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March 11, 1997

Joseph A. O'Leary
Joseph A. O'Leary, 82, of 143 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill, died Monday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Helen (Seiler) O'Leary. They observed their 26th wedding anniversary last July.
He was employed by the former Diversified Metals Company, Hometown, until retiring, and previously had worked in the No. 8 Colliery of the former Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, Lansford, for many years.
Born in Summit Hill, he was a son of the late Jerome and Nan (Kennedy) O'Leary.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of American Legion Post 316 and the Diligence Fire Company No. 1, both of Lansford.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a brother Jerome of Summit Hill; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy McAlpin and Mary Zeiser.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Joseph H. Kean
Mrs. Mary T. Kean, 83, of Lehigh Township, died Monday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of Joseph H. Kean. They observed their 61st wedding anniversary last April.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Joseph S. and Sadie (Yost) Keglovitz.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, the Rev. Joseph of Holy Family Villa, Bethlehem; a daughter, Mary Louise, wife of Bruce Trexler of Lehigh Township; a sister, Angela Shurdak of Bethlehem; three brothers, William of Largo, Fla., Raymond of Wind Gap and Dr. Alfred of Saylorsburg; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ralph T. Honey
Ralph T. Honey, 81, of Effort R.3, died Monday in the Pleasant Valley Manor, Stroudsburg. He was the husband of Bernice M. (Kessler) Honey. They would have observed their 57th wedding anniversary this month.
He was employed by the former Blue Ridge-Winkler Textile Company, Inc., Bangor, until retiring in 1977.
Born in Pen Argyl, he was a son of the late George and Lillian (Tremayne) Honey.
He was a member of the Slate Belt Baptist Church, Wind Gap.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Lee of Saylorsburg and David of Coudersport, Potter County; two daughters, Barbara Fedorchick of Wind Gap and Joan Kresge of Effort; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Donald E. Ferrey
Donald E. Ferrey, 75, of Allentown, died Monday in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. He was the husband of Sarah L. (Dreisbach) Ferrey. They observed their 45th wedding anniversary last June.
He was a receiving and shipping clerk for the former King's department store, Allentown, for five years before retiring in 1962.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Elmer J. and Florence A. (Fulmer) Ferrey.
He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Allentown.
Ferrey studied dance and tap at the former Gudie Studio of Dance, Allentown, for more than 30 years and was a member of Five Star Entertainment, Allentown, where he performer old soft-shoe and tap dance for more than 13 years.
In 1995, he win second place at Trexler Mall's "Strut Your Stuff" talent show when he danced to "Old Soft Shoe."
The deceased was a member of the Allentown String Band, Municipal Opera of Allentown, Northeastern Pennsylvania String Band and Keystone String Band of Lehighton. He showcased with Al Albert at the Whitehall Mall.
Ferrey was an Army veteran of World War II.
He played Santa Claus at the Whitehall Mall for more than 20 years.
Surviving in addition to his widow is a brother, Elmer J. Jr. of Bethlehem.

Mrs. Margaret N. Hanosek Whitby
Mrs. Margaret N. Hanosek Whitby, 92, formerly of Fullerton, died Monday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. She was the widow of James Whitby and Frank Hanosek.
Born in Beaver Run, Lehighton R.D., she was a daughter of the late John and Louise (Reabold) Wimmer.
She was a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
Mrs. Whitby was a former president of the Pennsylvania Association of National Catholic Women's Union and a member of the National Catholic Women's Union.
Surviving are two sons, Francis J. Hanosek of Allentown and Robert J. Hanosek of Bartlett, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Lorraine Phillips of Bethlehem; 12 grandchildren and fur great-grandchildren.

