Mrs. Louella V.M. Silliman
Mrs. Louella V.M. Silliman, 71, of 910 E. Lizard
Creek Road, Lehighton, died Monday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill,
Bethlehem. She was the widow of Jacob R. Silliman.
Born in Ashfield, she was a daughter of the late
Clinton and Maude (Muthard) Freeby.
She was a member of Dinkey Memorial Lutheran
Surviving are two daughters, Sandy, wife of Keene
Gougher, and Diane, wife of Kevin Green, and three sons, Donald, Maynard
and Jeffrey, all of Palmerton; two sisters, Fern of Lehighton and Mrs.
Geraldine Rodrigues of Palmerton; and eight grandchildren.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware
Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Jeanne M. Clair
Mrs. Jeanne M. Clair, 76, of 101 S. First St.,
Lehighton, died in February in her home. She was the widow of Daniel Clair.
She was a saleswoman for retail stores before
Born in Dover, N.J., she was a daughter of the
late Walter and Ruth (Buck) Buskee.
Surviving are a sister, Kathryn Pokluda of Clifton
Park, N.Y.; a friend, Phyllis Chase of Jim Thorpe, who took care of her;
and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were private. The Richard M.
Miller Funeral Home, 137 Fairview St., Union Hill, Lehighton, was in charge
of the arrangements.
Mrs. Irene D. MacCullough
Mrs. Irene D. MacCullough, 83, formerly of Tamaqua
and Mont Claire, Montgomery County, died Friday in the Brethern Village,
Lititz, Lancaster County. She was the widow of Gene MacCullough.
Born in Taggartsville, she was a daughter of
the late Walter and Hannah (Bickelman) Gerber.
Surviving are a daughter, Rhea I. Funk of Martinsburg,
W. Va.; three sisters, Frances Eltringham and Flora Belle Swartz, both
of Tamaqua, and Dolly Grimsley of Collingswood, N.J.; two grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Leonard F. Gehringer
Leonard F. Gehringer, 32, of 19 A Fry Road, Bechtelsville,
died Sunday in the Allegheny University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was
the husband of K. Dawn (Knepp) Gehringer. They observed their eighth wedding
anniversary in October.
A graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute, South
Whitehall Township, he was a cellular phone technician for Quality Cellular,
Gilbertsville, for four years until 1995.
Born in Pottstown, he was a son of Leonard A.
Gehringer of Barto and the late Jane L. (Schorpp) Gehringer.
He was a member of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Catholic Church, Bally.
Gehringer was a member of the coaching staff
of the Boyertown Midget Baseball League.
Surviving in addition to his widow and father
are a daughter, Krysta M., and a son, Eric J., both at home; three brothers,
Thomas of Birdsboro and Robert of Oley, both in Berks County, and Andrew
of Barto; six sisters, Jane Kline of Reading, Louise Scavone of East Stroudsburg,
Florence, wife of Todd Frederick of Quakertown, Grace Wilson of Bethlehem,
Christine, wife of Larry Oswald of New Tripoli, and Marilyn, wife of John
Sulzer of Slatington; maternal grandmother, Louisa Schorpp of Alburtis;
and his stepmother, Mary Ann Gehringer of Barto.
Philip J. Brennan
Philip J. Brennan, 84, of the Phoebe Home, Allentown,
died Monday in the home. He was the husband of Anna E. (Borger) Brennan.
He was an auditor for the General Electric Company,
formerly in Allentown, for many years before retiring in 1977.
Born in Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the late
David and Alice (Campbell) Brennan.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sisters,
Rosa, wife of Kermit Long of Allentown, and Sister Alice Loretta of St.
Ann Convent, Bethlehem; and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Ruth Coover
Mrs. Ruth Coover, 90, formerly of Ashfield, died
Monday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mahoning
Township. She was the widow of Earl M. Coover.
A graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia,
she was a registered nurse at the Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, for
19 years before retiring in 1943.
Born in Lehigh Township, she was a daughter of
the late William and Emma (Mann) Benninger.
