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May 23, 1997

Floyd J. German Jr.
Floyd J. German Jr., 65, of 4101 Main St., Slatedale, died Wednesday evening in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was a patient since May 19. He was the husband of Mae E. (Hess) German. They observed their 48th wedding anniversary in November.
He was a slitter operator for the American Nickeloid Company, Walnutport, for 19 years before retiring in 1994 due to disability. Previously, he was employed by the former Trojan Powder Company, Whitehall Township, from 1955-75.
Born in Slatedale, he was a son of the late Floyd J. Sr. and Mabel S. (Walter) German.
He was a member of the Mason Dixon Fox Hunters Association, Fawn Grove, York County, and the Pennsylvania State Fox Hunters Association, both for 36 years.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Joseph F. of Slatedale; three daughters, Sheila A. Nemeth of Centreville, Va., Karen L. of Slatedale and Janice E., wife of Ronald Strohl of Coplay; four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rosa Bolognese; and a brother Elmer.
The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Snyders, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Frank Stanek Sr.
Mrs. Dorothy A. Stanek, 71, of 225 E. Fell St., Summit Hill, died Thursday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton. She was the wife of Frank Stanek Sr.
Prior to retiring, she was employed by the former Ruth Garment Factory, Summit Hill, and previously had worked for the former VanHuessen Garment Factory, Coaldale.
Born in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Sophie (Lesch) Zola.
She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Summit Hill, where she belonged to the Our Lady of Fatima Sodality. She was also a member of the Panther Valley Golden Age Club.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Greg of Coopersburg and Frank Jr. of Summit Hill; a sister, Wanda Broton, and a brother Steven, oth of Hazleton; and two grandchildren.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

Alvin S. Fritz
Alvin S. Fritz, 87, of Tamaqua R.3, died Thursday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was a patient since May 19. He was the husband of Alma J. (Shellhamer) Fritz. They observed their 65th wedding anniversary in December.
He was a mechanic and truck driver for the former Bethlehem Mines, now Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, Tamaqua, from 1978 until retiring in 1990, and previously had worked in the same capacity for the former Fauzio Brothers Mines, Lansford and Nesquehoning, from 1940-78.
Born in West Penn Township, he was a son of the late Eloris and Katie (Rex) Fritz.
He was a member of the Lutheran congregation of St. Peter Lutheran and United Church of Christ, Tamaqua R.3.
Surviving in addition to his widow are nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Bernice C. Femyak, who died in 1995.
The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Snyders, is in charge of the arrangements.

Carl E. Barrell
Carl E. Barrell, 62, of 2646 Wassergass Road, Hellertown, died Thursday in his home. He was the husband of Roberta J. (Ohmacht) Barrell. They observed their 32nd wedding anniversary on June 5.
He worked in building services for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 29 years before retiring in 1992.
Born in Lower Saucon Township, he was a son of the late Paul S. and Evelyn A. (Koch) Barrell.
He was a member of Lower Saucon United Church of Christ, Hellertown.
Barrell was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Joseph Paul of Hellertown; a daughter, Carlene E., wife of Robert Anderson of Allentown; two sisters, Marjorie J., wife of Charles W. Byerley Jr. of Easton, and Jean I., wife of Jacob W. Byerley of Hellertown; and a granddaughter.

Richard R. Wotring
Richard R. Wotring, 65, of Schnecksville, died Thursday in his home. He was the husband of Dolores J. (Gantz) Wotring. They observed their 40th wedding anniversary last June.
He was a laborer for the East Penn Manufacturing Company, Lyons, for 10 years before retiring in 1991, and previously had worked for the former Atlas Cement Company, Northampton, for 10 years; the former Giant Portland Cement Company, Egypt; for five years; and the former Trojan Powder Company, South Whitehall Township, for 16 years.
Born in Orefield, he was a son of the late Henry H. and Ellen A. (Grim) Wotring.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Whitehall Township.
Wotring was a staff sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
He was a volunteer for the North Whitehall Ambulance Corps, Ormrod, for many years.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Debra A., wife of Robert G. Keenan of North Catasauqua, and Brenda L., wife of Craig C. Gimbel of Schnecksville; a brother, Clark C. of Allentown; two sisters, Geraldine L., wife of Raymond R. Radeline of Allentown, and Margaret F., wife of Robert E. Rowlands of Slatington; and four grandchildren.
 
