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April 8, 1997

Mrs. Gertrude M. Rolappe
Mrs. Gertrude M. Rolappe, 93, of the Blue Mountain Manor Nursing Center, Kunkletown, died Sunday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the widow of Karl Rolappe.
Born in Bremen, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Heinrich K. and Karoline (Kenter) Dunnemann.
Surviving are three daughters, Lilanne, wife of Hans Windhorn, Karin Rolappe-Aloia and Hannelore, wife of Ralph Amil, all of Palmerton; a son Wilfried of Kunkletown; 25 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter Trudy and two sons, Heinz and Joachim.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul E. Eisenhart
Paul E. "Dago" Eisenhart, 87, of 51 Kiernan Ave., Hellertown, died Monday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Frances M. (Miller) Eisenhart.
He worked in the blast furnace department of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 43 years before retiring in 1972.
Born in Upper Saucon Township, he was a son of the late Wallace C. and Jennie Mae (Sloyer) Eisenhart.
He was a member of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
Among his survivors is a sister, Helen V. Koch of Weatherly.

Alben G. Brazes
Alben G. Brazes, 79, of 747 Washington St., Walnutport, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of Ethel M. (Schnable) Brazes.
He was an upholsterer for Greystone Manufacturing, Fountain Hill, for many years before retiring in 1982.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Sylvester and Amelia (Jankauskinte) Brazes.
He was a member of American Legion Post 16, Slatington, the Slatington Skeet Club and the Diamond Fire Company, Walnutport.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Robert A. of Walnutport; three daughters, Frances D., wife of Ronald A. Snyder of Joppa, Md., Pat F. Solt of Palmerton and Diane M., wife of Steven T. Trainer of Walnutport; and seven grandchildren.

William E. Bennett Sr.
William E. Bennett Sr., 96, of Allentown, died Sunday in the MountainView Manor, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Violet E. (Heintzelman) Bennett.
He was a businessman in the Allentown area for many years before retiring.
Born in Alburtis, he was a son of the late James G. and Eliza Bennett.
He was a member of Dubbs Memorial United Church of Christ and the Odd Fellows Hall Association, both of Allentown.
Among his survivors is a daughter Pearl, wife of Edward Hunsicker of New Tripoli.

Luther L. Lauer
Luther L. Lauer, 74, of Allentown, died Monday in ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Mae (Litzenberger) Lauer. They observed their 49th wedding anniversary last month.
He was a self-employed truck driver for A-Treat Bottling, Allentown, for 35 years before retiring.
Born in Slatington, he was a son of the late John Lauer and Nora Lauer Bartholomew.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Nancy, wife of John Dankel of Cocoa, Fla., and Charlotte of Allentown; and two grandsons.

Smith infant
Skylar Alexis Smith, daughter of Donald J. Smith Jr. and Lisa G. (Andrulevich) Weir of Allentown, was stillborn Thursday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Ashley Weir of Shillington, Berks County; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Andrulevich of Reading; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Smith Sr. of New Tripoli.

Behrle employment
Thomas F. Behrle, 62, of 67 Race St., Jim Thorpe, who died Sunday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, was a native of Philadelphia and had been employed as a spreader's helper at Tom's Sportswear, Lehighton.

Mrs. Paul Gregory
Mrs. Lillian R. Gregory, 68, a guest at Weatherwood Senior Living Community, Weatherly, formerly of Nesquehoning, died Monday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. She was the wife of Paul Gregory and the late Angelo Ricciardi.
She worked for many at area garment factories before retiring.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late James and Mae (Williams) Motley.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a brother James of Rome, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Angelo Callari
Angelo Callari, 39, of Effort, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Debra (Gilson) Callari. They observed their 10th wedding anniversary last October.
He worked in cabin service for United Airlines for 10 years.
Born in Italy, he was a son of Salvatore and Antonina (Sorace) Callari of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The deceased was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Gilbert, and the International Association of Macinists Union.
Surviving in addition to his widow and parents are a son Salvatore and two daughters, Krystina and Marlisa, all at home; four brothers, Tony and Nat, both of Long Island, N.Y., Robert of Flushing, N.Y., and Joseph of Brooklyn; and five sisters, Giovanna, Lisa and Grace, all of Brooklyn, Anna Dattolo of Long Island and Connie Camarda in Italy.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Harry W. Lewis
Harry W. Lewis, 73, of Willingboro, N.J., died April 1 in the New Jersey Veterans Home, Vineland, N.J. He was the husband of Theresa (Walsh) Lewis.
He was employed as a machinist for Langston, Inc., Cherry Hill, N.J., before retiring.
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late John and Grace (Davis) Lewis.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having served as a paratrooper.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son Greg of Leesville, S.C.; two daughters, Laura of Willingboro and Denise Pittman of Pennsauken, N.J.; two brothers, John of Vancouver, Wash., and Ellis of Levittown, Pa.; two sisters, Lillie Youngberg of Arronsburg, Pa., and Ethel McLean of Jim Thorpe; and two grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Terry and Susan, who died in infancy; and five sisters, Jane Ronneburger, Anna Mae Mulcahy, Margaret Moser, Betty Snyder and Florence Hornbuckle.
Funeral services were held in Beverly, N.J.

