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Obituaries - 1997

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May 13, 1997

Margaret L. Thamarus
Margaret L. "Peg" Thamarus, 86, of 714 Lehigh St., Jim Thorpe, died Monday afternoon in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.
Prior to retiring, she was a sewing machine operator for the former Zales Silk Mill, Jim Thorpe, and later had owned and operated the former Sam's Grill and Bar on Center Street in the community.
Born in East Mauch Chunk, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Heisel) Thamarus.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Frank; and three sisters, Mrs. Anna Rudner and Cecelia and Marcella Thamarus.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Hilda Q. David
Hilda Q. David, 75, of Northampton, died Sunday in ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem.
Born in Whitehall Township, she was a daughter of the late Victor and Jeanette (Schaeffer) Leopold.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Northampton.
Surviving are three sons, Joseph of Dayton, Ohio, Richard of Danielsville and Daniel of Schnecksville; a daughter Cheryl, wife of Robert White of Whitehall; three brothers, Woodrow of North Whitehall Township and Kenneth and Clayton, both of Allentown; two sisters, Pauline, wife of Stanley Mohr of Allentown, and Eleanor Muth of Germansville; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Swartz services
Funeral services for Mrs. Emily Swartz, 84, of Weatherwood, Weatherly, formerly of Nesquehoning, who died Sunday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, with the Rev. Ben Ehrets officiating, followed by interment in Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown, Tamaqua R.2. A calling hour will precede the services.

Michael Riebe
Michael Riebe 88, of Mentor, Ohio, formerly of Cleveland, died May 3 in his home. He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Pierce) Riebe. They were married for 57 years.
He was a retired clerk for the Cleveland Post Office and also owned his own carpet cleaning business.
Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Fritz and Susan Riebe.
He was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church and the South Euclid Lions Club, both in Ohio.
Riebe was an Army Air Corps veteran.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Dr. Robert A. and Thomas M., both of Concord; two brothers, John in Virginia and Fritz in Indiana; a sister, Mary Matrician of Lansford; and five grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother Andrew.
Funeral services were held in Mentor.

May 14, 1997

Joseph P. Nanovic
Joseph P. Nanovic, 84, of Palmerton, died Monday in the Manor Care Nursing Center, Carlisle. He was the husband of the late Amelia (Gray) Nanovic.
He was the editor, publisher and owner of the former Palmerton Post newspaper from 1948 to 1983. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was the owner and publisher of the former Slatington News and, from 1983-94, he worked as an administrative aide at the Palmerton and Bethlehem law offices of his son, Joseph T. Nanovic of Zionsville.
Born in Palmerton, the deceased was a son of the late Joseph and Eva Nanovic.
He was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Surviving in addition to his son are another son Harold of Harrisburg; two daughters, Sylvia, wife of Ronald Hollenbaugh of Boiling Springs, Pa., and Juanita Harper of Springfield, Va.; a brother, John L. of Jackson Heights, N.Y.; a sister Rose, wife of Lew Bostick of Chardon, Ohio; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Mary C. Stettner
Mary C. Stettner of 48 S. Walnut St., Slatington, died Tuesday in her home.
She was an operator for the former Bell of Pennsylvania, Allentown office, for 35 years before retiring in 1981.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ludwig and Rosalie (Geiger) Stettner.
She was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Slatington, where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society.
The deceased was a corporal in the 110th Division of the Women Army Corps during World War II.
She was a member of the Allen O. Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington.
Surviving are two brothers, Ludwig P. of Slatington and John of Allentown; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Switaj of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Caroline, wife of Frederick Jerant of Allentown.

Joseph A. Rustine
Joseph A. Rustine, 90, formerly of Appenzell, Monroe County, died Tuesday in ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Mary E. (Brong) Rustine. They observed their 71st wedding anniversary in December.
He was an animal technician for the National Drug Company, Swiftwater, for more than 25 years before retiring in 1964, and previously was a painter and paperhanger for more than 30 years.
Born in Appenzell, he was a son of the late William and Susan (Frantz) Rustine.
He was a member of St. Mark Community Lutheran Church, Appenzell, and the 20-year club at National Drug.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three daughters, Lorraine Granacher of Stroudsburg R.3, Jean Check of Bethlehem and Ruth Ann Starner of Allentown; two sisters, Helen Overbeck of Nazareth and Mary Bonser of Wind Gap; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Janet M. Gower.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Jane W. Knecht
Mrs. Jane W. Knecht, 87, of Atlanta, Ga., died Saturday, May 10, in her home. She was the widow of Carl Knecht.
She was a missionary teacher in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Arfica, from 1946-60, and also had taught in Lower Saucon Township, Spring Valley and Walnutport schools from 1929-43.
A 1929 graduate of Bloomsburg University, she studied in the North Bergen, N.J., Bible School from 1943-46.
Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Margaret (Roberts) Williams.
She was a member of The Church in Atlanta.
Surviving are three sisters, Melba Lichtenwalner of Orefield, Agnes, wife of LaRoy Blose of Slatington, and Kathryn Fatzinger of Allentown.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in Atlanta. 

