a consultant to the
World Health Organization, traveling to Switzerland, Baghdad, Tehran, Iran,
Iraq, Bangkok, Thailand and Kuwait.
As a result of this involvement, she participated
in a national nurse leader association in Lebanon. Together with representatives
from France, Egypt and Beirut, they engaged in the structuring of a Middle
East Assembly of Nurses from these countries.
Returning to the states, she taught summer sessions
at the University of North Carolina, University of Florida and the Medical
School of Georgia.
Active in Professional Nurses associations, she
was national chairwoman of the American Nurses Association in Philadelphia,
and chairwoman of the Committee for the Florence Nightingale School in
Bordeaux, France, and the first study committee on Nursing Needs and Resources,
District of Columbia.
The deceased was a representative of District
3, War Manpower Commission, New York.
In 1951, she received an award for Outstanding
Achievement in Chosen Profession, and in 1952, the Outstanding Woman of
the Year in the District of Columbia, both from the L'Enfant Club of the
Washington-National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club.
In 1977, she received the Annual Award from the Nursing Education Alumni
Association of Teachers College, Columbia University, for Distinguished
Achievement in Nursing Education.
Ritter was a 1919 graduate of the former Allentown
Hospital School of Nursing and received her bachelor's degree from Columbia
University in 1931 and her master's degree in education from Columbia in
Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the
late Orville J. and Ida E. (Peter) Ritter.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the
Reformation, Washington, D.C.
The deceased was a member of the Daughters of
the American Revolution, American Association of University Women and the
Washington D.C. Museum for Women in the Arts.
Surviving is a nephew.
Neil A. Bindi
Neil A. Bindi, 83, of 613 W. Penn St., Shenandoah,
died Wednesday in the Locust Mountain Nursing Center, Shenandoah. He was
the husband of Emily (Cross) Bindi.
He was a self-employed mechanic in Shenandoah
Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late
Ricardo and Carmella (Procopio) Bindi.
He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic
Bindi was an Army Air Corps veteran of World
War II and a member of the Sons of Italy.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters,
Gloria, wife of Edward Gwaizdowski of Palmerton, and Geri, wife of Thomas
Talerico of Shenandoah; four grandsons, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and
The Oravitz for Funerals, 40 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah,
is in charge of the arrangements.
Randolph L. Krause
Randolph L. "Randy" Krause, 46, of Allentown,
died Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was
the husband of Ilse M. (Krueger) Krause. They would have observed their
20th wedding anniversary this month.
He was an art teacher and former guidance counselor
at Whitehall High School and Whitehall Middle School, both in the Whitehall-Coplay
He received a bachelor's degree in art from Kutztown
University in 1972 and a master's in education degree in 1975 from the
University of Maryland. He earned his master's degree while serving in
the Army, which set up a satellite campus in Wuerzburg, Germany. He was
also a graduate of the Arts Student League, new York City, N.Y.
Born in Saint Clair, he was a son of Mrs. Florence
(Yutko) Krause of New Ringgold and the late Leonard J. Krause.
The deceased was an Army veteran of the Vietnam
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother
are two daughters, Katrina R. and Cortney A., both at home; two brothers,
Eugene of Bath and Richard of Warminster; and two sisters, Andrea, wife
of Elbert Stegmeirer of Tamaqua, and Judith of Anaheim, Calif.
Mrs. Myrtle N. Werley
Mrs. Myrtle N. Werley, 90, of Orefield, died
Wednesday in the home of her son, Sterling A. of Fogelsville.
The deceased was the widow of Paul D. Werley.
She was a cafeteria worker at Parkland High School
for several years before retiring.
Born in North Whitehall Township, she was a daughter
of the William Mohr and Effie Kline.
She was a member of Weisenberg Lutheran Church,
New Tripoli, where she was its organist for 24 years and also served as
a pianist for the Sunday school for 16 years.
She also belonged to the Lady Rebekah Lodge No.
Surviving in addition to her son are a stepsister,
Kitty Sell of Pennsburg; three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four
great-great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Earl F. Metzger
Mrs. Myrtle K. Metzger, 83, of Allentown, died
Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the
wife of Earl F. Metzger. They observed their 63rd wedding anniversary in
Born in South Whitehall Township, she was a daughter
of the late Llewellyn and Annie (Acker) Lentz.
She was a member of Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship
Church, Salisbury Township.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three
daughters, Elaine M., wife of the Rev. Richard R. Ruth of Easton, and Beverly
A., wife of Donald M. Rauch, and Brenda M., wife of Thomas M. Wickel, both
of Allentown; a brother Forrest of Cetronia; a sister, Kathleen Lentz of
Walnutport; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter,
Jane A. Leidich.
