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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 25-Year Club.

Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late William and Maude (Yeagle) Pierson.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.

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 years.

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" Wallitsch.

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 Allentown.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Theresa (Weinhofer) Ressler.

She was a member of the Mountainville Senior Citizens Club.

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 S.

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 Church, McAdoo.

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 home.

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 Envelope, Allentown.

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 a step-grandchild.

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 last month.

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 on Sunday.

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 Company, Slatington.

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 P. Smith.

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 Church, Whitehall.

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, Allentown.

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 20 years.

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.


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