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July 15, 1997

Clay services

Funeral services for Joseph S. "Bud" Clay, 86, of 708 Center Ace., Jim Thorpe, who died Monday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday from the Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, with the Rev. Sara Ehrets officiating, followed by full military services and interment in the Evergreen Cemetery, Jim Thorpe. Calling hours are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Clay was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served as a motor machinist's mate in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304 and the Diligent Hose Company, both of Jim Thorpe.

Joseph Sylvester

Joseph Sylvester, 81, of 40 N. Ninth St., Bangor, died Sunday in the Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Carmel (Cestellucci) Sylvester. They observed their 58th wedding anniversary in June.

A member of the Textiles Workers Union, he was a dyer for the Oxford Textile Company, Oxford, N.J., for 21 years before retiring in 1979, and previously had been employed by the Sanco Dye Works in New Jersey and Merit Gas Station, Bangor.

Born in Bangor, he was a son of the late Pellegrino and Mary (Confalone) Sylvester.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Roseto.

Sylvester was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Alaska. He was a member of the Martocci-Capobianco American Legion Post 750, Roseto, and the V.F.W. Post 739, Bangor.

He was a member and past president of the former 4th Ward Citizens Club, Bangor; a former coach in the Bangor Little League; and a member of the Columbia Fire Company, Roseto, and the Slate Belt Quoit League.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Johanna Shoemaker of Pen Argyl; three sons, Joseph P. and Vincent, both of Bangor, and James of Wind Gap; a brother John of Kunkletown; a sister, Nellie Difilippantonio of Bangor; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

He was also preceded in death by a son John.

Dillard E. Adams

Dillard Eugene "Sarge" Adams, 61, of Plant City, Fla., formerly of Germansville, died Friday in his home.

He was a master sergeant in the Army before retiring, having been an assistant recruiting sergeant for Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties.

He served in Vietnam, Korea, Germany and France and was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Commendation Medal with three clusters.

He was born in Venice, Fla.

Surviving are a son, Ronald A. of Slatington; two daughters, Maria M. Beltz of Slatington and Sondra R. Herman of Schnecksville; two sisters, Evelyn Gallo and Beatrice Hamm, both of Plant City; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Margaret Lapos

Mrs. Margaret Lapos, 86, formerly of 204 W. Ridge St., Lansford, died today in the Hometown Nursing Home, Hometown, Tamaqua R.2.

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

Boyle services

Funeral services for Mrs. Grace E. Boyle, 79, of 536 E. Union St., Tamaqua, who died Sunday evening in the Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, will be held at 9:40 a.m. Thurssday from the Roche Funeral Home, 237 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Jerome Catholic Church, Tamaqua, and interment in Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown, Tamaqua R.2. A calling period is scheduled from 8:45-9:40 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. 

July 16, 1997

Mrs. Margaret C. Lapos

Mrs. Margaret C. Lapos, 85, formerly of 204 W. Ridge St., Lansford, died Tuesday in the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2. She was the widow of Joseph Lapos.

She was an office worker for the former Rosenau Factory, Lansford, many years ago.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Kress) Chuckran.

She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Lansford, and the St. Ann Society of the church.

Surviving are a sister Martha, wife of Frank Petrash of Coaldale; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Andrew, Frank, Joseph and Michael; and two sisters, Mary Chuckran and Anna Kadak.

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

Mrs. Anna R. Dubosky

Mrs. Anna R. Dubosky, 82, of 370 W. Ridge St., Lansford, died Tuesday in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of Stephen Dubosky.

She was employed by the former Lansford Sportswear for many years before retiring.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late George and Mary (Kolibab) Zuzo.

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

Surviving are a son Steven of Lansford; a daughter Arlene, wife of Duane Ford of Easton; two brothers, Joseph and Paul, both of Lansford; four sisters, Mary, wife of William DeGraff in Virginia, Margaret Wakefield of Lansford, Agnes, wife of Morris Vaccaro of Summit Hill, and Elizabeth, wife of John Katkovcin of Allentown; and a grandson.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, George, Edward, John, Frank and infant Thomas; and by infant sister Rose.

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

Clifford E. Johnstone

Clifford E. Johnstone, 72, of Saylorsburg R.3, died Monday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. He was the husband of Theresa (Brzoza) Johnstone. They were married for 50 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, retiring as a chief petty officer in 1968. He served in World War II, Korea, the Cuban Blockade and Vietnam.

