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January 21, 1997

John Horoschak
John Horoschak, 56, of 1214 North Broadway Drive, Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Coaldale, died Saturday, Jan. 18, in the French Quarter Health Care Facility, Oklahoma City.
He was a self-employed realtor in the Oklahoma City area, and also owned and operated a real estate business in Palmerton in the early 1990s.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Secara) Horoschak.
He was a 1958 graduate of the former Coaldale High School, where he was an outstanding football player, and also graduated from the former Bloomsburg State College.
He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Surviving are two daughters, Claudia, wife of Robert Cook of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Siegrid, wife of Greg Close of Boston, Mass.; and a sister, Mary Billig of Coplay.
A private memorial service was held Monday in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. W. Wilson Treon
Mrs. Eva G. Treon, 75, of The Phoebe Home, Allentown, formerly of Bethlehem, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of W. Wilson Treon. They observed their 46th wedding anniversary in July.
She and her husband owned and operated Treon's Cut Rate Store, Bethlehem, for many years before retiring.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of Mrs. Priscilla (Brown) Ginder Tate of Allentown and the late Morris L. Ginder.
The deceased was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ, Bethlehem, Calypso Chapter No. 163, Order of Eastern Star, and the Order of Amaranth No. 148.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are two daughters, Robin Treon, wife of Jeff Sobal of Ithaca, N.Y., and Bonnie, wife of Kevin Kelleher of Bethlehem; a brother, George Ginder of Nazareth; and two grandchildren.

Fred A. Plegge
Fred A. Plegge, 79, of Indian Mountain Lakes, Albrightsville, formerly of Philadelphia and Ardmore, died Sunday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mahoning Township. He was the husband of Delia (Prudente) Plegge. They observed their 24th wedding anniversary last May.
A graduate of Drexel University, he was a civil engineer for the Philadelphia Water Department for 31 years before retiring in 1977.
Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he was a son of the late Fred and Ellen (Brady) Plegge.
He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Lake Harmony.
A member of the Men of Malvern, he was a 4th degree member and past grand knight of the Father John T. Butler Assembly, Knights of Columbus, Stroudsburg.
Plegge was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II.
He was a member and past secretary of the Western Pocono Lions Club, a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the American Water Works Association.
Surviving in addition to his widow are cousins.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ellen L. Gernerd
Mrs. Ellen L. Gernerd, 86, ofBelle Haven Nursing Home, Quakertown, formerly of Fogelsville, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Quakertown. She was the widow of Henry J. Gernerd.
She was a private duty nurse for many years before retiring in 1950, and previously was a nurse at the former Allentown Hospital.
Born in Kunkletown, she was a daughter of the late William and Florence (Detweiler) Harte.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Fogelsville.
Mrs. Gernerd was a past president of the Fogelsville Fire Company Auxiliary and a former member of the Lady Rebekah Lodge, Fogelsville.
Surviving are a son, William J. of Fogelsville; a daughter, Patricia A. Rader of Breinigsville; two sisters, Edith Stotsenburg of Quakertown and Martha, wife of John Heliger of Orefield; two brothers, Milton and Willard, both of Quakertown; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Rev. Russell D. Mengel
The Rev. Russell D. Mengel, 64, of 313 W. Second St., Berwick, pastor of the First United Church of Christ, Berwick, died Jan. 13 in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was the husband of Joann L. (Betz) Mengel. They observed their 40th wedding anniversary in October.
He was pastor of the church since 1963. He was in charge of the church's 75th anniversary celebration in 1977 and, in 1993, was honored for 30 years of service as pastor.
The deceased was ordained in 1957 in St. James Evangelical and Reformed Church, Allentown.
His first pastorate was at St. John Evangelical and Reformed Church, Jonestown, Lebanon County.
He graduated in 1954 from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, and in 1957 from the Theological Seminary of the Evangelical and Reformed Church at Lancaster.
Rev. Mengel was a delegate to the National Synod of the United Church of Christ and served on the board of directors of the Penn Northeast Conference, United Church of Christ, and as a member of the SWAP of the conference.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Russell D. and Agnes H. (Goeben) Mengel.
Surviving in addition to his wifoe are two daughters, Stephanie A., wife of Edward Mengel-Whereat of Frankford, Del., and Rebecca A., wife of Rick Rado of Bellevue, Wash.; a son, Russell D. Jr. of Lititz; a brother, Dr. Robert D. of Mishawaka, Ind.; and a sister Carol, wife of Tom Lantz of Cambridge, Md.

