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July 11, 1997

Harry D. Shiffer

Harry D. Shiffer, 81, of Kresgeville, died Wednesday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of the late Ruth Emily (Unangst) Shiffer.

He was an engineer for the Philadelphia, Bethlehem and New England Railroad, a subsidiary of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, for many years before retiring.

Born in Moore Township, he was a son of the late Oscar D. and Savannah M. (Schlegel) Shiffer.

He was a member St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.

Shiffer was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Palmerton Rod and Gun Club.

Surviving are three sons, Harry D. Jr. of Hamburg, Daniel B. of Merrimack, N.H., and Kenneth L. of Kunkletown; a brother Norman of Bath; a sister Mary, wife of Ralph Ervin of Walnutport; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Peter Zahorodny

Peter Zahorodny, 79, of 230 Broadview Drive, Jim Thorpe, died Wednesday evening in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of the late Mary (Rosko) Zahorodny, who died on Feb. 9, 1991.

He worked for the Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceutical Company, Nutley, N.J., until retiring.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Paul and Tessie (Kazmirik) Zahorodny.

He was a member of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, Palmerton.

Surviving are three daughters, Linda Humphrey of Phillips, Maine, Arlene Pisarski of Plover, Wis., and Patricia, wife of James Schafer of Jim Thorpe; a brother John of Taylor, S.C.; two sisters, Anna of Manhattan, N.Y., and Helen Dubensky of Massapequa Park, N.Y.; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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

Clara M. Handwerk

Clara M. Handwerk, 74, formerly of Allentown, died Thursday in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township.

Born in Berlinsville, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Sabina (Kunkle) Handwerk.

Surviving are a son, Leon M. Wetzel of Bath; a sister, Evelyn Hebelka of Allentown; and eight grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Larry C. Wetzel.

John J. Keating

John J. "Jack" Keating, 77, of Pleasant View Lake, Brodheadsville, died Thursday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of June (Finley) Keating. They observed their 56th wedding anniversary last November.

He was a wholesale inventory manager for Kelly Car and Truck Center, Emmaus, and previously had worked for Motor Twins Ford, Wilkes-Barre; Community Buick, Kingston; and the Ertley dealership, formerly of Kingston.

Born in Edwardsville, Luzerne County, he was a son of the late James and Cecelia (Barowski) Keating.

He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Brodheadsville.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Patrick of Bethlehem and Mark of Lake Arrowhead, Waluska, Ga.; a brother James of Folcroft, Delaware County; two sisters, Mary of Edwardsville and Carol of Lyndhurst, N.J.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son Christopher.

Mary Catherine Kern

Mary Catherine Kern, 58, of 430 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, died Thursday in her home.

She was a registered nurse and supervisor at the St. Joseph Hospital, Philadelphia, where she graduated from its nursing school.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Mary F. (O'Donnell) Kern.

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

Surviving are a brother Paul of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County; a niece and a nephew.

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

Eugene C. Abbott

Eugene C. Abbott, 66, of 974 Engler Road, Plainfield Township, died Thursday in his home. He was the husband of Linda J. (Uhler) Abbott. They observed their 42nd wedding anniversary last October.

He was a chemical operator for the former J.T. Baker Chemical Company, now Mallenkrodt Chemical Company, Phillipsburg, N.J., for 42 years before retiring.

Born in Columbia, Lancaster County, he was a son of the late James F. and Ruth (Collins) Abbott.

He was a medic in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Eugene D. and Michael K., both of Plainfield Township; a daughter, Thelma Jeanne, wife of Thomas Balliet of Palmerton; a brother, James C. of Conway, S.C.; and a granddaughter.

Edward M. Cauley

Edward M. Cauley, 95, of Delano, died Thursday in the Manor Care Convalescent Center, Sinking Spring, Berks County. He was the husband of the late Minnie (Faust) Cauley, who died Dec. 13, 1969.

Prior to retiring, he was a machinist for the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Born in Delano, he was a son of the late William and Bridget (Purcell) Cauley.

He was a member of St. Canicus Catholic Church, Mahanoy City, the Knights of Columbus and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and a life member of the Delano Fire Company.