Long correction
Mrs. Idella M. Long, 92, of 145 W. Holland St., Summit Hill, who died Sunday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing Home, Lehighton, was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlene Ransom, who died in 1992.

Mrs. Connie Leidich
Mrs. Connie Leidich 76, of 115 W. Lehigh St., Coaldale, died Tuesday in the Geriatric Center at Miners Memorial Medical Center. She was the widow of James Leidich.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangements.

John F. Carroll
John F. Carroll, 62, of 1012 First St., Mechanicsville, Pottsville, died Thursday in the Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic. He was the husband of the late Gladys (Keefer) Carroll, who died in November, 1995.
He had been employed as a landscaper for Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late John F. and Helen (Moyer) Carroll.
He was a member of St. Jerome's Catholic Church, Tamaqua, and attended St. Jerome's School.
He is survived by a daughter, Darlyne Heck, at home; three brothers, Eugene, Joseph and Ronald, all of Tamaqua; a sister, Betty Murphy of Coaldale; one grandson; and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Larkin and Anna Carroll.
The Robert A. Evans Funeral Home, Coal and Jackson streets, Port Carbon, is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Koltiska
Donald Koltiska, 60, of 3510 N. Front St., Philadelphia, formerly of Lansford, died March 26 in Philadelphia. He was the husband of Joan Koltiska.
Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Sadie and Paul Koltiska.
He attended the former St. Ann School in Lansford.
Surviving with his widow is a son Mark; one brother Paul of Norfolk, Va.; and a sister Mary.
Services were held in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Helen L. Pfrom
Helen L. Pfrom, 88, formerly of 360 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, died Friday in the Palmerton Hospital. The former Helen L. Horn, she was the widow of Howard Pfrom.
Born in Pond Creek, Luzerne County, she was the daughter of the late August and Bertha (Sheetz) Horn.
She was a cook for the Palmerton Area School District for 15 years until her retirement in 1969.
She was a member of St. John's Towamensing Lutheran Church, Palmerton.
She also was a past president of the V.F.W. Post Auxiliary of Palmerton, past co-chairman of the Palmerton Silver Jubilee Committee, and was the cook for many years for the Mader-Gaydos American Legion Post of Palmerton.
Surviving are a daughter, Betty, wife of Stinson Frantz of Summerfield, Fla; a stepsister, Mrs. Ruther Smith of Palmerton; 6 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard Gmitter.

Martha A. Smith
Martha A. Smith, 81, of 178 Avenue A., Palmerton, died Friday in the Palmerton Hospital. She was the widow of Kenneth W. Smith.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Knaus) Wentz.
She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Palmerton, the West End Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary in Palmerton, and the Over 60 Club of Palmerton.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, James and William Wentz.

April 9, 1997

Mrs. Thelma R. Snyder
Mrs. Thelma R. Snyder, 86, of Linwood, N.J., formerly of Allentown, died Tuesday in the Linwood Convalescent Center. She was the widow of Kenneth H.F. Snyder.
Born in Upland, Delaware County, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Florence (Faust) Roderick.
She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Allentown, where she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the Women's Senior League.
Mrs. Snyder was secretary of the Class of 1928 of the former Slatington High School and served on its reunion committee.
Surviving are a daughter, Janet S. Rockafellow of Linwood; a sister, F. Margaret Blose of Summit, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Mae E. Miller
Mrs. Mae E. Miller, 87, of 422 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, died Tuesday afternoon in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton, two days after her birthday. She was the widow of David R. Miller, who died on Aug. 25, 1993.
She was a sewing machine operator for the former McCallis Mill, Jim Thorpe, before retiring.
Born in Upper Mauch Chunk, she was a daughter of the late Harry Leo and Mary Agnes (McElhenny) Haupt.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, and the Jim Thorpe Senior Citizens.
Surviving are several nieces.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

