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Winfield J. Cope 
February 18, 1998
Winfield J. Cope, 79, of 810 Hawthorne Road, Bethlehem, died Saturday, Feb. 14, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus. He was the husband of Violet J. (Kichline) Cope, who died in 1989.
Born in Fountain Hill, he was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corp. before retiring in 1978.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Tops Club, Hellertown. 
There are no immediate survivors.
Graveside services: 2 p.m. Friday, Memorial Park, Bethlehem. Call 1-1:45 p.m. Friday, Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem.

Sarah M. Fern 
February 18, 1998
Sarah M. Fern, 88, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Avona Heights, Wilson, and West Easton, died Friday, Feb. 13, in IHS Nursing Home, Venice. She was the wife of the late Lester Fern.
Born in West Easton, she was a daughter of the late Ervin and Martha (Nickum) Stem.
She was a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Wilson.
She was a senior regent of Women of the Moose 523, Palmer Township, and 758, Venice; longtime committeewoman of the Northampton Republican party, and a member of Safety First Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, West Easton; Forks of the Delaware Coin Club; Avona Fire Company and Easton Lodge 121, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Auxiliary. 
Survivors: Daughter, Joy, wife of Arthur Verba of Hellertown; son Dale of Tatamy; brother Ervin of Cresco, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Keller.
Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Grace Chapel of Memorial United Church of Christ, Easton. Arrangements, Farley Funeral Home, Venice.
Contributions: Charity of one's choice. 

Samuel Nigrone 
February 18, 1998
Samuel Nigrone, 57, of Butler Street, Wilson, died Monday, Feb. 16, in Eastwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilson. He was the husband of Gladys S. (Dennis) Nigrone.
He was a jitney operator at Malinckrodt-Baker, Phillipsburg.
Born in Easton, he was a son of Mary (Tumminello) Nigrone of Easton and the late Santo Nigrone.
He was a member of First Moravian Church, Easton, and its adult Sunday school. He was a former elder.
He was a Marine Corps veteran.
He was a member of the Easton Fish and Game Commission, Holy Cross Society, Easton, and the Catasauqua Band Parents Association.
Survivors: Wife and mother; son, Douglas S. of Hanover Township; brother, Salvatore of Wilson; sisters, Bessie Boos of Lopatcong Township and Josephine Scheanou of Bethlehem Township, and two grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Thursday in church. Arrangements, Curran-Finegan Funeral Home, Wilson. 
Contributions: The church or charity of one's choice.

Russell W. Garrett 
February 18, 1998
Russell W. Garrett, 77, of 129 E. Fell St., Summit Hill, died Monday, Feb. 16, at home. He was the husband of Blanche (Brooks) Garrett and the late Jean (Martinsen) Garrett. 
He was employed by Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, before retiring.
Born in Summit Hill, he was a son of the late Thomas and Anna (Fleming) Garrett.
He was a member of Summit Hill United Methodist Church.
An Army veteran of World War II, he also served in the Merchant Marines and was a member of the Summit Hill American Legion Post and Jim Thorpe Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was a past president of the Albrightsville Fire Company.
Survivors: Wife; stepson, David Jones of Gloucester Heights, N.J.; stepdaughters, Sue J. Sundberg of Audubon, N.J., and Theresa Rafety of Hazleton; sisters, Dorothy Henry of Mahoning Valley and Mae Fernback of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County; brothers, Joseph of Wescosville, Vernon of Summit Hill, Charles and Harold, both of Fleetwood, Donald of Hicksville, N.Y., Robert of Corning, N.Y., and Kenneth of Lenhartsville, 11 step-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill. Call 7-9 p.m. today.
Contributions: To the church. 