Pituch services
Funeral services for Mrs. Nicole M. (Hager) Pituch, 22, of 20 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, who died Wednesday in her home, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from the Roche Funeral Home-McNamara Chapel, 3 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, with the Rev. Nicholas Palun officiating, followed by interment in St. John Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Nesquehoning. Calling hours are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.
 
John Yanacek
John Yanacek, of 227 Green St., Brockton, died today in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Alice (Blasko) Yanacek.
The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements. 

May 27, 1997

Eugene Rohlfing
Eugene Rohlfing, 81, of Minisink Hills, Smithfield Township, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of the late Kathryn (Costenbader) Rohlfing.
He and his wife owned and operated the Carmen Roller Skating Rink, Minisink Hills, from 1939-92. He also operated Carmen's Repair Shop, also in Minisink Hills, and worked for the International Boiler Works, East Stroudsburg, and as an independent welder for the state and for James Morrissey.
Born in Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the late James and Bertha Rohlfing.
He was a member of St. Matthew United Church of Christ, Kunkletown, and a life member of the CLU Club, East Stroudsburg.
Rohlfing was a constable in Smithfield Township for 10 years.
He was a graduate of the former Mauch Chunk High School.
Surviving are a daughter, Georgianna Kane, and a sister, Marian Wisegarver, both of Minisink Hills; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. David W. Moore
Mrs. Trudy C. Moore, 65, of 1486 Walnut Lane, Macungie, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of David W. Moore. They observed their 36th wedding anniversary last July.
Born in Butler, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Cummings) Smith.
She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Orefield.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Cynthia, wife of Larry Cressman of Slatington, Darla, wife of Marvin Berkowitz of York, and Mary, wife of Daniel McCormick of Bechtelsville; two sons, David of Weilerbach, Germany, and Kevin of Columbia, Md.; four sisters, Mary Catherine, wife of Steve Yamnitsky, Rosie McCall and Agnes, wife of Wil Widenhofer, all of Butler, and Helen, wife of Jim Carter of Erie; five brothers, William of Mesa, Ariz., Jack of Lancaster, Calif., James of Butler, Rick of New Kensington, Westmoreland County, and Tom of Herman, Butler County; and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Helen Vitek
Mrs. Helen Vitek, 89, of Toms River, N.J., formerly of Lansford, died Sunday in the Community Medical Center, Toms River. She was the widow of John Vitek.
A member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, she was a seamstress at the former Jonathan Logan Dress Factory, Lansford, for 30 years before retiring in 1970.
Born in Eckley, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Buda) Haslego.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Toms River, and a former member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Lansford, where she had belonged to the prayer group.
Surviving are two sons, Leonard of Quakertown and John P. Jr. of Northampton; a daughter, Joan M. Smith of Toms River; three brothers, Michael, Julius and Joseph, all of Hazleton; four sisters, Verna Baran and Anna Marllow, both of Baltimore, Md., Julia Roberts of Hazleton and Charlotte Patton of Tresckow; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Rev. William H. Carter
The Rev. William H. Carter, 48, pastor of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Shenandoah, and St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Lost Creek, since 1993, died Wednesday in his home in Ocean City, N.J. He also resided in Shenandoah.
Prior to serving the two Schuylkill County churches, he was pastor of St. Patrick Church, McAdoo, 1990-93, and was an assistant pastor at St. John the Baptist de LaSalle Church, Shillington, Berks County, 1988-90; St. Joseph the Worker Church, Orefield, 1980-88; St. Ann Church, Emmaus, 1977-80; St. John Capistrano Church, Bethlehem, 1976-77; and Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church, 1975-77.
He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Morromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, and was ordained a priest in 1975 in the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late John R. and Nancy M. (Rowan) Carter.
He was a member of the advisory board of Cardinal Brennan High School, Fountain Springs, since 1995, and also was a member of the school's spring budget and audit board, 1993-95.
Rev. Carter was chaplain to the North Schuylkill Council of Catholic Nurses since 1993; a member of the Social Action Bureau Advisory Board, 1992-95; part-time guidance counselor and member of the Marian High School Advisory Board, 1991-93; a member of the Council of Priests, 1991-93; regional coordinator of the Lehigh County Catholic Youth Organization, 1982-88; and a regional director of the Lehigh County Family Life Bureau, 1980-81.
He was a judge of the Diocesan Tribunal since 1989, having served as defender of the bond, 1983-89, and as a special advocate, 1980-83.
Surviving is a sister, Ann Vabolis of Girardville.

