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January 28, 1997

Mrs. Arlene M. Ahner
Mrs. Arlene M. Ahner, 77, who resided with her daughter, Rose Ann Horack of 150 Beech St., Franklin Township, died Monday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the widow of Arthur R. Ahner, who died in 1987.
Born in Coalport, she was a daughter of the late John and Rose Ann (Leindecker) Searfoss.
She was a member of the Sonlife Full-Gospel Fellowship, Palmerton.
Surviving are two daughters, Rose Ann and Kay, wife of Raymond Gruber, and a son, Arthur L., all of Franklin Township; a sister, Lorraine Confer of Slatington; two brothers, Warren and Marvin, both of Jim Thorpe; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Gertrude Hadinger, Mrs Irene Pursley and Mrs. Joan Pavlick; and three brothers, Robert, George and Irvin.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Eleanor M. Lauer
Mrs. Eleanor M. Lauer, 83, of 118 Pitt St., Tamaqua, died Monday in the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2. She was the widow of William F. Lauer, who died in 1968.
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Hettie (Berger) Gerber.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Tamaqua, and the Pocohontas Lodge.
Surviving are a daughter Shirley, wife of Thomas Milot of Tamaqua; a son Richard of Midland, Mich.; a brother, Morris ³Hap² of Tamaqua; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son Robert, who died in 1994, and a brother George.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Helen V. Strohl
Mrs. Helen V. Strohl, 79, of 745 Spruce Hollow Road, Palmerton, died Tuesday in her home. She was the widow of Harvey L. Strohl.
Born in Howertown, Northampton County, she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Maryann (Eckhart) Redline.
She was a member of Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Palmerton, and the Palmerton Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving are a daughter Loretta, wife of Kenneth L. George of Palmerton; three brothers, Roy of Walnutport and Ernest and William, both of Slatington; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter Dorothy.
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Zuppert services
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ashland, for Charles E. "Chick" Zuppert, 86, of the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Convalescent Center, formerly of Slatington and Ashland, who died Saturday in the Palmerton Hospital. Interment will follow in the Fountain Springs Cemetery, Ashland.
Calling hours are scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second St., Slatington and 7-9 p.m. Friday and 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, 901 Center St., Ashland.

Eugene B. Bickelman
Eugene B. Bickelman, 73, of 403 Rolling Mill Ave., Tamaqua, died Monday in his home.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Brioad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

