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March 4, 1997

Daniel J. Tomchik
Daniel J. Tomchik 75, of Parlin, N.J., formerly of Coaldale, died Sunday in the South Amboy Medical Center. He was the husband of Alice Kohl. They were married for 53 years.
He was the son of the late John and Anastia Tomchik.
A 1939 graduate of the former Coaldale High School, he served with the military in the Pacific during World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Diane, wife of Ed Reilly of Long Island, N.Y., and Carolyn Anders of Parlin; two sisters, Dorothy , wife of Joseph Lazar of Coaldale, and Mildred, wife of Martin Kovich of Blandon; a grandson, a step-granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.
He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Veronica, Agnes, Alice and Helen.
A funeral Mass and services will be held in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

Mrs. Dorothy E. Ingebrethsen
Mrs. Dorothy E. Ingebrethsen of Jim Thorpe, formerly of Westbury, Long Island, N.Y., died Sunday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. She was the widow of John F. Ingebrethsen, who died on Feb. 12.
Born in Flushing, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Martin and Sophia Grenham.
She was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Lake Harmony.
Surviving are six children; 10 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Margie Conway, and a brother Arthur, both of Cherry Hill, N.J.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard J.C. Schaffer
Richard J.C. Schaffer, 62, of 2518 Fifth St., Chapmans, died Monday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Lillian H. (Smith) Schaffer. They observed their 38th wedding anniversary last July.
He was a rigger and welder at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 40 years before retiring in 1992.
Born in Weaversville, he was a son of the late Willard D. and Edith L. (Getz) Schaffer.
He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Moorestown, where he sang in the choir and was a former deacon, consistory president, property committee member and member of the Men's Fellowship.
An Army veteran, he belonged to the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, M Company, Northampton War.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Lora Ann, wife of Wayne P. Oyer of Phillipsburg, N.J.; two sons, Darrell R. of Danielsville and Ronald F. of Bath; a sister, Sara L. of Northampton; two brothers, Donald of Northampton and Daniel of Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren.

Mrs. J. Elizabeth Marks
Mrs. J. Elizabeth Marks, 60, of Allentown, died Monday in her home. She was the widow of Joseph V. Marks.
She was an assembler for the former Western Electric, Allentown, for several years.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of Walter M. and Prudence (Lucero) Porobenski of Allentown.
The deceased was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Salisbury Township.
Surviving in addition to her parents are two sons, Jerome W. of Tampa, Fla., and Joseph V. II of Bethlehem; a daughter, Vanessa M., wife of Anthony Sanmartino of Gallup, N.M.; four sisters, Constance, wife of Louis Schaffer of Northampton, Cynthia M., wife of Gerald Maccioli, and Prudence E., wife of Joseph Pietrobon, both of Allentown, and Monica L., wife of Wayne Carr of Bethlehem; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Louis Bayak
Mrs. Beatrice Barthold-Bayak, 73, of 822 14th Ave., Bethlehem, died Saturday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Louis Bayak.
She was a secretary for Elek Plumbing, Bethlehem, before retiring.
Born in Carbondale, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Iola and Robert Taylor.
She was a member of SS. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
Mrs. Bayak was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son George of Washington; three sisters, pearl Denton of Bridgewater, N.Y., Pauline Nothstein of Lehighton and Eleanor Holden in Nevada; two brothers, Robert of Charleston, S.C., and Norman of Bethlehem; and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Jean Lindsey
Mrs. Jean Lindsey, 72, of Weatherly R.2, died Monday morning at her home in Lehigh Township. She was the widow of Edward Lindsey, who died in 1989.
She and her husband were owners and operators of the Skyway Hotel, SR940, White Haven, for 10 years.
Born in Freeland, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Stella (Nowak) Mullern, and resided in the area her entire life.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, White Haven.
Surviving are a daughter, Margaret Hoffman of Weatherly; a sister, Alice Simmons of Dickson City, Lackawanna County; and six grandchldren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Edward Jr., who died in 1990.

Leonard J. Belko Sr.
Leonard J. Belko Sr., 71, of Levittown, died Sunday at the Delaware Valley Medical Center, Falls Township. He was the husband of Rose (Calabrese) Belko. They were married for 46 years.
He was employed as an electrical motor inspector with U.S. Steel for 34 years, retiring in 1988.
Born in Tamaqua, he was was a resident of Levittown for the past 46 years.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the John Billington VFW Post No. 6495, Levittown; and the American Legion Post No. 0436 in Penndell.
He was a member of Queen of the Universe parish.
Surviving with his wife are two sons, Leonard of Levittown, and Vincent of Hainesport, N.J.; two daughters, Susan Belko of Levittown, and Monica Belko of Newtown; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

March 5, 1997

Mrs. Mary Knecht Carey
Mrs. Mary Knecht Carey, 84, a Tamaqua native, died Saturday in Lakewood, Calif. She was the widow of Francis Knecht and Albert Carey.
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Whitehair) Hughes.
She was employed at the Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, while she lived in Tamaqua.
A resident of Philadelphia for many years, she was active in the Patriotic Order of Americans Lodge, where she held state and national offices.
Surviving are a son, Herbert Knecht, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all residing in California; and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Wentz of Tamaqua and Mrs. Blanche Koch of Walnutport.
She was also preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.
Services were held Tuesday in Cypress, Calif.

