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Obituaries - 1996


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September 24, 1996

Charles F. Gerber
Charles F. Gerber, 94, of Tamaqua R.1, formerly of Tamaqua, died Sunday in the Orwigsburg Manor Nursing Home, Orwigsburg. He was the husband of the late Mabel (Schoch) Gerber, who died in 1985. He was a layout man for the former Alcoa Aluminum Company, Cressona, from 1943 until retiring in 1960. Gerber was a Navy veteran.
Harold I. Kistler
Harold I. Kistler, 77, of 25 Royer St., New Ringgold, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of the late Dorothy I. (Burkey) Kistler, who died last year. He was a locomotive driver and powder disposer at Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, from 1941 until retiring in 1981. Kistler was an Army veteran of World War II.

Mrs. Myrtle S. Weaver
Mrs. Myrtle S. Weaver, 59, of 312 Market St., Tamaqua, died Monday in her home. She was the widow of William B. Weaver. She was a home health aide for Schuylkill County Area Agency for Aging.

Rev. John G. Pasura
The Rev. John G. Pasura, 50, of Holy Family Villa for Priests, 1325 Prospect Ave., Bethlehem, died Monday in his family residence in Spring Township, Berks County. He was assistant pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, Reading, since 1987. Prior to that he had served at St. John the Baptist de LaSalle, Shillington, 1982-87; St. Canicus Church, Mahanoy City, 1980-82; St. Ursula Church, Fountain Hill, 1978-80; St. Francis Church, Allentown, 1977-1978; Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church, 1976- 77; St. Paul Church, Reading, 1972-76; and St. Mary Church, Reading, 1972.

Mrs. Pauline H. Mack
Mrs. Pauline H. Mack, 80, of 3756 Main St., Slatington died Monday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. She was the widow of Harvey A. Mack. She was a sewing machine operator for the former Paris Neckwear, Walnutport, for 22 years before retiring in 1979.

Earl A. Woodring
Earl A. "Boots" Woodring, 76, of 266 Hudsondale St., Weatherly, and a recent guest at Weatherwood, Weatherly, died Monday in Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Eva (Keller) Woodring. Prior to retiring he was employed as a coremaker at the Weatherly Foundry. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in New Guinea with the Army Engineers as a sergeant.

Mrs. Robert T. Brecker Sr.
Mrs. Margaret L. Brecker, 67, of 1038 Walnut St., Ashland, died Monday morning in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville. She was the wife of Robert T. Brecker Sr. They were married for 49 years. She had been employed as an inspector for Shaw Plastics of Stroudsburg until her retirement in 1989.

Charles J. Haydt
Charles James "Charlie" Haydt, 72, of Long Neck, Del., formerly of Allentown, died Saturday in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del. He was the husband of Jean (Troxell) Haydt. They were married for 53 years. He was a sales representative for Halls Motors Transit, Kutztown R.3, and Tiger International, Allentown, and previously was a truck driver for York Motors Express and an employee of Air Reduction Co., Bethlehem. Haydt was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

September 25, 1996

Joseph E. Walters
Joseph E. Walters, 95, of 670 Maxine Dr., Lehighton, died Tuesday in Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville. He was the husband of Miriam A. (McDonald) Walters. He was a police officer in Philadelphia for 43 years before retiring. Walters was an Army veteran of World War I having received the Purple Heart after being injured while serving in France. After his discharge he joined the Navy serving until the war ended.

Mrs. Lizzie H. Fritz
Mrs. Lizzie H. Fritz, 81, of 2670 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, died Tuesday in her home. She was the widow of Calvin D. Fritz, who died in 1988.

Louis J. Horvath
Louis J. Horvath, 78, of Allentown, died Monday in Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Helen E. (Romig) Horvath. They observed their 37th wedding anniversary last November. He worked in the maintenance department of Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, for 10 years before retiring in 1987. Prior to that he worked for American Sash Co., Macungie, for 23 years.

Russell Fehnel
Russell "Skip" Fehnel, 84, of Sportsman's Club Road, Nazareth, died Tuesday in St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Josephine "Jo" (Bond) Fehnel. They observed their 45th wedding anniversary in May. He was employed by the old Binney and Smith Co., Forks Township, for 44 years before retiring in 1977 from the research department. He was an Army veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Rev. Richard K. Schmidt
The Rev. Richard K. Schmidt, 50, of 1414 Brook Blvd., Kenhorst, Berks County, died Monday in Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, He was the husband of Jean L. (Stowman) Schmidt. He was pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, West Reading, since October 1992. Previously he served the Kempton-Stony Run Parish that comprises Friedens, Stony Run, and New Bethel churches, for four years.