Surviving are a daughter Mary of Ashfield; a
sister, Ethel Handwerk of Bethlehem; and a brother Harold of Hellertown.
Louis J. Rapone
Louis J. Rapone, 86, of 226 N. Market St., Summit
Hill, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of the late Mildred (Marino)
He was a policeman for the City of Weehawken,
N.J., for 20 years before retiring, and previously was a bus driver for
the Tommy Dorsey Band for two years; co-owner and operator with his brothers,
Thomas of Clifton, N.J., and Dr. Julius of Carneys Point, N.J., of a liquor
store in Weehawken; and a machine shop foreman for the Bethlehem Steel
Corporation shipyard in Weehawken for 15 years.
Born in Italy, he was a son of the late Emidio
and Celeste (Fagnano) Rapone.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church,
Summit Hill, and a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Tamaqua Chapter
Surviving in addition to his brothers are a daughter
Susan, wife of Robert Colancecco of Summit Hill; two sisters, Elsie Tonon,
with whom he resided and Emma Minnervini of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; and
He was preceded in death by aq sister, Rose Raponi.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell
St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.
Franklin J. Bailey
Franklin J. Bailey, 60, of 1208 Riverview Drive,
Walnutport, died Sunday in the Allegheny University Hospital, Philadelphia.
He was the husband of Pearl A. (Rice) Bailey. They observed their 34th
wedding anniversary in December.
He was a laborer for Alpo, Inc., Allentown, for
25 years before retiring in 1994.
Born in Kissler Valley, Lynn Township, he was
a son of the late Adam S. and Naomi P. (Long) Bailey.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ
congregation of New Bethel Union Church, Lynn Township.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son,
James F. of Lehighton; two brothers, Richard of Wanamakers and John of
New Tripoli; five sisters, Mrs. Christine Kamp of Lenhartsville, Anna,
wife of Marvin E. Handwerk, Janet, wife of Elwood K. German, and Marion,
all of Slatington, and Lucille, wife of James D. Hamm of Kempton; and two
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave.,
Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
George T. Lichtenwalner
George T, Lichtenwalner, 72, of Grange Road,
Wescosville, died Saturday in a headon accident on Sheidys Road in North
Whitehall Township. He was the husband of the late Leola H. (Diehl) Lichtenwalner.
He was a bus driver for the Parkland School District
for the past 28 years and a farmer in Berks and Lehigh counties for most
of his life.
Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Harry
E. and Sadie M. (Erb) Lichtenwalner.
He was a member of Solomons United Church of
Christ, Macungie, and the Grundsau Lodge No. 1, Northampton, and a former
member of the Western Lehigh Lions Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Carol, wife of Barry
Petroske of Alburtis, and Linda, wife of Karl Konrad of Bethlehem; two
sons, Gerald of Fogelsville and Claude of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Gladys
A., wife of Allen D. Fink of Macungie, and Sadie M., wife of Andrew Keiser
of Quakertown; five brothers, Stanley C. and Theodore N., both of Macungie,
Arthur T. of Allentown, Walter H. of Vera Cruz and Harry S. of New Tripoli;
and four grandchildren.
Jay E. Holder
Jay Edwin Holder, 70, of White Haven, died Feb.
10 in his home. He was the husband of Clara Ruth (Hamm) Holder. They were
married for 44 years.
He and his wife formerly published The Journal,
a weekly newspaper in White Haven. They were co-editors and co-publishers
until his retirement a few years ago.
Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late
James E. and Elsie (Dry) Holder.
He graduated from Phoenixville High School in
1944 and attended Ursinus College, graduating in 1955, after interrupting
his college studies to serve in the Navy during World War II.
He was a field representative for the former
Federal Security Agency (Social Security Administration), in Norristown
Holder was appointed mayor of White Haven in
1985 and served until 1993, being elected to a full term in 1988.
He served as White Haven's representative on
the Central Luzerne County Joint School District Authority for about 10
years and was a member of the American Legion for more than 40 years.
