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July 17, 1997

Mrs. Ann J. O'Neill

Mrs. Ann J. O'Neill, 70, of Lansdale, died Tuesday evening in her home. She had been in failing health.

The deceased was the widow of Francis P. O'Neill, who died Feb. 5, 1979.

A registered nurse, she worked at the North Penn Hospital and at the offices of Drs. Falk, McCord and Jochnowitz of Lansdale.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Rose (Gallagher) Barrett.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lansdale.

Mrs. O'Neill graduated from the former St. Ann High School, Lansford, and the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

Surviving are three sons, Richard J. and Thomas W., both of Lansdale, and Francis P. of Quakertown; a daughter, Ann Amos of Telford; a brother Thomas of Coaldale; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rosemary Peck and Helen McGory.

The Simcox-McIlvaine Funeral Home, Lansdale, is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond F. Mackes

Raymond F. Mackes, 83, of Sciota, died Wednesday in the Pleasant Valley Manor, Snydersville.

He owned and operated the Blue Ridge Drive-In, Saylorsburg, for 40 years before retiring in 1992, and also owned and operated drive-in theaters and a trailer court in Florida.

He also taught in various school districts for 13 years before retiring from teaching in 1962.

A graduate of the former East Stroudsburg Normal School, he received his master's degree in education from Pennsylvania State University and did graduate work at Columbia University.

Born in Sciota, he was a son of the late Rodgers and Lillie Mae (Snyder) Mackes.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the European Theater of Operations and was involved in the invasion of Normandy.

Surviving are two brothers, LeRoy of Sciota and Stanley of Saylorsburg; and nieces and nephews.

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

Mrs. Mary Dewson

Mrs. Mary Dewson, 92, of 1264 Fort Washington Ave., Fort Washington, Montgomery County, formerly of Bath and Allentown, died Wednesday in Fort Washington Estates. She was the widow of Stewart Dewson.

She was a hostess for the former Horsehead Inn, Palmerton, for many years before retiring.

Born in Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Wendell and Julia Moser.

She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Bath.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Marion Baran

Marion Baran, 78, of 318 W. Front St., Lansford, died Wednesday evening in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.

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

Andrew G. Jacobs

Andrew George Jacobs, 81, of 3329 Nightingdale Drive, Dover, York County, died Tuesday in the York Hospital. He was the husband of the late Mildred (Marek) Jacobs, who died in October, 1989.

He was employed by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company as a mechanic for 40 years before retiring in 1981.

Born in Hauto, he was a son of the late Frank and Julia (Falat) Jacobs, and had resided in Dover since 1981.

He was an Army veteran, having served in North Africa in communications.

Jacobs was a member of American Association of Retired Persons.

Surviving are two sons, David of Columbus, Ohio, and Marty of York, Pa.; a brother Elmer in Delaware; a sister Helen Morgan of Nesquehoning; and two grandchildren.

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., formerly of Tamaqua, 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 son, Micheal J. Jr. of Chattanooga; a sister Teresa, wife of Todd Mertz of Tamaqua; two brothers, Joseph IV of Park Place, Mahanoy City, and Matthew of Hamburg; a niece and a nephew.

Services were held in Tennessee. 

July 18, 1997

Mrs. Margaret E. Rimbach
Mrs. Margaret E. Rimbach, 92, formerly of Tamaqua, died Thursday in the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2. She was the widow of George H. Rimbach Sr. Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Sarah (Penglase) Wook. She was a member of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, Tamaqua. Surviving are a son, George H. Jr. of State College; and a brother, Alan Wook of Tamaqua. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Kermit and John. The Robert C. Reeser Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Marian Baran
Marian Baran, 78, of 318 W. Front St., Lansford, died Wednesday evening in the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She worked in New Jersey and New York in the garment industry. The deceased was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Gawlick) Baran. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lansford. Surviving are five sisters, Agnes Sterusky and Florence Sverchek, both of Lansford, Catherine, wife of Jack Bortnick of Coaldale, Lori, wife of Court Granger of Allentown, and Sister Joselle of Shenandoah; two brothers, Joseph of Lansford and A. Paul of Odenton, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, John, Michael, Stanley, Mieczyslaw and the Rev. L. Joseph; and a sister, Stella Lake. The Roche Funeral Home-McNamara Chapel, 3 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Joseph Decker
Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Decker, 77, of Green Cove Road, Bakersville, N.C., died Tuesday in the Spruce Pine Community Hospital following several months of declining health. She was the wife of Joseph Decker. Born in Shelbyville, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Estelle (Moore) Snell. She was a 1941 honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and had been very active in the business community before her death, being a former employee of American Airlines and a co-owner of Chestnut Ridge Farms, Inc., Saylorsburg. She and her husband moved to Bakersville in 1987 and made their home in the Green Cove Community, where she became involved in the community as a member of The Mitchell County Historical Society. Mrs. Decker was a member of the DAR, the Tri-Delta Sorority of Vanderbilt University and the Bakersville United Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, John Moore Decker of Greenville, S.C. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Farrar, who died in 1985. Funeral services were held today in Bakersville. 

