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Harry Edwards 
08/13/00
He was employed in the engineering department of the former New Jersey Zinc Co., Palmerton, for 42 years before retiring in 1976. 
Born in Scranton, Lackawanna County, he was a son of the late Harry and Nina (Dunn) Edwards. 
He was a member of First United Church of Christ, Palmerton. 
He was the summer league golf champion at Blue Ridge Country Club in 1968, 1971 and 1981. 
Survivors: Wife; son, Richard of Rosemont, Pa.; daughter, Dorothy Thompson of Inverness, Fla.; sister, Jennie Hunter in Florida; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Joanne Jones. 
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Call 10-11 a.m. Tuesday.

G. Robert Seitz 
08/13/00
He was the former owner and operator of Bob Seitz Chevrolet, Queens, N.Y., for several years. 
Born in New York City, he was a son of George R. Seitz of Hillsdale, N.J., and the late Marie M. (Clement) Seitz. 
He attended St. Agnes Catholic Church, Sellersville. 
He was a Marine Corps veteran. 
Survivors: Wife and father; sons, G. Robert Jr. of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jeffrey R. of Bethlehem; daughter, LeeAnn Haines of New York City; sister, Marie A. Muller of Hillsdale; and five grandchildren. 
Services: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, N.J. Funeral Liturgy, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Church of the Assumption, Emerson, N.J. Call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the funeral home. Local arrangements, Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home, Sellersville. 
Contributions: Doylestown Hospital Hospice.

Franklin D. Redline 
08/13/00
He was employed in the Cinder Dump High Drop at the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 37 years before retiring in 1988. 
Born in Aquashicola, he was a son of the late Allen and Alma (Serfass) Redline. 
He was a member of Jacob's United Church of Christ, Weissport. 
He was a member of the Beaver Rod & Gun Club, Lehighton. 
Survivors: Wife; brothers, Clair of Lehighton and Harold of Northampton; sister, Arlene Diehl of Palmerton; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Lori. 
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Schaeffer Funeral Home, 3rd and Alum streets, Lehighton. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Monday and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday. 
Contributions: Charity of one's choice.

Francis J. Donaghy 
08/13/00
He was employed by Motor Freight Express, Philadelphia, for more than 20 years. 
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Patrick and Mary (Burke) Donaghy. 
He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Easton. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. 
Survivors: Wife; and nieces and nephews. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Strunk Funeral Home, Wilson.

Dorothy D. Shaterian 
08/13/00
She was an office manager for Spurgeon Dunbar Realty, Allentown, for 20 years before retiring in 1968. 
Born in Centralia, Columbia County, she was a daughter of the late Alexander B. and Annamartha (Dreshman) Michael. 
She was a member of St. James United Church of Christ, Allentown, and its Altar Guild. 
She was a member of Iris Chapter 306, Order of the Eastern Star, Shamokin. 
Survivors: Brother, Louis D. Sr. of South Whitehall Township; and nephews. 
Services: At the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Stephens Funeral Home, Allentown. 

Clair T. Rau 
08/13/00
He was a loom repairman for Raxon Fabrics for 40 years before retiring in 1992. 
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Edward J. and Florence (Deily) Rau. 
He was a member of Boulevard Evangelical Congregational Church, Allentown. 
He was a Navy veteran. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Chris of Jim Thorpe and Dean; daughter, Vicki Gaumer of Jim Thorpe; stepsons, Thomas Best of Allentown and Keith Best of Kutztown; stepdaughter, Kathy Rau of Emmaus; brother, Marshall of Emmaus; sister, Beatrice Christman of Allentown; and eight grandchildren. 
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Stephens Funeral Home, Allentown. 
Contributions: Hospice St. John or the church. 

Betty A. Fink 
08/13/00
Born in North Whitehall Township, she was a daughter of the late Charles F. and Arlene H. (Gantz) Horwith. 
She was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs. 
She was a member of the Egypt Fire Company Auxiliary. 
She was a past member of the board of directors of Egypt Memorial Park Association for 30 years. 
Survivors: Husband; son, Dean C., and daughter, Jean A. Brazuk, both of Whitehall; sisters, Barbara A. Kline of Whitehall, Sandra E. Grim of Coplay and Shirley M. Deifer of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Charles H. of Schnecksville; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Heintzelman Funeral Home, 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Monday. 
Contributions: Church Fund for a New Beginning or Hospice St. John, c/o the funeral home.

