Miscellaneous Lehigh County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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Pearl I. Leiby 
Pearl I. Leiby, 80, of Alexander Manor, Bath, formerly of Bethlehem Towers, died Sunday, Aug. 13, in Lehigh Valley Hospital -- Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Raymond L. Leiby. They were married for 33 years last January. 
Born in Vera Cruz, she was a daughter of the late Edwin Laudenslager and Amelia R. (Frey) Mack Laudenslager. 
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Husband; sons, Charles A. Freed of Coplay, Richard Freed of Hanover Township, Lawrence Heft and Ronald Heft, both of Allentown; daughter, Linda Ebert of Bethlehem; stepsons, Ronald in Missouri and Richard of Washington, D.C.; stepdaughter, Nancy of Allentown; brother, Carl Mack of Citrus Springs, Fla.; 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Robert C. Jr., in 1993 and a stepson, Steven L., in 1991. 
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem. Call 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: American Diabetes Association, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Bethlehem and/or the church.

Paul H. Heere 
He was the owner and operator of Man from Mars Kitchens, Allentown, for 10 years and Better Kitchens, Allentown, for five years before retiring in 1983. Previously, he was the proprietor of Parkway and Jordan bowling lanes, Allentown, and the Quakertown Bowling Lanes, and an employee of TWA Airlines in Reading. 
Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Edward F. and Emma C. (Ganster) Heere. 
He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Allentown. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant major. 
He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Allentown. 
He organized adult and youth bowling leagues in the Lehigh Valley. 
Survivors: Wife; son, Paul H. Jr. of Coopersburg; daughters, Anita E. Weber and Linda R. Jenkins, both of Allentown; sister, Mary Lenick of Reading; seven grandchildren. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society, Bethlehem, or Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allentown. 

Nancy G. Blesse 
Nancy G. Blesse, 48, of Reeders, formerly of California, died Monday, Aug. 14, in her home. 
Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was a daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Kraemer) Zitzman of Swiftwater. 
Survivors: Parents; son, Charles at home; sisters, Christine Fisk and Susan Rehm, both of Reeders, Martha Rinker of White Haven, Luzerne County and Mildred Junghanel of Jonas; companion, Michael Ellwood of Reeders; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg. Call 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: Charles Blesse College Education Fund, c/o Christine Fisk, Reeders. 

Michelina Perrotto 
Michelina Perrotto, 87, of Allentown, died Sunday, Aug. 13, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late Antonio Perrotto. 
Born in South Marco Dei Cavoti, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Domenico and Lucia (Colarusso) Borrillo. 
She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Allentown, for 67 years. 
Survivors: Son, John D. of Whitehall; sister, Lina Borrillo of Italy; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton St., Allentown. Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday in the church. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. 

Marion E. Werst 
Marion E. Werst, 86, of Upper Nazareth Township, formerly of Bethlehem, died Monday, Aug. 14, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of Harry W. Werst, who died in 1995. 
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late William and Florence (Munsch) Benner. 
She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Son, Kenneth of Bethlehem. 
Graveside services: 1 p.m. Thursday, Memorial Park, Bethlehem. Call noon to 1 p.m. Thursday Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden Street, Bethlehem. 

Kenneth R. Kehley 
Kenneth R. Kehley, 66, of Twin Spruce Personal Care Home, Elysburg, Northumberland County, died Friday, Aug. 4, in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. 
He was a crossing guard in Bethlehem. 
He was a son of the late William and Clara (Kassler) Kehley. 
He was an Army veteran. 
Graveside services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County. Arrangements, David J. Boyko Funeral Home, Macungie. 

Geraldine A. Bowman 
Geraldine A. Bowman, 81, of 2491 Cherry Hill Road, Palmerton, formerly of Palmer House, Palmerton, died Sunday, Aug. 13, in Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of the late Lloyd A. Bowman. 
She was an examiner at Maurice Fashions, Palmerton, for 10 years until retiring in 1984. Previously, she was a clerk at the former W.T. Grant Department Store, Palmerton, and she worked for the former Horsehead Inn, Palmerton, for many years. 
Born in West Bowmans, she was a daughter of the late Owen and Florence (Steigerwalt) Frey. 
She was a member of First United Church of Christ, Palmerton. 
She was a member of the East Penn Sporting Club for many years. 
Survivors: Daughter, Linda Bossard of Bowmanstown; sons, Peter C. and Michael L., both of Palmerton; sisters, Ruth Snyder of West Bowmans, and Dorothy Lorah of Hellertown; brother, Luther Frey of West Bowmanstown; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Gary, in 1999. 
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Call 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. Graveside services, noon Wednesday, Dinkey Memorial Cemetery, Ashfield. 
Contributions: To the church. 