Mrs. Grace M. Roth
Mrs. Grace M. Roth, 99, formerly of 1722 Highland St., Allentown, died Friday in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the widow of Earl J. Roth.
Born in Danielsville, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Gertrude (Leh) Mohrey.
She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Catasauqua.
Surviving are two sons, Gerald J. and Edward E., and a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy M. Yeager, all of Allentown; a brother Harold of Northampton; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Houda of Allentown and Mrs. Ruth DeNuff of Wilton, Conn.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Alfred W. Ritter
Alfred W. "Big Al" Ritter, 77, of Northampton, died Sunday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Irene M. (Biechey) Ritter. They observed their 56th wedding anniversary last July.
He was a presser for Tama Manufacturing, Northampton, for 32 years before retiring in 1982.
Born in Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late Samuel W. and Annie L. (Lobach) Ritter.
He was a member of St. Paul Union Church, Whitehall.
Ritter was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 353, Northampton, and the Allen Township Volunteer Fire Company, Kreidersville.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Thomas S. of Whitehall; two daughters, Janice L. of Nazareth and Judith A., wife of Walter Humphreys of Dunwoody, Ga.; six sisters, Lillian M., wife of Robert Snyder of Bethlehem, Mrs. Beatrice A. Bretz of Frederick, Md., Kathryn, wife of Vincent Krause of Slatington, Lorraine S., wife of Alan Steele, and Myrtle, wife of Joseph Jandrisovits, both of Northampton, and Shirley, wife of Donald Reph of West Chester; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Marcie K. Harris
Mrs. Marcie K. Harris, 76, of 402 Main St., Walnutport, died Sunday in her home. She was the widow of Ralph Harris Jr.
Born in Waterbury, Conn., she was a daughter of the late Frank and Monica (Kucinskas) Kazlauskas.
Surviving are a son Benjamin of Maple Valley, Wash.; three daughters, Jeannie R. Green and Joan V., wife of John W. Britton, both of Walnutport, and Carol A., wife of Francis Matisinez of Slatington; a brother, Stanley Stancavage of Carbondale, Lackawanna County; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Marsh.

Wilbur A. Johnson
Wilbur A. Johnson, 80, of Kresgeville, died Sunday in his home. He was the husband of Arlene (Borger) Johnson. They would have observed their 60th wedding anniversary today.
He was in the feed mill business since 1939 and also co-owned and operated Johnson Brothers John Deere Farm Equipment, Kresgeville, for 50 years. He was also a farmer for most of his life until retiring in 1994.
Born in Lehighton R.3, he was a son of the late Adam and Mary (Christman) Johnson.
He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Trachsville.
Johnson was a life member of the Towamensing Township Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company, Kresgeville.
Surviving in addition to his widow are four sons, Earl and Lee, both of Kresgeville, Carl of Kunkletown and Clark of Palmerton; three daughters, Delphine Howell of Kresgeville, Carol, wife of Robert Smale of Kunkletown, and Mary Ann, wife of James Barber of Brodheadsville; a brother George of Lehighton; 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother Stanley; a granddaughter Ellen; and a grandson Rod.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

