|March 1, 1997
John "Teeler" Jabbo
John "Teeler" Jabbo, 76, a Coaldale native and
former star athlete in that community, died Friday in Ashland Regional
Medical Center, Ashland. He was the husband of Anne (Luta) Jabbo. At the
time of his death they resided at 228 W. Mount Vernon St., Shenandoah.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Michael
and Tillie Jabbo.
In 1941 he graduated from the former Coaldale
High School after earning a reputation as one of the fastest athletes ever
to emerge from the Coal Regions.
"Teeler" played football his last three years
in high school under the late Coach Tom "Doc" Raymer where his forte was
His greatest athletic triumph, however, may have
come in track and field competition.
He was unbeatable int he 100-yard dash on a team
regarded as one of the best in the area.
He held the District XI 100-yard dash mark for
more than 25 years with a time of 10.1 seconds. He was also a member of
some record-breaking relay teams at Coaldale.
Following graduation, "Teeler" entered the military
as a Coast guardsman, serving from 1942-1946. He later worked for the Lehigh
Coal and Navigation Co. until it ceased operations. During this time he
became affiliated with the Lansford Blue Devils, a semi-professional football
team. He later worked road construction before securing wmployment with
the Silberline Manufacturing Co. He retired in 1983.
He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic
Church, Coaldale, and was a 50-year member of the Coaldale Volunteer Fire
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and
this year he was a candidate to be inducted into the Carbon County Chapter
of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Surviving with his widow are two sisters, Rose
Stricek and Mildred Barrett, both of Coaldale. Also, nieces and nephews.
The Oravitz Home For Funerals, Inc., Shenandoah,
is in charge of arrangements.
John G. Sarge
John G. "Jack" Sarge, 71, of Pine Grove, died
Sunday at York Hospital, York. He lived at ManorCare Health Services East,
York, since January. He was the husband of the late Myrna Sarge.
Born in Pine Grove, he was a son of the late
Homer D. and Naomi P. (Smith) Sarge. He was a 1943 graduate of Pine Grove
High School and attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Prior to retiring, he worked all of his life
in sales/purchasing, most recently for Hanh Motor Co., Hamburg.
He was a member of Pine Grove Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 3432, Pine Grove American Legion Post 374, Rotary Club, Sodbusters
and served on the Pine Grove Ambulance Association as a vlunteer driver.
In the 1980s, he was an announcer for Pine Grove
High School football games and was a sports writer for the Pine Grove Press-Herald
Surviving is a daughter, Jill Dietrich of York;
a son, John M. Sarge of Andreas; a sister, Lucille Valibus, Pine Grove;
two brothers, Richard, Spring Hill, Fla., and David, Pine Grove. Also five
A memorial service is scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
today in St. John's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove.
Among the survivors of William Stocus, 67, of
103 Brentwood Road, Raritan, N.J., who died Wednesday in the Somerset Medical
Center, Somerville, N.J., is a brother Joseph, and a sister, Theresa, wife
of Frank Andruscavage, both of Mahanoy City.
Lewis L. Paules, 98, of 255 Fireline Road, Bowmanstown,
died Friday in the lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Chew Street, Allentown.
He was the husband of Verna V. (Long) Paules.
Born in Slatedale, he was a son of the late Amandus
and Ellen (Walters) Paules.
He retired in 1961 after 25 years as a quarryman
for several local slate quarries.
Surviving with his widow are two daughters, Mrs.
Ann DeLong and Ellen Paules, both of Bowmanstown; four sons, Lewis R. of
Ashfield, Dale D. of Bath, Roger D. and Kerry J., both of Palmerton. Also
16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, Inc., 145 Delaware
Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of arrangements.
Elva E. Simmons
Elva E. Simmons, 67, of Highstown, and a Tamaqua
native, died Thursday in the Merwick Rehabilitation Unit at the Medical
Center in Princeton, N.J. She was the wife of George R. Simmons Sr.
Born in Tamaqua, she resided in Highstown since
She was formerly employed with Jamesway, and
also worked with the Peddie School and McGraw Hill, all of Hightstown.
She was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church
of Tamaqua, and spent much of her time enjoying music.
Surviving with her husband are two sons, The
Rev. George R. Simmons Jr. of Hightstown, and Gary L. of Cornell, Wisc.;
a brother, Joseph C. Fero of Hightstown; five grandchildren, two great-grrandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
The Glacking/Saul Funeral Home, 136 Morrison
Ave., Hightstown, N.J., is in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services for Joseph P. Barnisky, 92,
of 16 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua, who died suddenly Friday, Feb. 28, 1997
in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, will be Monday at 10:30
a.m. from the Roche Funeral Home, 237 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, followed by
Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. from Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tamaqua. Interment in the Parish Cemetery, Owl Creek, Tamaqua. Call Monday,
10 to 10:40 a.m. Memorials to Ss. Peter and Paul Church Memorial Fund,
307 Pine St., Tamaqua 18252.
Mr. Barnisky was the husband of the late Kathryn
(Cunningham) Barnisky, who died in 1972.
