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May 28, 1997

Wash Snoich
Wash Snoich, 92, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Tamaqua and Allentown, died May 18 in the Crestview Nursing Home, Portland. He was the husband of Margaret (Mulhearn) Snoich. They were married for 23 years.
His first wife, the former Evelyn (Mohr) Snoich, died in 1973. They had been married for 46 years.
He was an administrator and teacher in McAdoo, Nesquehoning and Allentown for 40 years, including supervising principal of the former Mauch Chunk Township schools, before retiring in 1968.
A 1928 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, he received his master's degree from New York University.
Born in Hauto, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna Snoich.
He attended Cooper Mountain Presbyterian Fellowship, Beaverton, Ore.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Robert Sutton Snoich of Beaverton; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Myers; a son John; five brothers and three sisters.

Stella V. Miller
Stella V. Miller, 86, of 5816-33 S. Krocks Road, Wescosville, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was a folder at a slip cover company in Nazareth for many years before retiring.
Born in New Ringgold R.2, she was a daughter of the late Amandus and Bertha (Hafer) Hess.
She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Trexlertown.
Surviving are two daughters, Eleanor M. Bernhard of Allentown and Patricia A., wife of George Sokol of Bethlehem; a brother Lamar of Reading; two sisters, Esther, wife of Alvin Greensweig of New Ringgold, and Edith Siluk of Lenhartsville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Karl P. Wolf
Karl P. Wolf, 50, of 267 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, died Monday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia A. (McAvoy) Wolf. They observed their 31st wedding anniversary last Aug. 15.
He was a millwright for Horsehead Research Development, formerly the New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton.
Born in Hartford, Conn., he was a son of the late Alfred Wolf and Marie (Lomonico) Wolf O'Shaughnessey.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Vincent P. of North Hill, Calif., and Joseph P. of Palmerton; a daughter, Dawn M. of Palmerton; a brother, Gordon Guile of Fitchburg, Mass.; and three grandchildren.
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Gladys A. Apgar
Mrs. Gladys A. Apgar, 85, of 5095 Country Top Trail, Bethlehem, died Monday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. She was the widow of Clifford Wean Apgar.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Bessie (Reppert) Ulshafer.
She was a member of the West Portal Methodist Church, New Jersey.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Geffe of Bethlehem and Linda Ehly of Beverly, N.J.; two sisters, Naomi Costenbader of Palmerton and Lois Husack of New Hope, Bucks County; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ellen J. Hauck
Ellen J. Hauck, 46, of 830 Center St., Bethlehem, died Monday in her home.
She was a nurses' aide at the Phoebe Home, Allentown, from 1976-86, and a clerk for the former All-Mart, Bethlehem, 1969-72.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of Mrs. Fay M. (Everett) Hauck of Bethlehem and the late Howard B. Hauck.
The deceased was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Bethlehem.
She was a 1969 graduate of Liberty High School, Bethlehem.
Surviving in addition to her mother are two sisters, Karen K. of Bethlehem and the Rev. Susan L. of New Town, N.D.; and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Florence (Smith) Everett of Andreas.

James McGuire
James McGuire, of HC1, Box 3, White Haven, died Tuesday at his home.
He was a maintenance worker at Hazleton Pumps.
Born in Hazleton, he was a son of the late Patrick J. and Helen (Kacmer) McGuire.
He served with the Navy during the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Sons of Erin, and the American Legion Post 473, all of Freeland.
Surviving are two sisters, Agnes Turek of Jim Thorpe, and Grace Boyce of Lititz; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Patrick in 1973; and a sister, Helen Kushner in 1970.

