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June 26, 1997

Henry V. Schlegel

Henry V. "Hen" Schlegel, 91, of 244 W. Fifth St., Jim Thorpe, died Wednesday morning in his home. He was the husband of Charlotte (Houser) Schlegel. They observed their 58th wedding anniversary last Nov. 26.

Prior to retiring, he worked in the maintenance of way for the former Central Railroad of New Jersey, working out of Mauch Chunk for 30 years.

Born in East Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the late Edward and Cecelia (Schweibinz) Schlegel.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe.

Schlegel was a private in the Army during World War II.

He was a life member of the Fairview Hose Company, Jim Thorpe, and the Western Pocono Sportsmen Club.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a brother Edward of Catasauqua; and several nephews and nieces.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Leo, John, Arthur and Peter; and three sisters, Mrs. Marie Dorward, Mrs. Cecelia Searfoss and Mrs. Anna Glassic.

The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Louise Pancheri

Mrs. Louise Pancheri, 82, formerly of Lansford, died Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was the widow of Dolphie Pancheri.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Angeline Coraggio.

Surviving are a son Frank in Florida; four sisters, Mrs. Marian LaBella of Tamaqua, Mrs. Angeline Griff of Allentown, Mrs. Dora Parsons of Jupiter, Fla., and Mrs. Virginia Longo of Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother Alessio of Allentown; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline McGorry; a granddaughter Karen; three brothers, Louis, Patrick and Rocco; and two sisters, Teresa and Jenny.

Weicker correction

Mrs. Adeline Weicker, 78, of 306 Gay St., Tamaqua, who died Sunday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, was preceded in death by four brothers, Reynold, Arthur, Simon and John. The latter brother's name was incorrectly listed in his sister's obituary.

Frank J. Abate

Frank J. Abate, 72, of 265 W. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, died Wednesday in Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of Eva Marie (Yursa) Abate who died in 1986.

He was employed as a roofer contractor for several contractors and was last employed by Curtis Bailey.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Joseph and Jenny (Piscopio) Abate.

He was of the Catholic faith.

A United States Army veteran, he served in World War II. He was a member of the Summit Hill American Legion.

Surviving are two brothers, Joseph of Conshohocken; Rocco of Woodbury, N.J.; a sister Emma Loughlin of Philadelphia and several nieces and nephews.

The Skrabak-Parambo Funeral Home, 210 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is in charge of arrangements. 

June 27, 1997

Mrs. Russell E. Cain

Mrs. Carolyn M. Cain, 67, of 763 Bristol Road, Churchville, Bucks County, died Wednesday in the Holy Redeemer Hospital, Meadowbrook, Montgomery County. She was the wife of Russell E. Cain. They observed their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

A graduate of Temple University School of Nursing, Philadelphia, she was a registered nurse at Villa Joseph Marie, Flourtown, Montgomery County, before retiring in 1986.

Born in Weissport, she was a daughter of Mrs. Irene L. (Storm) Boyer of Union Hill, Lehighton, and the late Roswell J. Boyer.

The deceased was a member of the Pennsylvanua Nurses Association and the Alumni Association of Temple University.

Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are a son Rusty of Richboro, Bucks County; two daughters, Wendy S. and Carol L., both of Churchville; a brother, Lynwood J. of El Paso, Tex.; a sister, Cynthia A. Eckman of Lehighton; and a granddaughter.

The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerome W. Benedix Jr.

Jerome W. Benedix Jr., 70, of Allentown, died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Dolores R. (Walbert) Benedix. They observed their 24th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

He was a printer for R & S Printers, Inc., Northampton, for more than 35 years.

Born in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Jerome W. Sr. and Alice G. (Besser) Benedix.

He was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Walnutport, where he was a former member of the consistory.

Benedix was an Army veteran of World War II and the recipient of the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals, and also served during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving in addition to his widow are five daughters, Debra L., wife of James A. Kubelis of Bethlehem Township, Denise E. Beahm of Bethlehem and Sheryl L., wife of James C. Hunt, Lynn K., wife of Mark Schoenberger, and Karen M., wife of Pete Russo, all of Allentown; a sister, Evelyn G., wife of Lester L. Brown Jr. of Allentown; four stepsons, Charles Weaver Jr. and Steven Weaver, both of Easton, Kevin Weaver of Reading and James Weaver of Allentown; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Oscar G. Flyte

Oscar G. Flyte, 71, of 528 Bangor Junction Road, Bangor, died Wednesday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Mildred A. (Zeruth) Flyte, who died in 1994.

He was a laborer for Anthony Dally & Sons, Bangor, for four years before retiring in 1976, and previously had been employed by the former Capitol Slate Company, East Bangor, for 25 years.

Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Earl and Gertrude (Andrews) Flyte.

Surviving are a sister, Winifred Fritz of Bethlehem; and nieces and nephews.

George R.Henry

George Robert Henry (TSgt. USAF, Ret.), 60, of Fairborn, Ohio, formerly of Coaldale, died June 20 at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Dinah Henry, who died Jan. 28, 1997.

Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late John and Minnie (Koenig) Henry.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service.

Surviving are three sons, John R. of Columbus, Ohio, Richard DeLong of Vandalia, Ohio, and David DeLong of Deltona, Fla.; eight sisters, Delores Wood in North Carolina and Alberta Hertzig, Betty Conohan, Joan Cassel, Faye Pastucha, Rosella Sharpe, Lucy Breiner and Grace Scott, all of Tamaqua; and nine grandchildren. 

Mrs. Gordon Shupp

Mrs. Evelyn Shupp, 74, of Winter Springs, Fla., formerly of Brodheadsville, died Feb. 7 in Orlando, Fla. She was the wife of Gordon Shupp.

Born in Mariatta, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Hilda Cassady.

She was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Longwood, Fla.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Barry of Toledo, Ohio, Craig of Hagerstown, Md., and Eric of Quieto, Fla.; a brother Robert of Orange City, Fla., four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209 Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Betty M. Guy

Mrs. Betty M. Guy, 80, of Box 445, Tamaqua R.4, died Thursday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of Charles S. Guy.

Prior to retiring, she was a teacher's aid in the Tamaqua Area High School.

Born in Llewellyn, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late George W. and Laura F. (Thomas) Behr.

She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Tamaqua.

Mrs. Guy was a 1935 graduate of Pottsville High School.

She was a former library aid at Marian Catholic High School, Hometown.

Surviving are three sons, David C. of Tamaqua, Darryl of Barnesville, and Donald W. of Quakertown; a brother Earl of Tamaqua; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Diane Cuvo; two brothers, Guy Hilbert and Charles John Behr; and a sister, Mrs. Mildred Bohler.

The E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements. 

June 30, 1997

Louis A. Zmarzley

Louis A. Zmarzley, 77, died Friday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Mahoning Township. He was a son of the late Joseph and Caroline (Ference) Zmarzley.

Born in Palmerton, he was a former resident of 4241 Wood Drive, Walnutport.

He was of the Catholic religion.

He worked as a carpenter many years, employed by the former C. Perroto & Co. Builders until he retired in 1983.

Surviving are three brothers, Walter and Victor M. Sr. of Northampton, and Joseph Zmarzley of Walnutport, a sister, Stella, wife of George Babich of Northampton, and nieces and nephews.

Frank Jay Moyer Jr

Frank Jay Moyer Jr., 42, of 166 Market St., Cumbola, died Thursday morning at his residence of natural causes. He wsa the husband of Judy (Hetler) Moyer.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of Frank Jay Moyer Sr. of Schuylkill Haven R.1, and the late Ruth (Urban) Stonebeck.

He graduated from Northern Lehigh High School, and was employed as a weaver for Stanwood Mills, Slatington, having last worked in 1985.

Surviving with his widow and father is a son, Frank III of New Tripoli; two brothers, Frank Joel Moyer of Schuylkill Haven R.1 and Jesse Moyer, serving with the US Navy in Great Lakes, Ill; three sisters, Irma Marie Polami of Blackstone, Va., deborah Coombe of Lehighton, and Cheryl Stoneback of Walnutport. Also a stepfather, John Stoneback of Walnutport, and a half-brother, Keith Fitzgerald of Schuylkill Haven.

Mary K. Mathews

Mary K. Mathews, 88, of Effort, and formerly of Newark, N.J., died Thursday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. She was the widow of Anthony A. Mathews.

Born in Marion Heights, she was a daughter of hte late John and Eva (Macenczara) Kushwara.

She had lived in Newark 50 years before moving to Effort in 1996. She had been a factory worker for Westinghouse in Newark, N.J., for more than 10 years, retiring in 1955.

She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Newark.

Surviving are two sons, Anthony J. Mathews in Texas, and John J. Mathews of Effort; a daughter, Marie L. Pulley of Willingboro, N.J.; four brothers, John, Michael, Henry, and Al; four sisters, Pearl, Evelyn, Helen and Julie; seven grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Anne B. Kennedy

Mrs. Anne B. Kennedy, 94, of 305 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, died Sunday morning in her home. She was the widow of Hugh J. Kennedy, who died Nov. 22, 1991.