Mrs. William A. Young
Mrs. Linda L. Young, 51, of 112 Mauch Chunk St., Lehighton, died Monday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of William A. Young. They observed their 35th wedding anniversary last June.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of Mrs. Madeline M. (Drumbore) Bowman of Lehighton, and the late Howard E. Bowman.
The deceased was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Packerton, and the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are two sons, William A. Jr. of Orefield and Todd of Packerton; a daughter Machelle of Jim Thorpe; a brother Ronald of Packerton; three sisters, Delores, wife of Fred Ficher, and Betty, wife of Ralph Graver, both of Lehighton, and Ruthann, wife of Ronald Ahner of Mahoning Valley; and two grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Knappenberger.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Earlmond Davis
Mrs. Earlmond Davis, 80, of Ashland, Ky., died Monday in the Our Lady of Bellefont Hospital, Russell, Ky. She was the widow of William P. Davis Sr., who died last year.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late William B. and Sally A. (Griffith) Cunning.
She was a member of the Normal Presbyterian Church, Ashland.
Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Brown and Sally A., both of Ashland; two sons, Robert Davis of Harleysville and William P. Jr. of Perkasie; a sister, Sarah Donald of Lansford; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Rev. Thomas J. Richter
The Rev. Thomas J. Richter, 83, of Laguna Hills, Calif., formerly of Allentown, died Feb. 14 in Laguna Hills. He was the husband of Caroline (Miller) Richter. They were married for 52 years.
He was ordained in St. John Lutheran Church, Allentown, in 1942, and was pastor of the Friedens-Jerusalem Parish, including Friedens Lutheran Church, Slatington, and Eastern Jerusalem Church, Salisbury Township, for 20 months before entering the Navy in December 1943.
During World War II, he served as a chaplain at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., and aboard the USS Kingsbury in the Pacific, where he witnessed the raising of the American flag at Mount Surabachi, Japan.
The deceased also served as chaplain at various locations, including the Philadelphia Naval Hospital; Cape May Coast Guard Training Station, Cape May, N.J.; Pacific Missle Range and Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, Calif.; and Naval air stations at Atlantic City, N.J., and Willow Grove, Montgomery County.
White stationed at Point Mugu, he initiated action to build a new chapel and held the first service there.
He retired from the Navy as a chaplain in 1973.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late James and Elsie (Romig) Richter, and a stepson of the late James Rabenold.
A 1938 graduate of Muhlenberg College and 1941 graduate of the Mount Airy Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, he received his master¹s degree in theological science from Harvard University in 1955.
He received an honorary doctor of divinity degree in 1965 from the Union Theological Seminary, Tokyo, in appreciation of his work and support of the community.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son Peter of San Diego; a daughter Mary, wife of Gary Thrasher of Schaumburg, Ill.; and three grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas L. Jr.

Mrs. Mary Martin
Mrs. Mary Martin, 86, formerly of 121 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, died Tuesday in Manor Care Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Michael J. Martin.
She was a sewing machine operator for Fernbrook, Palmerton, for eight years before retiring in 1967.
Born in Czechoslovakia, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Magdalena (Latak) Polakovic.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palmerton.
Surviving are three sons, Michael T. of Quakertown, Paul G. of Ironton and John J. of Palmerton; six grandchildren and a great-grandson.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Ferdinand ³Fritz.²

John G. Sabol
John G. Sabol, 78, of 525 W. Pine St., Mahanoy City, died Monday in a two-car accident along SR54 in Mahanoy Township. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of the late Gloria (Wychulis) Sabol.
He was a guard for several years at the Schuylkill County Prison before retiring, and also worked at the Graterford Prison, near Pottstown, for 28 years as a guard and infirmary administrator.
Born in Mahanoy City, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Chihul) Sabol.
He was a 1936 graduate of Mahanoy City High School and was a member of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Church, American Legion Post 74 and the West End Fire and Rescue Company, all of Mahanoy City; the Mahanoy Area Senior Citizens; the Greater Shenandoah Senior Citizens; and the Mahanoy City Social Club.
He served in the Army Air Force during World War II.
Surviving are a son, John Jr. of Barnesville; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister Mary, who died in 1996.

Ernest Balliet
Ernest Balliet, 88, a resident of Weatherwood, the Carbon County Home for the Aged, Weatherly, died there on Feb. 21.
He was a miner at the Spring Mountain (Lehigh Valley) Coal Company, Jeanesville, Luzerne County, before retiring.
Born in Jeanesville, he was a son of Percy and Jennie (Hinkle) Balliet.
He lived in Jeanesville most of his life, moving to Weatherly in 1983.
Surviving are a brother Ben of Hazleton; a niece and a nephew.

