|Kenneth G. Stevenback
Kenneth G. Stevenback, 79, of Quakertown, died Saturday, April 7, in
Phoebe Richland Health Care Center, Richlandtown. He was the husband of
Evelyn (Myers) Stevenback. They were married for 57 years last May.
He was an assembler for the former Murlin Manufacturing Corp., Quakertown,
before retiring in 1984. Previously, he was a carpenter for various contractors.
Born in East Rockhill Township, he was a son of the late William and
Emma (Russell) Stevenback.
He was a life member of Paletown Rod and Gun Club, Quakertown.
Survivors: Wife; son, Ronald K. of Quakertown; a grandson; a niece.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, 821 W. Broad St.,
Quakertown. No calling hours.
Contributions: Paletown Rod and Gun Club.
Kathryn M. Kobasiuk
Kathryn M. Kobasiuk, 72, of Allentown, died Saturday, April 7, in her
home. She was the wife of Harry Kobasiuk. They were married for 53 years
She was employed for 15 years at Early American Candle Shop before
retiring in 1987.
Born in Upper Macungie Township, she was a daughter of the late Vincen
and Mary S. (Regecs) Wanitzky.
She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Orefield.
Survivors: Husband; brothers, Edward and Richard, both of Allentown;
sisters, Irene Loikits and Rosemarie Frey, both of Orefield; nieces, nephews.
Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements,
Keller Funeral Home, Fogelsville.
Contributions: To the church.
Joseph T. Tomcho
Joseph T. Tomcho, 79, of South Whitehall Township, died Friday, April
6, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of
Theresa M. (Lengle) Tomcho. They were married for 53 years last August.
He was employed by PPL, Allentown, for 40 years, starting as an intern
in the operating department, serving as a manager in various departments,
and retiring in 1987 as manager of systems development and administration
in division operations. He received his degree in economics from Franklin
and Marshall College, Lancaster, and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
He completed the Public Utility Executive Courses at Georgia Institute
Born in Freeland, Luzerne County, he was a son of the late Joseph and
Suzanna (Yurik) Tomcho.
He was a member of Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown,
and served on its Holy Name Society and Catholic Charities Drive.
He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a 1st lieutenant
in the 5th Marine Division that landed in Sasebo, Japan, after the atomic
bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. He was the provost marshall in the cities
of Moji and Shemonasaki.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Electric Association and served
as chairman of its customer and general accounting committee and accounting
He played football and basketball for four years at Franklin and Marshall
College and was co-captain of the 1943 football team. He was in the Naval
College Training Program at the college.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Joseph B. of Palm Desert, Calif., Dr. Gregory
S. of Orefield; daughters, Mary T. Band of Scottsdale, Ariz., Cynthia A.
Smith of Naples, Fla.; sisters, Emily Kolcun of West Hazleton, Luzerne
County, Irene Barnhart of Philadelphia; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday in the cathedral. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Monday and
8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown.
Contributions: To the cathedral.
John Gaydos, 77, of Allentown, died Friday, April 6, in Lehigh Valley
Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was a husband of Mary (Brosky) Gaydos.
They were married for 52 years in October.
He was a machinist for the No. 2 machine shop, Bethlehem Steel Corp.,
for 45 years before retiring in 1985. He was a member of United Steelworkers
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Fedoronko)
He was a member of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, Allentown.
He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the South
He was a former secretary of Lodge 133 of the Greek Catholic Union
and a life member of Fearless Fire Co., Allentown.
Survivors: Wife; sons, John, Anthony, Christopher, and daughter, Ann
M. Knaus, all of Allentown; brother, Michael of Bethlehem; sister, Frances
Horvath of Allentown; five grandchildren, a great-grandchild.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton St.,
Allentown. Call 10-11 a.m. Wednesday.
Contributions: American Cancer Society, Allentown.
Franklin D. Steward
Franklin D. Steward, 90, formerly of Tatamy, died Saturday, April 7,
in Slate Belt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bangor. He was the husband
of the late Helen (Knauss) Steward.
He was employed at the former Stocker Brothers Dairy, Palmer Township,
before retiring. Previously, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for
Ted Bean Contractors Inc., Easton, and J.H. Beers, Inc., Wind Gap.