Glenn A. Meyers
Glenn A. Meyers, 59, of 2714 Jean Drive, Bath, died Thursday in the St. Luke Hospital's Allentown Campus. He was the husband of Shirley A. (LaBar) Meyers. They observed their eighth wedding anniversary last October. He was a custodian for the Keystone Savings Bank, Bethlehem, for 19 years. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Lester W. and Ida (Mack) Meyers. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, and a life member of the Petersville Rod and Gun Club, East Allen Township. Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Louise, wife of Shane Snyder of Tatamy; two sisters, Bernice M., wife of Ralph W. Frantz of Bethlehem, and Grace, wife of William Ladew of Fayetteville, N.Y.; a brother Carl of Southampton, Bucks County; a stepson, Randy Bellis of Palmerton; and five grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son Glenn. 

Kenneth J. Ressler
Kenneth J. "Kenny" Ressler, 21, of 4987 Pine Grove Circle, Wescosville, formerly of 951 Cedar St., Allentown, died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was a graduate of Western Center for Technical Studies, Limerick, Montgomery County. Born in Allentown, he was a son of Jeffrey E. Ressler, with whom he resided, and Bridget A. (Confer) Long of Palm. The deceased was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown. He was a life scout with the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, Nathan Ressler of Allentown; paternal grandfather, Kenneth E. Ressler, at home; maternal grandfather, John J. Confer, maternal grandmother, Winifred Craig, and maternal step-grandfather, Charles Craig, all of Slatington; his stepfather, James W. Long of Palm; and two stepsisters, Krista and Heather Long, and a stepbrother, Robert Long, all of Pottstown. 

Woodrow P. Greene Sr.
Woodrow P. Greens Sr., 77, of Northampton, died Wednesday in his home. He was the husband of the late Thelma C. (Druckenmiller) Greene. He was a boiler man for the former Atlas Cement Company, Northampton, for 15 years before retiring in 1980, and previously was a self-employed house painter and paperhanger for 35 years. Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Charles H. Sr. and Christina M. (Smith) Greene. He was a member of the Cherryville Fire Company. Greene was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in Panama and the Aleutian Islands. Surviving are a son, Woodrow P. Jr. of Northampton; two daughters, Phyllis L., wife of Elvert H. Hammer of Duncannon, Perry County, and Susan A., wife of Clifford W. Eckhart of Northampton; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a daughter Sandra. 

Jeremiah D. Trostle
Jeremiah D. Trostle, 14, of 417 W. Cedar St., Allentown, was dead on arrival Wednesday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being struck by a car on Hamilton Boulevard in Salisbury Township. He was a 10th grade honor student at Allen High School, Allentown, where he played basketball and volleyball. Born in Allentown, he was a son of Paul V. and Dawn E. (Warner) Trostle, with whom he resided. Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Sarabeth, at home; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Trostle of Treichlers; and maternal grandparents, Irene Warner of Bath and Seldon Warner of Danielsville. 

July 19, 1997

Dolores A. George

Dolores A. "Do" George, 67, of 202 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, died Thursday in the Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allentown. She was the wife of Isaac S. "Ike" George. They celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary last December.

Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late John and Edwina (Jones) Krex.

She owned and operated the Krex News Agency in Palmerton the past eight years.

She was a member of the Blue Ridge Country Club, Palmerton.

Surviving with her husband are two sons, Greg Favian of Greensburg, and Thomas C. Fabian of Lehighton; three daughters, Joan, wife of Hargis Collins of Dryden, Mich., Patricia Fabian of Feasterville and Mary, wife of Robert Bollinger of Palmerton; one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Shupp of Palmerton, nine grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

The Harding-Fox Funeral Home, Slatington, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Yaich

Mary Yaich, 83, of 1 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, died Wednesday at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. She was the widow of John Yaich, who died in 1970.

Born in Nesquehoning, she was a daughter of the late James and Florence (Jerbis) Penberth.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sixth and North Streets, Jim Thorpe.

Surviving is a son, James Yaich, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Dolores, wife of Charles Charter, Waxhaw, N.C.; a sister, Florence, wife of Robert Schaffer, Lansford; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and step-great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Yaich; three brothers, James, Albert and Roy Penberth; and four sisters, Mrs. Martha Coll, Mrs. Emma Hughes, Mrs. Mildred Hughes, and Mrs. Rachel Ladenburg.