John F. Behr
John F. "Jack" Behr, 85, of Heatherwood Retirement Community, Honey Brook, Chester County, a longtime resident of Springfield, Delaware County, died Tuesday in the Paoli Memorial Hospital, Paoli, Pa., after a brief stay at the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center, where he was recovering from a hip replacement operation. He was the husband of Grace (Woodring) Behr. They were married for 58 years.
Prior to retiring, he worked for many years for Boeing Aircraft Company, Philadelphia, and previously had been employed by the Vertol Helicopter Company.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late John and Caroline (Rice) Behr.
He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Springfield.
He was an avid sportsman. Upon retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively and were actively involved in numerous charitable organizations.
Behr was a graduate of Tamaqua High School.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son Ric of Honey Brook; and a grandson.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ethel R. Whetstone
Mrs. Ethel R. Whetstone, 85, of Luther Ridge, Pottsville, formerly of Tamaqua, died Tuesday in the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville. She was the widow of Edgar C. Whetstone.
Prior to retiring, she taught third and fourth grades in the Tamaqua School District for 50 years.
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late George C. and Elizabeth (Ehrig) Reichelderfer.
She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.
Mrs. Whetstone was a 1925 graduate of Tamaqua High School and a 1927 graduate of the former Kutztown Normal School.
Surviving is a sister, Louise Lesher of Chevy Chase, Md.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond E. Zanders
Raymond E. Zanders, 68, of 417 W. Third St., Lehighton, died early this morning in his home. He was the husband of rita M. (Cossman) Zanders. They celebrated their 46th anniverary on Feb. 3.
Born in Mauch Chunk, she was a son of the late Elmer and Mayme (Mertz) Zanders. He was last employed as a custodian for the Lehighton School District in the East Penn School. Previously he was a partner in the former Cossman Block Co., Lehighton.
He was a member Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lehighton, and was the treasurer and past president of the Orioles Club in Lehighton.
Surviving with his widow are four sons, Raymond Jr., of Tamaqua R.3, and Edward, Michael and John, all of Lehighton; three daughters, Edith, at home, Jill, wife of Bruce Smith of Lehighton, and Millie of Mahanoy City; also a sister, Ruth, wife of James Redline of Walnutport and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Norman.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron Streets, Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements. 

May 29, 1997

Mary T. Sinkonis
Mrs. Mary T. Sinkonis 77, of 136 Walnut St., Tuscarora, died Wednesday in the Pottsville Hospital. She was the widow of Edward J. Sinkonis who died in 1991.
Born in Wilkes Barre, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Kulackuis) Zigmontanis.
She was a member of St. Bertha Catholic Church, Tuscarora.
Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Mary, wife of William Burke of Fredericksburg, Va., and Theresa, at home; and two grandchildren.
The was the last member of her immediate family, she was also preceded in death by a brother George and two sisters, Lillian and Anna.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.

Andrew J. Nemshick
Andrew J. Nemshick, 80, of Alexandria, Va., died May 14 in Virginia. He was the husband of the late Pauline (Evancho) Nemshick.
He was employed by the federal government in Washington, D.C., holding several positions including a budget analyst and office production manager with the Rural Electrification Administration.
Born in Hazle Brook, he was a son of the late George and Anna (Gera) Nemshick.
Nemshick was a 1934 graduate of Freeland MMI High School and an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania.
An Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a fighter pilot. His plane was shot down over Germany. He was recipient of the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star and several other military medals and citations.
Surviving are a son Mark and daughter Paula; two sisters, Anna Bolish of Weatherly and Helen of Hazleton; two brothers, George of Weatherly and Michael of Hazle Brook; five grandchildren, a great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Helen I. Andrews
Mrs. Helen I. Andrews, 88, formerly of Kunkletown, died Wednesday in the Brookmont Acres Nursing Center, Effort. She was the widow of Marvin P. Andrews.
She was an elementary teacher at the Eldred Township School and in the Palmerton Area School District for 36 years before retiring in 1972.
Born in Kunkletown, she was a daughter of the late Wesley H. and Minnie (Prutzman) Pearsol.
She was a member of St. Matthew United Church of Christ, Kunkletown.
Surviving are three sons, Marvin of Palmerton R.2, James of Palmerton and Daniel of Bethlehem; a sister May of Weatherly; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Harold R. Mosher
Mrs. Arlene M. Mosher, 72, of East Stroudsburg, died Wednesday in the Brookmont Acres Nursing Center, Effort. She was the wife of Harold "Dutch" Mosher.
A member of the Graphic Communication International Union, she was employed by the Hughes Printing Company, East Stroudsburg.
Born in Scranton, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Margaret (Williams) Shields.
She was a member of East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church and Mrs. Stine's Sunday school class.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter Nancy of Analomink; two brothers, Harry of East Stroudsburg and William of Lehighton; a sister, Lillian Imbt in Florida; two granddaughters and nieces and nephews.