Ralph E. Miller
Ralph E. Miller, 83, of Hometown, Tamaqua R.2, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of Mary (Waseline) Miller. They were married for 60 years.
Prior to retiring, he was a truck driver for the Mitchel Transport and Lehigh Portland Cement companies.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Arthur and Emma (Titus) Miller.
He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Ralph A. of Richboro, Bucks County, and Richard of Reevesdale, Tamaqua R.D.; a daughter Joan, wife of Harold Barron Jr. of Hometown; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown, Tamaqua R.2, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Anna M. Nocchi
Mrs. Anna M. Nocchi, 84, of 807 Schwabe St., Freeland, died at her home on Sunday morning. She was the widow of Anthony Nocchi.
She owned and operated Nocchi's Tavern in Freeland for many years.
Born in Freeland, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Yalch) Hydock.
Surviving are a daughter, Jean, wife of Alfonse Rish, Sandy Valley; three sisters, Pauline Torxell of Allentown, Mary Kuntz of Lehighton, and Irene Guy of Jim Thorpe; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Helen E. Brady
Mrs. Helen E. Brady, 88, formerly of 230 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua, died Monday in the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wayne, Pa. She was the widow of Cornelius J. Brady, who died in 1986.
Prior to retiring, she had been employed at the former Tamaqua Cigar Store.
Born in Mahanoy City, she was a daughter of the late William and Emily (Gill) Miller.
Mrs. Brady was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Lithuanian Catholic Church, Tamaqua, and graduated from the Mahanoy Township High School.
She is survived by a son, Lawrence E. Brady of Newport, N.C.; a sister, Elizabeth O'Hora of State College; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.
She was also preceeded in death by two sons, Cornelius and William Brady; two brothers, John and William Miller; and a sister, Ethel McNiff.
The Robert C. Reeser Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.

Steven Comisac Jr.
Steven Comisac Jr. of Tamaqua R3, died this morning in the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Twp. He was the husband of Lois (Moser) Comisac.
The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Anna Marchetti
Mrs. Anna (Secone) Marchetti, 78, of 318 Clark St., Tamaqua, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Twp. She was the widow of Samuel D. Marchetti, who died in 1991.
Prior to retiring, she had been employed as a bundler at the former Purling Mills, Tamaqua.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Vincentza (Rita) Secone.
The deceased was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.
She is survived by three sons, Thomas S. of Emmaus, Blase L. of Tamaqua and Alfred D. of Barnesville; a brother, William Secone of Tamaqua; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
She was also preceeded in death by a brother, Thomas Secone.
The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.

March 12, 1997

David F. Bellhorn
David F. Bellhorn, 77, of 1300 E. Kercher Ave., Lot 36, Myerstown, Lebanon County, died Monday in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. He was the husband of Marjorie R. Bellhorn. They were married for 55 years.
He was retired from Calvin J. Wagner, Inc., Myerstown.
Born in the former Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the late Frederick and Annie (Smith) Bellhorn.
He was a member of Zion Evangelical Congregational Church, Myerstown, the Myerstown Golden Age Club, and had been a long-time caretaker for the Friedens Lutheran Church Cemetery, Myerstown.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, David R. of North Brunswick, N.J.; a daughter Bonnie, wife of Roger Houtz of Myerstown; a brother Edward of Lehighton; and three grandchildren.
The Grose Funeral Home, 9 N. College St., Myerstown, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Frank T. Molenaar
Mrs. Dorothy H. Molenaar, 54, of 361 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, died Saturday in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. She was the wife of Frank T. Molenaar, Sr.
Born in Paterson, N.J., she was a daughter of Russell J. "Tom" and Dorothy H. (Van Hooker) Seedyk of Pinellas Park, Fla.
She was a member of Calvary's Light Fellowship Church, Palmerton, and served as a Sunday school teacher at area churches for more than 15 years.
She was also active in Girl Scouting, and had served Palmerton area girl scouts for more than 30 years.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are three daughters, Dorothy H. Cahill of Ogdensburg, N.J., Peg R., wife of Barney Durrett of Falmouth, Va., and Amanda J., at home; two sons, Len Krautheim III of Beavertown, Snyder County, and Frank T. Jr. of Palmerton; a sister Ruth, wife of Thomas Collins of Sevierville, Tenn.; a brother, Russell J. Jr. of Waynesville, Mo.; and eight grandchildren.

