|July 22, 1997
Dorothy E. Pierson
Dorothy E. Pierson, 82, of 37 W. Broad St., Tamaqua,
died Monday in the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2.
Prior to retiring in 1978, she worked for the
Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, for 45 years. She was a member of the Atlas
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late
William and Maude (Yeagle) Pierson.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church,
Surviving are a brother John of Vero Beach, Fla.;
and three nieces.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Thelma
Evans Snyder, who died in 1990.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad
St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.
John B. Onufer
John O. "Reds" Onufer, 50, of 28 W. North St.,
Bethlehem, died Sunday in the St. Luke Hospital, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem.
He was the husband of Deanna H. (Brunner) Onufer. They observed their 32nd
wedding anniversary in January.
He was a driver for Yellow Cab, Bethlehem, for
many years before retiring in 1989, and previously was a heavy machine
operator in the beam yards of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation for five
Born in Northampton, he was a son of Mrs. Ruth
(Fehr) Onufer of Bethlehem and the late Joseph A. Onufer.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother
are a son, John M. of Minersville; a daughter, Katrina S., at home; and
two sisters, Colleen of Allentown and Kathleen Grannetino of Palmerton.
George J. Post Jr.
George J. Post Jr., 71, of Milton, Fla., formerly
of 4542 Newburg Road, Nazareth, died Saturday in the Santa Rosa Medical
Center, Milton. He was the husband of Evelyn J. (Werkheiser) Post. They
observed their 49th wedding anniversary in March.
He operated a professional cleaning service from
1989 until last year, and previously had worked for the Asplundh Tree Trimming
Service, Bethlehem, for 40 years, and then Con-a-deck, Bethlehem, until
retiring in 1989.
Born in East Stroudsburg, he was a son of the
late Silverious and Beulah (Ladlee) Post.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his widow are 11 sons,
Daniel and Robin, both of Bethlehem, Wilson of Brockton, John of Easton,
George, Floyd, Norman and Cyrus, all of Lower Nazareth Township, Darius
of Nazareth, Richard of Tamaqua and Harold of Whitehall Township; two daughters,
Yvonne of Lower Nazareth Township and Linda of Milton; a brother Harvey
of Belfast; four sisters, Emmaline Martin and Nora, both of Easton, Althea
Ciulla of Palmer Township and Doris Mailander of Dunellen, Fla.; 15 grandchildren
and two step-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son Raymond
and a daughter Doris.
Mrs. Helen Wallitsch
Mrs. Helen Wallitsch, 81, of Allentown, died Sunday
in the home of her son, Richard A. of Palmer Township.
The deceased was the widow of William J. "Dumper"
Before retiring in 1991, she was a waitress for
area restaurants, most recently working at the Days Inn in South Whitehall
Township and The Wood Company, Wescosville. Previously, she and her husband
owned the former Dumper's Cafe and the former Wallitsch's Cafe, both in
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late
Frank and Theresa (Weinhofer) Ressler.
She was a member of the Mountainville Senior Citizens
Surviving in addition to her son are another son,
William O. of Wescosville; two sisters, Emma Schmaldinst of Allentown and
Lillian, wife of Joseph Ward of Cherryville; a brother Edward of Allentown;
and six grandchildren.
Martin E. Diehl
Martin E. Diehl, 92, formerly of Walnutport and
Schnecksville, died Monday in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband
of the late D. Grace (Strohl) Diehl, who died in 1990.
He was a body shop painter for the former Dietrich
Buick & Cadillac, now Daniels Cadillac, Allentown, for 23 years before
retiring in 1966, and previously had worked for the former Trojan Powder
Company, South Whitehall Township, for 10 years.
Born in Beltzville, he was a son of the late Adam
M. and Martha (Green) Diehl.
He was a member of Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville.
Surviving are a daughter, Fern E., wife of Richard
L. Hubrich of Allentown; a sister, Mrs. Beatrice M. Frantz of Lehighton;
six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Theodore
Mrs. Adam D. Bavolack
Mrs. Catherine V. Bavolack, 92, of 12411 Gayton
Road, Richmond, Va., formerly of McAdoo, died Friday in her home. She was
the wife of Adam D. Bavolack. They were married for nearly 60 years.
She was an elementary school teacher in the former
Coaldale School District and later in the Panther Valley School District,
retiring in 1970.
Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late
Wasyl and Eva (Derr) Polansky, and had spent most of her life in McAdoo.