Later, he worked for Vitro Laboratories, Silver Spring, Md., designing computer systems for missiles until retiring in 1984 and moving to Saylorsburg.

Born in Wallingford, Vt., he was a son of the late James and Catherine (Maranville) Johnstone.

He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Gilbert, where he served as a minister of hospitality.

Johnstone was a 3rd degree Knight of Council 7141, Knights of Columbus, Brodheadsville, and a 4th degree Sir Knight of the Father Butler Assembly No. 980, Stroudsburg.

He also belonged to the National Fleet Reserve Association and the V.F.W. Sullivan Trail Post 5382, Sciota.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, James G. of East Stroudsburg and Christopher of Silver Spring; two daughters, Anne, wife of Thomas W. Jenkins of Lehighton, and Maria, wife of Eric Beasley of Dallas, Tex.; a sister, Dorothy LaPlante of West Pawlet, Vt.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Donald N. Gower Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Gilbert, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Bernadine M. Schu

Mrs. Bernadine M. Schu, 78, of Allentown, died Tuesday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She was the widow of Charles L. Schu.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Mrs. Ruth (Schall) Guldin of Allentown and the late Edward Skinner.

The deceased was a member of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.

She was a treasurer of the Clifford Park Senior Citizens, Allentown; a past president of the Woodlawn Fire Company Auxiliary; a former neighborhood chairwoman of the Greater Lehigh Valley Girl Scout Council, Allentown; and a member of the Lehigh County Board of Elections for more than 30 years.

Surviving in addition to her mother are a son, Robert E. Bleam Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter Cheryl, wife of Kevin M. McGee of Walnutport; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Joseph A. Stinner Jr.

Joseph A. Stinner Jr., 85, of Allentown, died Monday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Catherine A. (Kraynick) Stinner. They observed their 36th wedding anniversary last September.

He owned the former S & G Cafe, Allentown, for 28 years before retiring in 1979, and previously had been a brewery worker for the former Neuweiler Brewery, Allentown, for 13 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Joseph A. Sr. and Mary (Wentling) Stinner.

He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Allentown.

Stinner was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 576 and Greenleaf Lodge No. 561, both of Allentown.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Justine, wife of Gene Walters of Louisville, Ky., and Catherine A., wife of Michael Chies of Palmerton; a sister, Helen Geiger of Allentown; and 14 grandchildren.

Mrs. Josephine M. Gurski

Mrs. Josephine M. Gurski, 79, formerly of Delaware Heights, Phillipsburg, N.J., died Monday in the Warren Hospital in New Jersey. She was the widow of Edwin G. Gurski.

Born in New Boston, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Mary Syzdek.

She was a member of St. Philip and St. James Catholic Church, Phillipsburg.

Surviving are two sons, Ed of Ringwood, N.J., and Steve of Pohatcong Township, N.J.; two brothers, Walter of Frackville and Frank of Barnesville; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Edward H. Cook

Edward H. Cook, 67, of 24 S. White St., Shenandoah, a former Schuylkill County commissioner, died Monday in his home. He was the husband of Virginia (Dallazia) Cook. They were married for 45 years.

He served as chairman of the board of commissioners from 1976-84.

He was also the proprietor of H.F. Cook, Inc., Shenandoah, until 1985, and was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Labory and Industry between 1986-96.

Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late Harry and Evelyn Cook.

He was a graduate of the former Shenandoah Catholic High School and attended the University of Scranton.

Cook was a member of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Phoenix Fire Company and the Archery Club, all of Shenandoah; the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Schuylkill County Chapter; Six-County Firemens Association; and was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus.

He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Republican Party, both of Shenandoah; and a member of the executive committee of the Schuylkill County Repoublican Party.

Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Robert of Shenandoah, Edward Jr. of Severna Park, Md., and Atty. Stephen of Hummelstown; a daughter, Kelly Cook-Marcagave of Collegeville; a brother James of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four granddaughters and nieces and nephews.

Andrew G. Jacobs

Andrew George Jacobs, 81, of 3329 Nightingdale Drive, Dover, York County, died Tuesday in the York Hospital.

The Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

Micheal J. Behun

Micheal John Behun, 35, of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Saturday in Chatanooga.

He was the son of Joseph and Monica Behun of Tamaqua.

He was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Teresa, wife of Todd Mertz of Tamaqua; two brothers, Joseph IV, of Park Place, Barnesville, and Matthew of Hamburg; a niece and a nephew.

Services were held in Tennessee.


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