James Martin Walk
James Martin Walk, 92, of 1010 Lauck Drive, Winchester,
Va., died Tuesday in a nursing home. He was the husband of the late Lulu
E. (Green) Walk, who died in November, and the late Louise L. (Bauer) Walk,
who died in 1966.
He was a foreman for the former New Jersey Zinc
Company, Palmerton, before retiring.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late James
Martin Jr. and Ellen (Kleintop) Walk.
He was a member of the Palmerton Rod and Gun
Club and the Carbon County Beagle Club, Palmerton.
Surviving are a daughter, Helen W. Roth of Cincinnati,
Ohio; a son, Dr. James Frederick of Winchester; 10 grandchildren and eight
Samuel Efron, Esq.
Samuel Efron, Esq., 81, of Washington, D.C.,
died Saturday in a Washington, D.C., area hospital. He was the husband
of Hope (Newman) Efron. They were married for 55 years.
He began his legal career in Washington as a
government lawyer in 1939. During his 14 years in the public sector, he
worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alien property Custodian
and Price of Administration, and the departments of Labor and Justice.
His last assignment was as assistant general counsel in the Office of International
Security Affairs for the Department of Defense.
A native of Lansford, he graduated summa cum
laude in 1935 from Lehigh University and earned a full scholarship to Harvard
University law School.
In 1953, he became a founding partner in the
Washington law firm of Surrey, Karasik, Gould and Efron, specializing in
international financial matters. From 1961-68, he worked in New York, where
he was executive vice president of Parsons & Whitmore, a construction
and paper pulp company.
Efron joined Arent, Fox, Kinter, Plotkin and
Kahn in 1968 and over the years had represented Finnish companies and ambassadors.
In 1995, he was made a commander of the Knighthood of the Order of the
Lion by the president of Finland.
During World War II, he served in the Navy in
the Pacific Theater. He received Japanese language training at the Naval
Language School in Boulder, Colo., and was an interpreter for the U.S.
when Japan surrendered aboard the USS Missouri to end World War II in 1945.
Efron served on the board of governors of the
International Club; was a trustee of Meridian House International and served
on the advisory committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University
of Virginia. His other memberships included the Army and Navy, Cosmos,
Harvard and Lehigh clubs in Washington.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons,
Marc of Chevy Chase, Md., and Eric of San Antonio, Tex.; and twin grandsons.
Stephen P. Stubits
Stephen P. Stubits, 79, of 1615 Washington St.,
North Catasauqua, died Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.
He was the husband of Helen (Yurko) Stubits. They observed their 53rd wedding
anniversary in November.
He was a carpenter for the Lafarge Cement Company,
North Whitehall Township, for 33 years before retiring in 1979.
Born in Coplay, he was a son of the late Mathias
and Mary (Handler) Stubits.
He was a member of St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic
Church, North Catasauqua, where he belonged to the Holy Name Society.
Stubits was an Army veteran of World War II and
a life member of the V.F.W. Post 4714, Northampton, the Disabled American
Veterans, Lehigh Valley Chapter No. 7, and the National 4th Infantry Division
Association, Lehigh Valley chapter.
He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans
Post 454, Northampton, and American Legion Post 6899, Walnutport.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son,
Stephen J. of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers, Mathias of Palmerton, Lou
of Syracuse, N.Y., and Leon of Danielsville; six sisters, Rose Sedora of
Allentown, Mary Petko, Terri Eberhardt and Agnes Marsh, all of Northampton,
and Anna, wife of Robert Tanzos, and Angela Lerch, both of Danielsville;
and three grandchildren.
Edward J. Herman Sr.
Edward J. Herman Sr., 91, of Fountain Hill, died
Tuesday in Cedarbrook's Fountain Hill Annex. He was the husband of the
late Mary (Krempsanka) Herman.
He was a brakeman for the former Jersey Central
Railroad for 31 years before retiring in 1970.
Born in Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the late
Mathias and Rose (Armbruster) Herman.
He was an Army veteran.
Surviving are two sons, Edward J. Jr. and Francis
S., both of Allentown; three daughters, Sophie, wife of Jack Exley of Anaheim,
Calif., Helen of Breinigsville and Mary of Bethlehem; a brother Daniel
of Allentown; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Mary E. Ponnett
Mrs. Mary E. Ponnett, 85, of Bush's Personal
Care Center, Kunkletown, formerly of Slateford, died Tuesday in the Palmerton
Hospital. She was the widow of Joseph Ponnett Sr., who died in 1995.