Willard Bergey, Hatfield electric company founder 
08/14/00
Willard S. Bergey, 87, of Rockhill Mennonite Community, Sellersville, died Saturday. Aug. 12, in the community. He was the husband of Anna S. (Clemmer) Bergey. They were married 66 years. 
He founded Bergey's Electric, Hatfield, in 1937 and operated it for more than 55 years before retiring. 
Born in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, he was a son of the late Horace L. and Esther B. (Souder) Bergey. 
He was a member of Franconia Mennonite Church, Franconia, Montgomery County. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Robert C. of Bethlehem, Philip C. of Sellersville, and Harold C. and Willard C., both of Hatfield; daughters, Janet Frederick of Hatfield and Joan Myers of Souderton; brother, Horace S. of Hatfield; sisters, Esther S. Moyer and Grace S., both of Souderton, and Elizabeth S. Cassel of Telford; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. 
Services: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the church. Call noon-2 p.m. Tuesday in Rockville Mennonite Community, Sellersville, and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in the church. Arrangements, Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home, Souderton. 
Contributions: To the church building fund. 

Sophie V. Stevens 
08/14/00
Sophie V. Stevens, 81, of Northampton, died Saturday, Aug. 12, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late George Stevens. 
She was a sewing machine operator for the former D&D Shirt Factory, Northampton, for 40 years before retiring in 1981. 
Born in Kaska, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Ignatious and Helen (Trella) Veracco. 
She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton. 
She was a member of the Young at Heart Group, Northampton, Senior Ladies Club, Northampton and the Senior Citizen Club of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Northampton. 
Survivors: Sister, Frances H. Koch of Tamaqua; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday. 

Sophie A. Csordas 
08/14/00
Sophie A. Csordas, 83, of Hellertown, died Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Visiting Nurse's Association Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late Stephen Csordas. 
She was a trimmer at the former Gamet Co., Bethlehem, for 29 years. 
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Philip and Mary (Ward) Coyle. 
She was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church, Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Daughter, Loretta Oyer of Hellertown; two grandchildren. 
Services: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. 
Contributions: VNA Hospice at St. Luke's.

Michael J. Rex 
08/14/00
Michael J. Rex, 22, of 8395 Bake Oven Road, Germansville, was pronounced dead at the scene of an auto accident Saturday, Aug. 12, on Harter Road, Heidelberg Township. 
A 1995 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, he was a roofer and carpenter for Scott Wanamaker Inc. General Contractor, Slatington, for the last four years. 
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of James L. Sr. and Linda M. (Falk) Rex, with whom he resided. 
Survivors: Parents; brothers, James L. Jr. of Germansville and Richard A., Ryan J. and Mark M., all at home; sisters, Phyllisha M. and Josephine A., both at home; paternal grandmother, Vivian V. (Snyder) Rex of Germansville; fiancee, Lisa M. Snyder of Kempton; nephews. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Heintzelman Funeral Home, 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville. Call 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday 

Lenker survivors 
08/14/00
Mildred Lenker, 91, who died Friday, Aug. 11, in ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem, is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They were omitted from Sunday's obituary. 

Kay Shapiro 
08/14/00
Kay Shapiro, 43, of Cambridge, Md., formerly of Allentown and Washington, D.C., died Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Md. She was the wife of Marc Shapiro of Allentown. 
She was a secretary. 
Born in Cambridge, she was a daughter of Charles Dennis George Jr. of Highland Springs, Va., and the late Virginia Rose (Bell) George, and a stepdaughter of William C. Shenton of Woolford, Md. 
Survivors: Husband, father and stepfather; son, Kyle L. of Allentown; sisters, Jacqueline L. Gambrill and Gale A. Simmons, both of Cambridge; brothers, Charles D. of Easton, Md., and James T. of Ridgely, Md.; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas Funeral Home, 700 Locust St., Cambridge. Call noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society, c/o Doris Weber, Cambridge. 

Harvey H. Hollenbach Sr. 
08/14/00
Harvey H. Hollenbach Sr., 80, of 819 S. Fifth St., Allentown, died Saturday, Aug. 12, in ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Lillyetta A. Moser. 
He was a steelworker in the blast furnace department at Bethlehem Steel for 34 years before retiring in 1982. 
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George and Viola (Landis) Hollenbach. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II. 
Survivors: Son, Harvey H. Jr. at home; daughter, Barbara A. Wieser of Allentown; a granddaughter and four great-granddaughters. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, 46 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: Association of Birth Defect Children, Orlando, Fla.

