Miscellaneous Carbon County, Pennsylvania
Obituaries - 1996


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October 1, 1996

Mrs. Grace Schard
Mrs. Grace Schard, 77, of Tamaqua R.2 died Monday in Miners 
Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of Henry J. Schard, 
who died in 1988. Prior to retiring she was employed as a supervisor and 
processor of billings.
Mrs. Eleanor R. Duffy
Mrs. Eleanor R. Duffy, 83, of Tuscarora, formerly of the Trenton, N.J., 
area, died Sunday in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth D. 
and David R. Morgan of Ewing, N.J. The deceased was the widow of Daniel A. 
Duffy, who died in September 1994. She was a retired supervisor of nurses 
at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

Mrs. Stephen F. Sturdik
Mrs. Thelma D. Sturdik, 84, of 627 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, died 
Sunday in Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of Stephen F. Sturdik. They 
observed their 59th wedding anniversary last month.

Dale R. Dauernheim
Dale R. Dauernheim, 54, of 19 S. Second St., Coplay, died Monday in 
Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Carol A. 
(Gorr) Dauernheim. They observed their 29th wedding anniversary in April. 
He was a laborer at Mizell Brothers, Allentown, for the past seven years, 
and previously worked at the former A and B Meats, Allentown, for 16 

Ann Bresky
Ann Bresky of Box 350 Still Creek, Tamaqua R.4, died Monday 
morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. Bresky was employed at 
United Rehabilitation Services of Hazleton.

Aaron M. Strouse Sr.
Aaron M. Strouse Sr., 85, of 230 S. Wayne St., Orwigsburg, died 
Monday in his home. He was the husband of the late Kathryn M. (Fryer) 
Strouse. He worked for Pennsylvania Steel Foundry, Hamburg, before 
retiring in 1976.

Richard M. Roppel
Richard Meredith Roppel, 69, of Cedar Key, Fla., died Sept. 17 in 
Florida. He was the husband of Lola Roppel. He was on a leave of absence 
from his position as an associate professor of Biomechanics at Michigan 
State University. He had been employed by Naval Research Lab, 1951-52; 
Olin Industries, 1952-54; Norden-Ketay Corp., 1955-56; Yale University, 
1956-59; American Cancer Society, 1959-60; Battelle Institute, 1960-66; 
and the United States Department of Agriculture, 1966-71. Roppel was a 
veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army Air Force in 
the Pacific Theater.

Bernard J. Middleton Sr.
Bernard J. Middleton Sr., 56, of 177 Greenwood St., Coaldale, died 
Tuesday morning in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the 
husband of Pamela J. (Paton) Middleton.

Eugene L. Cook
Eugene L. Cook, 74, of Albrightsville, formerly of Port Reading, N.J., 
died Sunday in Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Catherine 
(Renga) Cook. They were married 35 years. He was a wire annealer for 
Wilbur B. Driver in Neward, N.J., for 37 years before retiring in 1976. 

October 2, 1996

Bernard J. Middleton Sr.
Bernard J. Middleton Sr., 57, of 177 Greenwood St., Coaldale, died 
Tuesday in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband 
of Pamela J. (Paton) Middleton. He was a bus driver for Panther Valley 
School District before retiring.
Lewis J. Kreitz
Lewis J. Kreitz, 80, of Woodhaven Drive, Saylorsburg, died Tuesday 
in his home. He was the husband of Alma (Zick) Kreitz. They observed their 
54th wedding anniversary in December. He was a machinist and foreman 
for Conrail in Easton and Bethlehem for more than 30 years before retiring 
in 1979. Kreitz was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the 
805th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Harrisburg.

Mrs. Albert R. Dietrich
Mrs. Ruth M. Dietrich, 75, of 450 Arlington St., Tamaqua, died 
Tuesday in the Geriatric Center of Miners Memorial Medical Center, 
Coaldale. She was the wife of Albert T. Dietrich. She worked for garment 
factories in the Tamaqua area before retiring.

William Beninsky
William Beninsky, 48, of Ringtown R.1 was pronounced dead Sunday 
after his body was found in a wooded area of East Union Township. 
Beninsky was the subject of a police search wanted in connection with a 
murder and shooting which occurred in Mahanoy City on Dec. 2, 1995. He 
died of a self-inflicted wound to the head. He was a self-employed 
contractor and a logger in the Ringtown area for many years.

Mrs. Peter Zimmer
Mrs. Jane Tucker Zimmer, 56, of Longmont, Colo., formerly of the 
Lehigh Valley, died Monday in Longmont United Hospital. She was the wife 
of Peter Zimmer. They observed their 29th wedding anniversary in June. 
She sold real estate in Longmont and previously was a teacher in 
Wurtzberg, Germany, and Philadelphia.

Mrs. Verna A. Meixsell
Mrs. Verna Arvilla Meixsell, 84, of Saylorsburg, died Tuesday in Blue 
Mountain Personal Care Home, Kunkletown. She was the widow of Thomas 
Meixsell. She was a sewing machine operator for area blouse mills for 40 
years before retiring in 1974.

John P. Topolski Jr.
John P. Topolski Jr., 43 Hill St., Jeanesville, died Tuesday afternoon 
at his home. He was the husband of Carrie (Marone) Topolski. He was 
employed as an orderly at the former Hazleton State General Hospital 
before retiring.

Joseph Brunda
Joseph Brunda, 79, of 113 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, formerly of 
Brooklyn, N.Y., died Tuesday in Horton Memorial Hospital, Middletown, N.Y. 
He was the husband of the late Evelyn (Riley) Brunda. He was a serviceman 
for Brooklyn Union Gas Comapny until retiring in 1981. Brunda was a Navy 
veteran of World War II.