Carl H. Betz
Carl H. Betz, 73, of Orefield, died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Marion A. (Wenner) Betz. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary last July.
He was president of Carl H. Betz Building Supplies and Trucking Company, Orefield, for the past 56 years.
Born in Weisenberg Township, he was a son of the late Warren and Mildred (Herman) Betz.
He was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Morgenland Church, Orefield.
Betz was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a Northwestern Lehigh school director for 25 years, having served as the board president and vice president.
Surviving in addition to his widow are five sons, Barry C., Darryl J. and Gavin L., all of Orefield, and Randy S. and Kevin W., both of New Tripoli; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Anne A. Schneck
Mrs. Anne E. Schneck, 80, formerly of North 11th Street, Allentown, died Tuesday in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Frederick B. Schneck.
She was a saleswoman for the former H. Leh & Company, Allentown, for many years before retiring.
Born in Fullerton, she was a daughter of the late John E. and Alice C. (Hafner) Fertle.
She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Allentown.
Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy A. of Kunkletown; and a son, John F. of Milton, Vt.

Joseph C. Pitera
Joseph C. Pitera, 70, of 23 Center St., Tamaqua, died Tuesday in his home.
He was a highway man for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for many years before retiring in 1989.
Born in Summit Hill, he was a son of the late Albert and Kathryn (Vojcik) Pitera.
He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.
Surviving are a brother John of Lansford; a sister, Mary Stone of Summit Hill; five nephews and a niece.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

Madeline Potocnie
Madeline Potocnie, 76, of 611 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, died Wednesday in the Palmerton Hospital.
She was a presser for the former Natalie Fashions, Palmerton, for 43 years before retiring in 1987.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Calvin Frantz and Lizzie S. (Strohl) Frantz Wolfe.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sokol Hall and the Hungarian Club, all of Palmerton.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara A. Emmert of Palmerton; seven sisters, Debbie, wife of Elwood Muffley, Shirley, wife of Leroy Snyder, Josephine, wife of Lew Marianni, and Mrs. Arlene Beltz, all of Lehighton, Mrs. Pauline Christman of Walnutport, Carol, wife of Donald Affelder in Florida, and Grace, wife of Karl Auchter of Macungie; five brothers, John Wolfe Jr. and James Wolfe, both of Lehighton, Wayne Wolfe of New Ringgold, Kenneth Frantz of Weatherly and Clair Frantz of Palmerton; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Frantz.

Mrs. Elsie P. Mehrkam
Mrs. Elsie P. Mehrkam, 84, of 3156 Golden Key Road, New Tripoli, formerly of Schnecksville, died Tuesday in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the widow of Edwin F. Mehrkam.
She was a sewing machine operator for apparel companies in the Lehigh Valley for 20 years before retiring in 1975.
Born in North Whitehall Township, she was a daughter of the late Senator and Lillie (Hoffman) Schneck.
She was a member of Union Evangelical Church, Neffs.
Surviving are three daughters, Irene E., wife of Roderick D. Kemmerer of Whitehall, Loretta M., wife of Albert J. Miller Jr. of Northampton, and Carol A., wife of Ray C. Peters of New Tripoli; two brothers, Carl D. of Walnutport and Willis E. of Emerald; 14 grandchildren, including Robert J. Sowell of Rineyville, Ky., whom she raised; and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Helen E. Sowell.

Mrs. Barbara Mary Lafferty
Mrs. Barbara Mary Lafferty, 67, of 1604 Shenandoah Court, Allentown, died Wednesday in her home. She was the widow of James C. Lafferty.
She was a receptionist at Lehigh Manor, Lower Macungie Township, for the past two years, and previously had worked in the telecommunications department of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late George L. and Mary A. (Levan) Miller.
She was a member of Faith Evangelical Free Church, Trexlertown.
Mrs. Lafferty attended Moravian College, where she majored in music.
Surviving are a son, Jay Mayes of Quakertown; a daughter, Jayne C., wife of A.J. Imbach of Allentown; two brothers, George E. of Lehighton and Dr. Joseph A. of Allentown; and a sister, Erma Begel of New Bedford, Mass.

Mrs. Verna V. Roberts
Mrs. Verna V. Roberts, 87, of Whitehall Township, died Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of Russel Roberts.
Prior to retiring, she was a weaver for the former Lehigh Spinning Mills, Northampton.
Born in Kresgeville, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Amelia Meckes.
Surviving are three sons, Donald H. of Allentown, Elwood R. of Bethlehem and Carl of Danielsville; two daughters, Dorothy Sodl and Miriam Mayerchak, both of Northampton; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Fern and Marjorie; and a son Dale.