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

Russell E. Eltringham, Jr.

Russell E. Eltringham, Jr., 54, of 118 Hunter St., Tamaqua, died Friday in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. He was the husband of Dorothy (Bachert) Eltringham. They were married 35 years.

Prior to being disabled five years ago he had been employed by Richard R. Schmick, inc., Allentown, for 30 years.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of Frances M. (Gerber) Eltringham of Tamaqua and the late Russell E. Eltringham Sr.

He was a member of Primitive Methodist Church, Tamaqua.

He was a 21-year member and former secretary of the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association, Tamaqua R. 1, and was a member and former president of the Southward Playground Association, Tamaqua.

He was a 1961 graduate of Tamaqua High School.

Surviving with his wife and mother are two sons, Joseph Eltringham of Lansford, and Scott Eltringham at home; a daughter, Cathy, wife of William Floyd, Jr., Tamaqua; two brothers, Edward Eltringham, Tamaqua, and John Eltringham, Elysburg. Also six grandchildren.

The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Katie E. Rehrig Bailey

Mrs. Katie E. Rehrig Bailey, 85, formerly of Lynnport, Walnutport and Allentown, died Saturday night in Cedarbrook's Fountain Hill Annex, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem. She was the widow of Raymond H. Rehrig, who died in 1961.

She worked as a domestic in the Slatington and Walnutport areas for about 10 years before retiring in 1972, and previously had been employed on the capline for the former Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, for several years.

Born in West Penn Township, she was a daughter of the late Israel and Emma (Miller) Nunemacher.

She was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving are three daughters, Mamie M., wife of Mark Snyder of Baltimore, Md., Evelyn C. Hemerly of Allentown and Betty J., wife of Edward Tonelis of Whitehall; three sons, Raymond D. Rehrig of Ladson, S.C., James E. Rehrig of Effort and Larry L. Rehrig of Slatington; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Terrance Snyder and Chad Rehrig.

The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Snyders, is in charge of the arrangements.

Manuel Sao Paulo

Manuel Sao Paulo, 69, of 25 N. Railroad St., Tamaqua, died Sunday in his home.

He worked for the former Reibe Construction Company, Palmerton, before retiring.

Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Horoschak) Paulo.

He was a member of St. Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Coaldale.

Paulo was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Ann Zimmerman of Pottsville, Catherine Mercuri of Mahanoy City and Christine of New Philadelphia; four sons, Manuel of Pottsville, Larry of Westerly, R.I., Joseph of New Tripoli and Timothy of Tamaqua; a sister, Gloria Wargo of Lehighton; two brothers, William in New Jersey and Larry of New York City, N.Y.; and 15 grandchildren.

The John Puschak Funeral Home, 208 First St., Coaldale, is in charge of the arrangements.

John Shears

John Shears, 85, formerly of Coaldale, died Saturday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton.

He worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation before retiring.

Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Jacob and Feonia (Polansky) Shears.

He was a member of St. Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Coaldale.

Surviving is a brother Steve of Toms River, N.J.

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

Mrs. James D. Becker

Mrs. Marian A. Becker, 60, of 88 Penn St., Lenhartsville, died Sunday morning in her home. She was the wife of James D. Becker. They observed their 20th wedding anniversary last October.

Born in West Penn Township, she was a daughter of Mrs. Elva M. (Knepper) Kunkel of Alburtis, Pa., and the late William H. Kunkel.

The deceased was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are four daughters, Peggy Coloviti and Donna, wife of Richard Strohl, both of Lehighton, and Dorothy, wife of Daryl Kondikoff, and Cindy, wife of Garry Hummel, both of Bath; a sister, Mrs. Betty Rump of Lenhartsville; a brother, Richard A. of Kempton; and eight grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a brother Donald, who died in 1995.

Hayden S. Howell

Hayden S. Howell, 90, of Weir Lake Road, Saylorsburg R.3, died Sunday in the Pleasant Valley Manor, Snydersville. He was the husband of Della (Stanley) Howell and the late Alma (Kimmel) Howell.

He was a farmer for most of his life on Howell Farms, Saylorsburg, continuing the business his father and uncle started as Howell Brothers and Sons. After his retirement in 1972, he continued involvement in the farm, now managed by his grandsons.

Born in Howell Farm, he was a son of the late Edmund and Mary (Kresge) Howell.

He was a member of the Brodheadsville congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and had helped establish the first congregation of that faith in Mount Pocono in 1972. Previously, he guided the construction of the Lehighton congregation and was an elder for the Palmerton congregation.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Gladys Nordmeyer of Saylorsburg R.3; and six grandchildren.