She was a member of St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters,
Mrs. Joseph (Catherine) Amato of Marshall, Mich., and Mrs. Eric (Jean Ann)
Davenport of Gum Spring, Va.; a brother Andrew of Jacksonville, Fla.; six
grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by five sisters,
Elizabeth, Mary Puschak, Anna Puschak, Helen Malloy and Mildred Ettinger;
and three brothers, Steve and Drs. John and Theodore.
Funeral services were held today in Richmond.
She will be buried in McAdoo.
July 23, 1997
Henry A. Green
Henry A. Green, 75, formerly of Main Street, Walnutport,
died Monday in the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy A. (Greensweig) Knappenberger Green.
He was a plant worker for the former Coca-Cola
Bottling Company, Palmerton, for 20 years before retiring in 1981.
Born in Kresgeville, he was a son of the late
Reuben and Ellen (Kibler) Green.
He was a member of the Diamond Fire Company, Walnutport.
Surviving are five sons, Kenneth, Richard, Allen
and Stephen Knappenberger, all of Walnutport, and Donald Knappenberger
of Palmerton; three daughters, Annabell, wife of Harold Gross Jr. of Danielsville,
Eleanor, wife of Charles Meixsell of Walnutport, and Carol, wife of Joseph
Sidor of Slatington; a sister, Mrs. Sarah Schmick of Lehighton; 28 grandchildren
and 29 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce
Bersuk; and a son, Harold Knappenberger.
Kathryn F. Stauffer
Kathryn F. Stauffer, 89, of the Mahoning Valley
Nursing and Convalescent Center, Mahoning Township, died Tuesday in the
She worked in the garment industry in the Allentown
area for more than 30 years.
Born in Emmaus, she was a daughter of the late
James H. and Annie (Haring) Stauffer.
Survivine are nieces and nephews.
July 24, 1997
Charles R. Shupp Jr.
Charles R. Shupp Jr., 48, of 522 Lafayette Ave.,
Palmerton, died Tuesday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of
Colleen M. (Green) Shupp.
He was a third shift supervisor at American Mail-Well
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of Mrs. Dorothy
E. (Krex) Shupp of Palmerton and the late Charles R. Shupp Sr.
The deceased was a member of First United Church
of Christ, Palmerton.
A 1966 graduate of Palmerton High School, he was
an Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother
are a son, Ryan A., and a daughter, Stephanie M. Kunkle, both at home;
three brothers, David J. and John R., both of Lehighton, and Jeffrey P.
of Greentown, Pa.; and a sister, June E., wife of Rodney D. Hudock of Lehighton.
The Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton,
is in charge of the arrangements.
Kenneth B. Dotter
Kenneth B. Dotter, 61, of 34 Lilac Lane, Lehighton,
died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after
falling from a ladder on Monday at the New Faith Alive United Methodist
Church, Bowmanstown. He was the husband of Mary E. (Dunbar) Dotter. They
observed their 41st wedding anniversary in February.
He was a pulpit operator for the Bethlehem Steel
Corporation for 40 years before retiring in 1996.
Born in Howertown, he was a son of the late Oscar
and Beulah (Green) Dotter.
He was a trustee and choir member at the church.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter
Lynn, wife of Roy Borger of Lehighton; three sons, Kevin K. and Darin D.,
both of Lehighton, and Mark B. of Palmerton; two brothers, Maurice of Saylorsburg
and Wayne of Wilkes-Barre; six sisters, Frances, wife of Allen Frantz,
and Donna, wife of Roy Weil, both of Kunkletown, Betty, wife of William
Green, Mrs. Patricia Smith and Judith, wife of Robert Green, all of Palmerton,
and Asteria, wife of Arthur Hosier of Andreas; seven grandchildren and
The Thomas K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware
Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Frederick R. Ellis
Mrs. Edith A. Ellis, 82, of the Luther Crest Retirement
Community, South Whitehall Township, formerly of Norristown and Reading,
died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was
the wife of Frederick R. Ellis. They observed their 50th wedding anniversary
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late
Joseph J. and Amanda E. (Hill) Rodgers.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son,
Frederick R. Jr. of Burlington, Wis.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
John W. Kisthardt
John W. Kisthardt, 80, of Villa II, Mahoning Valley
Nursing and Convalescent Center, Mahoning Township, formerly of Slatington,
died Wednesday in the Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Beulah
M. (Miller) Kisthardt. They would have observed their 57th wedding anniversary
He was a weaving superintendent for the former
International Webbing, Fullerton, for 20 years before retiring in 1982,
and previously was a laborer for Stanwood Mills, Slatington, 1954-62; a
civilian airplane mechanic in Columbia, S.C., during World War II, 1942-43;
and an employee of Fleetwings, Bristol, Bucks County, 1943-46, and MacGowen's
Silk, Beaver Meadows, 1931-42.
