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April 22, 1997

Mrs. Elizabeth Steele
Mrs. Elizabeth Steele, 74, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Lansford and Lehighton, died Friday, April 18, in her home. She was the widow of Dr. James M. Steele, who died in 1971.
A registered nurse, she last worked at the former Coaldale State General Hospital.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late William and Martha (Terry) Kennedy.
She was a 1940 graduate of the former Lansford High School, and was a former member of the Mahoning Valley Country Club.
Surviving is a sister, Arlene Morris of Huntington Valley, Montgomery County.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn J. Gilfert, who died Oct. 16, 1995.

Joseph J.Sheerin
Joseph J. Sheerin, 75, of 524 Rolling Mill Ave., Tamaqua, died Monday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Grace E. (Kehler) Sheerin.
He was an electrician for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation before retiring.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Charles and Catherine (Truskey) Sheerin.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lansford.
Sheerin was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Joseph J. Jr. of Tamaqua R.1; a daughter Marlene, wife of George Darker of Tamaqua; a brother Charles of Birdsboro, Berks County; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence Getz
Clarence Getz, 86, formerly of Gloversville, N.Y., and Lehighton, died Sunday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Convalescent Center, Mahoning Township.
A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., he was the organist and choir director of the First Presbyterian Church, Gloversville, for many years before retiring. He also taught organ and voice lessons and was a substitute teacher at several public schools in Gloversville before returning to Lehighton.
Born in Henryville, he was a son of the late Isaac and Lauretta (Boorem) Getz.
He was a member of Jacob¹s United Church of Christ, Weissport.
Getz was an Army veteran of World War II, having served as a sergeant in the European Theater of Operations with the 250th General Hospital Unit.
He was the recipient of Rotary International¹s Harris Award in Gloversville.
Surviving are two brothers, Robert and Walter, and three sisters, Beatrice, wife of Hearl Long of Lehighton, Bertha, wife of Willard Gersbach of Slatington, and Mrs. Leona Fisher of Weissport.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Henry, Fred and Curleigh; and a sister, Mrs. Anitta Becker.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

Stephen J. Bretzik
Stephen J. Bretzik, 51, of 612 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe, died Monday morning in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, after being stricken at work. He was the husband of Holly (Yeakel) Bretzik. They observed their 10th wedding anniversary on Nov. 1.
He was a custodian at the L.B. Morris Elementary School, Jim Thorpe.
Born in Jim Thorpe, he was a son of John Bretzik Sr. of Jim Thorpe and the late Sophie (Bennick) Bretzik.
The deceased was a member of the Jim Thorpe Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving in addition to his widow and father are a son David and a daughter Amanda, both at home; two brothers, Joseph of Lehighton and Thomas in Florida; and a sister Dolores, wife of Robert Ashman in Maryland.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Jr.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Hiller services
Graveside services for William E. ³Sparkle² Hiller, 73, of Sorrento, Fla., formerly of Jim Thorpe, who died April 8 in the Mount Dora Health Care Center, Mount Dora, Fla., will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Evergreen Cemetery, Jim Thorpe, with the Rev. Sara Ehrets officiating.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

George L. Deisenroth
George L. Deisenroth, 53, of 505 Lansford Court, Lansford, died Sunday morning in his home. He was the husband of Ann (Bartol) Deisenroth.
Before becoming ill, he was employed by Bob¹s Lawn and Landscaping of Allentown.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of Anna (Hagelgans) Deisenroth of Weatherly, and the late William R. Deisenroth.
He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Weatherly.
Deisenroth was an Air Force veteran of 12 years, having served in the Philippines and Vietnam and attaining the rank of sergeant.
He was a past commander of the Coaldale American Legion Post 170.
Surviving with his mother and widow are two daughters, Tina and Jamie, and a son Eric, all at home; a brother William of Williamsport; two sisters, La-May, wife of Daniel Jones of White Haven, and Nancy, wife of John Cosgrove of Weatherly; and nieces and nephews.
The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, First and Carbon streets, Weatherly, is in charge of the arrangements. 

April 24, 1997

Mrs. Ruth N. Schoch
Mrs. Ruth N. Schoch, 92, formerly of 242 Held St., Union Hill, Franklin Township, died Wednesday evening in the emergency room of the St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster. She was the widow of Raymond Schoch, who died on June 10, 1983.
She resided with her niece June, wife of Earl Pierce, at 347 E. Cedar St., New Holland, Pa., for the past two years.
The deceased was born in Union Hill, a daughter of the late Osbon and Catherine (Wentz) Houser.
She was a member of Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown.
Surviving in addition to her niece are several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Caleb and Edward; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Schabo.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

John E. Kocher
John E. Kocher, 74, of 655 Johnson Drive, Nazareth, died Wednesday in his home. He was the former husband of Virginia V. (Frey) Kocher and Ruby J. (Buss) Kocher.
He was a mechanic for the former Penn Dixie Cement Company, Plant No. 4, Nazareth, for 32 years before retiring, and also had owned The Timberwolf, East Allen Township, for 10 years.
Born in Nazareth, he was a son of the late Lewis and Mary (Rodger) Kocher.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and a life member of the American Legion Post 470, Bath, American Legion Post 415, Nazareth, the Point Phillips Rod and Gun Club and the Raccoon Club of East Allen Township.
Surviving in addition to his former wives are two daughters, Sandra Doncses of Nazareth and Bonnie L. Kocher of Allentown; two sons, John E. of Moore Township and Roy G. of Nazareth; four brothers, William E. and Sherwood, both of Bath, Raymond of Palmerton and Lewis L. of Forks Township; three sisters, Mildred Frey of Easton, Dorothy Hess of Nazareth and Emily Baggest of Palmer Township; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Ernest F., and a daughter Sharon.