Charles H. Fullbright
Charles H. Fullbright, 90, of Pocono Lake, died Monday in the Pocono Hospital, East Stroudsburg. He was the husband of Eleanor (Argot) Fullbright. They observed their 56th wedding anniversary in November.
A graduate of the Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical School, Monticello, and Davey Tree Expert School, Kent, Ohio, he was a landscaper and gardener on an estate in Pocono Lake Preserve for 35 years before retiring in 1972, and previously had worked for the Davey Tree School, Kent.
Born in Star City, Ark., he was a son of the late A.L. and Sarah (Hooper) Fullbright.
He was a member of Pocono Lake Wesleyan Church.
Fullbright was an Army veteran of World War II, having been a military policeman in Europe and northern Africa under Gen. Eisenhower.
Surviving in addition to his widow are nieces and a nephew.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph Pribish Jr.
Joseph Pribish Jr., 76, of 190 Dartmouth St., Highland Park, N.J., died Sunday in the St. Peter Medical Center, New Brunswick, N.J. He was the husband of the late Barbara D. (Skillan) Pribish.
A native of Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Anna (Fircv) Pribish.
The deceased was incorrectly listed as Joseph Pribish "Sr." in yesterday's obituary.

Chaplinsky service
Members of the Altar and Rosary Society of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lehighton, will lead the rosary recitation at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, for Mrs. Margaret M. Chaplinsky, 69, of 232B S. Sixth St., Lehighton, a member of the society who died Saturday in her home.

Nunemacher survivor
An additional survivor of Mrs. Ruth M. Nunemacher, 69, of 135 E. Pine St., Mahanoy City, formerly of Andreas R.1, who died Sunday in her home following an illness, is a brother, Ralph Blew of Auburn, Schuylkill County. His name was omitted from Monday's obituary.

Betty Ann O'Donnell
Betty Ann O'Donnell, 28, of 91 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, died unexpectedly Monday in the Hazleton General Hospital.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of Joseph J. Sr. and Elizabeth (Hilferty) O'Donnell of Jim Thorpe.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe.
She worked for the Carbon Training Center, Beaver Meadows.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a brother, Joseph J. Jr. of Emmaus; and five sisters, Kathleen, wife of Jude Hill, and Helene, wife of David Matsinko, both of Lehighton, and triplets Jane, Jean and Joan, all of Jim Thorpe.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mary Anne Brooking
Mrs. Mary Anne Brooking, 68, of 1116 North St., Jim Thorpe, died Monday in the Phoebe Devitt Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the widow of John O. Brooking, who died Jan. 5, 1986.
Born in Honesdale, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Anna (Galvin) Bishop.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe.
Surviving are four daughters, Terri of Brodheadsville, Sally, wife of Blair Redline of Jim Thorpe, and twins Barbara, wife of Keith Heiser of Kutztown, and Sue Tracey of Palmerton; a sister, Barbara Carmody of Sharpsburg, N.C.; a brother Gerald of Walnutcreek, Calif.; seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Theodore Hawranick
Mrs. Florence Hawranick of Tamaqua R.3 died Monday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of Theodore Hawranick.
The John Puschak Funeral Home, 208 First St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.

