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Obituaries - 1997


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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, Gainesville.
She worked at Zollinger-Harned Department Store and was also a unit clerk at the Allentown General Hospital until retiring to Florida.
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 mills.
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 new programs.
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 1936.
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 before retiring.
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 Church, Shenandoah.
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 great-nephews.
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 School District.
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 War.
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. 222, Schnecksville.
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 November.
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 great-grandchildren.

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 located.
Born in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Harriet (Hunsinger) Stewart.
She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.
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 Ziolko
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 Game Club.
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.

Sampogne services
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 secretary.
Mrs. Rizzardi was a past worthy matron of Order of Eastern Star and a past mother advisor of the Rainbow for Girls, Pottsville Assembly.
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 in 1983.
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 Operations.
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.

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