She was a hairdresser in her home for over 50 years.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret (McMonigle) Knowles.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Lansford.

The last member of her immediate family, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, some of which she helped to raise.

The Roche Funeral Home-McNamara Chapel, 3 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Frances Blew

Mrs. Frances Blew, 74, of Hometown, died Saturday in the home of her daughter, Mary Teresa Schlauch, with whom she resided.

The deceased was the widow of Russell L. Blew Sr., who died Feb. 6, 1995.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late John and Madge (O'Brien) McLaughlin.

She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua.

Surviving in addition to her daughter are a son, Russell H. Jr. of Tamaqua; another daughter, Rose Mary, wife of Rick Kaufman of Fleetwood, Berks County; a brother Harry of Coaldale; three sisters, Theresa and Mary, both of Coaldale, and Kathleen Bankes of Still Creek; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Russell Miklos; and two brothers, John and Edward.

The Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown, is in charge of the arrangements.

Ernest W. Freeby

Ernest W. Freeby, 76, of 408 Ore St., Bowmanstown, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Kathleen V. (Everett) Freeby. They observed their 58th wedding anniversary last September.

He retired in 1980 after 37 years of service with the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton.

Born in Bowmanstown, he was a son of the late Clyden T. and Lucy (Serfass) Freeby.

He was a member of the Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company, East Penn Sporting Club and the Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Donna, wife of Frank Freda of Slatington; a son, Ernest D. of Bowmanstown; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Cihylik

Frank Cihylik, 80, of 1437 Main St., North Catasauqua, died Saturday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Theresa (Carfara) Cihylik. They observed their 52nd wedding anniversary last July.

He was a maintenance engineer for A-Treat Bottling Company, Allentown, before retiring.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Julia (Yarka) Cihylik.

He was a member of St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church, North Catasauqua, the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 528, Allentown, and the Men of Malvern Retreat.

Cihylik was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He belonged to V.F.W. Post 13, Allentown.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, State Rep. Julie Harhart, wife of Frank Harhart, and Louise, wife of Michael Seng, both of North Catasauqua; three brothers, Stephen of Allentown, John of Palmerton and Nicholas of Northampton; a sister Catherine, wife of William Best of Allentown; and three grandchildren.

Geza J. Kovacs

Geza J. Kovacs, 67, of 1325 Deerpath Drive, Walnutport, died Saturday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown.

A graduate of the Great Lakes Naval School of Electronics, Illinois, he was a service technician for General Electric, formerly in Allentown, for 15 years before retiring in 1989. Previously, he worked in the same capacity for Kleckner & Sons, Whitehall Township, for several years.

Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Steven J. and Matilda L. Kovacs.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Kovacs was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of American Legion Post 16 and the Moose Lodge, both of Slatington; and the Roosevelt Democratic Club, Danielsville.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Willis Fred Knaake

Willis Fred Knaake, 74, of Walnutport, died Saturday in his home. He was the husband of the late Hilda (Mizur) Knaake.

A member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, he was a crew leader for the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company for 37 years before retiring in 1983.

Born in Jim Thorpe, he was a son of the late Robert and Vera Dessie (Shafer) Knaake.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Strunk of Laurys Station and Linda of Whitehall Township; a son Larry of Slatington; a sister, Helene McPherson of Brownsville, Tex.; and four grandchildren.

Darren B. Staples

Darren B. Staples, 33, of Bushkill, Pike County, died Friday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Edward and Rose (Riddick) Lewis, with whom he resided.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Ray of Stroudsburg and James of Jersey City, N.J.; four sisters, Valerie Johnson of Mableton, Ga., Michelle Richardson of Slatington, Cheryl of Hawley, Wayne County, and Naderia Lewis of Bushkill; and nieces and nephews.

Delbert F. Gerber

Delbert F. Gerber, 86, formerly of 962 Jackson St., Allentown, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Allentown campus. He was the husband of the late Arlene Gerber, who died in 1992.

Prior to retiring, he was a janitor.

Born in Friedens, he was a son of the late Jacob and Ann (Wagner) Gerber.

There are no immediate survivors.

Raymond S. Gerhard

Raymond S. Gerhard, 84, of 1221 Quakake Road, Packer Township, Weatherly R.1, died Saturday in the Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Verna (Heiney) Gerhard. They were married for 63 years.

He was a retired farmer and also had worked for the Asplundh Tree Service, Allentown; Hoffman Tree Service, Weatherly; and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Coal Storage, Hudsondale, Carbon County, for many years.

Born in Packer Township, he was a son of the late Samuel and Hattie (Smith) Gerhard.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Weatherly R.1.