Among family members not listed in Friday's TIMES
NEWS Obituary were a sister, Mary Kuryloski of Narberth.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers,
George Peter and Albin Barnisky and two sister, Anna Valesek and Helen
The Roche Funeral Home, Tamaqua, is in charge
Elizabeth E. "Betty" Fried
Elizabeth E. "Betty" Fried, 72, of 22 E. Oak
St., Tresckow, the Spring House Personal Care Home, and formerly of Palmerton
and Bowmanstown, died Thursday in Hazleton St. Joseph's Hospital.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the
late Alfred E. Sr. and Agnes (Rehrig) Fried.
She worked as a cutter for the former Helmer
She is survived by a brother, Alfred E. Fried,
Jr., of Greeley, Co.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth A.
The Campton Funeral Home, Inc., 525 Delaware
Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of arrangements.
March 3, 1997
Florence Gallagher, 74, of 343 W. Bertsch St.,
Lansford, died Sunday evening in the Hometown Nursing Home, Tamaqua R.2,
following a lengthy illness.
Prior to retiring, she worked for the former
Kiddie Kloes, Lansford.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late
John L. and Elizabeth (Neyer) Gallagher.
She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church,
Lansford, the Blue Army of the church and the Panther Valley Golden Age
Club, also of Lansford.
Surviving are an aunt and numerous nieces and
She was also preceded in death by two brothers,
Edward and George.
The Roche Funeral Home-McNamara Chapel, 3 E.
Bertsch St., Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements.
Sister M. Paulita Radocha
Sister M. Paulita Radocha, 76, of the Sisters
of Saints Cyril and Methodius, died Friday evening in the Villa Sacred
Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late
Stephen and Veronica (Matula) Radocha.
She attended the former St. Mary and SS. Cyril
and Methodius grade schools in Coaldale and the former St. Mary High School,
Coaldale, and entered the religious congregation in 1937. She professed
her vows in 1940 at Villa Sacred Heart.
Sr. Paulita received her bachelor of science
degree in business administration from Marywood College and a masters degree
in business education from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. She also
studied at Charleston University, New York University and Misericordia
She taught in elementary and junior high schools
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina and Connecticut, and also taught
at Lourdes High School in Shamokin.
In 1970, she was elected to a six-year term in
the central administration of her religious congregation. In other leadership
roles, she served as principal and local superior at St. Michael's, Jessup,
and as local superior at St. Joseph Convent, Hazleton.
After 50 years of full time active ministry,
she transferred to St. Methodius Convent, Danville, where her ministry
included library aide and general duties.
Surviving are a sister-in-law, a nephew and several
She was also preceded in death by three brothers,
Rev. Joseph P., Stephen and Paul; and a sister Ann.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Basilica of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Motherhouse,
with the Rev. Stephen Radocha officiating. Transfer of the body to the
Motherhouse was this afternoon, followed by a wake service tonight at 6:30.
Mrs. Roy W. Hutchinson
Mrs. Grace Irene Hutchinson, 83, of 122 N. Walnut
St., Macungie, formerly of Upper Milford Township, died Saturday in the
Lehigh Manor, Lower Macungie Township. She was the wife of Roy W. Hutchinson.
They observed their 50th wedding anniversary last July.
She was a cafeteria worker for the East Penn
School District for eight years before retiring in 1977.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the
late William C. and Belle (Downing) Mitchell.
She attended Faith Evangelical Free Church, Trexlertown.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two
sons, Gregory of Macungie and Ramon K. of Lititz, Lancaster County; a brother,
William C. of Walnutport; a sister, Louise Kramer of Schnecksville; and
John E. Messics Sr.
John E. Messics Sr., 69, of 1142 Woodlawn St.,
Allentown, died Saturday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was
the husband of Emma D. (Frankenfield) McDonnell Messics and the late Constance
V. (Capwell) Messics. He and his second wife observed their 12th wedding
anniversary last April.
He worked in the electrical department of the
Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 37 years before retiring in 1990.
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Francis
and Theresa (Makos) Messics.