Mark A Rounds
Mark A. Rounds, 41, of 328 Cherry St., St. Clair, died Tuesday of a 
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, state police at Frackville 
reported. He was employed as a laborer.

Mrs. Harold C. Zellner
Mrs. Madeline E. Zellner, 74, of 2489 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, 
died Tuesday in Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. She was the 
wife of Harold C. Zellner. They observed their 48th wedding anniversary in 

Anita R. Craighead
Anita R. Craighead, 59, of San Diego, Calif., died Wednesday in her 
home. She was a secretary and companion of Frankie Laine, a 1950s and 
1960s singer, and previously was a realtor and property manager in 
Allentown and San Jose, Calif. Craighead was an Air Force veteran.

Mrs. Robert G. Stewart
Mrs. Jane E. Stewart, 70, of Saylorsburg R.4, died Tuesday in Pocono 
Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. She was the wife of Robert G. Stewart. 
They observed their 48th wedding anniversary in June. She was a 
registered nurse at Englewood Hospital, Englewood, N.J., for three years 
and later worked at Brookmont Health Care Center, Effort, for four years 
before retiring in 1986.

Mrs. Virginia Anderson
Mrs. Virginia Rhoads Anderson, 73, of 635 Willow Valley Square, 
Lancaster, formerly of Rogers Haven, Del., died Monday in St. Joseph 
Hospital, Lancaster, after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Donald 
H. Anderson, who died in 1989.

Mrs. Leon J. Eichert
Mrs. Miriam A. (Lechleitner) Eichert, 75, of Hamburg, died Wednesday 
morning in Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hamburg. She was the 
wife of Leon J. Eichert. 

October 3, 1996

Mrs. Jennie Barrall
Mrs. Jennie Barrall, 89, of 2731 Delps Road, Danielsville, died 
Tuesday in her home following a lengthy illness. She was the widow of 
Russell P. Barrall. She was a sewing machine operator for the former 
Jodie Fashions, Newburg, and previously had worked in the same capacity 
for Pioneer Manufacturing Company, Nazareth, working a total of 30 years 
before retiring in 1978.
Ethel L. Reusch
Ethel L. Reusch, 75, formerly of 508 Centre Ave., Jim Thorpe, died 
Wednesday evening in Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville. 
Prior to retiring, she worked for the Association for the Blind in Jim 
Thorpe for many years.

Franklin W. Haftl Sr.
Franklin W. ³Lefty² Haftl Sr., 72, of 4141 Butternut Drive, 
Walnutport, died Tuesday in his home. He was the husband of Anna R. 
(Kratzer) Haftl. They observed their 49th wedding anniversary in June. He 
worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation as a crane operator for 36 
years before retiring in 1986.

Mrs. Leon J. Eichert
Mrs. Miriam A. Eichert, 75, of 116 Yoder St., Hamburg, died 
Wednesday in the Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hamburg, 
where she was a patient since Sept. 27. She was the wife of Leon J. 
Eichert. They observed their 56th wedding anniversary on Saturday. She 
was a machine operator at the former Dutch Knitting Mill, Hamburg, for 20 
years before retiring in 1979.

Rev. Alfred L. Long
The Rev. Alfred L. Long, 79, of Red Oak Circle, Orange Park, Fla., a 
former pastor of area Lutheran Churches, died Tuesday in his summer 
home in Paradise Falls, Cresco, Monroe County. He was the husband of 
Marie (Yaukey) Long. They observed their 54th wedding anniversary last 
December. A minister for 55 years, he was pastor of St. John Lutheran 
Church, Nazareth, for 26 years until retiring in1982, when he was named 
pastor emeritus.

Jannelle L. Serfass
Jennelle L. ³Jenny² Serfass, 13, of 4806 S. Cypress Road, 
Walnutport, the 1991 Lehigh Valley Poster Child for the Muscular 
Dystrophy Association, died Wednesday in Palmerton Hospital. She was a 
sixth grade pupil at Lehigh Township Elementary School, where she sang in 
the chorus.

Howard W. Heater
Howard W. ³Pop² Heater, 83, of 3432 Spear St., Bethlehem Township, 
died Tuesday in an automobile accident in Branchburg Township, N.J. He 
was the husband of the late Helen E. (Hentz) Heater who died in 1986. He 
was a foundry man at Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 35 years before 
retiring in 1975.

William Arthur Anderson Jr.
William Arthur Anderson Jr., 77, of 434 Forest Lane, Kissimee, Fla., 
died Saturday, Sept. 28. He was the husband of of Mae (Black) Anderson, 
deceased, and Mae (Schoch) Anderson. He was retired from National Tubing 
in Fairless Hills.

Harry K. Eckman
Harry K. Eckman, 75, formerly of 1637 E. Washington St., Allentown, 
died Wednesday in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. He was the 
husband of Elizabeth J. ³Betty² (Taylor) Eckman. They observed their 47th 
wedding anniversary last January. He was a crane operator for Bethlehem 
Steel Corporation before retiring in 1981 after 33 years of service.

James F. Walck
James F. Walck, 65, of Poway, Calif., formerly of Allentown, died 
Tuesday in the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Calif. He was the husband 
of Jacqueline (Ahn) Walck. He was employed by Sony Corporation, Rancho 
Bernardo, Calif., for 15 years as a quality control manager before retiring 
in the late 1980s. Walck served in the Navy for 22 years before retiring in 
1970 as a lieutenant.

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