James M. Oravec
James M. Oravec, 60, of Fairfield, Conn., a former outstanding Palmerton High School basketball star, died Thursday, May 22, in his home.
He was captain of the 1954-55 PHS team and was named to the Associated Press All State Team in 1955, when he became only the second Blue Bomber to be named to the first team.
He captained the 1958-59 Georgetown University cage team.
Oravec was a member of the Fairfield County Life Underwriters Association. He was the Fairfield District agent for Northwestern Mutual Life insurance company, and was the company's leading district agent in the United States for several years.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of Mrs. Anna Oravec of Palmerton and the late John L. Oravec.
She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Fairfield.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, Jimmy M. and Christopher M., both of Fairfield; a daughter, Traci A., wife of David Gwodz of Suwanee, Ga.; two brothers, Fred of Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County, and Jack of Dover, Del.; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Francis J. Crenko
Mrs. Patricia Ann Crenko, 62, of 1353 Winters Ave., Bethlehem, died Saturday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Francis J. Crenko. They were married for 39 years.
She was a dispatcher for the former Eastern Pennsylvania Cartage, Bethlehem, for nine years.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Kenneth and Mae (Weider) Santee.
She was a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir, served on the board of directors of its Catholic Youth Organization, and was a member and officer of the Sodality. Mrs. Crenko was a camp director at Camp Horseshoe for the Girls Club of Allentown.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, David and Gregory, both of Bethlehem, and Matthew of Walnutport; a daughter Sudan, wife of John Hrkach of Bethlehem; a brother David in Tennessee; and nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Henry H. Hiestand
Mrs. Ida V. Hiestand, 81, of Allentown, died Friday in the Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center. She was the wife of Henry H. Hiestand. They observed their 57th wedding anniversary last June.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Ignatz and Anna (Stavsky) Karol.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, David H. of Linthicum, Md., and Bruce D. of Franklin, N.C.; a daughter, Veronica A., wife of Terrence J. Makovsky of Slatington; two brothers, Joseph F. and Alexander J., both of Allentown; a sister Veronica, wife of Robert Shook of Sacramento, Calif.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Celesta Bollinger
Mrs. Celesta Bollinger, 100, formerly of Aquashicola, died Saturday in Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home, Kunkletown. She was the widow of Howard Bollinger.
Born in Effort, she was a daughter of the late Emanuel and Lydian (Zacharias) George.
She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Aquashicola.
Surviving are a son Willard of Clayton, Mo.; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Millard A. Stofflet
Millard A. Stofflet, 91, formerly of Perkasie and Hamburg, died Friday in the Lutheran Community at Telford, where he was a member of the corporate board. He was the husband of Margaret (Bowen) Stofflet and the late Helen T. (Taylor) Stofflet. He and his second wife were married for 21 years.
He was the owner, editor and publisher of the Hamburg Item weekly newspaper for 44 years before retiring in 1978. During his tenure as publisher, the paper more than doubled in size and circulation.
Previously, he taught German and mathematics for three years at Nutley High School, Nutley, N.J., where he advised the Journalism Club. He also taught modern languages and mathematics for five years at Lehighton High School, where he advised the school newspaper staff.
Stofflet was an assistant editor of the former Lehighton Press during the summer months.
Born in Nazareth, he was a son of the late A. Jeremiah and Henrietta (Uhler) Stofflet.
He was a member of St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, and a former member of the First United Church of Christ, Hamburg, where he was a deacon and elder on the consistory for 25 years.
He was a 1926 honors graduate of Lehigh University, where he belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa.
Stofflet was a member of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association since 1934, serving as vice president in 1937-38. In 1952, he was named a recipient of the association's award for "long and meritorious work in the field of journalism."
He was an honorary member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association and a member since 1934 of the National Editorial Association, serving as director of its advertising affiliate, the Newspaper Advertising Service, in 1949.
The deceased was elected treasurer of the latter group in 1950 and later served as secretary. He was Pennsylvania campaign chairman of NEA's Rededication Committee in 1950 and its state representative for a number of years.
Stofflet was a former member of the Hamburg Planning Commission and a past chairman of the town's Zoning Hearing Board.
He was a charter member and past president of the Hamburg Exchange Club and a director of the North Berks Chapter of the American Red Cross, which he served as campaign manager in 1945 and 1946.
He also belonged to the Reading Chamber of Commerce, Berks County Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Society of Berks County. In 1964, he received the Most Outstanding Citizen Award from the Hamburg Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Stofflet was executive secretary of the Dutch Hex Tour Association since its inception; a former director of the Berks County Pennsylvania Dutch Travel Association; member of the Perkasie Historical Society, serving three terms as president, 1981-83; and was listed in the early 1950s editions of "Who's Who in the East."
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Peter T. of Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