Jack Roberts
Jack Roberts, 75, of Marietta, Ga., died suddenly Sunday at his home. He was the husband of Mary (Phillips) Roberts. He was an Air Force veteran for 23 years before retiring. 

September 26, 1996

John L. Churetta
 John L. Churetta, 53, head coach of the Whitehall High School girls' 
basketball team since 1988, died Wednesday in his home. He and his wife, 
Brenda (Morh) Churetta, resided at 820 Catherine Drive, Coplay. They 
observed their 31st wedding anniversary in May. He was a 1965 graduate 
of Kutztown University and taught at the Whitehall-Coplay Middle School 
for the past 32 years.

Robert H. Lesher
 Robert H. Lesher, 66, of 2361 Cherry Hill Road, Palmerton, died 
Tuesday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Marguerite R. 
(Hoffman) Lesher. They observed their 43rd wedding anniversary on May 
13. A 1953 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he was a 
cartographer for the Fence Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Anna Mermon
 Mrs. Anna Mermon, 87, of Tamaqua R.3, died Wednesday in the Miners 
Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of John Mermon, 
who died Feb. 1, 1985. She was a waitress in Brooklyn and Jamaica, N.Y., 
for many years before retiring in 1964.

September 27, 1996

Jesse J. Wilk
Jesse J. Wilk, 18, of 567 Pinewood Road, Lehighton, R.D., died 
Thursday in a one-car crash on Route 895 in East Penn Township. The 
deceased was a senior at Lehighton Area High School and a kitchen worker 
at Walck's Restaurant, Parryville.
Sylvia Spaihts
Sylvia Spaihts, 81, of 890 Wintergreen Road, Palmerton, died 
Thursday in her home. She was the widow of John C. Spaihts who died in 
1993. She was a sewing machine operator at Cesare's Apparel Inc., 

Mrs. Arlene M. Jones
Mrs. Arlene M. Jones, 82, of 3926 Main St., Slatedale, died Thursday 
in her home. She was the widow of Richard J. Jones. She was a head cook 
for Northern Lehigh School District for about 10 years before retiring. 
Prior to that she was a sewing machine operator for the former Holiday 
Fashions, Slatedale, for many years. Mrs. Jones was in inspector of 
elections for the Lehigh County Election Board for about 50 years and head 
cook for Slatedale Volunteer Fire Company for many years.

September 30, 1996

Mrs. Fannie C. Peart
Mrs. Fannie C. Peart, 82, of Dotts Street, Pennsburg, died Thursday in 
Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township. She was the widow of 
Sidney Peart. She was a sewing machine operator for the former 
Sumneytown Pants Factory for many years before retiring.

Edward D. Homanko
Edward D. Homanko of Box 147, New Coxeville, Luzerne County, died 
Saturday evening in the home of his daughter, Daria Kochinsky of 102 
Second St., Oneida. he was the husband of the late Anna (Kalenak) Homanko, 
who died in 1991. Prior to retiring he was employed by Jeddo Highland 
Coal Co. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Thoomas R. Spino
Thomas Richard Spino, 53, of 2002 W. Main St., Ephrata, Lancaster 
County, formerly of Allentown, died Wednesday in Lancaster General 
Hospital. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Reinbold) Spino. They observed 
their 24th wedding anniversary in March. He was the owner of Spino's Food 
Service, Ephrata, for several years.

George Zappe
George Zappe, 87, of Allentown, formerly of Middletown, Dauphin 
County, died Friday in Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 
Allentown. He was the husband of the late Margaret D. (Cannon) Zappe. He 
worked in the instrument repair division of Olmstead Air Force Base, 
Middletown, for many years before retiring.

John E. Seiler
John E. Seiler, 27, of Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, died Thursday in 
Palmerton. He was the husband of Angela (Zampirri) Seiler of Lansdale. 
They observed their 10th wedding anniversary in June. He was employed in 
auto body shops in the Carbon County area for a number of years, and 
previously had operated his own body shop in the Quakertown area.