Steven Comisac Jr.
Steven Comisac Jr., 65, of Tamaqua R.3 died Tuesday morning in the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Lois (Moser) Comisac.
He was the owner-operator of Allstate Schuylkill Asphalt and H.T.B. Asphalt and Equipment, Cressona.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of Fannie (Kashlak) Comisac of Tamaqua and the late Stephen Comisac Sr.
The deceased was a U.S. Navy veteran.
A member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, he served as an elder and deacon. He graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1950 and was a member of the Tamaqua Football Boosters. He attended Villanova University.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are three sons, Stephen III of Pottsville, Marc A. of Alexandria, Va., and Glenn D. of Ellicot, Md.; four daughters, Deborah, wife of Charles Yuskauskus, Cindy C., wife of David Williams, and Lois M., wife of Andrew Smarr, all of Tamaqua, and Barbara L. of Mount Holly, N.J.; a brother Ernest of Hamburg; a sister, Mrs. Rose Marie Peiffer of New Cumberland; and six grandchildren.
The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Williams
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Williams, 87, formerly of 261 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, died Tuesday in the Luther Crest Retirement Community, South Whitehall Township. She was the widow of John D. Williams.
She was a music teacher at the former Lansford elementary and junior high schools.
Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Temple University and attended New York University.
Born in Wind Gap, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Walter B. and Nellie (Rush) Smith.
She was a member of the Asbury Methodist Church, Allentown, and a former member and organist of Meeds United Methodist Church, Nesquehoning.
Surviving are a son Robert of Gretna, La.; a daughter Marilyn, wife of Robert Martin of Allentown; and three grandchildren.
The Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Robert E. Serafin
Mrs. Elaine H. Serafin, 72, of Walnutport Mobile Home Park No. 2 H-30, died Tuesday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of Robert E. Serafin. They observed their 54th wedding anniversary in October.
Born in Plains, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Ignatius and Rose (Pash) Hertus.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville, and an associate member of the Reserve Officers Association, Pocono Mountain Chapter.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Diana, wife of Richard McCarthy of Allentown, Elaine, wife of Earl Pugh of Emmaus, and Roberta, wife of Ron Heiser of Slatington; a son, Robert E. of Slatington; a brother John of Bradenton, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Emil Weisbrot
Mrs. Helen Weisbrot, 74, of Schnecksville, formerly of North Branch, N.J., died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken at home. She was the wife of Emil Weisbrot. They observed their 55th wedding anniversary in January.
Born in Hillside, N.J., she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Nazar) Biblyk.
She was a member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli, where she was a volunteer in its pre-school.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Gary F. of Andover, N.J.; a daughter, Gail M.K. Baron of Philadelphia; and two granddaughters.

John G. Rakos
John G. Rakos, 64, of 220 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, formerly of Lehighton, died Tuesday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of the late Carol Ann (Emery) Rakos, who died in 1990.
A 1958 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where he received a bachelor's degree in education, he was a history teacher in the middle school of the Lehighton Area School District for 34 years before retiring in 1993.
Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late Stephen J. and Winifred C. (Hager) Rakos, and had lived in Nesquehoning for the past 30 years since moving from Lehighton.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Nesquehoning.
Rakos was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, having attained the rank of sergeant.
He was a member of the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Post 314, Lehighton.
The deceased was a 4th Degree Knight of Damien Council-Msgr. Agnello J. Angelini Chapter No. 598, Knights of Columbus, Jim Thorpe.
He also belonged to the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and the Lehighton American Legion Home Association.
Surviving are a daughter Rebecca, wife of Joseph Tite of Nesquehoning; three sisters, Rita Witzel and Theresa, wife of George Sander, both of Lehighton, and Barbara, wife of Roy Vogel of Coopersburg; a grandson and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa A., who died in 1992; two brothers, Stephen in 1991 and Joseph in 1994; and two sisters, Cordelia in 1977 and Lucille in 1967.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rakos service
All members of the Damien Council-Msgr. Agnello J. Angelini Chapter No. 598, Knights of Columbus, are asked to meet at the Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, on Friday, when they will pay last respects to departed Sir Knight John G. Rakos, a 4th Degree member of the council who died Tuesday.
All knights serving as honor guards are asked to assemble at 6 p.m. and all members of the Knights of Columbus are requested to take part in the service which is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Stephen Durich
Stephen Durich, 77, of 530 Whitehall St., Allentown, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Julia (Zwiesdak) Durich. They observed their 57th wedding anniversary last July.
He was an electrician for Mack Trucks, Inc., Allentown, for 26 years before retiring in 1980, and previously was a miner in Coaldale.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Stephen and Catherine (Topolnicki) Durich.
He was a member of St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown.
Durich was a Navy Seabees veteran of World War II and a member of the H.L. Peters American Legion Post 576, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Dr. Richard S. of Allentown; a daughter, Marian Rodgers of Fountain Hill; five sisters, Sue Petris of Coaldale, Frances Cully and Rose, wife of George Dascalakis, both of Levittown, Bucks County, Helen, wife of Edward Boyle of Grande, N.C., and Stephanie Cannady of Torrance, Calif.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Albert J. Aicher
Albert J. Aicher, 79, of Walnutport, formerly of Palmer Township, died Sunday in the Easton Hospital. He was the husband of the late Helen (Barchawski) Aicher.
He worked in the shipping department of Transogram Toy, formerly of Easton, for 30 years before retiring.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Albert and Anna (Hunter) Aicher.
He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, Wilson.
Aicher was an Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 11th Airborne in Japan.
Surviving are two brothers, Donald of St. Cloud, Fla., and Francis of Bethlehem; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ceceilia K. Masteller
Mrs. Ceceilia K. Masteller, 92, of Bethlehem, died Tuesday in Cedarbrook's Fountain Hill Annex. She was the widow of Irvin W. Masteller.
Born in Parryville, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Miklos) Bednar.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Bethlehem, and the Bethlehem Women's Club.
Surviving are a son, Robert Sr., and two daughters, Doris, wife of Herbert Dorrow, and Marlene, wife of Richard Kreidler, all of Bethlehem; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Harold and William.