William J. Schmidt
William J. "Reds" Schmidt, 84, of the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2, formerly of 50 W. Fourth St., Jim Thorpe, died Wednesday in the emergency room of the St. Joseph Hospital, Hazleton. He was the husband of Alice (Herman) Schmidt, also a guest at the home. They observed their 56th wedding anniversary on May 17.
He was a loom fixer for the former Zales Silk Mill, East Mauch Chunk, before retiring.
Born in East Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Grob) Schmidt.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, where he was an usher for many years.
Schmidt was the faithful navigator of the former Lafayette Assembly No. 971, now the Monsignor Agnello Angelini Assembly, from July 1978 until June 30, 1980. At the time of his death, he was serving as faithful admiral.
He was also a faithful member of the Damien Council No. 598, Knights of Columbus, Jim Thorpe, serving as grand knight from July 1983 until June 1985. He was the council's current recording secretary.
He was a deputy of District 26 from July 1980 to June 1982.
Schmidt was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, having served in the Philippines. He was a member of the Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a sister Mary of Jim Thorpe; three brothers, Conrad and Hubert, both of Jim Thorpe, and Frank of Lodi, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother Lawrence.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Violet N. Kehl
Violet N. Kehl, 73, of 26 Market St., Tamaqua, died Wednesday evening at her residence. She was the widow of Richard C. Kehl, who died in 1995.
Born in Lincolnton, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Netty (Lutz) Seagle.
She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.
Surviving are four daughters, Diane G., wife of Ted Matrician, Barnesville, Sandra A., wife of Curtis Link Jr., of Arlington, Tx, Debra J., wife of Edward Johnson Jr. of Tamaqua, and Melissa J., wife of Jeffrey Martin of Tuscarora; six sons, Richard C. Jr., George D., and Gary M., all of Tamaqua; Robert B. of Lansford, Ronald T. of Coaldale, and Thomas W. of Mahanoy City.
Also, 33 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dwight and James Seagle, both of Lincolnton, N.C.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Inez, who died in 1993.
The Zizelmann Funeral Home, Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements. 

May 30, 1997

Augustine D'Angelo
Augustine "Tina" D'Angelo, 85, formerly of 1330 E. Center St., Mahanoy City, died Thursday morning in the Hometown Nursing Rehabilitation Center, Tamaqua R.2. She was the widow of Pompilio D'Angelo.
She worked for a brief period for the City Shirt Factory, Mahanoy City.
Born in Italy, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Marie (Proetti) Oncidi.
She came to America as a youth and attended Mahanoy City schools and was a member of Scared Heart Catholic Church, Mahanoy City.
Surviving are two sons, Louis of Tamaqua and Joseph of Mahanoy City; a daughter, Anna Marie, wife of John Morba of St. Michaels, Md.; four brothers, Alfred, Ferdinand and Joseph, all of Mahanoy City, and Paul in California; two sisters, Elizabeth Larson in California and Rose Smith of St. Michaels; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Schmidt honor guard
All members of the Damien Council-Msgr. Agnello J. Angelini Assembly, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, are requested to meet Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, to serve as honor guard for William J. "Reds" Schmidt.
Schmidt, 84, of Tamaqua R.2, formerly of Jim Thorpe, died Wednesday in Hazleton.

Potocnie services
Funeral services for Madeline Potocnie, 76, of 611 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, who died Wednesday in the Palmerton Hospital, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from the Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o'clock in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palmerton, with the Rev. Vincent I. Cronin officiating, and interment in the parish's new Cemetery, Palmerton. A calling hour will precede the services.