Robert Wangemann, retired Army colonel and corporation head 
February 18, 1998
Retired Army Col. Robert T. Wangemann, 64, of 2440 Fourteenth St., Bethlehem Township, died Monday, Feb. 16 in his home. He was the husband of Judith (Coons) Wangemann. They were married for eight years in August.
Most recently, he was president of his own corporation, United Select Services, offering services to professional associations and societies.
After retiring from the Army in 1986, he was employed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, N.J., as executive director, lasers and electro-optics society, and as managing director, technical activities department.
He entered the Army in 1957 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. While serving in the Medical Service Corps, he earned a master's degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the Medical Colleges of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Wangemann was assigned to the Pentagon as a consultant to the assistant secretary of defense, as commander of the Army Environmental Hygiene Agency and Association. He was also director of the Laser Biophysics Research Center at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
During his military career he received numerous medals, most with multiple oak leaf clusters.
He was decorated by the Shah of Iran when he was an adviser to the Iranian Military Forces.
Born in Rhinelander, Wis., he was a son of the late Theodore and Adelaide (Abendroth) Wangemann.
He was a member and financial treasurer of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Wife; former wife, Norene (Gafke) Wangemann of San Antonio, Texas; sons, Michael of Ashburn, Va., and James of Ridgecrest, Calif.; stepsons, Michael and Mary Livesey, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; stepdaughter, Lisa Livesey of Broadalbin, N.Y., and Lori, wife of James Ringer of Gloversville, N.Y.; sister, Marion Koehneke of Addison, Mich., and three grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Contributions: to the church.

Robert W. Parente 
February 18, 1998
Robert W. Parente, 55, of Moorestown Road, Bushkill Township, formerly of Phillipsburg died Monday, Feb. 16, in his home. He was the husband of Diane M. (Edwards) Parente.
He was a union ironworker at Industrial Steel, formerly of Easton, and previously a purchaser for Bethlehem Steel Corp.
Born in Phillipsburg, he was a son of the late Alfred J. and Giselda (Luzzietti) Parente.
He was an Army veteran and a graduate of Bloomfield (N.J.) College.
Survivors: Wife; son, Robert S. of Bethlehem; daughters, Andrea M. Perelli of Palmer Township and Audrey R. Perelli, at home; brother Alfred of Clearwater, Fla., and a granddaughter.
Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St., Phillipsburg. Call 7-9 p.m. today.

Ralph 'Bud' Scheirer Jr. 
February 18, 1998
Ralph T. ''Bud'' Scheirer Jr., 55, of Allentown died Monday, Feb. 16, at home. 
He was an assistant manager of Rite Aid, Easton store, for the past three years and a credit manager for Fromm Electric, Bethlehem, 1981-94. He also worked in the parts department of the former Kelly Ford, Allentown.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Ralph T. and Margaret T. (Dell) Scheirer.
He was a Navy veteran.
He was a member of Midway Manor Moravian Church, Allentown. 
Survivors: Nieces.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. Call 1-2 p.m. Friday. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society, Allentown.

Quintus H. LaBar, 91, former Bangor mayor 
February 18, 1998
Quintus H. LaBar, 91, of Bangor, borough mayor, 1958-66, died Monday, Feb. 16, in Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Reba A. (Repsher) LaBar. They were married for 64 years last August.
He was a security guard at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 33 years before retiring in 1971.
Born in North Bangor, he was a son of the late Harry C. and Lucy A. (Shook) LaBar.
He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bangor.
He was a former Bangor Area school director, an active Democratic and a member and fund-raiser for the Salvation Army and American Heart Association.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Brian of Hope, N.J., and Dale of Essex Junction, Vt.; daughter, Janet Becker of Bangor; brothers, Grant of Bangor, Paul of Pen Argyl and Kenneth of East Bangor, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, First United Evangelical Congregational Church, Bangor. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, James B. Gaffney Funeral Home, 314 S. 1st St., Bangor, and 10-11 a.m. Friday in church. 
Contributions: Salvation Army, Pen Argyl, or American Heart Association, Bethlehem. 