Geza Zsilavetz 
08/14/00
Geza Zsilavetz, 75, of Bethlehem, died Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. 
He worked at the former Casco Manufacturing Co., Hellertown. Previously, he worked for the former Luria Steel, Bethlehem. 
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late John and Susanna (Horvath) Zsilavetz. 
Survivors: Brother, Louis of Bethlehem; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cantelmi Funeral Home, 1311 Broadway, Fountain Hill. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. 
Contributions: Charity of one's choice.

Abraham R. Bergey 
08/14/00
Abraham R. Bergey, 83, of Deep Creek Road, Green Lane, died Saturday, Aug. 12, in Pennsburg Manor. He was the husband of Mary K. (Kooker) Bergey. They were married for 60 years in March. 
He was a machine operator at Longacre's Poultry, Franconia, Montgomery County, for eight years before retiring in 1981. Previously, he worked for the former Woodson Dairy, Red Hill, and Keller's Poultry, Morwood, Montgomery County. He was a farmer many years ago. 
Born in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, he was a son of the late Katie (Stubanus) Bergey. 
He was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pennsburg. 
He was also a member of the Green Lane Fire Company and the Golden Agers, Pennsburg. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Ronald B. and Jeffrey A., both of Green Lane; five grandchildren and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Faye E. 
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Arrangements, Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville. 
Contributions: To the church organ fund. 

Ernest B. Ferry Sr. 
08/14/00
Ernest B. Ferry Sr., 70, of 610 S. Fireline Road, Palmerton, died Saturday, Aug. 12, in Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Gloria L. (Monk) Franzone Ferry. 
He worked for Hess Trucking, Allentown, for many years before retiring on disability. Previously, he worked for D.F. Bast, Inc., Allentown. 
Born in Sunbury, Northumberland County, he was a son of the late Ernest and Eileen (Fister) Ferry. 
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bowmanstown. 
Ferry was a Marine Corp. veteran of the Korean War. 
He was a member of the Teamsters Union, Disabled Veterans Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Multiple Sclerosis Association. 
Survivors: Son, Ernest B. Jr. of Catasauqua; daughters, Carol Williams of Slatington, Leanne Haldeman of Walnutport and Marsha Wingfield of Slatedale; stepson, Ronald J. Franzone of Fredericktown, Washington County; stepdaughters, Rita M. Lavagna of Edison, N.J. and Dena M. Gruber of Bowmanstown; brothers, Richard in Georgia and James of Catasauqua; sister, Jean Day of Hampton, Va.; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. 
Military services: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, Allentown. Call 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, 4th and Iron streets, Lehighton. 
Contributions: To the church memorial fund. 

Clyde B. Brinker 
08/14/00
Clyde B. Brinker, 93, of Allentown, died Sunday, Aug. 13, in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Nina I. (Boger) Brinker. 
He was a salesman for Peterson's Seafood, Allentown, before retiring in 1965. Previously, he was a self-employed produce retailer in the Lehigh Valley for 25 years. 
Brinker was born in Allentown. 
He was a member of the Lehigh County Senior Citizens and a life member of the Fearless Fire Company, both in Allentown. 
Survivors: Son, Bruce of Center Valley; brother, Belford of Allentown; sister, Norma of Allentown; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Woodlawn Memorial Park, Allentown. Call 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. 
Contributions: Charity of one's choice. 

Alice E. Conrad 
08/14/00
Alice Elizabeth Scheihing Conrad, 75, of Ridgeview Estates, Harleysville, formerly of Schoolhouse Road, Harleysville, died Friday, Aug. 11, in the Peter Becker Community, Harleysville. She was the wife of Russel C. Conrad for 17 years and the late Charles G. Scheihing. 
A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Lycoming County, she was an industrial mechanical design engineer for most of her life. She worked at Vacuum Furnaces, Souderton, for 10 years until 1989. Previously, she was employed by Westco, later known as R.A. Industries, Lansdale, and the Sylvania Corp., Emporium, Cameron County. 
Born in Milton, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Frank C. and Merle V. (Lupfer) Strickland. 
She was a member of Little Zion Lutheran Church, Telford, where she served on the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran in America committee and taught Sunday school for many years. 
She was also active with the Girl and Boy Scouts of America. 
Survivors: Husband; sons, James A. Scheihing of Oreland, Montgomery County, and Will N. Scheihing of Pen Argyl; daughters, Patricia E. Litka of Perkasie and Susan I. Scheihing Barndt of Tatamy; brother, James Bertram of Lititz, Lancaster County; sister, Rose Ella Mausteller of Evans City, Butler County; stepson, Michael F. Conrad of Dallas, Luzerne County; stepdaughter, Margaret White of Newfoundland, Wayne County; nine grandchildren, a great-grandchild, four step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren. 
Services: 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Peter Becker Community. Call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel. Arrangements, David R. Sadler Funeral Home, Telford. 
Contributions: Church building fund or Peter Becker Community, Harleysville. 