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

Gerald J. O'Malley

Gerald J. O'Malley, 77, of 226 New St., Walnutport, died Saturday in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of Esther N. (Saches) O'Malley. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary last August.

He worked in the rolling mills of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 27 years before retiring in 1977.

Born in Dunmore, Lackawanna County, he was a son of the late Martin and Irene (Dougherty) O'Malley.

An Army veteran of World War II, he was a recipient of two Bronze Stars and was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 7215, Walnutport, and a member of the Allen O. Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington, and the Diamond Fire Company, Walnutport.

Surviving in addition to his widow are four daughters, Lynn F., wife of Francis Bedics Jr., Geri M. Engler and Margaret M., wife of Patrick DiMaria, all of Allentown, and Louise O., wife of Louis H. Dervarics Jr. of Nazareth; a brother James of Scranton; a half-sister Alice, wife of Edward Mallas of Lake Ariel, Wayne County; and five grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert G., who died in 1990.

Mrs. Marie L. Pol

Mrs. Marie L. Pol, 83, of 105 E. Walter St., Summit Hill, died Friday in the Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township. She was the widow of Attilio Pol.

She worked for the former Loom Togs Factory, Summit Hill, for many years before retiring in 1976.

Born in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of the late Celeste and Amelia Celotti.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, the Summit Hill Senior Citizens and the Panther Valley Golden Age Club, Lansford.

Surviving are two sons, Louis of Cypress Lakes, Fla., and Gino of Reading; a daughter Marie, wife of William Heffelfinger of Harleysville; two sisters, Ann Liselle of Summit Hill and Lucy Macalush of Nesquehoning; a stepbrother, Amelio Scott of Pen Argyl; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony, Louis and Andrew; a stepsister, Albertina Linn; and a grandson, Phillip Pol.

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

Mrs. Mary E. Hricik

Mrs. Mary E. Hricik, 88, of 333 W. Mill St., Nesquehoning, died Sunday in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Frank Polakovics of Palmerton.

The deceased was the widow of Michael Hricik.

Born in Europe, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Quashnoc) Byzetzer.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, where she belonged to the Rosary Society and had been active in church affairs her entire lifetime.

Surviving in addition to her daughter and a sister, Anna Rehatchek of Lansford; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Jr.; a daughter, Francine Heffelfinger; and two brothers, Stephen and Andrew.

The Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning, is in charge of the arrangements.

James L. Hughes Sr.

James L. Hughes Sr., 60, of Orefield, died Friday in the St. Luke Hospital, Allentown Campus. He was the husband of Margaret A. "Peggy" (Livezey) Hughes. They observed their 41st wedding anniversary in May.

He was an asphalt plant operator for the M & M Stone Company, Harleysville plant, for the past 37 years.

Born in Elroy, Montgomery County, he was a son of Mrs. Eleanor (Seitz) Hughes of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and the late Paul R. Hughes.

Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are two sons, James L. Jr. of Allentown and Richard B. of New Tripoli; three daughters, Kathy L., wife of Brian G. Billig of New Tripoli, Kimberle A. of Fogelsville and Kelly Jo, wife of Anthony W. Danner of Germansville; three brothers, Paul K. of Lansdale, Ronald B. of Souderton and Richard L. of Milford Square; and nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Elaine W. Kahler

Mrs. Elaine W. Kahler, 79, of 22 El Reno Ave., Nazareth, died Friday in her home. She was the widow of Harold S. Kahler.

Born in Easton, she was a daughter of the late William and Jeanette (Stark) Walters.

She was a member of the Nazareth Moravian Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Candace Mackov of Nesquehoning; two sons, Harold of Omaha, Neb., and William of Nazareth; two sisters, Jean Murdoca and Elizabeth, wife of Claude Roth, both of Nazareth; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Edna M. Lehman

Mrs. Edna M. Lehman, 94, of Hometown, formerly of Slatington, died Friday in the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2. She was the widow of Alfred J. Lehman.

Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Edwin and Emma Kern.

She was a member of St. John United Church, Slatington, and a member and former chaplain of the Slatington Senior Citizens.

Surviving are a son, Quincey E. of Slatington; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bortz infant

Katelin Leah Bortz, 8-month-old daughter of Steven J. and Rebecca C. (Nothstein) Bortz of Allentown, was pronounced dead Friday in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown.

She was born in Allentown.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Jennifer P., at home; paternal grandparents, Harry and Betty (Hopstock) Dennis of Allentown; maternal grandparents, Nelson and Carol (Stahler) Nothstein of Palmerton; and paternal great-grandmother, Anna (Delida) Hopstock of Emmaus.


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