Surviving are four sons, Dewey F., Thomas and
William J. Sr., all of Bethlehem, and John E. Jr. of Walnutport; five daughters,
Virginia L. Juder, Tina M., wife of Franklin Woodell, Joy L. and Donna
R., all of Bethlehem, and Patricia B., wife of Joseph Arnold of Bath; a
sister, Mary Jacoby of Allentown; two brothers, Louis of Lower Saucon Township
and Joseph of Emmaus; two stepsons, Frank McConnell of Allentown and Sean
McConnell of Boulder, Colo.; four stepdaughters, Peggy, wife of Rock Hodapp
of Crockett, Calif., Donna Couch of Allentown, Theresa, wife of Robert
Schmoyer of Emerald, and Michelle McDonnell of Darby, Delaware County;
30 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Mrs. Jane Kulick
Mrs. Jane "Jennie" Kulick, 84, of 312 Coal St.,
Nesquehoning, died Saturday in the Mountain City Convalescent Center, Hazleton.
She was the widow of Andrew Kulick.
She was a cafeteria worker in the Panther Valley
School District for about 13 years before retiring in 1977.
Born in Nesquehoning, she was a daughter of the
late Howard and Jennie (Bonner) Richards.
She was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic
Surviving are a son, Daniel F. of Nesquehoning;
six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, John
Richards; a brother Howard; and a sister, Elizabeth Lutz.
The Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center
St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.
Ricky L. Kotsch
Ricky L. Kotsch, 39, of 3619 Bayberry Drive,
Danielsville, died Saturday in his home.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Alfred Kotsch
Sr. of Allentown and Betty L. (Ritter) Wertzberger of Danielsville.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his
stepfather, Robert A. Wertzberger of Danielsville; a brother, Alfred Jr.
of Wrightstown, N.J.; a sister, Christine Schuebel of Perkasie; a daughter
Shannon of Lehighton; a son Eric of Zions Grove; and paternal grandmother,
Mrs. Anna Kotsch of Whitehall Township.
Lizzie A. Billig
Lizzie A. Billig, 74, of 2998 Windy Road, Orefield,
died Friday in the Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center.
She was a farmer in Lowhill Township for most
of her life.
Born in Heidelberg Township, she was a daughter
of the late Earling A. and Annie (Frey) Billig.
She was a member of Morgenland Lutheran Church,
Surviving are a sister, Lillian V. Boger, at
home; two brothers, Carl A. and Clarence G., both of Fogelsville; and nieces
Mrs. Florence E. Englehart
Mrs. Florence E. Englehart, 93, of Somerville,
N.J., formerly of Weatherly, died Thursday in the Somerset Medical Center.
She was the widow of Adam S. Englehart, who died in 1978.
Prior to retiring in 1978, she worked as a clerk
in the Somerset County surrogate's office. Prior to that, she was a sales
clerk at The Gaston Store, Somerville, for 20 years.
Born in Weatherly, she was a member of the First
United Methodist Church of Somerville and the church's choir. She was a
Sunday school teacher.
She was a member of the Civic League of Somerville;
a 25-year member of the Raritan Valley Grange, South Branch, N.J.; and
the Legal Secretaries Association of Somerset County.
Surviving are a son, Samuel L. of Bridgewater,
N.J.; a daughter, Jane E. Coleman of Branchburg Township, N.J.; three grandchildren
and a great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Irene
Wasley, who died in 1996.
Edward M. Lupcho
Edward M. Lupcho, 57, of Mountain St., Weston,
Luzerne County, died Sunday at the Hazleton-St. Joseph Medical Center.
He was owner and operator of Lupcho's Hauling
and Sanitation, Weston.
Born in Weston, he was a son of the late Joseph
and Hilda (Logar) Lupcho.
He was a lifetime resident of Weston and a member
of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Weston.
Surviving are a son, Edward M. of Damascus, Md.;
two daughters, Jean Ann, wife of George Herndon of Mount Airy, Md., and
Laura, wife of Joseph Lemley of Damascus; two brothers, Joseph G. of Tamaqua
and Eugene J. of Weston; six grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Irma S. Hamsher
Mrs. Irma S. Hamsher, 80, of Lenhartsville, died
Friday in the Kutztown Manor. She was the widow of Kermit O. Hamsher.
She was a cafeteria worker in the Greenwich Township
Elementary School for 17 years before retiring in 1974.
Born in Greenwich Township, she was a daughter
of the late Samuel G. and Lizzie F. (Reinhart) Gruber.
She was a member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church,
Krumsville, where she formerly sang in the choir.
Mrs. Hamsher was also a member of the Kutztown
American Legion Auxiliary.
Surviving are a son Ronald of Lenhartsville;
a sister, Mrs. Arlene Dietrich of New Tripoli; and a grandson.