George Janakis
George Janakis, 78, of Jonas, formerly of Little Ferry, N.J., died Monday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing Center, Lehighton. He was the husband of Katherine (Kaufmann) Janakis. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary last August.
He was a self-employed retail gasoline dealer in Little Ferry for 10 years before retiring in 1981.
Born in New York City, N.Y., he was a son of the late George and Martha Janakis.
He was a member of Evangelical Congregational United Church of Christ, Little Ferry.
Janakis was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. posts, both in Little Ferry.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Janet of Hamburg, N.J., and Judith Regan of Vernon, N.J.; and two granddaughters.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

John Reinford
John Reinford, 50, of 390 Scenic Ave., Bloomsburg, died Tuesday following a short illness in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he had been a patient since Sunday. He was the husband of Luann C. (Thomas) Reinford. They were married for 28 years.
He was a sales account representative for the Danville News for four years, and previously had worked for 18-1/2 years for the Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg.
Born in Norristown, he was a son of the late John L. Reinford and Pearl (Smith) Henning of Albrightsville, and had resided in Bloomsburg for the past 19 years.
He was a member of Shiloh Bible Church, Almedia, where he was a former Sunday school teacher.
Reinford was a member, president, past president and sergeant-at-arms of the former Bloomsburg Jaycees, and a past president of the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
A 1964 graduate of Emmaus High School, he attended the University of Dubuque in Iowa for two years and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, John R. of Catawissa and Kent T., at home; two sisters, Mrs. William (Caroline) Keson in Arizona and Mrs. James (Beverly) Strothers in Florida; and two brothers, Jeff Henning of Albrightsville and Kevin Henning of Jim Thorpe.
The Allen Funeral Home, Market and Eighth streets, Bloomsburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Stella F. Mantz
Mrs. Stella F. Mantz, 62, of 8 Shakespeare Drive, Cornwall Terrace, Spring Township, Berks County, died at her home on Tuesday morning. She was the widow of Robert Mantz, who died in 1974.
A certified laboratory technologist, she was employed three years as supervisor by Lab Corporation, until her illness.
Born in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of the late Casimir and Sophie (Gniadecka) Filip.
She was a member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Roman Catholic Church, Shillington.
Surviving are two brothers, Joseph and John, both of Summit Hill; and five sisters, Tillie, wife of Laddie Simek, Leocadia Filip, and Mrs. Walter (Stephanie) Stawiarski, all of Summit Hill, Mrs. Ronald (Ann) Shollenberger of Allentown, and Mrs. Francis (Florence) Bartal, with whom she resided.
The Bean Funeral Home Inc., 129 E. Lancaster Ave., Shillington, is in charge of arrangements.


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