John J. Quinn
John J. Quinn, 23, of 3812 Washington St., Schnecksville, died 
Saturday in St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, following a long battle with 
leukemia. He was a former state BMX (pedal biking) champion winning 
titles for several years, and also raced four-wheel all-terrain vehicles at 
Zinc City Motorcycle Club, Palmerton. He was employed in the parts 
department of Kawasaki of Lehigh Valley for the past several months.

Mrs. Lucy May Francis
Mrs. Lucy May Francis, 99, of Phoebe Home, Allentown, formerly of 
Allentown, died Saturday in the home. She was the widow of Willard F. 
Francis who died in 1992. She was an elementary school teacher in the 
Allentown School District from 1918 to 1924.

William R. Ward
William R. Ward, 68, of 227 N. Jordan St., Allentown, died Friday in 
Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Eleanor J. 
(Bidlow) Ward. He was a maintenance worker for what is now CoreStates 
Bank, Allentown, until retiring. Ward was an Army veteran of World War II.

Herman S. Miller
Herman S. Miller, 62, of Hidden Woods, Myrtle Beach, S.C., died 
Thursday in Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach. He was 
the husband of Rosemary (Krokovic) Miller, a former resident of the White 
Bear section of Summit Hill. He was a retired senior master sergeant in 
the Air Force retiring in 1977 after 28 1/2 years of service including 
duties during the Korean Conflict and five combat tours in Vietnam.

Lewis S. Gower
Lewis S. Gower, 70, of 3559 Mountain View Drive, Danielsville, died 
Saturday in Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center. He was the husband of 
Mary T. (Mesics) Gower. He was a siding contractor in Lehigh Township for 
more than 30 years before retiring in 1995. Prior to that he worked for 
the former Green Acres Dehydrators, Nazareth, for 15 years.

Elizabeth S. McCready
Elizabeth S. McCready, 31 of 707 Christopher Drive, Wyomissing, 
died Sunday in Mahoning Township. She was employed by Stevens and Lee 
Law Firm, Reading, as a secretary.

Joseph P. Sohosky Sr.
Joseph P. Sohosky Sr., 47, formerly of Kaska, Schuylkill County, died 
Friday in the home of his fianceé, Lynn K. (Zimmerman) Gerber of Andreas 
R.1, with whom he resided. He was a carpenter in the Wilmington, Del., and 
Philadelphia areas for 12 years before retiring in 1983 due to illness.

Oscar A. Zerbe
Oscar A. Zerbe, 84, of Pine Grove, R.2, a long-time Pine Grove 
teacher, died Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, 
Pottsville. He was the husband of Catherine (Brown) Erbe. They were 
married 57 years. He was employed as a teacher for 41 years, retiring 
from the Pine Grove Area School District in 1973. He was a Navy veteran 
of World War II.

Mrs. Norbert Golembiewski
Mrs. Theresa M. Golembiewski, 54, of Indian Mountain Lakes, 
Albrightsville, formerly of Jersey City, N.J., died Friday in her home. She 
was the wife of Norbert Golembiewski. She was a laundry worker at Christ 
Hospital, Jersey City, for 15 years before retiring in 1991.

Walter L. Wehr
Walter L. Wehr, 85, of Orwigsburg, died Friday afternoon at Good 
Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville. He was the husband of Mary 
R. (Pastucha) Wehr. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on 
April 2. In 1941 he founded the former Wehr's Sunoco Station, Pottsville, 
from which he retired in 1975. He has remained active with the current 
Wehr's Auto Service, Pottsville.

Mrs. Frank Andel
Mrs. Agnes Andel, 72, of 274 First St., Coaldale, died Sunday in 
Hazleton General Hospital. She was the wife of Frank Andel. They were 
married for 52 years. She was last employed as a sewing machine operator 
for the former W&L Manufacturing Co., Coaldale, until it ceased operations.

Alfred J. Redline Jr.
Alfred J. "Squiz" Redline Jr., 71, of 300 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, died 
Saturday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of 
Sylvia (Sillers) Redline. He was a retired serviceman for U.G.I. Gas 
Company having worked in the Bethlehem and Allentown areas for 34 
years. Redline was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Ronald G. Frank
Ronald G. Frank, 46, 11 School St., Nesquehoning, died Sunday evening 
at Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Naomi 
(Christman) Frank. They observed their 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 
11. He was an injured passenger on the bus involved in an accident on Aug. 
12 along SR209 in Nesquehoning in which the driver of the car involved in 
the crash was killed. He had last worked as a laborer for New Jersey Zinc 

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