Mrs. Anita C. Deady
Mrs. Anita C. Deady, 93, of Saylorsburg, formerly of Germantown, died Tuesday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. She was the widow of Joseph L. Deady.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Max and Christine Goettner.
She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Gilbert.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Gilbert, is in charge of the arrangements.

Becker survivors
Among the survivors of Mrs. Mae R. Becker, 71, of Weatherly R.2, formerly of Baltimore, Md., who died Monday afternoon in the St. Luke Manor, Hazleton, are her twin sister Mildred, wife of Robert Gregory of Treichlers, who was misidentified in yesterday's obituary as a daughter; and three brothers, Sherman and Benjamin Richie, both of Weatherly R.2, and Ernest Richie of Weatherly.

Joseph A. Schaeffer
Joseph A. Schaeffer, of 246 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, died Tuesday evening in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of the late Bertha (Goodman) Schaeffer, who died in 1957.
Prior to retiring, he had been employed by Keich Motors, Tamaqua.
Born in New Ringgold, he was a son of the late Barthold and Mary Ann (Schwender) Schaeffer.
He was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.
Surviving are a daughter Joanne, wife of Thomas Mullahey of Hometown, Tamaqua R.2; a son, Bert J. of Lake Hauto, Nesquehoning R.1; a sister, Mrs. Laura Keich of Tamaqua; two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Anna, Bertha Eckroth and Florence Houser.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Stephen R. Flyzik
Mrs. Erma A. Flyzik, 78, of Lansford, died Monday evening in the 
Medical Facility of Brittany Pointe Estates, Upper Gwynedd Township, 
Montgomery County. She was the wife of Stephen R. Flyzik. They would 
have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6.
Born in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of the late Simon and Mary 
(Bacek) Komatinsky.
She was a graduate of the former Summit Hill High School.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter Jan, wife of 
Richard Schaffer of Hatfield, Montgomery County; a brother Luke of 
Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Mary Pucillo of Capistrano Beach, Calif.; and two 
granddaughters.
The Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale, Montgomery County, is in 
charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mae R. Becker
Mrs. Mae R. Becker, 71, of Weatherly R.2, formerly of Baltimore, Md., 
died Monday afternoon in the St. Luke Manor, Hazleton. She was the widow 
of Albert C. Becker.
Born in Weatherly, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Sr. and Ruth 
(McAuliff) Richie, and had lived in the Weatherly area since moving from 
Baltimore 10 years ago.
She was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving are a son Ronald of White Oaks, N.M.; a daughter Mildred, 
wife of Robert Gregory of Treichlers; four sisters, Mrs. Edward (Viola) 
Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Alan (Dorothy) Akerson, both of Weatherly R.2, Mrs. 
Philip (Miriam) Gerhard of Punxsutawney and Mrs. William (Pearl) Young of 
Coudersport; a granddaughter and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a son Donald; and four brothers, 
Joseph, Elmer, Ivan and Norman.

Anthony Cacace
Anthony "Tony" Cacace, 48, of Margaret Street, Palmerton, died 
March 10 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the 
husband of Josephine (Valerio) Cacace.
He was a retired New York City policeman.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son Mrs. Grace Cacace, of Brooklyn, 
N.Y., and the late Anthony Cacace.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palmerton.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are a daughter Nina, 
at home; and a sister, Christine LaFerlita of Brooklyn.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 
in the church.

Mrs. Hazel W. Brannan
Mrs. Hazel Winchester Brannan, 100, of Pleasant Valley Manor, 
Snydersville, formerly of Stroudsburg, died Monday in the home. She was 
the widow of Raymond Brannan and Milton Winchester.
Born in Newark, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary 
Ellen Colcom.
She was of the Episcopal faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Muriel Morgan of Pinellas Park, Fla.; seven 
grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Genevieve Page.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the 
arrangements.

Mrs. Anna J. Parry
Mrs. Anna J. Parry, 82, of Coopersburg, died Tuesday in the Valley 
Manor Nursing Center, Coopersburg. She was the widow of Carl W. Parry.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Nellie 
Appelton.
Surviving are five daughters, Janet Callahan of Johnstown, Cambria 
County, Joyce, wife of Paul Hummel of Lehighton, Judith, wife of Thomas 
Cebuleski, and Juanita, wife of Robert Miller, both of Allentown, and 
Joanne, wife of Larry Sandt of Bethlehem; 22 grandchildren and 19 great-
grandchildren.