January 22, 1997

Mrs. Theodore Hawranick II
Mrs. Florence Hawranick, 81, of Tamaqua R.3, formerly of Frackville, died Monday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of Theodore Hawranick II. They were married for 61 years.
Born in Frackville, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Wineravage) Dunsavage.
She was a member of St. Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Coaldale, and national sales director for the Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs of America.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Theodore III of Springfield, Va., and John of Cary, N.C.; a daughter Eleanor, wife of John Sidoriak of Tamaqua R.3; two brothers, George Marcincavage of Bradenton, Fla., and Edward Marcincavage of Pottstown; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Kunkle and Alverta Rightus; and two brothers, Joseph and Anthony Marcincavage.
The John Puschak Funeral Home, 208 First St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Helen I. Cole Simmons
Mrs. Helen I. Cole Simmons, 87, of Allentown, died Monday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of Charles E. Simmons and William B. Cole.
Born in Trumbauersville, she was a daughter of the late Alvin and Laura (Bossert) Rotenberger.
Surviving are six sons, Thomas C. Cole Sr., Albert J. Cole and Raymond M. Cole, all of Allentown, Charles D. Cole of Macungie, Richard L. Cole of Walnutport and Donald P. Cole of Alburtis; two daughters, Jean E., wife of Carson W. Litzenberger of Allentown, and Geraldine M., wife of Charles R. Ward of Bethlehem; a sister, Mrs. Edna Doll of Allentown; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Winifred M. Andre
Mrs. Winifred M. Andre, 87, of the Care Center of Lopatcong Township, N.J., formerly of Pleasant Valley, died Tuesday in the Warren Hospital, N.J. She was the widow of John W. Andre, who died in 1995.
Born in Hillside, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Edward and Coila (Shobert) Kresge.
She was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Springtown, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and a member of the Lutheran Church Women.
Mrs. Andre was a member of the Franklin Grange, Springtown, and in her earlier years was active in the Palisades Players.
Surviving are a son, Paul E. of Pleasant Valley; two daughters, Lillian Strawn of Riegelsville and Janice E. Simms of Danielsville; a sister, Gladys Stout of Stroudsburg R.1; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Raymond J. Fronheiser
Raymond J. Fronheiser, 64, of 79 Gilberts Hill Road, Mahoning Township, died Tuesday in the Manor Care Nursing Center, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Doris (Gilbert) Fronheiser. They observed their 41st wedding anniversary last July 10.
He was a machine operator for Tam Pallet, Inc., Lehighton, for 38 years.
Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late Howard J. and Mary (Freeby) Fronheiser.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Lehighton.
Fronheiser was an Army veteran, having served in 1961-62.
He was a life member of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company and a member of the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club, East Penn Sporting Club and Grundsow Lodge No. 8, East Penn Township.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Howard J. and Alan D., and a daughter Donna, wife of Robert Hall, all of Lehighton; a brother, Lamar F. of Ashfield; a sister Gladys, wife of Malcolm Everett of Weissport; and a granddaughter.
The Kenneth N. Phifer Funeral Home, Third and Alum streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert A. Carpenter
Robert Alan Carpenter, 35, a technical sergeant with the U.S. Air Force stationed in Turkey, died Jan. 16 in Turkey. He was the former husband of Kathy (Leiby) Carpenter of Lehighton.
He was a photographer with the Air Force since 1979.
Born in Jamestown, N.Y., he was a son of G. Frederick and Cynthia (Bramstong) Carpenter of Heber Springs, Ark.
The deceased was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.
Surviving in addition to his parents and former wife are a son, Chase Alan Leiby Carpenter, of Lehighton; and a brother, Brian Douglas of Little Rock, Ark.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Cletus E. Herman
Mrs. Mary M. Herman, 71, of Hatfield Township, died Friday night in the Grandview Hospital, West Rockhill Township, Bucks County. The wife of Cletus E. Herman, she had been in failing health for some time. They would have observed their 51st wedding anniversary tomorrow.
During World War II, she worked as a welder for Eastern Aircraft in Trenton, N.J. She was employed at the St. Mary Manor, Lansdale, and Elm Terrace Gardens, Lansdale.
Born in Mauch Chunk, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Farrell) Donovan, and had lived in Hatfield since moving there from Mauch Chunk 40 years ago.
She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lansdale.
Mrs. Herman was a volunteer collector for the Heart Fund for many years and was also a volunteer at the North Penn Hospital, Hatfield Township.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Kathleen A., wife of H. William Kaelin of Montgomeryville, and Margaret M. Grote of Lansdale; two sons, Cletus G. of Quakertown and Gregory of Colmar; a sister, Audrienne Wright of Allentown; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held from the Huff and Lakjer Funeral Home, Derstine and Cannon avenues, Lansdale.