Gerhard served on the Carbon County Conservation District board for many years before resigning in 1987. He was a former secretary-treasurer of the board and a farm director.

In 1987, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame for voting in every November election for 50 consecutive years.

The deceased was a member of the Friendship Senior Citizens Club, Weatherly.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Nancy, wife of Dennis Hinkle of Weatherly R.1, and Millie, wife of Arnold Selert of Weatherly; a son Grover and a brother Gene, both of Weatherly R.1; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, Donald Sr. and Jerome A.; and a daughter Ellen.

Carrie Alice Temblin

Carrie Alice Temblin, 77, of Warren Haven, Mansfield Township, N.J., died Saturday in the home.

She was a garment worker for the Friedman Pants Factory, Easton, before retiring.

Born in Kunkletown, she was a daughter of the late Milton Henry and Eva Elizabeth (George) Greene.

She was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving is a son, Donald J. Edinger of Allentown.

Mrs. Joan F. Morana

Mrs. Joan F. Morana, 63, of 104 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, died Saturday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of John H. Morana, who died Aug. 11, 1993.

She worker for the Kaijay Pants Factory, Nesquehoning, until retiring last year.

Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie (Huntz) Furst.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill.

Surviving are two sons, John Jr. of Roanoke, Va., and Howard of Hauto Valley, Nesquehoning R.1; two daughters, Cynthia of McAdoo and Joan, at home; a brother, Willard Andrews of Allentown; a sister, Gloria Bauer in New Jersey; and two grandsons.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Andrews and John Furst.

The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.

John H. Sensinger

John H. Sensinger, 57, of 110-B Mountain View Mobile Home Park, Walnutport, died Saturday in his home. He was the husband of Sheila (Max) Sensinger. They observed their 20th wedding anniversary last year.

A member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 1972, he worked for Piller Electrical Company, Bethlehem, and previously had been employed by the former Cutler-Hammer Company, Allentown, 1965-94.

Born in Mahoning Valley, he was a son of the late Herman and Blanche Sensinger.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Fred of Jacksonville, Fla., and Donald of Walnutport; two daughters, Lisa Lynne of Bethlehem and Marcy Uher of Coaldale; a brother Phillip of Corpus Christi, Tex.; and seven grandchildren.

Ellsworth C. Koons

Ellsworth C. Koons, 80, of 6375 Chambersburg Road, Fayetteville, Adams County, formerly of Lehighton, died Friday in the Piney Mountain Nursing Center, Fayetteville. He was the husband of the late Ruth (Hettig) Koons, who died in 1996.

A member of the Carpenters Union, Local 1010, Washington, D.C., he worked for various contractors for 56 years before retiring.

Born in Packerton, he was a son of the late Charles and Amelia (Sandherr) Koons.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

Koons was a Navy veteran of World War II a d a member of the West Gate Lodge No. 220, F. & A.M., Mount Rainer, Md.

Surviving are two daughters, Amelia Parker of Kearneysville, W. Va., and Kathryn Adams of Medina, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Hunsicker and Mrs. Naomi Armbruster, both of Lehighton; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Carl P. Fenstermaker

Carl P. Fenstermaker, 67, of Coplay, formerly of Northampton and Slatedale, died Saturday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He was a self-employed painter in the Lehigh Valley for 47 years before retiring in 1992. For the past six years, he was a security guard for Horwith Trucks, Northampton.

Born in Slatedale, he was a son of Charles P. and Lillian V. (Metzger) Fenstermaker of Slatedale.

The deceased was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Surviving in addition to his parents are four sisters, Mrs. Sylvia D. Dieter of Kempton, Geraldine M., wife of Frank Horwith, and Shirley S., wife of Larry J. McFarland, both of Coplay, and Elinore J., wife of Harold Dorshimer of Winter Haven, Fla.

Harry T. Frey

Harry T. Frey, 63, of 78 Lewis St., Phillipsburg, N.J., died Saturday in his home. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Tarpey) Frey.

He was a jitney driver for the Cameron Division of the Ingersoll-Rand Company, Phillipsburg, for 30 years before retiring in 1994.

Born in Phillipsburg, he was a son of the late Harry and Dorothy (Markle) Frey.

He was a life member of the Order of Fleas, Easton, and the Young Mens Italian Association, Phillipsburg.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, T.J., at home; and three sisters, Lillian Howard of Allentown, Darlene Schreck of Walnutport and Dolores in Pennsylvania.

Dorward infant

Jordan Dorward, 4-month-old son of Shawn M. and Jennifer M. (Downs) Dorward of Allentown, died Thursday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown.