John H. Lake Sr.
John H. Lake Sr., 50, of York, died Monday in his home.
He last worked for the B.M.Y. Co., York, for five years.
Born in South Plainfield, N.J., he was a son of Mrs. Florence (Hill) Didyoung of Walnutport and the late Leslie Lake Sr., and a stepson of Thomas Didyoung of Walnutport.
Surviving in addition to his mother and stepfather are four daughters; two sons, two sisters, including Patricia Spalding of Slatington; three stepbrothers, Tommy and Michael, both of Summit Hill, and Jay of Lehighton; three stepsisters, Donna Muthard of Lehighton and Anne Machalik and Lisa Green, both of Summit Hill; and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Kathryn M. DeJoseph
Mrs. Kathryn M. DeJoseph, 76, of 2130 Fairmont St., Allentown, died Tuesday in her home. She was the widow of Thomas DeJoseph.
Born in Hellertown, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Ida M. (Scheetz) Gross.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown, and a former volunteer for the Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center and Lehigh County Meals on Wheels.
Surviving are a son, Thomas S. of Lehighton; five daughters, Diane, wife of Thomas Cavallaro, and Bernadette, both at home, Theresa, wife of John Waters, and Maryanne, wife of Robert Nichol, both of Allentown, and Kathryn, wife of Mohammed Shakibi of Land O'Lakes, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Anna E. Snyder
Mrs. Anna E. Snyder, 79, of Whitehall Township, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of Stanley E. Snyder.
Born in Laurys Station, she was a daughter of the late Oscar B. and Susan J. (Heffelfinger) Yehl.
She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Laurys Station, where she belonged to the quilters.
Surviving are two daughters, Sheila S., wife of Donald E. Lovelace of Northampton, and Sharon S., wife of Allen R. Ebner of Coplay; a brother Edgar of Walnutport; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Butz of Whitehall; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Dorothea A. Morgan
Mrs. Dorothea A. (Yerashefsky) Morgan, 74, of 683 Wahneta St., Allentown, died Monday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of Clair G. Morgan.
A sewing machine operator, she worked at the former McSands Sportswear, Allentown, for 10 years before retiring in 1984, and formerly worked at Phoenix Clothes, Allentown, for many years.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late James and Victoria (Yerashefsky) Buividas.
She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown.
Surviving are two sons, Robert D. of Nesquehoning and Dennis S. of Easton; five daughters, Rose, wife of Daniel J. Lazar, Denise, wife of Edward Latsch, and Dorothea Salm, all of Allentown, Sharon, wife of Edward Watkin of Alexandria, Va., and Roxana, wife of Raymond Westwood of Salisbury Township; two brothers, Paul Schiffert in New Jersey and Rowland Schiffert of Allentown; three sisters, Mae Yost of Richlandtown, Margaret Csekitz of Bethlehem and Rose, wife of John Lenner of Whitehall Township; 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a stepson, Richard Morgan.

Mrs. Dorothy L. Keener
Mrs. Dorothy L. Keener, 86, of 21 Christman Road, Lower Alsace Township, Berks County, died Tuesday in ManorCare Health Services, Laureldale. She was the widow of David Keener.
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late George and Lillian (Schierer) Reaman.
She was a member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stony Creek Mills, Berks County.
Surviving is a nephew.

Joseph P. Zelienka
Joseph P. Zelienka, 70, of 718 Columbia Ave., Palmerton, died Monday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Agnes (Morrissey) Zelienka. They were married 41 years on Monday.
He was an electrical engineer with the Fuller Company, Catasauqua plant, for 37 years before retiring in 1986.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Paul and Anna (Macay) Zelienka.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Lafayette Council No. 2522, both of Palmerton.
Zelienka was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Joseph P. Jr. of Northampton and Kevin of Slatington; a daughter, Susan A. Williams, and a sister Anna, wife of Elmo Valo, both of Palmerton; and five grandchildren.
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Constance Leidich
Mrs. Constance Leidich, 76, of 115 W. Lehigh St., Coaldale, died Tuesday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of James Leidich.
She was an assembler for the U.S. government in the New Jersey and New York areas during World War II.
Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late George and Alberta (Washkevich) Oran.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Lithuanian Catholic Church, Coaldale.
The deceased was a 1938 graduate of the former Coaldale High School.
Surviving are a brother George of Hartsdale, N.Y.; nieces and a nephew.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Rose Morana
Mrs. Rose Morana, 70, of 126 E. Howard Ave., Coaldale, died Tuesday in the Intensive Care Unit of the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, where she was a patient for two days. She was the widow of William Morana, who died in 1980.
She was a sewing machine operator for Fun Time Sportswear, Lansford, before retiring.
Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Mihalchik) Balish.
She was a member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Coaldale.
The deceased was a 1944 graduate of the former St. Mary's High School, Coaldale.
Surviving are a daughter Roseann, wife of William Weaver, at home; a son William of Coaldale; two sisters, Julia Balish of Coaldale and Mary Blasko of Harrisburg; and seven grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Frank; and a sister Anna.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.

Lewis E. Ader
Lewis E. Ader, 56, of Effort, died Monday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg.
He was a self-employed lawn mower repairman for 15 years before retiring in 1992.
Born in Somerville, N.J., he was a son of the late Norman and Mary Madeline (Stalter) Ader.
Surviving are a brother Chester of Effort; and three sisters, Mary Lou Ianuale of Sciota, Alice Longcor of Effort and Kathryn Lutz of Fairmount, N.J.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward J. Kusko
Edward J. Kusko, 72, a resident of Villa Teresa Nursing Home, Lower Paxton Township, formerly of 30 Short Street, Susquehanna Township, died Sunday in the Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Lower Paxton Township.
He was a retired employee of Dauphin County City Transportation and a former employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna Kusko.
He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, the Progress Fire Company and the Lansford AMVETS.
Kusko was a 1942 graduate of the former Lansford High School and served in the U.S. Army.
Surviving are two sisters, Dorothy E., wife of James Kennedy, and Geraldine A. Solack, both of Lansford; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held in Susquehanna Township with burial in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. 


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