Surviving are a daughter Joan, wife of William Guistwite of West Lawn, Berks County; a brother Vincent of Delano; two grandchildren, a great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, James, John, Joseph and Thomas; and three sisters, Katheryn, Julie and Ellen.

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

George E. Bunk

George E. Bunk, 62, of 229 First St., Weatherly, died Thursday morning in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Joanne (Caplo) Bunk.

He worked as an executive steward at the Mountain Laurel Resort, White Haven, retiring in 1994.

Born in West Hazleton, he was a son of the late George and Lottie (Wojciechowski) Bunk.

He was a 1952 graduate of West Hazleton High School and was affiliated with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Nesquehoning, and Salem United Church of Christ, Weatherly.

Bunk was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Froce, retiring with the rank of technical sergeant. He saw service in Vietnam.

He was a member of the Conyngham V.F.W., Luzerne County.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son Stephen of Bath, England; two stepsons, Daniel Buglio of Beaver Meadows and Brian Buglio of Weatherly; two stepdaughters, Jennifer, wife of Timothy Harkins of Weatherly, and Candace, wife of Aaron Hoppes of Hamburg; four sisters, Mania Bobeck of West Hazleton, Mrs. Robert (Florence) Nause of Sugarloaf, Mrs. James (Patricia) Lencalis of Orange and Mrs. Gary (Loretta) Shoepe of Sugarloaf, Luzerne County; a grandson and nieces and nephews.

The Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home, 211 First St., Weatherly, is in charge of the arrangements. 

July 14, 1997

Mrs. Freida Frassinelli

Mrs. Freida Frassinelli, 92, of 1 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, died Sunday in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Convalescent Center, Mahoning Township, following a long illness. She was the widow of Phillip Frassinelli, who died in 1971 at the age of 79.

She worked at the Bayuk Cigar Company, Bethlehem, for several years. She and her husband operated Frassinelli's Grocery Store at 19 N. Market St., Summit Hill, for 40 years before they retired in 1957.

They lived briefly in Hometown following retirement, but returned to Summit Hill in 1958 and bought and refurbished the historic 125-year-old home at 1 W. Ludlow St.

Born in San Daniel, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Maria and Celeste Zolli, and had immigrated to the United States in 1918 at the age of 14.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill.

Mrs. Frassinelli was a past president and secretary of the Italian-American Mutual Benefit Lodge of Carbon County.

Surviving are three sons, Charles of Summit Hill, John of Bluefield, W. Va., and Bruce of Oswego, N.Y.; a stepsister Rina, wife of Alfred Narzisi of Bethlehem; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Zenop, Gervaso and Chierro.

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

George C. Johnson

George C. Johnson, 72, of 207 Creekside Drive, Lehighton, died Saturday morning in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.

He was a retired farmer, having owned and operated the Johnson Farm in the Beltzville Dam area of Towamensing Township.

Born in Towamensing Township, he was a son of the late Adam and Mary (Christman) Johnson.

He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Trachsville, where he taught Sunday school for more than 20 years.

Johnson also belonged to the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur and Stanley.

The Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport, is in charge of the arrangements.

William T. Evans

William T. Evans, 81, of Minquadale, Del., died Friday in the Riverside Extended Care Pavilion, Wilmington, Del. He was the husband of Thelma Evans, who died in 1988.

He was a chemical operator for the Atlas Powder Company, later ICI Americas, Atlas Point plant, retiring in 1977 after 28 years of service.

The deceased was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the Atlas Retirement Luncheon Club.

Surviving are a son, William D. of Philadelphia; and a daughter Jan of New Castle, Del.

Gary L. Eckhart

Gary L. Eckhart, 40, of 140 Lappawinzo Road, Northampton, died Saturday in his home.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Willard J. and Virginia E. (Sherman) Eckhart of Northampton.

He was a member of the Egypt United Church of Christ, Whitehall Township.