The infant was born in Allentown.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, Joshua A., at home; paternal grandparents, Thomas J. Dorward Jr. of Lehighton and Suzan, wife of John Gruber of Slatington; and maternal grandparents, Charles and Judy Downs of Emmaus.

Adam H. Mummey

Adam H. Mummey, 69, of 311 S. Franklin St., Allentown, died Friday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Rosemarie (Onuskonysh) Mummey.

He was a security guard at Mack Trucks, Inc., Allentown, for many years before retiring.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Hank and Edna (Klingman) Mummey.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and the recipient of the Purple Heart and other medals.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Chris Cross of Allentown; a daughter Rosemarie, wife of Richard Goetzke of Palmerton; five sisters, Myrtle Wagner of Allentown, Hett, wife of John Coker of Cleveland, Ohio, Dini in California, Teddy, wife of Frank Geho of Orefield, and Elmira, wife of Joseph Gellino of Whitehall Township; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter Bonnie.

Reid R. Rahn

Reid R. Rahn, 91, of the Fritzingertown Senior Living Community, Drums, a Weatherly resident for 68 years, died early Sunday in the Hazleton General Hospital. He was the husband of Eva (Snyder) Rahn. They were married for 64 years.

He taught in the Weatherly schools for 38 years at the junior and senior high levels and coached sports. He was a guidance teacher, and pioneered the Weatherly High School driver's education program. He also directed school theatrical productions and was principal at Weatherly High for 15 years before retiring in 1967.

Born in West Leesport, Berks County, he was the son of the late Wirt and Sallie (Stoudt) Rahn.

He was a member of St. John's Gernants United Church of Christ, Leesport.

He graduated from Ontelaunee Vocational School; attended Penn State University; received his bachelor's degree in teaching from Kutztown State Teachers' College; and earned a master's degree from New York University.

He was active in civic projects and was the founder of the Weatherly Area Community Ambulance Association; chaired the Weatherly-area March of Dimes campaigns from 1939-55; and organized Weatherly's World War II parade in 1942.

He was also involved in home defense efforts during World War II.

Rahn was a Boy Scout leader and was the first Rotarian seated after the chartering of the Weatherly Rotary Club. He served as the club president and District 741 International Student Exchange chairman, and received Rotary International's highest honor, the Paul Harris Award.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving is his wife.

Francis A. Jais

Francis A. Jais, 75, of 668 Grant St., Hazleton, died Sunday morning in his home. He was the husband of Beatrice (Derr) Jais. They were married for 49 years.

He operated Jais Paint Center, West Hazleton, from 1966-84, and then worked as a paint and wallpaper specialist at Conyngham Builders Supply before retiring in 1993.

Born in Easton, he was the son of the late John and Atheana (Sgouraki) Jais.

He was a Army veteran of World War II, having participated in D-Day invasion of France and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze stars.

Jais was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Elks Lodge and cub master of Pack 15 and scout master of Troop 15, both sponsored by the church, all of Hazleton. He received the Boy Scouts American District Award of Merit for his many years of service.

Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Jon F. and Barry L., both of Drums, and Robert of Weatherly; two grandchildren, a niece and several nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother Louis.

William S. Howton

William S. Howton, 41, of 42 Carbon St., Weatherly, died Saturday in the Hazleton General Hospital.

Before becoming ill, he was a salesman for Ciccioni Radiator Company, Hazleton.

Born in Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y., he was a son of the late Archie W. and Dorothy (Javick) Howton.

He served in the Marine Corps.

Howton was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Weatherly, and was a graduate of Crestwood High School, Mountaintop.

He was active in off-road motorcycle racing and was a member of the M.M.J.P. Race Team support crew.

The deceased was a member of the Citizens Fire Company, Weatherly, and was an emergency medical technician for the Weatherly Ambulance Corps. He also belonged to the West Hazleton ambulance corps.

Surviving are two sons, Brad and Steven, both of Weatherly; a brother Matthew of Mountaintop; his ex-wife, Cynthia (Hinkle) Howton; and a niece.

Alfred Folland

Alfred Folland, 76, of Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township, formerly of Catasauqua, died Friday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He was a steward at American Legion Post 215, Catasauqua, for 20 years before retiring in 1985, and previously had worked for 18 years for the former Eagle Brewery Company, Catasauqua.

Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Thomas and Beatrice M. (Schuler) Folland.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are a son, Frederick C. of Germansville; three brothers, William of Northampton, Edward of Emmaus and Orandus of Bethlehem; and four sisters, Virginia Leibenguth of Catasauqua, Catherine, wife of Erwin Hanssen, and Dorothy, wife of Ariel Schaup, both of Whitehall Township, and Beatrice Baatz of Weaversville.


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