Born in Moore Township, he was a son of the late David and Elsie (Renner)
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Tatamy, where he was former
vice-president of its council.
He was a member of Tatamy Fire Company 1, Local International Union
of Operating Engineers, Philadelphia, and 4-County Fireman's Association.
Survivors: Daughters, Bernice I. Correll of Tatamy, Charlet M. Baboski
of Pen Argyl; sons, Sherwood L. and Kenneth F., both of Tatamy; brother,
Ray T. of Nazareth; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Tuesday in
the church. Arrangements, George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown.
Contributions: To the church.
John E. Paul
John E. Paul, 73, of Emmaus, formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., died
Friday, April 6, in his home. He was the husband of Theresa (Wiatrak) Paul.
They were married for 50 years in January.
He was a New York City Transit Authority bus driver for 20 years before
retiring. Previously, he worked at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service,
Born in Brooklyn, he was a son of the late Ernest and Mary (Szwed)
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Emmaus.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Deborah Wojno of Staten Island, N.Y.; sisters,
Jean Hunko of Whiting, N.J., Anna Kunysz in Poland; two granddaughters.
Services: 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral
Home, 225 Elm St., Emmaus. Mass, 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Call 2-4
p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday, and 9:15-10:15 a.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home.
Contributions: John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center, c/o Lehigh Valley
Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Henry H. Steffens
Henry H. Steffens, 77, of Whitehall Township, died Saturday, April
7, in his home. He was the husband of Agnes K. (Scheurer) Steffens. They
were married for 47 years in February.
He owned and operated the former Henry's Deli, Ridgewood, N.J., for
many years. Previously, he was an accountant in West Germany.
Born in Cologne, Germany, he was a son of the late Mathias and Anna
He was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Whitehall.
He was a volunteer at the Allentown Soup Kitchen.
Survivors: Wife; son, Bernard P. of Pen Argyl; daughter, Anna M. Holloway
of North Whitehall Township; brother, Peter of Cologne; seven grandchildren.
Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in
the church. Arrangements, John H. Brubaker Funeral Home, Catasauqua.
Contributions: Church African Mission Fund.
Elsie M. Criswell
Elsie M. Criswell, 86, of Phoebe Home, Allentown, formerly of 205 N.
5th St., Allentown, died Friday, April 6, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury
Township. She was the wife of the late Earl H. Criswell.
She was a clerk at Hess's, Allentown, for 18 years before retiring
Born in Centre Township, Berks County, she was a daughter of the late
Edward F. and Gertie M. (Schappell) Madeira.
She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Allentown.
Survivors: Sister, Kathryn I. Machemer of Allentown; a niece, nephews.
Services: Private. No calling hours. Arrangements, Stephens Funeral
Contributions: Charity of one's choice.
Ashton T. Schwartz
Ashton T. Schwartz, 81, of Rockhill Mennonite Community, Sellersville,
formerly of Glenside, Montgomery County, died Thursday, April 5, in Grand
View Hospital, West Rockhill Township, Bucks County. He was the husband
of Marion E. (Firth) Schwartz. They were married for 59 years last September.
He was a plumber and worked for the former Dodge Steel Co. and Herman
Goldner Inc. Supplies and Distribution Center, both of Philadelphia, until
his retirement in 1983. Previously, he was a driver/salesman for the former
Bond Bread and Breunninger's Dairy, both of Philadelphia, during the early
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late William T. and Ada E.
He was a member of Berachah Church, Cheltenham, Montgomery County.
He attended Faith Baptist Church, Sellersville.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Robert A. of Richboro, Bucks County, Arthur
D. of Horsham; daughters, Sandra M. Schnittjer of Holland, Bucks County,
Evelyn D. Schmidt of Philadelphia; brothers, William T. of Philadelphia,
Charles E. of Lansdale; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Faith Baptist Church. Call in the
church following the service. Arrangements, David R. Sadler Funeral Home,
Contributions: Broadcast ministry of Faith Baptist Church.
Terry T. Steinmetz
Terry T. Steinmetz, 56, of Palmerton, died Sunday, April 8, in Palmerton
Hospital. He was the husband of Polly A. (Reese) Steinmetz. They were married
for 32 years last July.