George A. Dietrich Jr.
George A. Dietrich Jr., 70, of Kunkletown, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of Virginia Keller.
He was a truck driver for Halls Motor Transport, Kutztown, for 34 years before retiring in 1983.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George A. Sr. and Anna M. (Bickley) Dietrich.
He was of the Presbyterian faith.
Dietrich was a life member of Teamsters Union Local 429, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, George A. III, and a brother Roderick, both of Allentown; and four grandchildren.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Verna J. Shupp
Mrs. Verna J. Shupp, 84, of Effort R.1, died Monday in her home. She was the widow of Martin Shupp.
She was a seamstress for Better Made Manufacturing Company, Effort, for 30 years before retiring in 1978.
Born in Kresgeville, she was a daughter of the late David and Ida (Green) Haydt.
She was of the Lutheran faith.
Surviving are three sons, Dale of Tobyhanna, William of Brodheadsville and Robert of Jonas; a daughter, Dorothy Wenzel of Effort; two brothers, Robert of Kresgeville and Clark of Appleton, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Gene and Glenn.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Margaret R. Prentice
Mrs. Margaret R. Prentice, 81, formerly of Lehighton, died Saturday in the Scallop Shell Nursing Home, Peace Dale, R.I. She was the widow of Thomas H. Prentice.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she was a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Drysdale) Redpath.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church of Lehighton.
Surviving are a daughter, Margaret Butler of Saunderston, R.I.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Lamont H. Brown
Lamont H. Brown, 74, of 115 Bankway St., Lehighton, died Monday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Taney) Brown.
He was a pallet and machine operator for Eichler¹s Wood Products, Laurys Station, for 17 years before retiring in 1984, and previously had worked for the former Lehigh Valley Railroad.
Born in lehighton, he was a son of the late William and Leona (Fronheiser) Brown.
He was a member of the East Penn Sporting Club and the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving are a daughter Donna, with whom he resided; and two brothers, Richard and Dawson, and two sisters, Frances, wife of Jacob Bretz, and Phyllis, wife of Edward Wassmer, all of Lehighton.
The Richard M. Miller Funeral Home, 137 Fairview St., Union Hill, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Simon A. Horkowitz III
Dr. Simon A. Horkowitz III, 71, of Emmaus, died Saturday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Dr. Mary (Dobosiewicz) Horkowitz.
A dentist, he opened a private practice in Allentown in 1953 and, in 1976, formed a partnership with Dr. William Gross as Fairmont Dental Associates, 1414 Fairmont St., Allentown. The deceased graduated in 1989.
He attended the University of Nebraska from 1946-48, studying mechanical engineering, and earned his doctorate of dental surgery degree in 1952 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. From 1942-43, he worked for the former Lehigh Navigation and Coal Company.
Active in the public and dental community, he did voluntary clinical work in the dental department of the former Allentown Hospital, and was chairman of the patient relations committee and the constitution and bylaws committee of the Lehigh County Dental Society. He was also a dental consultant to the Lehigh County Board of Assistance.
Dr. Horkowitz was president of the Lehigh County Dental Society, 1964-65; president of the 2nd District Dental Association, 1969-70; and served as secretary, trustee and president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association since 1952. A director of the Pennsylvania Dental Political Action Committee, he formed the professionalism and ethics committee, and chaired the PDA¹s law enfoorcement committee, program committee and was a member of the PDA¹s board of censors.
On the national level, he was a delegate to the annual session of the American Dental Association, 1968-70, and served on the ADA Commission on disaster and relief funds for five years.
The deceased also served on the Academy of General Dentistry as director and state president, and sat on the board of the National Council on Dental Care. He was a Fellow of the AGD, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Dr. Horkowitz received the Pierre Fauchard Academy¹s annual award; was named Dentist of the Year by the St. Apollonia Society for Catholic Dentists; and was the 1995 PDA annual award recipient for his dedication to the principles of professionalism and ethics.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Simon A. and Leshefka (Horkovic) Horkowitz.
He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Emmaus, where he was a Eucharistic minister, teacher for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, head of the liturgy committee, lector commentator and a member of the Allentown Cursillo community. He also ministered services one Sunday a month at Mountain View Manor, Allentown.
Dr. Horkowitz was an Army veteran of World War II, having served as a staff sergeant in Company L, 263rd Infantry, Panther Division, and chief clerk in Eisenhower's headquarters from 1943 until his discharge in 1946.
He served on the Governor's Health Task Force for two years and was a member of the committee on health fraud with the Pennsylvania Health Council. He was a consultant for 15 years for the Lehigh County Board of Assistance and also held committee positions with the Boy Scouts of America and for 15 years with the Kiwanis.
He was head of the 1964 Lehigh County United Way fund drive dental team, an Eagle Scout, and a member and vice president of the Bethlehem Palette Club.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Marylu, wife of Dr. William Newman of Riegelsville, and Dr. Carol A. Horkowitz, wife of Constantine Tsaoussis of South Miami, Fla.; a son, Dr. John P. of Midland, Tex.; two brothers, S. Peter of Metairie, La., and Dr. Gabriel of Carlisle, Cumberland County; a sister Eleanore, wife of Joseph Carlin of Bryn Mawr; and a grandson.

Mrs. Phyllis Neifert
Mrs. Phyllis Elizabeth Neifert, 88, of Port Clinton, Schuylkill County, died Monday in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville. She was the wife of the late Lester A. Neifert.
Born in Delano, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Tillie (Gibson) Riddle.
Surviving are a son William of Molino, with whom she resided; two sisters, Mrs. Gordon (Marion) Bennett and Peg Jones, and a stepbrother, Donald Ritter, all of Quakake; a grandson and two great-grandsons.
The Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown, is in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph E. Dean
Joseph E. Dean, 75, of 431 W. Pine St., Frackville, died unexpectedly Sunday in his home. He was the husband of the late Amy (Wagner) Dean.
He was a miner in regional collieries and was last employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at Pottsville for 10 years, retiring in 1983.
Born in Frackville, he was the son of the late Joseph and Sadie Dean.
He was of the Protestant faith and resided in Frackville his entire life.
He was a Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are a son, Richard S. of Lehighton; a daughter, Janet Evans of Middletown; two sisters, Irene Miller of Helfenstein and Doris Schaeffer of Bethlehem; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Vincent J. Gryciz
Vincent J. Gryciz, 70, of 106 E. Holland St., Summit Hill, died Monday in the Mahoning Valley Convalescent Home, Mahoning Township, where he was a guest for one year. He was the husband of Louise (Gardiner) Gryciz. They were married 47 years.
He was employed as a crane operator at Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, until he retired.
Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Michael Repko and Mary Gryciz.
He was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church in Summit Hill.
Surviving with his widow are two sons, Wayne of Clayton, Del.; Vincent of Summit Hill; five daughters, Donna, wife of Edward Kaminitsky and Grace of Summit Hill; Barbara, wife of James Evans of Coaldale; Marion, wife of Thomas Sabulsky of McAdoo; Nancy Swartzwood of Allentown; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was the last member of his immediate family.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangement.