James Y. Schelly
James Y. Schelly, 71, of Orefield, died Thursday in his home. He was the husband of Joyce A. (Schaffer) Schelly. They observed their 44th wedding anniversary in February.
He was a quality control technician for the former ALPO, Inc., South Whitehall Township, for many years before retiring, and previously had been a hardware consultant for the former C.Y. Schelly & Brother, Allentown.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late William F. and Mildred L. (Breth) Schelly.
He was a member of Jordan United Church of Christ, Allentown, where he served on the consistory.
Schelly was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a signalman third class.
He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and a former scoutmaster of Troop 60, Orefield.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Nancy A., wife of Rep. Donald Snyder of Allentown, and Jane E. Schelly, wife of Donald Hutchings of Spokane, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Anna Wargo
Mrs. Anna Wargo, 78, of Northampton, died Friday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Joseph A. Wargo.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Keschel) Turk.
She was a member of Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton, where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society.
Surviving are a son, Joseph W. of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter Kathleen, wife of Albert Longenberger of Hazleton; a sister, Mary Simko of Northampton; three brothers, Herman of Roanoke, Va., William of Walnutport and Paul of Coplay; and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Anna Charney
Mrs. Anna Charney, 96, of Country Meadows, Bethlehem Township, formerly of Lebanon and Kingston, Luzerne County, died Thursday in the Easton Hospital. She was the widow of Michael Charney.
Born in Mayfield, Lackawanna County, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Francesca (Mrozcka) Kittick.
She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Easton; a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Kingston; and had been active in Kingston and Lebanon churches.
Surviving are a son, Daniel F. of Danielsville; a brother, Andrew Kytic of Kogoroh, Australia; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Stephen and Theodore.

Raymond D.Rhode
Raymond D. "Ray" Rhode, 88, of 120 Trexler Ave., Kutztown, formerly of Quarry Road, Kutztown, died Friday in the Kutztown Manor. He was the husband of Edna M. (DeLong) Rhode. They observed their 37th wedding anniversary last June.
He was a self-employed butcher in Longswamp Township for more than 40 years. He and his wife also owned and operated Edna's Place, Dryville, Berks County, from 1965-73.
Born in Longswamp Township, he was a son of the late Grant D. and Emma (Reinert) Rhode.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a sister Roma of Mertztown; a stepdaughter, Phyllis C., wife of Ronald F. Moyer of Macungie; three stepsons, Stanley Moll and Larry Moll, both of Albrightsville, and Ronald L. Moll of Hamburg R.2; 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth K. Ferry.

John S. Sommer
John S. "Bortz" Sommer, 67, of Allentown, died Friday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Muriel (Green) Sommer.
He was a partner in the Lop Cabin, Coplay, since 1983 and, simultaneously, was a crane operator for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 34 years before retiring in 1987.
Born in Whitehall Township, he was a son of the late Herman Sr. and Anna (Guttman) Sommer.
He was a Navy veteran and a life member of the Coplay Saengerbund.
Surviving are a son, Jay S. of Schnecksville; two brothers, Herman Jr. of Walnutport and Richard of Whitehall; five sisters, Anna, wife of Dean Fenicle of Freemansburg, Mary, wife of Joseph Pagats of Miller Heights, Elsie, wife of Gerald Sukanick, and Rose, wife of Alois Holenick, both of Coplay, and Geraldine, wife of Stephen Steirer of Northampton; and a granddaughter.

Leonard A. Scheese Jr.
Leonard A. Scheese Jr., 59, of Harbor City, Calif., died Sunday, May 18, at his home. He was the husband of Marcia Scheese.
A graduate of the University of Arizona, he was an electrical engineer for the Xerox Corporation, Harbor City, for 25 years.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Leonard and Mary (Gavornik) Scheese.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Jennifer Sullivan of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Emily of San Diego, Calif.; a brother Donald in Minnesota; a sister, Carol Ann Matula of Glenside, Montgomery County; and a granddaughter.

Mrs. Laura M. Moser
Mrs. Laura M. Moser, 82, of 2070 E. Scenic Drive, Moore Township, died Friday in her home. She was the widow of Edwin C. Moser Jr.
She owned and operated the Mom & Me candy kitchen in her home, and previously was a cook/manager at the George Wolf Elementary School, Bath, for 12 years before retiring in 1980.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Mynford Moyer and Mabel (Dieter) Moyer Jacoby.
She was a member of the Dryland United Church of Christ, Newburg.
Surviving are three daughters, Elaine L., wife of Edgar Bellis of Moore Township, June C., wife of William Kuhns of Melbourne, Fla., and Armell D., wife of Gordon Mann of Northampton; a sister Gloria, wife of Ray Roberts of Bath; a brother, Ervin Jacoby Jr. of Danielsville; 19 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth E. and Edwin C. III.