He was manager of Blue Ridge Country Club for 25 years, where he was
a member. Previously, he was a remedial math teacher at Carbon County Vo-tech,
Jim Thorpe, 1972-84. He earned his business degree from East Stroudsburg
University in 1972.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Walter and Laura (Person)
He was a Protestant.
He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Allen
O. Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington.
He was a member of the Hungarian Club and its bowling league and a
member of the Sokol Hall, both in Palmerton.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Adam W. and Andrew R., both of Palmerton, Aaron
T. of Bowmanstown; brother, Robert W. of Leesport, Berks County; sisters,
Rev. Doris Bray of Palmerton, Diane Gerlach of Landisville, Lancaster County,
Peggy Schaffer of Raleigh, N.C.; nieces, nephews.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second
St., Slatington. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10-11 a.m. Thursday.
Contributions: Blue Ridge Country Club memorial fund, c/o the funeral
Stephen J. Magditch
Stephen J. "Sheiky" Magditch, 80, of 440 E. Penn St., Nazareth, died
Saturday, April 7, in his home. He was the husband of Grace (Sousa) Magditch,
who died in 1993.
He was a foreman at the former Lone Star Industries, Nazareth, for
47 years before retiring in 1987.
Born in Nazareth, he was a son of the late Stephen R. and Margaret
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
He was a member of several bowling leagues at Blue Valley Lanes, Wind
Survivors: Sons, Dennis S. of Saylorsburg, Steven T. of Nazareth; daughters,
Nancy Kapanka, Carol A. Stimmel, Eileen Spisoli, and Kathleen, all of Nazareth;
sisters, Mary Gollatz, Hilda Keppel, Margaret and Theresa, all of Nazareth,
Agnes Barham of Yorba Linda, Calif., Victoria Wagner of Mira Loma, Calif.;
eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, seven stepgrandchildren.
Military services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington
Park, Nazareth. Call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributions: American Parkinson's Association or Visiting Nurse Association
Paul E. Renner Sr.
Paul E. Renner Sr., 55, of Perkasie, died Saturday, April 7, in Doylestown
Hospital. He was the husband of Irene Renner, who died in 1999.
He was a landscaper for McCann's Landscaping, Hilltown. Previously,
he worked for many years as a gas attendant for Heston S. Swartley, Sellersville.
Born in Quakertown, he was a son of Doris (Renner) Oberlander of Sellersville
and the late Frank Oberlander.
Survivors: Mother; son, Paul E. Jr. of Pennsburg; daughter, Tracy Ann
of Souderton; stepsons, Richard Harpel in the Poconos, Charles M. Harpel
of Perkasie; brother, Frank Oberlander Jr. of Sumneytown; sisters, Fran
Nyce and Nancy Kramer, both of Sellersville; three grandchildren.
Services: At the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Bernard Suess
Funeral Home, Perkasie.
Contributions: American Heart Association, Conshohocken.
Mercedes Perez, 79, of Bethlehem, died Saturday, April 7, in ManorCare
Health Services, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Eugenio Perez.
She was born in Puerto Rico.
Survivors: Daughter, Lydia Bermudez of Queens, N.Y., Norma of Bethlehem;
sons, Angel L. of Bethlehem, Bonificio of Norfolk, Va.; 14 grandchildren,
six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Eugene and a daughter,
Services: 8:30 p.m. Monday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St.,
Bethlehem. Call 7-9 p.m. today.
A Mass for Kathryn M. Kobasiuk, 72, of Allentown, who died Saturday,
April 7, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph the Worker Catholic
She was a daughter of the late Vincent Wanitzky.
Her father's name was incorrect in Sunday's paper. Arrangements, Keller
Funeral Home, Fogelsville.
Henry P. Casella Sr.
Henry P. Casella Sr., 87, of Forks Township, died Saturday, April 7,
in his home. He was the husband of Margaret P. (Maurer) Casella.
He was a welder at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 28 years before retiring
in 1976, and was a member of Bethlehem Steel Retirees Association.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Peter and Angelina (Butto)
He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Easton, and
their Golden Age Club.
He was a member of the Over 50's Club at Ss. Philip and James Catholic
Church, Phillipsburg, the AARP of Easton, and a lifelong member of the
Survivors: Wife; sons, Dr. Charles H. of Palmer Township, Henry P.