May 15, 1997

Mrs. Martin Petrock
Mrs. Anna (King) Petrock of Philadelphia, formerly of Coaldale, died Tuesday in the Frankford Hospital, Philadelphia. She was the wife of Martin Petrock.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son Martin of San Diego, Calif.; a brother John in Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Henry S.G. Sheppard
Mrs. Carol E. Sheppard, 52, of Albrightsville, died Wednesday in her home. She was the wife of the Rev. Henry S.G. Sheppard.
Born in Elizabeth, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Thomas A. and Ann E. (Bert) Drew.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albrightsville, where her husband is the pastor.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Kimberly, wife of William Nye of Whippany, N.J., and Nadine, wife of Ronald DeBlock of Phillipsburg, N.J.; three stepsons, Robert and John, both in California, and David in Texas; three brothers, Thomas in Arkansas, Dennis in Texas and Robert of Bethlehem; and four grandchildren.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Andy E. Whitby
Mrs. Peggy Frantz Whitby, 77, of Allentown, died Tuesday in her home. She was the wife of Andy E. Whitby and the widow of Russell Frantz. She and her second husband observed their 36th wedding anniversary in March.
Born in Danielsville, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Clara Marsh.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Russell Frantz and Dwight Meckel, both of Northampton; eight daughters, Barbara, wife of Ronald Laub Sr. of Center Valley, Maria, wife of Willard Brown of Coopersburg, Patricia, wife of Gerry Kolb of New Tripoli, Marlene Pereira of Easton, Connie Pereira and Peggie, both of Allentown, Susan Wright of Palmerton and Toni F. Whitby, at home; 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Kneuper.

Donald A. Reed Sr.
Donald A. Reed Sr., 54, of 5289 Heidelberg Heights Road, Germansville, died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stricken. He was the husband of Mary A. (Clause) Reed. They observed their 21st wedding anniversary last Sept. 21.
He was a truck driver for the Horwith Trucking Company, Northampton, for 15 years before retiring in 1995, and previously had worked in the same capacity for Matlack Trucking Company, Northampton, for several years.
Born in Andreas, he was a son of Harry and Ellen (Reed) Tracy of New Ringgold.
The deceased was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Heidelberg Union Church, Heidelberg Township.
He was an Army veteran.
Reed belonged to the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, and was a former member of the Teamster's Union.
Surviving in addition to his widow and parents are five daughters, Annette Gensure and Marianne, wife of Ernest Shilko, both of Tamaqua, Shanel, wife of Preston Loveless of Egypt, and Davina Mae and Stephanie Ann, both at home; three sons, Donald A. Jr. in Virginia, Wiliam of Tamaqua and Anthony W.C. of Trexlertown; three sisters, Cathy, wife of John Bachert of Coplay, Ann, wife of Robert Knadler of Whitehall Township, and Joan, wife of Terry Jones of Reading; a brother, Michael Tracy of Tamaqua; and five grandchildren.
The Heintzelman Funeral Home, 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank J. Mikulka
Frank J. Mikulka 74, of 136 W. Ridge St., Coaldale, died Tuesday at Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Marasco) Mikulka.
Before retiring, he was employed as a caretaker of Our Lady of Pompey R.C. Church in New York.
Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Thomas M. and Ernestine (Bartosovic) (Bokor) Mikulka.
He was of the Catholic faith.
He was a United States Navy veteran.
Surviving with his widow are two children, Francis J. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Diana L. of New York City; four brothers, Joseph of Coaldale; Michael of Lansford; Thomas of Topeka, KA.; Al of Austin Town, Ohio; three sisters, Mary, wife of Dr. Jose Tord-Micolini of Indianapolis, Ind.; Anna of Fredericksburg, Va.; and Rose wife of Doward Fisher of Sacramento, Calif.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Steve Bokor, John and Paul, and two sisters, Albina Langdon and Helen Martinkovic.
The Al M. Sverchek Funeral Home, Powell & E. Bertsch Sts., Lansford, is in charge of arrangements.

Vincent J. Currran
Vincent J. Curran, 70, of South Kansas City, Mo., died Tuesday, May 6, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was the husband of Mary Alice Curran.
He was born in Summit Hill and lived in St. Louis for 35 years before moving to South Kansas City where he lived for two years.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War 11 and the Korean War. 
He was a member of the American Legion.
Surviving with his widow are tree sons, Gary A. Coleman of Seattle, Wash.; George M. Clessas of Alexandria, Va.; Edward C. Clessas of Portland, Oreg.; two daughters, Mary Jane Weishar of Kansas City; Evelyn M. Curran of Houston, Tex.; ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services and burial were held in Missouri.

Michael John Cullen
Michael John Cullen 31, of 12 Foster Ave, Coaldale, died Wednesday at home. He was the husband of Michelle (Houser) Cullen.
He was a self- employed construction worker.
Born in Hazleton, he was the son of John and Peggy Ann (Hedesh) Cullen of Coaldale.
He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.
He was a 1982 graduate of Panther Valley High School and was in the United States Air Force from 1983-87.
Surviving with his widow and parents are a son, Jonathan Michael, at home; a brother Bryan of Lansford; and maternal grandmother Margaret Hedesh of Coaldale.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangements.


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