Mrs. Sadie M. Steigerwalt Smith
Mrs. Sadie M. Steigerwalt Smith, 101, formerly of 10th Street, Lehighton, and Jamestown Road, Mahoning Township, died Thursday morning in the St. Luke Manor, Hazleton. She was the widow of Elias Steigerwalt, who died in 1937, and Arthur Smith, who died in 1983.
Born in Indian Hill, Franklin Township, she was a daughter of the late Elly and Ella (Markley) Schnell.
She was a member of Dinkey Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ashfield.
Surviving are 438 descendants, including three daughters, Mrs. Anna Musselman of Slatington, Mrs. Ellen Angstead of Nesquehoning and Alverta, wife of Robert Kern of Danielsville; five sons, James E. Steigerwalt of Ashfield, Russell A. Steigerwalt of Harleysville, Allen A. Steigerwalt of Jim Thorpe, Burdell C. Steigerwalt of Bowmanstown and Norman H. Steigerwalt of Lehighton; 54 grandchildren, 152 great-grandchildren, 110 great-great-grandchildren, four great-great-great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, 39 step-great-grandchildren, 55 step-great-great-grandchildren and 13 step-great-great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Cora Harvey, who died in 1986, and Mrs. Emma Schaffer, 1984; and three sons, Miles Steigerwalt, 1929, Franklin Steigerwalt, 1925, and Fred Steigerwalt, 1967.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Hazel A. Carpenter
Mrs. Hazel A. Carpenter, 84, of 1210 Main Road, Franklin Township, died Thursday morning in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Lynwood and Cora Ann Carpenter of 1180 Main Road, Franklin Township, with whom she resided.
She was the widow of Lester G. Carpenter, editor of the former Evening Leader Newspaper, Lehighton, who died in 1948.
The deceased was a retired registered nurse, last working at the Veterans Hospital in Northport, Long Island, N.Y.
Born in Franklin Township, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Laura (Buck) Markley.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Lehighton.
She graduated from the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing and received her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Maryland.
Surviving in addition to her son are two sisters, Mrs. Miriam Kresge of Palmerton and Mrs. Leah Krum of Franklin Township; and two grandsons.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Gladys Wilkinson, who died in 1996; and a brother Hilbert.
The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Stuber
Kenneth Stuber, 77, of Bethlehem, died Thursday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. He was the husband of June (Kline) Stuber. They were married for 56 years.
He was a supervisor in the coke works of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation before retiring after 43 years of service.
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Jacob and Estella (Brown) Stuber.
He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
Stuber was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a past master counselor of the Order of DeMolay and a member of the MORA Club of Bethlehem.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Carol, wife of Edward Cool of Bethlehem; two sons, Thomas of Westminster, Md., and Robert of Dallas, Tex.; a brother Richard and a sister, Virginia McCandless, both of Danielsville; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Richard V. Hess Sr.
Richard V. "Hessie" Hess Sr., 74, of Northampton, died Thursday in the Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center. He was the husband of Elva P. (Wolfe) Hess. They observed their 42nd wedding anniversary in November.
He was a farmhand at the Sunny Slope Farms, Bethlehem, for more than 25 years before retiring in 1986.
Born in Bushkill Township, he was a son of the late Elton Sr. and Eva (Heller) Hess.
He was of the Lutheran faith.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Richard V. Jr. of Whitehall Township; four brothers, Russell and Robert, both of Aquashicola, Elton Jr. of Louisville, Ky., and Lewis of Nazareth; a sister, Mrs. Glendora Serfass of Aquashicola; and a step-grandson.

Andrew G. Mriss
Andrew G. Mriss, 87, of 70 Packerton Dam Drive, Lehighton, died Thursday evening in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of Norma M. (Hontz) Mriss. They observed their 53rd wedding anniversary in January.
He was worked on a section of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad for 20 years, and later was employed by the Yale Construction Company, Palmerton, before retiring in 1978.
Born in Packerton, Mahoning Township, he was a son of the late Michael G. and Susanne (Harvilla) Mriss.
He was a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II, having served with the Infantry in the European Theater of Operations.
Mriss was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lehighton, where he belonged to the Holy Name Society.
He was also a member of the American Legion Post 314, Lehighton, and the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Roger and Gregory, a daughter Andrea, wife of Ernest Binder, and a brother John, all of Lehighton; a sister Betty, wife of Kenneth Benninger of Reading; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Paul; a sister Mary; and two grandchildren.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth G. Huber
Mrs. Elizabeth G. Huber, 90, formerly of 50 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe, died this morning at Weatherwood, the Carbon County Home for the Elderly in Weatherly. She was the widow of John F. Huber, who died in 1978.
Born in East Mauch Chunk, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Bertha (Hawk) Kattner.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe.
Surviving is a son, John J. Huber of Jim Thorpe; a brother, Joseph Kattner of Jim Thorpe, and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by six sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Callen, Mrs. Bertha Kehrli, Mrs. Lena Hydro, Mrs. Mary Hydro, Mrs. Albertine Leinhard, and Margaret Kattner. Also three brothers, William, Bernard and John Kattner.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, Jim Thorpe, is in charge of arrangements.

Francis E. Graver
Francis E. Graver, 83, of 14 Larch St., Lehighton, died Thursday in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of Ruth M. (Hallman) Graver. They were married 56 years last July 14.
He was employed as a ice plant operator and carpenter for Graver Brothers of Lehighton for many years before retiring.
Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late Ralph and Pearl (Klinger) Graver.
He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.
Surviving with his wife are two sons, Larry F. of Franklin Township, and Terry E. of Graverville, Lehighton; a brother, Ralph (Jack) of Millville, Del.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron sts., Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements.


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