Born in Beaver Meadows, he was a son of the late
John N. and Stella (Wersinger) Kisthardt.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Slatington,
where he was a former councilman and a former member of the King's Men.
Kisthardt also belonged to the Springside Fire
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons,
John N. of Slatington and James N. of Princeton, N.J.; a sister Jean, wife
of Lester Peterson of Hazleton; and three granddaughters.
The Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second
St., Slatington, is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Mrs. LeRoy P. Smith
Mrs. Gladys V. Smith, 53, of 4341 Spruce St.,
Whitehall Township, died Wednesday in her home. She was the wife of LeRoy
She was a cook for Werley's Restaurant, New Tripoli,
for 13 years before retiring last year.
Born in Washington Township, Berks County, she
was a daughter of the late Marlin and Mary (Weidner) Daniels.
She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter
Terri, wife of Raymond Kaczmar of Whitehall; seven sons, David Doyne of
Bethlehem, Brian Smith of North Whitehall Township, Marlin Doyne of Hereford
and John Doyne, Gregory Smith, LeRoy Smith Jr. and William Smith, all of
Whitehall; four sisters, Elaine in Michigan, Jean Engleman and Pauline,
wife of Richard Moyer, both of Emmaus, and Geraldine, wife of Duane Laubach
of Bethlehem; and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Frances M. Busaitis Kowalik
Mrs. Frances M. Busaitis Kowalik, 91, of Allentown,
died Tuesday in the hospice of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was the widow of Bryan Kowalik and Pius Busaitis.
Born in South Fork, Cambria County, she was a
daughter of the late Martin and Angela (Kessheta) Dumblesky.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church,
Surviving are a son, Peter J. Busaitis, and a
daughter, Florence Busaitis, both with whom she resided; a sister, Anna
Zalsky of Tamaqua; a grandson, five step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, John
and Edward Busaitis.
Armistice D. Faust
Armistice D. Faust, 72, of Andreas R.1, died Wednesday
evening in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, after being
stricken in his residence. He was the husband of Olga (Otetka) Faust. They
were married 44 years in September 1996.
He was employed as a die caster for Blue Ridge
Pressure Casting Company, Lehighton, for 40 years, retiring in 1986.
Born in West Penn Township, he was a son of the
late Irwin F. and Matilda (Henninger) Faust.
He was a member of the UCC congregation of St.
Peters Lutheran and UCC Church, Tamaqua R.3,. where he served as former
deacon and elder emeritus. He was a life member of Mahoning Valley Fire
Company, New Mahoning; the Sportsmens Rod and Gun Club, and Hartung's Acres
Hunting Club, both of Andreas R.1; and the Grumdsow Lodge No. 8 of Andreas.
Surviving with his wife are two sisters, Mrs.
Margaret Gerber, New Ringgold R.1, and Marion, wife of Elwood Hartung,
Andreas R.1; four brothers, Ethelbert, Robert, Francis and Donald, all
of Andreas R.1.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Wehr;
and a brother, Edward.
The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Snyders (Route
309), is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Alma J. Fritz
Mrs. Alma J. Fritz, 88, Tamaqua R.3, died today
in the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lehighton. She
was the widow of Alvin S. Fritz, who died May 22.
The Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Snyders (Route
309), is in charge of arrangements.
Peter N. Pocalyko
Peter N. Pocalyko, 77, of 730 Center Ave., Jim
Thorpe, died this morning at the Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale.
He was the husband of Ruth (Norwood) Pocalyko. They observed their 52nd
wedding anniversary on Sept. 2.
He retired as an electrical engineer in 1985 with
30 years of service with I.B.M. in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he worked
as a geological engineer for the New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, for
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, a son of the late Nicholas
and Dora (Bendera) Pocalyko.
He was a graduate of Palmerton High School Class
of 1937 and attended Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia.
He was a member of the Episcopal Parish of St.
Mark and St. John Church, Jim Thorpe.
He was a veteran of World War II and served as
a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre as a infantry
unit commander. He was active with the Switchback Restoration Committee
and was a member of the Dolon-Jones-Martino America Legion, Jim Thorpe;
the Lansford AMVETS; and the Jim Thorpe Historical Society.
Surviving his wife are two sons, Rev. Richard
of Atlanta, Ga., and Barry of Ridgefield, Conn.; a sister, Tina Smith of
Baltimore, Md.; four brothers, Michael of Clearwater, Fla., Andrew and
Stanley of Toms River, N.J., and Walter of Bath; and four grandchildren.
The Edward F. Melber Funeral Home Inc., 524 Centre
St., Jim Thorpe is in charge of arrangements.