Mrs. Mary Matula
Mrs. Mary Matula, 89, of 222 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, died Monday in the Geriatric Center of Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, where she was a guest for 3 1/2 years. She was the widow of Joseph Matula, who died in 1966.
Born in Coaldale, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Pavlicko) Behun.
She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.
Surviving is a sister Helen Smith and two brothers, Joseph and Stephen, all of Tamaqua.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph; and two sisters, Anna Harakal and Susan Shears.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangements.

January 29, 1997

Mrs. Rita Ritter
Mrs. Rita Ritter, 74, of 2326 Stonehenge Road, Bethlehem, died Monday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. She was the widow of Thomas R. Ritter, who died in 1989.
She and her husband owned and operated the former Sanitary Food Market, Bethlehem, for many years before retiring.
Born in Plainfield, N.J., she was a daughter of the late James and Amelia (Bertollo) Nickele.
She was a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
Surviving are a son, Thomas W. of Bethlehem; two daughters, Bonnie J. Pahula of Walnutport and Judy R., wife of Jeffrey Hoffert of Bethlehem; a sister, Helen Buss of Yucca Valley, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Mrs. Mary A. Kuyan
Mrs. Mary A. Kuyan, 72, of Allentown, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Frank J. Kuyan.
Born in Nesquehoning, she was as daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Staivecki.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Slovak Catholic Church, Allentown.
Surviving are a son, Frank A. of Bethlehem; two daughters, Virginia and Nancy, both of Allentown; three brothers, Joseph and John, both of Nesquehoning, and Andrew of Lansford; and a sister, Helen Hutnyan of Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Joyce D. Finley
Mrs. Joyce D. Finley, 77, of Allentown, died Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Willard R. Finley.
She was a sewing machine operator for Lehigh Valley mills before retiring, and later had worked part-time for the American Association of Retired Persons, Allentown.
Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Pauline (Bennington) Miller.
She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Catasauqua.
Surviving are three brothers, Rodney of Springfield, Va., Richard of Emmaus and Robert of Mountaintop, Luzerne County; two sisters, Mildred Smith and Jean Piff, both of Allentown; four grandchildren, including Holly Stearne, with whom she resided; and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter by two daughters, Judith Ann Schlegel and Gloria Gemmiti.

Elvin J. Miller
Elvin J. Miller, 84, of 4185 Seemsville Road, Northampton, died Tuesday in his home. He was the husband of the late Caroline (Fogelman) Miller.
He was the owner-operator of the former Elvin Miller and Son Excavating and Paving Company, Northampton, until retiring in 1979, and was also a carpenter for area construction companies until retiring in 1975.
Born in Beersville, he was a son of the late Stewart and Clara (Nolf) Miller.
He was a life member of the Petersville Rod and Gun Club, Raccoon Club, Northampton, and the Allen Township Fire Company, and a member of the Danielsville Democratic Club and the Coplay Saegerbund.
Surviving are a son George of Northampton; three daughters, Barbara, wife of Frank O'Donnell of Seemsville, Dianne, wife of Roland Dieter of Northampton, and Ruth, wife of Walter Green of Northampton; a sister, Hilda McIlhaney of Bath; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Lillian M. Smith
Lillian M. Smith, 63, of 650 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, died Tuesday in the Palmerton Hospital.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Akron W. and Mabel M. (Frantz) Smith.
Surviving is a brother, Charles A. of Palmerton.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Esther L. Sechler
Mrs. Esther L. Sechler, 70, of 932 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton, died Tuesday in her home. She was the widow of Robert Sechler.
A 1948 graduate of the former Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, she was an assistant evening supervisor and charge nurse at Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township, from 1961-68, and previously was employed by the Allentown Hospital for 13 years.
Born in Whitehall Township, she was a daughter of the late Albert M. and Elda B. (Wink) Hein.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Slatington.
Surviving are a daughter, Jo Ann Reed of Slatedale; three brothers, Robert of Wescosville, Lester of Palm and Lou of Pennsburg, Montgomery County; and three sisters, Mrs. Joyce Klotz and Nancy Ann, wife of Richard Snyder, both of Bethlehem, and Lois, wife of Francis Baumann of Emmaus.
The Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second St., Slatington, is in charge of arrangements.