Norman Levy 
February 18, 1998
Norman Levy, 67, of 116 Kline St., Bangor, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the home of his stepdaughter, Robin Davis of Stockertown. He was the husband of Shirley (Steinmetz) Albert Levy. They were married for 28 years in November.
He was an outside planning engineer for Commonwealth Telephone Co., Bangor, before retiring in 1994 after 38 years' service.
Born in Pittston, Luzerne County, he was a son of the late Max and June (Cramer) Levy.
He was a member of First United Evangelical Congregational Church, Bangor. 
An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a past commander and member of American Legion Post 378, Bangor.
He also was a member of Dyle E. Bray Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 739, Bangor, and a former member of the East Bangor Lions Club.
Survivors: Wife; stepdaughters, including Robin, Deborah Bastinelli of Martins Creek, Lydia Albert of Bangor and Cheryl Karner of Wind Gap; stepsons, Nelson, Brian and Bruce Albert, all of Bangor, William Albert of Nazareth and Sgt. 1st Class Robert Albert of Fort Bragg, N.C.; daughters, Nancy Jakuboski of Avoca, Luzerne County, Nora Feldish of Halifax, Dauphin County, and Gina Coup of Milton Northumberland County; son Norman of Turbotsville, Northumberland County, and 23 grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Hough Home for Funerals, 207 Market St., Bangor. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Contributions: Visiting Nurse Association of Eastern Pa., Bethlehem.

Nathaniel Avinger, 68, warehouse worker 
February 18, 1998
Nathaniel L. ''Nick'' L. Avinger, 68, of 433 Turner St., Allentown, died Sunday, Feb. 15, in Sacred Heart Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia L. (Thompson ) Avinger. They were married for 22 years in November.
He worked in the warehouse of the former Hess's, Whitehall Township, for 13 years before retiring in 1990. Before that he was a construction worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 30 years.
Born in Holly Hill, S.C. he was a son of the late Nelson and Ella (Smith) Avinger.
Survivors: Wife; son Lorenzo of Allentown; daughters, Theresa, Natalie, Denise and Diane, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., Gwendlyn of the Bronx, N.Y., and Gina of Holly Hill; sister, Mrs. Hattie Press of Holly Hill, 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A son Jerome died in 1994.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. James AME Zion Church, Allentown, Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday in church. Arrangements, Trexler Funeral Home, Allentown. 

Mary Ann Meagher, 67, Kraft Foods lab analyst 
February 18, 1998
Mary Ann Meagher, 67, of 1807 Blue Barn Road, Orefield, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at home. She was the wife of Robert P. Meagher. They were married for 47 years in August.
She was a laboratory analyst at Kraft Foods, Fogelsville, for 17 years before retiring in 1995. Previously, she was an inspector at the former Western Electric Co., Allentown, for five years and an employee of Pennsylvania Power and Light Co., Allentown, for a few years.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William and Bertha (Remsky) Russell.
She was a member and choir member for many years of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, and a member of its Altar Guild and WELCA. 
She was a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 60 and a member of the Mother's Club of Boy Scout Troop 60, both in Orefield.
She was a member of Parkland Garden Club and Parkland American Association of Retired Persons.
Survivors: Husband; son, Thomas J. of Barto; daughter Judy of Alburtis; brother William of Highland, N.C., and three grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Call 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday in church. Arrangements, Keller Funeral Home, Fogelsville.
Contributions: Church memory room or American Cancer Society, Allentown. 

Margaret Wickham 
February 18, 1998
Margaret Wickham, 78, of Stroudsburg, formerly of Bournemouth, England, died Monday, Feb. 16, in Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. She was the wife of Dr. Terence A.J. Wickham for 58 years.
Born in Bangalore, India, she was a daughter of the late Patrick J. and Eileen (Mangan) Morrissey. 
She was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Stroudsburg. 
She was a former volunteer for the British Red Cross.
Survivors: Husband; daughter, Carol Varipapa of Stroudsburg; sisters, Patricia Hunt and Eileen, and brothers, Patrick, Charles and Thomas, all in England, and two grandchildren.
Mass: 9:30 a.m. today in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, East Stroudsburg.
Contributions: Hughes Eastern Monroe Public Libraty, Stroudsburg.