Mrs. Rose Geider
Mrs. Rose Geider, 88, of Whitehall Township, died Monday in the 
Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of Florian Geider.
She was a turner for the former Lisa Fashions, Coplay, for eight 
years before retiring in 1973, and previously was a wrapper for the 
former Consolidated Cigar Company, Coplay, for 40 years.
Born in Moschendorf, Morgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the 
late Alois and Katharina (Mathisz) Marth.
She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Coplay, where she 
belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society.
Surviving are a son, Florian E., and a daughter, Mary A. Fodor, both of 
Whitehall; a brother George of Allentown; five sisters, Helen Merch of 
Coopersburg, Anna Mathias of New Tripoli, Catherine Laponuke and Pauline 
Guttman, both of Northampton, and Mary, wife of Frank Meyers of 
Walnutport; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Vanos.

Mrs. Elena Galat
Mrs. Elena Galat, 83, of 222 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, died Tuesday in 
the Pottsville Hospital. She was the widow of James Galat.
Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and 
Madeline DiVigilli.
She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.
Surviving are a son, Peter Tellarini in Florida; three daughters, 
Ursula, wife of John Caracappa of New Ringgold, and Charlotte Tellarini 
and Josephine Scovazzo, both in Florida; three sisters, Theresa, Della and 
Louise, all in Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren and five great-
grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Guy Facini.
The Roche Funeral Home, 237 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of 
the arrangements.

Mrs. Frederick A. Ungaretta
Mrs. Dolores A. Ungaretta, 63, of 119 Greenbriar Drive North, Bath, 
died Monday in the home of her mother, Mrs. Emily (Schremp) Rader of 515 
Third St., Palmerton, after being stricken.
The deceased was the wife of Frederick A. Ungaretta.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was a medical records 
technician for 12 years for the former Allentown General Hospital.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of Emily (Schremp) Rader of 
Palmerton and the late Ivan Berger, and a stepdaughter of the late Harvey 
Berger.
She was an Air Force veteran.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are a daughter, 
Tracey A. of Wind Gap; a son, Frederick A. Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; two 
brothers, Ronald Berger of Palmerton and Barry Berger of Slatington; and a 
grandson.

Purie F. Green Jr.
Purie F. Green Jr., 75, of Kunkletown R.2, died Tuesday in the 
Brookmont Health Care Center, Effort. He was the husband of Arlene A. 
(Kresge) Green. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary last July.
He worked for the Supadur Manufacturing Company, Wind Gap, for 26 
years before retiring in 1978.
Born in Kunkletown, he was a son of the late Purie F. Sr. and Millie A. 
(Greenzweig) Green.
He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Trachsville.
Green was a member of the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company, 
where he served on the board.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Mark R. of Kunkletown; 
two brothers, Wesley of Little Gap and Charles of Saylorsburg R.1; a 
sister, Mrs. Irene Oplinger of Coplay; and a grandson.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, 
is in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph A. Schaeffer
Joseph A. Schaeffer, of 246 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, died Tuesday 
evening in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in 
charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pansy N. Dana-Bertrand
Mrs. Pansy N. Dana-Bertrand, 89, formerly of Greentown, and 
Lehighton R.2, died this morning in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing Home, 
Lehighton. She was the widow of David Dana, who died in 1975, and Oswald 
Bertrand, who died in 1985.
She was a retired sewing machine operator and had worked at the 
former Bishop Mill and the former Hoffards Mill, in Weissport.
Born in Spragueville, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Frederick 
and Bertha (McGregor) Cardinal.
She was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 
Lehighton.
Surviving are two sons, David Dana of Lehighton R.2, and Kenneth 
Graver of Walnutport; a daughter, Pansy, wife of Russell Steigerwalt of 
Harleysville; a step-daughter, Mrs. Ellen Stofko of Catasauqua; a step-son, 
James Bertrand of Greentown R.1; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-
grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-
grandchildren.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in 
charge of arrangements.

Erlin K. Wertman
Erlin K. Wertman, 64, of 323 W. Market St., Orwigsburg, died Monday 
morning at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville. He was the 
husband of Arlene (Johns) Wertman.
He was employed by Alumax Corporation, Cressona, for the past 17 
years.
Born in East Brunswick Township, he was a son of Althea (Adams) 
Wertman of Millersville, and the late Clarence Wertman.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven; 
the board of directors of the Orwigsburg Ambulance Association and also 
the emergency technician in Orwigsburg for many years.
He and his wife had been a team couple for marriage preparatory 
groups of the Allentown Diocese.
Surviving with his mother and wife are two daughters, Sharon Ridel 
in New Hampshire, and Colette Wertman, at home; a son, Thomas of 
Orwigsburg; two brothers, Merle of Tamaqua, and Richard of Palo Alto; a 
sister, Doreen Fry of Millersville; a grandchild; and five stepgrandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Lamar in 1984.


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