He was a volunteer helped to the mechanics at Kohler Brothers body shop, Northampton.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a twin brother, Barry L. of Northampton; three brothers, Louis I. of Catasauqua and James C. and Clifford W., both of Northampton; and four sisters, Martha A., wife of William Schaffer of Goodyear, Ariz., Sylvia J., wife of David Kranch, and Linda L., wife of Richard Weber, both of Coplay, and Debra A., wife of Charles Borger of Danielsville.

Mrs. Alice E. Brader Henninger

Mrs. Alice E. Brader Henninger, 78, of Bethlehem, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. She was the widow of Robert R. Henninger Sr. and Clarence H. Brader.

She was a sewing machine operator for the former Nelson and Company, Fountain Hill, for 28 years before retiring in 1967.

Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of the late Wallace B. and Susan (Tice) Rothrock.

Surviving are a son, Richard W. Brader, and a daughter, Patricia A. Merkle, both of Bethlehem; a stepson, Ronald W. Henninger of Pine Island, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Linda B., wife of Edward C. Moyzan of Bethlehem; a brother, William B. of Quakertown; a half-brother, Larry Rothrock of Bethlehem; two half-sisters, Sandy Karpa of Bethlehem and Judy Combs in Virginia; a stepsister, Betty Kuklentz of Palmerton; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jane Keller; and a stepson, Robert R. Henninger Jr.

Mrs. Lois W. Tingley

Mrs. Lois W. Tingley, 85, of 4066 Sycamore Drive, Northampton, died Sunday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of Charles K. Tingley.

Born in Danville, Montour County, she was a daughter of the late John G. and May (Angle) Mitchell.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville, and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Surviving are three daughters, Charlene K., wife of Joseph Mondak of Northampton, Janet L., wife of William Mingle of Bridgewater, N.J., and Margaret M., wife of Henry Miller of Quincy, Fla.; a sister Margaret, wife of Trengrove Wheeler of Wanaqua, N.J.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

William J. Keller

William J. Keller, 63, of Wescosville, died Friday in his home. He was the husband of Mary E. (Bastian) Keller. They observed their 42nd wedding anniversary last January.

He was a pressman for Day-Timers, East Texas, for more than 16 years before retiring in 1994.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Walter Keller and Louise S. (Schuon) Welty.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Trexlertown, where he was a former president of the council.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, David C. of Jim Thorpe; a daughter, Judith A., wife of Stanley T. Krutsick of Coplay; three sisters, Ruth L., wife of James R. Welty of Snellville, Ga., Mary A., wife of Donald G. Leidich of Newnan, Ga., and Ann L. Kozy of Nashville, Tenn.; three stepbrothers, Donald Bush in Arizona, James R. Welty of Snellville and William J. Welty of Emmaus; and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Myra L. Kendall

Mrs. Myra L. Kendall, 86, of Allentown, died Friday in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne E. and Leonard J. Mozeko, with whom she resided.

The deceased was the widow of William H. Kendall.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John Sr. and Margaret (Purcell) Lanshe.

She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Allentown.

Mrs. Kendall was a graduate of Allentown Business School.

She was a past president and life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She chaired the food concession and organized volunteers for the annual Shower of Roses celebration at the Carmelite Monastery, Coopersburg, for more than 40 years.

Surviving in addition to her daughter are two brothers, Jerome P. and Daniel L., both of Lanark; two sisters, the Rev. Mother Mary Elizabeth, O. Carm., of Lanark, and Justine Polaha of Slatington; two granddaughters and a great-grandson.

Mrs. Marilyn Sansburry

Mrs. Marilyn Sansburry, 74, of 900 Mickley Road, Whitehall Township, died Friday in the St. Luke Hospital, Allentown Campus. She was the widow of Emmett Sansburry.

She was an executive secretary in the Saudia Arabia division of the U.S. Treasury, Washington, D.C., before retiring in 1986.

Born in Washington, D.C., she was a daughter of Rowena Jenkins Blush of Whitehall, with whom she resided, and the late Barney Weaver.

Surviving in addition to her mother are a sister, Kay Benson of Walnutport; and nieces and nephews.

Robert J. Anderson Jr.

Robert J. Anderson Jr., 76, of 5300 Russel Court, Whitehall Township, died Thursday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Hazel J. (Elston) Anderson.