Leonard Van Basselaere 
February 18, 1998
Leonard Van Basselaere, 73, of Warminster, Bucks County, died Saturday, Feb. 14, in Gwynedd Square Center for Nursing and Convalescent Care, Upper Gwynedd Township. He was the husband of Necija (Dankers) Van Basselaere. They were married for 46 years in October.
A 1950 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he was an engineer for General Electric Co., Space Division, Valley Forge, for 10 years until retiring in 1983. Previously, he was employed by AEL Industries, Colmar, and the Ford and Philco companies. During his career, he worked on government projects with radar and electronics. 
Born in Racine, Wis., he was a son of the late Leonard and Verona (Verb) Van Basselaere.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon with four Stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Star.
He was a member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Rifle Association.
Survivors: Wife and a brother Louis of Racine.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Bucks County Latvian Baptist Church, Applebachsville. No calling hours. Arrangements, Bernard Suess Funeral Home, Perkasie.
Contributions: Alzheimer's Association, Philadelphia. 

Leoda K. Oplinger 
February 18, 1998
Leoda K. Oplinger, 88, of Allentown died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late Martin K. Oplinger.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Walter J. and Lucetta K. (Shellhammer) Mohry.
She was a member of Boulevard Evangelical Congregational Church, Allentown.
Survivors: Son, Richard L. of Allentown; daughter, Shirley A. Eck of Breinigsville, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Call 1-2 p.m. Friday.
Contributions: To the church. 

John E. Kinney 
February 18, 1998
John E. Kinney, 83, of 2 Harmony Station, Phillipsburg, died Monday, Feb. 16, in Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Bernadette (Gibbons) Kinney, to whom he was married for 37 years in December, and the late Mary (McBride) Kinney.
He worked for Frank B. Saylor Paving, Bethlehem, for 30 years until retiring in 1978.
Born in Arnot, Tioga County, he was a son of the late Francis and Anna (Miller) Kinney.
He was a member of St. Philip and St. James Catholic Church, Phillipsburg.
He was a life member of the NorthEnd Wanderers Athletic Association, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Wife; son James of Phillipsburg; stepsons, Thomas Carroll of Phoenixville, Chester County, and James F. Carroll of Trumbull, Conn., 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son John and stepson, Charles Carroll.
Services: 9 a.m. Friday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem; Mass at 9:30 a.m., St. Anne's Catholic Church, Bethlehem. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday. 

James Sebastian 
February 18, 1998
James Sebastian, 88, of 502 E. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic. He was the husband of the late Kathryn (Kratson) Sebastian.
He was a coal miner in local collieries before retiring. After retiring, he was employed by the Mahanoy City Lumber Co.
Born in Italy, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rita (Barone) Sebastian.
Survivors: Sons, Joseph of Barnesville, Schuylkill County, and Chester of Emmaus; daughters, Janet of Pittsburgh and Bernice Vlcek of Tamaqua; brother William of Wallingford, Conn., five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jane Clifford Ritz Funeral Home, 10 E. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City; Mass at 10 a.m., St. Casimir's Catholic Church, Mahanoy City. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday. 

Goldie D'Angelo 
February 18, 1998
Goldie D'Angelo, 86, of Lehighton, formerly of Hazleton, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Dr. Dominic D'Angelo.
She was a registered nurse and a retired member of the Hazleton Medical Auxiliary.
Born in Sheatown, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Annie (Crowell) Howell.
She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Hazleton, and its Christian Mothers.
Survivors: Son, Dr. Carl of Allentown; daughters, Carol, wife of Robert Friedman, with whom she resided, and Lorraine, wife of Ted Raczkowski of East Brunswick, N.J.; sister, Mary, wife of Joseph Murphy of Kensington, Conn.; brother Walter of Eatontown, N.J., eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 
Services: 9 a.m. Thursday, Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton; Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. today.
Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. 

Gladys C. Kneas 
February 18, 1998
Gladys C. Kneas, 81, of 359 W. Alley, Lehighton, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton. She was the wife of the late Arthur G. Kneas.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late William and Florence (Newhard) Steinmetz.
Survivors: Sons, Robert of Berlinsville and Clair R. Strohl of Palmerton; brother William of Palmerton and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathryn Nothstein.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, 4th and Iron streets, Lehighton. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 10-11 a.m. Friday.

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