The deceased was a charter member of the White
Haven Industrial Development Association and the White Haven Improvement
Committee. He served on the board of directors of the former Flood Medical
Center, Kidder Township, until its acquisition by the Geisinger System,
and on the board of directors of the former Weatherly Water Company, having
served as its secretary and executive vice president before it was purchased
by Weatherly Borough.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Newspaper
Publishers Association for more than 40 years.
In 1974, he served as chairman of the community's
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter
Ruth, wife of Seth Isenberg of Weatherly; a son Jay of Spokane, Wash.;
and two granddaughters.
Michael J. Sefchick, 74, of Manville, N.J., died
Sunday in his home. He was the husband of Agnes Sefchick. They were married
for 50 years.
He was a tier truck driver at Johns-Manville
for 36 years before retiring in 1984.
He was born in Junedale, Luzerne County.
Sefchick was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, Manville; chairman of the Manville Chapter for Deborah Hospital,
Browns Mills, N.J.; and a member of the Johns-Manville Quarter Century
He was a Air Force veteran, having served with
the 42nd Bombardment Group during World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons,
Kenneth of Manville and Bernard in Michigan; a daughter, Cynthia Meehan
in Japan; four brothers, Simon of Bridgewater, N.J., George of Weatherly,
Frank in Delaware and John of Edison, N.J.; a sister, Annie Uryc of Junedale;
and three grandchildren.
An additional survivor of Mrs. Emma Young, 84,
of Gilbert, who died Saturday in her home, is a daughter Margaret, wife
of Earnest A. Christman of Trachsville.
Elizabeth Waice 27, of 104 Miner St., Coaldale,
died Sunday in her home.
Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of Phyllis
Reis of Coaldale and the late Robert Waice.
She was a 1987 graduate of Tamaqua High School.
Surviving with her mother are a son Robert and
daughter Bianca Waice at home; two sisters, Pamela Waice of Freeland; Deborah
wife of Richard Arieta of Lehighton; and a brother Michael Bubak of Lake
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge
St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangements.
February 19, 1997
Dolores F. Slivka
Dolores F. Slivka, 52, of 516 W. Spruce St.,
Mahanoy City, died Saturday afternoon in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of Harold
Nothstein of Jim Thorpe and the late Gladys (Whiteman) Snyder Nothstein,
and a stepdaughter of Shirley Nothstein of Jim Thorpe.
The deceased was a 1962 graduate of Lehighton
High School and lived most of her life in Lehighton, moving to Mahanoy
City in 1987.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Mahanoy
Surviving in addition to her father and stepmother
are a daughter Melinda, wife of Edward "Ted" Kadel of Gilberton; three
brothers, Robert and Curtis Snyder, both of Lehighton, and Gerald Snyder
of Jim Thorpe; a half-brother, Harold Nothstein of Lehighton; a half-sister,
Cheryl Lloyd of Manheim; a stepsister, Sherry Waselus of Jim Thorpe; and
several nieces and nephews.
The David D. Jarrett Funeral Home, Mahanoy City
is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Matilda M. Oban
Mrs. Matilda M. Oban, 80, formerly of 662 E.
Macada Road, Bethlehem, died Tuesday in the Blough Nursing Home, Bethlehem.
She was the widow of Louis J. Oban, who died in 1993.
Born in Nesquehoning, she was a daughter of the
late John D. and Mary (Fabian) Shigo.
She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church,
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Mrs. P. "Coco" Barron
Mrs. P. "Coco" Barron, 80, of the Easton Nursing
Center, died Tuesday in the center. She was the widow of Channing Barron.
She was a sales clerk for the former Grollman's
clothing store, Easton.
Born in Jim Thorpe, she was a daughter of the
late James and Olivia (Frey) Whildin.
She was a member of the First United Church of
Surviving are a niece and nephews.
Robert A. Morgan
Robert A. Morgan, 61, of Breinigsville, died
Monday in his home. He was the husband of Mary Anne (Milewski) Morgan.
They observed their 37th wedding anniversary in April.