She was a waitress for the Hunter's Lodge, Delaware,
N.J., before retiring in 1980.
Born in Upper Mount Bethel Township, she was
a daughter of the late Andrew and Rose (Pietronnto) Manzi.
She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic
Church, Portland, Northampton County, and was a former member of the American
Legion Auxiliary of Knowlton Township, N.J.
Surviving are two sons, Joseph Jr. of Roseto
and John of Middletown; two brothers, Louis of Stroudsburg and Tony of
Upper Mount Bethel Township; two sisters, Frances Stuiso of East Rutherford,
N.J., and Grace Zalewski of Upper Mount Bethel Township; and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Ruth M. Godshall
Mrs. Ruth M. Godshall, 77, of Golf Road, Barnesville,
died Tuesday in the Hazleton General Hospital. She was the widow of Benjamin
Godshall, who died Jan. 7, 1982.
She was a former owner of the White Birch Golf
Course, Barnesville. Prior to the construction of the golf course, she
and her husband operated a dairy farm on the land where the course is now
Born in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late
Russell and Harriet (Hunsinger) Stewart.
She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran
Surviving are a daughter Edith, wife of William
Messerschmidt of Grier City; a son, B. Wayne of New Coxeville; four grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers,
Albert and Phillip.
The Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown, is in
charge of the arrangements.
Ralph J. Ziolko, 71, of 1021 E. Mahanoy Ave.,
Mahanoy City, died Tuesday evening in the Ashland Regional Medical Center.
He was last employed at Valley Seeding Nursery,
Conyngham, Luzerne County.
Born in Zion Grove, he was a son of the late
John and Emily (Kruzek) Ziolko, and had resided in Mahanoy City since 1945.
He was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church,
Good American Hose Company, American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars
and Elks Lodge No. 695, all of Mahanoy City; and the Ringtown Fish and
Ziolko was an Army veteran of World War II, having
served in the European Theater of Operations. He was a Purple Heart recipient.
Surviving are a brother John of Barnesville;
five sisters, Charlotte Sevinsky, Violet Green and Clara Fanelli, all of
Mahanoy City, Bertha Andruzzi of Hazleton and Helen Andruzzi of Tullytown;
and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother Joseph;
and two sisters, Mary Greby and Dorothy Jones.
Funeral services for Vito P. Sampogne, 89, of
the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2, formerly of Tamaqua, who died
Wednesday morning in the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville,
will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home,
655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, with the Rev. William Linkchorst officiating,
followed by interment in the Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. A calling
hour will precede the services.
Mrs. Alma M. Rizzardi
Mrs. Alma M. Rizzardi, 80, of 201 Lombard St.,
Tamaqua, formerly of Minersville, died Wednesday afternoon in the Pottsville
Hospital. She was the widow of Augustus Rizzardi, who died in 1973.
She was a retired clerk, having last worked at
the Turkey Hill Minit Mart, Port Carbon.
Born in Minersville, she was a daughter of the
late George and Adelaide (Zimmerman) Felsburg.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Minersville,
where she belonged to the Lutheran Church Women and was a past financial
Mrs. Rizzardi was a past worthy matron of Order
of Eastern Star and a past mother advisor of the Rainbow for Girls, Pottsville
She was a 1935 graduate of Minersville High School.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Ruth, wife
of George Taylor of Tamaqua, and Laurie Olseski of West Chester; a brother
Carl of Manheim, Pa.; two sisters, Kathryn Gamzon of Towanda and Grace
Shadduck of Elysburg, Pa.; four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen
Horn; and two brothers, William and George.
The Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury
St., Minersville, is in charge of the arrangements.
William E. Goeser
William E. Goeser, 75, of Lake Hauto, Nesquehoning
R.1, died Thursday morning in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.
He was the husband of Mary Ann (Wierzolis) Goedser. They observed their
31st wedding anniversay last August.
He was employed as a social worker for the Pennsylvania
Department of Public Welfare in Pottsville for 25 years before retiring
Born in Danville, he was a son of the late Karl
and Winifred (Kelly) Goeser, and had lived in Lake Hauto for the past 25
years, previously residing in Frackville.
He was a sergeant with the Army's 8th Weather
Squadron during World War II, having served in the European Theater of
Surviving in addition to his widow are a nephew
and a niece.
The last member of his immediate family, he was
also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary and Jean.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa
St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.