He was a packer at M & M Mars, Hackettstown, N.J., for five years, and previously was a milk truck driver for 30 years for H.L.F. McBrides, Goshen, N.J.

Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late Robert J. Sr. and Anna (Edwards) Anderson.

He was of the Presbyterian faith.

Anderson was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Nancy, wife of Dale Tift of Slatington; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Irene M. Carr

Mrs. Irene M. Carr, a guest at the Shenandoah Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Mahanoy City, died Saturday afternoon in the manor. She was the widow of James Carr, who died in 1984.

Before retiring, she worked at the City Shirt Company, Mahanoy City.

Born in Scranton, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Mariken.

She was a member of St. Canicus Catholic Church and the Elks Club Ladies Auxiliary, both of Mahanoy City, and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

The deceased was a 1940 graduate of the former Mahanoy City High School.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald of Allentown and Joseph of Southampton, N.Y.; two daughters, Joyce, wife of Floyd Baskerville of Bethlehem, and Janet, wife of Thomas Deffley of Barnesville; two sisters, Frances Toomey of Philadelphia and Ann Tucker of Red Bank, N.J.; eight grandchildren, a great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.

Joseph S. Clay

Joseph S. "Bud" Clay, 86, of 708 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Elnora (Brooks) Clay. They were married for seven years.

His first wife, the former Marie Long, died Nov. 11, 1986. They had been married for 51 years.

Clay was an agent for the Prudential Insurance Company for 31 years before retiring in 1971, having worked in the Nesquehoning and Penn Forest Township areas and later in the Kresgeville and Gilbert areas.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Gordon S. and Malinda (Bierman) Clay.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in the Heights section of Jim Thorpe, where he was a choir member for many years and also served on the council.

Clay served on the former Mauch Chunk Council for many years.

An avid fisherman and hunter, he was also known for his baking skills. He was secretary of the Chateau Sportsmen's Club in Lackawaxen for 40 years.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Constance, wife of Edward F. Melber Sr., and a son, Ralph W., both of Jim Thorpe; two stepdaughters, Debra, wife of Gerald Masavahe of Palmerton, and Cheryl, wife of Michael Salla of Plano, Tex.; seven stepsons, Anthony, Charles, Vincent and Wayne Vasiliou, all of Summit Hill, Carl Vasiliou of Lansford, Nicholas Vasiliou of Hellertown and Robert Vasiliou of Mahanoy City; three sisters, Mrs. Virginia Puschock, Mrs. Lorraine Serfass and Blanche, wife of Kermit Ruff, and two brothers, Gordon and Norman, all of Lehighton; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Naomie Sensinger, Mrs. Margery Walck and Mrs. Geraldine Hill.

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

Mrs. Esther M. Snyder

Mrs. Esther M. Snyder, 93, formerly of Fogelsville and Wescosville, died Sunday in the Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the widow of Lee R. Snyder.

Born in Albany Township, Berks County, she was a daughter of the late Alfred S. and Ellen (Levan) Bond.

She was a member of Jacob's United Church of Christ, Jacksonville.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Ernest L.

Mrs. George V. Boyle

Mrs. Grace E. Boyle, 79, of 536 E. Union St., Tamaqua, died Sunday evening in the Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia. She was the wife of George V. Boyle.

Born in Jim Thorpe, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Clara (Weaver) Gallagher.

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

Surviving with her husband are five sons, Joseph of Fleetwood, George Jr., Dennis Sr., Francis Sr. and Eugene Sr., all of Tamaqua; three sisters, Irene Mann and Patricia Smith, both of Jim Thorpe; and Clar, of Georgia; four brothers, Jack of Georgia, Francis of California, Ronald of Penn Forest Township, and James of Jim Thorpe; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, Bernard, Edward and Thomas; a sister, Josephine Flannigan; and three grandchildren.

The Roche Funeral Home, 237 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.

Greg C. Wetterau

Greg C. Wetterau, 43, died Saturday in his home in Baltimore, Md.

He had been a self-employed, private technology consultant.

Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Thelma (Linkhorst) Wetterau.

He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.

He is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.

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


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