He was a printing press operator for Bradford
Packaging, Salisbury Township, for 12 years before becoming ill.
Born in Paterson, N.J., he was a son of the late
George and Winifred (Reigotti) Morgan.
He was a member of the Howard L. Peter American
Legion Post 576, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons,
Michael of Vernon, Vt., and James, at home; a daughter Monica, wife of
Allen Jaeger of Danielsville; a brother Richard of Mystic Island, N.J.;
and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Stephanie H. Busch
Mrs. Stephanie H. Busch, 82, of 9 E. Walter St.,
Summit Hill, died Tuesday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.
She was the widow of Herbert Busch.
Born in Hecklersville, Schuylkill County, she
was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kielbasa) Damasiewicz.
She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church,
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Al
and Joseph, and a sister, Ann Heffner.
Surviving are a sister Cecelia and a nephew,
Leonard Heffner, both with whom she resided.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell
St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.
Wendell R. Phillips
Wendell R. Phillips, 90, formerly of Easton,
died Monday in the Moravian Hall Square Health Care Center, Nazareth. He
was the husband of the late Blanche (Mills) Phillips.
He worked in the railway division of the U.S.
Postal Service for more than 37 years before being transferred to the Easton
Post Office after the termination of train service. He retired from Easton
in 1969. For a time, he worked at the Lehigh Valley Post Office.
Born in Columbia, N.J., he was a son of the late
John W. and Mary (Michaels) Phillips.
He was a member of Palmer Moravian Church, Palmer
A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Masonic
Lodge No. 165, Blairstown, N.J., and the Lehigh Consistory, Allentown.
He was a member of the National Association of
Retired Federal Employees and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Surviving are two granddaughters and two great-grandsons.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter,
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville,
is in charge of the arrangements.
Harlan G. Stein
Harlan G. Stein, 54, of Hokendauqua, died Monday.
He was the husband of Margaret B. (DeWalt) Stein.
He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service
in Whitehall Township for 30 years.
Born in Whitehall, he was a son of Mrs. Eva (Frey)
Stein of Coplay and the late George Stein.
He was a member of St. John United Church of
An Army veteran, he belonged to American Legion
Post 739, Hokendauqua.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother
are a son Phillip of Fountain Hill; a brother, Vernon C. of Whitehall;
and two sisters, Mary Ann, wife of Howard J. Barrall Jr. of Danielsville,
and Kathleen K. of Coplay.
Among the survivors of Mrs. Louella V.M. Silliman,
71, of 910 E. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton, who died Monday in the St.
Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem, is a son Jeffrey of Lehighton,
whose residence was incorrectly listed in yesterday's obituary.
Mrs. Warren F. Faust
Mrs. Marion H. Faust, 75, of 211 Fourth St.,
Weatherly, died Monday morning in the Hazleton-St. Joseph Medical Center.
She was the wife of Warren F. Faust. The were married for 51 years.
Born in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late
William H. and Annetta (Price) Williams Henkel.
She was a member of Centenary United Methodist
Church, Weatherly, and formerly served as secretary at the Duplan Silk
Mill, Hazleton, and the Jeddo Highland Coal Company.
Surviving in addition to her husband was a son,
Warren W. of Puyallup, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. Millard (Mildred) Hensel of
Telford; a grandson, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter,
Janet Lynn, who died in 1952; and a grandson.
Bernard Hamershock, of 405 Collins Road, Lake
Hartwell, Lovinia, Ga., formerly of Weatherly R.2, died Feb. 13 in the
Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, Ga. He was the husband of Delphine
He retired in 1989 after working at the Three
Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg.
Born in Weatherly, he was a son of the late Michael
and Kathryn (Wychek) Hamershock.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
Surviving are a son Michael of Palmyra; a daughter
Amy, wife of Todd Mountain of Palmyra; two brothers, Kenneth of Orangevale,
Calif., and Richard of Weatherly; a sister, Mrs. Henry (Pearl) Stadnik
of Aptos, Calif.; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.