Brown services
Funeral services for Lamont W. Brown, 74, of 115 Bankway St., Lehighton, who died Monday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Richard M. Miller Funeral Home, 137 Fairview St., Union Hill, Lehighton, with the Rev. William Bartron officiating, followed by interment in the Gnaden Huetten Cemetery, Lehighton. No calling hours are planned.

Norwood E. Klotz Sr.
Norwood E. Klotz Sr., 73, of 441 N. Second St., Lehighton, died Tuesday in his home. He was the husband of Mary (Wentz) Klotz. They observed their 49th wedding anniversary last February.
He worked in the No. 5 rolling mill of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 33 years before retiring in 1978.
Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late Raymond E. and Beatrice (Campbell) Klotz.
He was a member of Bethany Evangelical Church, Lehighton.
Klotz was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served on Iwo Jima.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Darryl of Lehighton and Norwood E. Jr. of Schuylkill Haven; two daughters, Marleah, wife of Richard Borger of Parryville, and Cynthia, wife of Maxwell Balliet of Lehighton; two brothers, Blaine J. and Dean C., and two sisters, Beverly M., wife of Charles Frantz, and Shirley J., wife of Allen Christman, all of Lehighton; and 12 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother Dale and a sister Marleah.
The Kenneth N. Phifer Funeral Home, Third and Alum streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Harlan J. West
Harlan J. West, 87, of Bethlehem, died Tuesday in Westminster Village, Allentown. He was the husband of Mary (Lubrecht) West.
He was project manager of the Martins Creek oil supply for the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company before retiring in 1974 after 40 years of service. He started at P.P. & L. at the former Harwood generating plant and became a junior engineer two years later, later being named supervisor of operations for the former Lykens power plant.
Other positions he held were senior project engineer in electrical engineering, assistant atomic plant engineer in the atomic engineering department, station electrical engineer, manager of power supply and assistant to active vice president of system power and engineering.
He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late John F. and Mary Jane (Jones) West.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, where he sang in the choirs.
West was a Mason and member of the Bethlehem Mora Club chorus.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three daughters, Mary Jane, wife of F. Albert Ely of San Antonio, Tex., Wendy, wife of Bruce F. Smith of Cupertino, Calif., and Fran, wife of Thomas F. Halloran of Durham, Conn.; a brother, Daniel J. of Barnesville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Raymond E. Strunk
Raymond E. Strunk, 70, of 766 McNair St., Hazleton, died late Monday in the Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Ruth (Van Horn) Strunk.
Born in Weatherly, he was a son of the late Robert and Ellen (Kline) Strunk.
He spent his early years in Weatherly and lived in Hazleton since 1951.
He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ.
Strunk was Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Kathryn, wife of Robert Skrinak of West Wyoming; a son Robert of Edwardsville; a sister Dorothy of Kunkletown; a brother Herman of Reading; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Van Horn; and two granddaughters.

William Stembroski
William "Jamsy" Stembroski, 82, formerly of Coaldale, died at the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center in Norristown. He is the former husband of Anna McHugh.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Anna Priggins of Coaldale.
A private funeral will precede the burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Norristown.

Eugene B. Bickelman
Eugene B. Bickelman, 73, of 403 Railroad St., Tamaqua, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of Madeline (Hanney) Bickelman.
Prior to retiring, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Philadelphia.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late John H. and Margaret (Farber) Bickelman.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the European Theater of Operations and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Bickelman was a member of the C.H. Berry American Legion Post 173 and the V.F.W. Post, both of Tamaqua.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Lynn, wife of Joseph Smith of Philadelphia; a son, John J. Sr. of Tamaqua; a sister, Mrs. Rosemary Smarr of Tamaqua; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son James, who died in 1979.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Matula services
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary (Behun) Matula, 89, of 222 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, who died Monday in the Geriatric Center of Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday from the August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua, and interment in SS. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Nesquehoning. Calling hours will be from 8-9:15 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Vincent J. Gryzik
Vincent J. Gryzik, 70, of 106 E. Holland St., Summit Hill, died Monday in the Mahoning Valley Convalescent Home, Mahoning Township, where he was a guest for one year. He was the husband of Louise (Gardiner) Gryzik. They were married for 47 years.
He was employed as a crane operator for the Bethlehem Steel in Bethlehem, before retiring.
Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Michael Repko and Mary Gryzik.
He was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Wayne of Clayton, Del., and Vincent of Summit Hill; five daughters, Donna, wife of Edward Kaminitsky, and Grace, both of Summit Hill, Barbara, wife of James Evans of Coaldale, Marion, wife of Thomas Sabulsky of McAdoo, and Nancy Swartzwood of Allentown; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was the last member of his immediate family.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.


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