William W. Bonser 
08/15/00
William W. Bonser, 82, of 862 Edgemont Ave., Palmerton, died Sunday, Aug. 13, in Mahoning Valley Nursing and Convalescence Center, Mahoning Township. He was the husband of Thelma A. (Andreas) Bonser. They were married for 58 years in April. 
He worked in the testing department at the former New Jersey Zinc Co., Palmerton for 35 years before retiring in 1980. 
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late A. James Bonser and Ruth (Williams) Bonser-Kresge. 
He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Palmerton. 
Survivors: Wife; son, James W. of Parryville; brother, Harold M. of Palmerton; three grandsons and two great-grandsons; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 2 p.m. Thursday in the church. Call 1-2 p.m. Thursday in the church. Arrangements, Campton Funeral Home, Palmerton. 
Contributions: To the church. 

Wayne A. Leibenguth 
08/15/00
Wayne A. "Butch'' Leibenguth, 49, of Slatington, died Monday, Aug. 14, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Linda L. (Bowers) Leibenguth. They were married for 26 years. 
He worked as a parts room attendant at Friskies Pet Foods, South Whitehall Township, for 31 years until last November. 
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late LeRoy and Marjorie (Druckenmiller) Leibenguth. 
He was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Slatington. 
He was a member of the Original Slate Bowlers League, Slatington. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Scott A., at home, and Troy W. of Fogelsville; brothers, LeRoy of Slatington and Joseph of Walnutport; sisters, Adele L. Ziegler, Jeanette J. Maehrer and Linda J. Rehrig, all of Slatington, Ruth M. Bieler of Gilbertsville, and Margie R. Kern and June V. Leibenguth, both of Walnutport. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. 2nd St., Slatington. Call 10-11 a.m. Thursday. 
Contributions: To St. John's Hospice, c/o the funeral home.

Wallace L. Hunsberger 
08/15/00
Wallace L. Hunsberger, 98, of Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township, formerly of Allentown, died Monday, Aug. 14, in Cedarbrook. He was the husband of the late Viola A. (Coleman) Hunsberger. 
He was a printer for the Trentonian Newspaper of Trenton, N.J. for 24 years before retiring in 1967. 
Born in Pennsburg, he was a son of the late Clarence and Jennie (Mumbauer) Hunsberger. 
Survivors: Sister, Marjorie Cressman of Bethlehem; a nephew. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. Call 10-10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thomas W. Beiser 
08/15/00
Thomas W. Beiser, 49, of Gladstone, N.J., died Friday, Aug. 11, in his home. He was the husband of Pat (Helke) Beiser. 
Among his survivors are son, Thomas W. Jr., and daughters, Jessica Kessler and Tina, all of Easton; stepson, Michael McGuire of Stroudsburg; stepdaughters, Ellen Gural of Belvidere, and Patty Feeley and Tielynn Greenough, both of Stroudsburg; two grandchildren and 13 step-grandchildren. 
Contributions: Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills Hospice, Bernardsville, N.J., or Gladstone United Methodist Church, Gladstone, N.J. 

Raymond J. Snyder 
08/15/00
Raymond J. Snyder, 70, of Breinigsville, formerly of Emmaus, died Monday, Aug. 14, in his home. He was the husband of Martha J. (Parry) Snyder. They were married for 49 years last September. 
He was a counter clerk for many years for NAPA Auto Parts, Emmaus. He was also part owner of the former Best Auto Parts, Allentown, for many years. 
Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Raymond J. and Minnie (Stephen) Snyder. 
He was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregation of Jerusalem Western Salisbury Union Church, Salisbury Township, and was a past member of the church council. 
He was a former member of the Emmaus Fire Police. 
Survivors: Wife; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Horace W. Schantz Funeral Home, 250 Main St., Emmaus. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday. 
Contributions: To the church.

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