Emeline B. Kohler 
Emeline B. Kohler, 92, of 800 Hausman Road, Allentown, formerly of Egypt, died Sunday, Aug. 13, in Luther Crest Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Ralph D. Kohler. 
She was teacher and music supervisor for the Coplay School District for 10 years before retiring in 1989. Previously, she taught in the Phoenixville School District, Chester County, the Whitehall School District, and was also a self-employed piano teacher for over 80 years. 
She was a graduate of West Chester State Teachers College. 
Born in Phoenixville, she was a daughter of the late Samuel W. and Lydia I. (Kulp) Longacre. 
She was a member of Egypt United Church of Christ, Whitehall. 
She was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. 
Survivors: Son, Donald E. of Potomac, Md.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, in the church. Call 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Arrangements, Schisler Funeral Home, Northampton. 
Contributions: To the church memorial fund or the Arthritis Foundation, c/o the funeral home.

Elda E. Miller 
Elda E. Miller, 76, of 22 Crystal Ridge Road, Kutztown, died Monday, Aug. 14, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus. She was the wife of Paul A.G. Miller. They were married for 60 years in June. 
She was a cablemaker for several years at East Penn Manufacturing, Lyons, before retiring in 1969. Previously, she was a sewing machine operator and stitcher for 10 years at the former Wenton Shoe Co., Kutztown. 
Born in Greenwich Township, she was a daughter of the late Edwin and Martha (Whitenight) Brobst. 
She was a member of Zion Moselm Lutheran Church, Kutztown. 
Survivors: Husband; sons, James F.D. of Jacksonville, Michael K. of Mertztown; daughters, Bonnalee D. Fink of Schnecksville and Darlene E.L. Steinmetz of Breinigsville; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Paul A.G. Jr. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. No calling hours. Arrangements, Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown. 
Contributions: American Diabetes Association, Bethlehem.

Deutsch services 
Memorial services for Joseph F. "Cos" Deutsch, 82, of 26 Wood St., Nazareth, who died Sunday, Aug. 6, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. No calling hours. 
Contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or the American Diabetes Association, both c/o the funeral home. 

Delton M. Parker 
He was a truck driver for the former Associates Transport, Allentown, for 20 years before retiring in 1969. 
Born in Carbondale, Luzerne County, he was a son of the late Charles A. and Evelyn B. (Brownell) Parker. 
He was a Methodist. 
He was a zoning officer for more than five years in the mid 70's. He was also a former secretary of the Greenwich Township Planning Commission, where he served until the end of 1999. He was appointed the civil defense director of Greenwich Township in 1970 by Gov. Raymond Shafer. 
A pioneer in the labor movement in Allentown and Reading, he and his father won the first suit under the Wagner Labor Act upheld by the Supreme Court by organizing a union in 1937. He was a member of Teamsters Local 773, Allentown, and a member of their retirees association. 
He was a life member of the Guthsville Rod and Gun Club and the East Penn Jeepers, Allentown, serving as president, vice president and director. He was a charter, vice president and director of the County Line 4 X 4's, Kutztown, a former vice president of the Berks County Manufactured Housing Association, and a member of the Civil Air Patrol of Berks County. He was a charter member and past director of the Kempton Lions Club, and a charter and life member of the Endless Mountain Hunting Club, Susquehanna County. He was a winter delivery man for Meals on Wheels, Lehigh County, for many years. 
Survivors: Wife; son, Charles D. of Mount Laurel, N.J.; daughters, Evelyn M. Long of Allentown, Edith L. Stephen of Emmaus; sisters, Dorothea Carr of Wilkes-Barre, Joan Sodl of Whitehall; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Ludwick Funeral Home, 333 Greenwich St., Kutztown. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: American Heart Association, Bethlehem, or Hospice St. John, Allentown. 

Amelia J. Ponaski 
Amelia J. Ponaski, 75, of Allentown, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, in her home. She was the wife of Joseph Ponaski. They were married for 57 years last January. 
Born in Bath, she was a daughter of the late Elias and Badia (Saad) Abraham. 
She was a member of St. George Antiochian Church, Allentown, and the Ladies Aide of the church. 
Survivors: Husband; sons, James E. of Kalispell, Mont. and Joseph J. of Fountain Hill; daughters, Petrina A. Green of Bethlehem, Joann E. Dudosh of Catasauqua and Rita J. Mowery of Allentown; brothers, Abe, James and George, all of Allentown, and Eddie of Slatington; sisters, Minnie Barber of Bethlehem, Pauline Williams of Orlando, Fla., and Olga Haddad of Allentown; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Private services: Were held Thursday in Weber Funeral Home, Allentown. 