Yanacek survivors
Among the survivors of John S. Yanacek, 72, of 227 Green St., Brockton, who died Friday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, are three sisters, Mary Bonfignore and Ethel Breslin, both of Staten Island, N.Y., and Pauline Trynosky of New York City, N.Y.
Yanacek, the husband of Alice (Blasko) Yanacek, was employed by Tenney Engineering, Union, N.J. The three sisters names were inadvertently omitted from Saturday's obituary and his former employer's name was misspelled.

Mrs. Mary Gerlott
Mrs. Mary Gerlott, 96, of Mahanoy City, died Sunday in the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center, Tremont. She was the widow of Charles Gerlott, who died in 1969.
Born in Mahanoy City, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Elizabeth (Snyder) Koldhoff.
She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Mahanoy City.
Surviving are a son Herman of Mahanoy City; and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Minnie, Annie and Grace; and two brothers, Herman and Edward.
The Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown, is in charge of the arrangements.
 
John S. Yanacek
John S. Yanacek, 72, of 227 Green St., Brockton, died Friday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Alice (Blasko) Yanacek.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Krycirik) Yanacek.
He worked for Tewney Engineering, Union, N.J., as a sheet metalist.
He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran.
He was also a foster parent, caring for more than 40 children during his lifetime.
He was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Brockton.
Surviving with his widow are two sons, John R. of Woodbridge, N.J., and David L. of South Tamaqua; two daughters, Mrs. Sheila Wirth and Nancy Ann Yanacek, both of Brockton; two brothers, Martin of Lansford and Paul of Phoenix, Az.; and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Breslin of Staten Island, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph, Louis, Andrew, Michael and Valentino.
The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.

John A. McConnell
John A McConnell, 78, formerly of Jim Thorpe, died Friday at his home in Levittown, Pa. where he resided 35 years. He was the husband of Dorothy (Lakata) McConnell.
He formerly worked as a steelworker for Fairless Hills Steel Co., and was a member of the VFW and American Legion Posts where he lived.
Surviving are four sons, Jack and Tom, both of Levittown, James of Jim Thorpe and Robert of Lehighton; a daughter, Patricia Taylor of Levittown; five sisters, Marion Henry of Jim thorpe, Dorothy Yale of Lehighton, Evelyn Trout of Lehighton, Ann Lloyd of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Mary Huber of Jim Thorpe. Also 10 grandchildren.
The Beck-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc. 7400 New Falls Road, Levittown, is in charge of arrangements.

German survivor
Among the survivors of Gloyd J. German, Jr., 65, of 4101 Main St., Slatedale, who died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, is a daughter, Janice E., wife of Ronald Stroh of Coplay.
 
Dr. Metro "Duke" Yurchak, Jr.
Dr. Metro "Duke" Yurchak, Jr., 68, of 2605 Mill Road, Quakertown, died Friday at St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital. He was the husband of Gail Ann (Arner) Yurchak. They were married 40 years last August.
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late Metro and Anna (Thear) Yurchak Sr.
He was an educator in the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, retiring in 1985.
He was a Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Providence in the European Theater of Operations.
He was an all-state end in football for Nesquehoning High School, and later was football captain of the team at Lock Haven State Teachers College.
He lived in Quakertown 30 years, and was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, Nesquehoning.
He graduated from Nesquehoning in 1946, and received his bachelor's degree in education from lock Haven, his master's degree in guidance from Penn State University, and his doctor of education, also from Penn State.
He coached basketball and football at Lehighton for three years, and later coached at Pennridge High School in Perkasie for seven years.
Surviving with his widow are two sons, Gregory of West Chester, Ohio, and Jonathan of Quakertown; three daughters, Carole, wife of Bruce W. Door of Kutztown, Heather, wife of John Harrison of Pittsburgh, and Susan, wife of Patrick G. Cooke of Quakerton; a brother, Stephen of Sellersville, two sisters, Anna Rosario, Rockville, Md., and Betty Hall of California. Also 13 grandchildren.
The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, Nesquehoning, is in charge of arrangements.


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