Jr. of Wilson, Joseph P. of Hawley, Wayne County; daughter, Margaret A.
Zarbatany of Williams Township; brother, Frank of Wilson; sister, Lena
Nunes of Easton; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.
Services: 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Curran-Finegan Funeral Home, 1837 Washington
Blvd., Wilson. Mass, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 7 p.m. Tuesday,
in the funeral home.
Contributions: To the church or Visiting Nurse Association, Easton.
Kenneth F. Sherry
Kenneth F. Sherry, 99, of Moravian House, Bethlehem, died Saturday,
April 7, in Lehigh Valley Hospital--Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband
of the late Gertrude V. (Shankweiler) Sherry.
He worked for the Bethlehem Globe Times Newspaper as a line-a-type
operator for 43 years before retiring in 1966. Previously, he worked for
Bethlehem Steel Corp.
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Samuel W. and Rosa (Anewalt)
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
He played soccer for Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club and Scottish Team
Survivors: Three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; nephew. He
was predeceased by a son, Richard S.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem.
Call 10-11 a.m. Wednesday.
Contributions: Northampton County Jr. Conservation School, Easton.
Kathleen M. Emmerling
Kathleen M. Saley-Emmerling, 51, of 4510 Ferrizzi Drive, Schnecksville,
died Sunday, April 8, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She
was the wife of Bruce A. Emmerling. They were married for 10 years in December.
She was a staff manager at Lucent Technologies, Basking Ridge, N.J.
for 31 years before retiring in 1999.
Born in Bayonne, N.J., she was a daughter of Thomas J. Coffey of Bayonne
and the late Wilma R. (Bobal) Coffey.
She was a Catholic.
Survivors: Husband; father; stepdaughters, Tamara M. Chambers of Glendale
Heights, Ill., Nancy G. of St. Charles, Ill.; brother, Thomas J. of Howell,
N.J.; sisters, Eileen M. Coffey of Bayonne, Maureen Adams of Henderson,
Nev.; a stepgrandson; nieces, nephews.
Services: Call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday,
Heintzelman Funeral Home, 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville. Mass to be held
Florence M. Kology
Florence Mary Kology, 73, of 101 Main St., Macungie, died Thursday,
April 5, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of the
late Lawrence Kology.
She was secretary for Potts Grove police department until retiring.
Previously, she was a secretary for local retail stores in Pottstown.
Born in Plains Township, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Bertha
She was a member of St. Peter's Church, Pottstown.
Survivors: Brothers, Frank of Allentown, Jack of Yerinton, Nev.; nephews.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mark V. Yanaitis Funeral Home, 55 Stark
St., Plains. Call 2-5 p.m. Tuesday.
Ellen J. Mertz
Ellen J. Mertz, 89, formerly of 406 Grim Road, Maxatawny Township,
died Saturday, April 7, in Kutztown Manor. She was the wife of Philip M.
Mertz, who died in 1993.
She was a cook at the former Shorty's Bar and the former Kemp's Hotel,
both in Kutztown. She and her husband were stewards at the Kutztown Rod
and Gun Club, 1950-80.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Daniel A. and Amanda
S. (Schaffer) Leibensperger.
She was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Zion's Union Church,
Survivors: Son, John P. of Kutztown; daughters, Grace A. Kern and Donna
L. Bailey, both of Kutztown; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren,
a great-great-grandson. She was predeceased by a son, Harold D.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ludwick Funeral Home, 333 Greenwich
St., Kutztown. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributions: To the church memorial fund.
Elizabeth M. Warrick
Elizabeth Marie Warrick, 80, of Palmer Township, formerly of Bangor
and Pen Argyl, died Tuesday, April 3, in her home.
She was employed by the former Marquette Industries, Bangor, before
retiring in 1977.
Born in Washington Township, she was a daughter of the late William
J. and Pearl E. (Dietz) Decker.
She attended Bender's Mennonite Church, Plainfield Township.
She was a member of Slate Belt AARP.
Survivors: Sons, Barry of Wilson, Craig of Prince Edward Island, Canada;
brother, Ambrose of Fort Myers, Fla.; two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters.
She was predeceased by a son, William.
Services: Were held. Arrangements, Gaffney Funeral Home, Pen Argyl.
Contributions: Animals in Distress, Allentown.
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