Mrs. Muriel Shinn
Mrs. Muriel Shinn, 69, of Gradview Heights, Ohio, died Saturday in her home. She was the widow of Billy T. Shinn, who died many years ago.
Born in Tewksbury, N.J., she lived in Bernardsville, N.J., before moving to Ohio 12 years ago.
Surviving are four daughters, Beverly Lumia of Albuquerque, N.M., Wendy DeGregorio of Tampa, Fla., Kathy Dennis of Jim Thorpe and Deborah Kurtz of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Charles A. Lindabury Jr. of Columbus; a sister, Hilda O¹Rourke of Somerville, N.J.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Jennifer Lynn Mattern
Jennifer Lynn Mattern, 17, of 140 S. Sixth St., Coaldale, died Monday as a result of an accident on the Blue Mountain. She was a daughter of Aaron L. and Dawn M. (Spink) Mattern.
She was employed as an aide at the Blue Mountain Early Child Development Center, New Tripoli.
A senior at Panther Valley High School, she had been accepted as a Fall term candidate at Dickinson College.
President of the Panther Valley High School Band, she played the clarinet and attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ Bible School in Coaldale. Her high school activities also included: peer helper, P.V. High Buddy and yearbook staff.
Surviving in addition to her parents are two sisters, Amanda and Kimberly, and a brother, Aaron J., all of Coaldale; maternal grandparents, James Spink of Lansford and Mrs. Patricia Carnes of Coaldale; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ida Fetter of Tamaqua; great-grandparents, Ferdinand and Margaret Spink of Lansford; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Sylvester L. Mattern.
The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

March 6, 1997

Sister Elma Chappell
Sister Elma Chappell, 77, of Sisters of Christian Charity, died Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Geisinger Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.
Born Beatrice Chappell, in East Mauch Chunk, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Johanna (Marzen) Chappell.
After being professed in 1938, she taught History at several high schools, including Bayley-Ellard High School, Madison, N.J.; Central Catholic in Reading; Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg; Delone Catholic in McSherrystown.
Surviving are an uncle, two nieces, a sister-in-law and several cousins.
A prayer service was held Sunday in the convent Chapel. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Danville.

Walter E. Long
Walter E. Young, 70, of Dresher, Montgomery County, died Tuesday in the Abington Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Sara E. (Heffelfinger) Long.
A 1948 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he was an electrical engineer for the former United Engineers and Constrictors, now Ratheon Corporation, Philadelphia, for 45 years before retiring in 1991.
He served on the Upper Dublin Township Planning Commission from 1967-74, having been its president in 1973. He also served on its zoning hearing board.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of Mrs. Sallie Helen (Shoemaker) Long of Tamaqua and the late Elias Henry Long.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Washington, where he was a former teacher and superintendent of the Sunday school.
Long was a past member and president in 1960 of the Fort Washington PTA; a former board member and president of Turning Point, Ambler; and a member of the former Upper Dublin Kiwanis Club.
He was Upper Dublin Republican Committee Citizen of the Year in 1979.
Long was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the William Bolton Dixon American Legion Post 10, Fort Washington.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are three daughters, Judy A. Sparango of Salfordville, Beverly A. Norton of Media, Delaware County, and Michelle A. Smith of Ambler; a son, Todd W. of Roslyn; two sisters, Grace Hoffman of Tamaqua and Mildred Dixon of Etters, York County; and 12 grandchildren.

Mrs. Gloria J. Koneschusky
Mrs. Gloria J. Koneschusky, 66, of 901 North St., Weatherly, died Tuesday afternoon in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Frank Koneschusky, who died Jan. 3, 1993.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Sebastian and Shirley Laterza.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Weatherly.
Surviving are three daughters, Lynn, wife of Joe Dolinsky, Weatherly R.2, Lori, wife of Jhn Parker and Janet, wife of Wayne Gettig, both of Weatherly; three sons, Frank of Mount Holly, N.J., James of Weatherly, and George of Westampton, N.J.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. John McConomy
The Rev. Dr. John McConomy, 80, a retired Lutheran pastor, died Monday in his home in Villas, N.J., after an illness. He was formerly of Trappe, Montgomery County.
He was pastor of Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe, from 1956 until retiring in 1982. Previously, he served Lutheran churches in Hightstown, N.J., and Weissport.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lillian E. (Giersch) McConomy; four children and eight grandchildren.

Anastasia Wassel
Anastasia Wassel, 75, formerly of 222 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, died Wednesday in the Miners Memorial Geriatric Center, Coaldale.
Prior to retiring in 1984, she had been employed by the Amerace Corporation in New Jersey.
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Eva (Simco) Wassel.
She was a member of St. Mary¹s Russian Orthodox Church, Coaldale.
Miss Wassel is survived by three sisters, Justina, wife of Arlington Hawk of Tamaqua, Mrs. Helen Torres of Clifton, N.J. and Mrs. Olga Sagura of Patterson, N.J.
She was preceeded in death by a step-sister, Anna Tatusko.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.

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