Michael Drusda
Michael Drusda, 82, of 3 Third St., Kelayres, died suddenly Monday evening in the Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Josephine (Otterino) Drusda. They were married for 47 years.
He was a retired coal miner.
Born in Honey Brook, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Rusinko) Drusda.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in Pearl Harbor.
Drusda was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kelayres, and was actively involved in the United Mine Workers of America for over 50 years.
He was a memer of the VFW of McAdoo and the Greater Hazleton Historical Society, and was a former Kline Township supervisor.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Joan, wife of James Sabatella of Hazleton; a sister, Julia Zavada of Hazleton; three brothers, Andrew of Weatherly and George and Basil, both of Kelayres; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Thomas F. Wallace Sr.
Thomas F. 'Tod' Wallace Sr., 86, of 427 Allen St., West Hazleton, died Tuesday morning. He was the husband of Dorothy (Koch) Wallace. They were married for 64 years.
He was a truck driver for Karn's Transfer, Hazleton, and until his retirement drove a shuttle van for the Hazleton Blind Association for many years.
Born in Hazleton, he was a son of the late Robert and Susan (Evans) Wallace.
He was a member of Christ Memorial United Church of Christ, West Hazleton, and the Teamsters Local No. 401.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Robert of Conyngham, William of Weatherly and Thomas Jr. of West Hazleton; a daughter Joyce, wife of Fred Smith of Hobbie, Luzerne County; a brother Russell of Easton; three sisters, Alma Haswell of Easton and Doris Houser and Mrs. Steven (Elaine) Gasper, both of Harwood; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Chaplinsky survivors
Additional survivors of Margaret M. Chaplinsky, 69, of 232B S. Sixth St., Lehighton, who died Saturday in her home, include two daughters, Margaret M., wife of Charles Kalinoski of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mary Louise, wife of Lance K. Barry Sr. of Lehighton.
Chaplinsky was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Louise Bayer.
A 1946 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, the deceased also attended the New York School of Interior Design. She was employed at a family-owned business until it was sold, and also worked at the Golden Key Market, Lehighton.

Mrs. Roberta Opresko
Mrs. Roberta Opresko, 72, of 238 W. Patterson St., Lansford, died Tuesday in the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2 She was the widow opf Stephen Opresko, who died in 1994.
The Skrabak-Parambo Funeral Home, 210 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Phyllis L. Fisher
Mrs. Phyllis L. Fisher, 68, of Lewistown Valley, Tamaqua R1, and formerly of Leck Kill, Northumberland County, died Tuesday in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the wife of the Rev. Paul S. Fisher.
Prior to retiring in 1991, she had been employed as a case finder and tester for the Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Sunbury.
Born in Lewistown Valley, Tamaqua R1, she was a daughter of the late Daniel F. and Irene (Nester) Leiby.
Mrs. Fisher was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville. A 1945 graduate of Tamaqua High School and a 1949 graduate of Kutztown University, she was a member of the Lewistown Valley Grange, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Lewistown Valley Garden Club.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Hope E. Fisher, at home, and Mary, wife of William C. Warrick III of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Bertram Leiby of Tamaqua R1; two sisters, Mrs. Elinor Wagner of Harrisburg and Mrs. Joan James of Tamaqua R1; and two grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Timothy Paul Fisher.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua , is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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