William G. Kinney II, professional wrestler 
William G. Kinney II, 29, of 113 E. Fell St., Summit Hill, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, in his home. 
A wrestler with the Eastern Wrestling Federation, known professionally as "Tiny," he held several heavyweight titles. 
A graduate of Phillipsburg High School, he attended Rutgers University, where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. 
Born in Phillipsburg, he was a son of William G. and Suzanne D. (Barron) Kinney of Easton. 
He was a Protestant. 
Survivors: Parents; sister, Cheryl Patino of Easton. 
Services: Private. Arrangements, Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, Nesquehoning. 

Vernon W. Grubbs 
Vernon W. Grubbs, 82, of 238 Race St., Bath, died Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Florence (Burst) Grubbs. 
He was a regional sales manager for Mexicana Airlines. 
Born in Shreveport, La., he was a son of the late Thomas and Lillian (Payne) Grubbs. 
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bath. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II, receiving the Purple Heart in the Pacific Theatre. 
Survivors: Daughters: Catherine of Bath, Constance Jennings of Houston, Texas, Elizabeth Grubbs of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister, Barbara Rinker of Fort Worth, Texas; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 
Services: 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Mass, 10:30 a.m. in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Monday. 
Contributions: Phoebe Home, Allentown.

Tramaine A. Tention 
Tramaine Allen Tention, 22, of Allentown, died Monday, Sept. 25, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. 
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was a son of Rufus Tention of the Bronx and Romaine Crenshaw of Allentown. 
Survivors: Parents; paternal grandmother, Mary Tention of the Bronx. 
Services: 8 p.m. Monday, Seven Lights Baptist Church, the Bronx. Call noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jesse Johnson Funeral Home, 426 Hanover Ave., Allentown, and 6-8 p.m. Monday in the church.

Sophia M. DeWitt 
Sophia M. DeWitt, 82, of Stony Point, N.Y., formerly of East Stroudsburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Good Samaritan Hospital, New York. She was the wife of the late Frank DeWitt. 
Born in South River, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Lasor and Stella (Trotzki) Novack. 
She was a member of the Bushkill Reformed Church. 
Survivors: Son, Harry F. Petrie of Stoney Point, N.Y.; two granddaughters. 
Services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington St., East Stroudsburg. Call 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday. 
Contributions: To the church.

Ruth L. Thornton 
Ruth L. Thornton, 94, of Nazareth, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Moravian Hall Square Retirement Community, Nazareth. She was the wife of the late Harold S. Thornton. 
She was a former legal secretary in Jersey City, N.J., and administrative assistant to an accountant on Staten Island, N.Y., for many years before retiring. 
Born in Bayonne, N.J., she was a daughter of the late John E. and Emma (Otto) Lutter. 
She was a member of Palmer Moravian Community Church, Palmer Township. A former Sunday school teacher, she was also a member of women's fellowships in Castleton Hill, Staten Island, and at Advent Moravian Church, Hanover Township. 
Survivors: Daughters, Patricia T. Snyder of Nazareth, Janet T. Petersen of Edison, N.J.; son, John H. of Springfield, Mass.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Mary A. Heinemann,in 1999. 
Memorial services: Noon Saturday in Palmer Moravian Community Church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. 
Contributions: Mercy Special Learning Center, Allentown, or Palmer Moravian Community Church. 

Raymis survivors 
Robert Raymis, 65, of Breinigsville, who died Wednesday, Sept. 27, was the husband of Dorothy M. (Witkowski) Raymis and was predeceased by a son, Christopher R. 
His wife's middle initial was wrong and his son's name was omitted from the obituary which ran Thursday. 

Paul R. Greiss 
Paul R. "Whitey" Greiss, 84, of E. Paoli St., Allentown, formerly of 4th St., Pennsburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of the late Dorothea M. (Stauffer) Greiss. 
He was a chainman in the Saucon Valley beam yard of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 37 years before retiring in 1978. 
Born in Seisholtzville, he was a son of the late Jacob F. and Mary E. (Mensch) Greiss. 
He was a member of Huff's United Church of Christ, Alburtis. 
He was a life member of the American Legion Post 217, Topton, the Bally Fire Company and the Mercantile Club, Emmaus. He was also a member of the Salisbury Fire Company. 
Survivors: Daughters, Nancy Walker of Macungie, Elaine Newhard of Mertztown, Carolyn Kramer of Allentown, Brenda Corle of Hereford; sons, Edward of Whitehall Township, Donald of Hereford, James of Macungie; brother, William of Macungie; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington St., East Greenville. Call 10-11 a.m. Monday.

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