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Anna D. Yurasek 
04/09/01
Anna D. Yurasek, 90, of Bethlehem, died Sunday, April 8, in the home of her sister Gertrude Kovach of Hellertown. 
She worked as a cleaning lady for Lehigh University for 10 years before retiring in 1976. Previously, she worked in the cleaning department for St. Luke's Hospital and prior to that at Laros Silk Mills, Fountain Hill. 
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna (Fecko) Yurasek. 
She was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Bethlehem and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Society. 
She was a member of the National Sokols, Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Sisters, Sophie Krise, Katherine Tomko and Irene Vasko, all of Bethlehem, Gertrude. She was predeceased by a son, Richard. 
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: To the church.

Alvin Engler Jr. 
04/09/01
Alvin Engler Jr., 79, of Easton, died Saturday, April 7, in Warren Hospital. 
He was a truck driver for Richard P. Fauth Contractor, Lebanon, N.J. for 16 years, retiring in 1966. 
Born in Bangor, he was a son of the late Alvin Sr. and Pearl (Stocker) Engler. 
Survivors: There are no survivors. 
Graveside services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements, Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem.

William H. Kessler Jr. 
06/11/01
William H. Kessler Jr., 73, of 112 Mechanic St., Bethlehem, died Saturday, June 9, in the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Susan (Rilly) Kessler. 
He worked for the former Schwerman Trucking, Nazareth; in his father's former flower shops in Nazareth, Bath and Easton; at the Harvey School of Dance, Nazareth, and the Blue Chimney Restaurant, Riegelsville. 
Born in Nazareth, he was a son of the late William H. and Ella B. (Buckley) Kessler. 
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth. 
He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 
Known as "Mr. Democrat" in Northampton County, he was county chairman for the Humphrey-Muskie presidential campaign. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, William III of Cummings, Ga., John K. of Ocala, Fla., Michael K. with the Air Force in England, Jonathan Rilly of Bethlehem, DeShawn Rilly of New Orleans, La.; daughters, Jacqueline Geake of Nazareth, Kathleen Siegfried of Sterling, Va., Marie of Lake Wales, Fla., Susan Correll of Groton, Conn., Joanne of Tampa, Fla.; brother, Dr. Frank of Orleans, Mass.; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. 
Services: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. 

Timothy J. Farrel 
06/11/01
Timothy J. Farrel, 49, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Center Valley, died June 1 in Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park, Fla. He was the husband of Diane Farrel. 
A graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in accounting, he worked for J. Walters Inc., Tampa, Fla. 
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Nannette (Selig) Farrel of Allentown and the late Claude J. Farrel Jr. 
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Clearwater. 
Survivors: Wife; mother; brother, Peter of Allentown. 
Services: Were held in Clearwater. Arrangements, Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater. 

William G. Swint 
06/11/01
William Gerald Swint, 46, of Easton, died Friday, June 8, as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Bougher Hill Road, Williams Township. 
He was a self-employed truck driver for Swint's Hauling and Disposal Service, Easton. 
Born in Easton, he was a son of Herman and Evangeline (Graves) Swint of Easton. 
He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Easton. 
He was a member of the Paradise Club, Easton. 
Survivors: Parents; son, William T., and daughters, Rachael and Corine, all of Easton; brothers, H. Michael and David J., both of Easton, Robert T. of Cherry Hill, N.J., Clifford C. of Neshanic Station, N.J., Philip V. of Allentown; sister, Alice M. Patterson of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; a grandchild. 
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday in the church. Call noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the church. Arrangements, Jesse Johnson Funeral Home, Allentown.

Vlossak contributions 
06/11/01
Memorial contributions for Rose Vlossak, 97, of 709 Delaware Ave., Bethlehem, formerly of Palmerton, who died Saturday, June 9, may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. 

Timothy J. Farrel 
06/11/01
Timothy J. Farrel, 49, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Center Valley, died June 1 in Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park, Fla. He was the husband of Diane Farrel. 
A graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in accounting, he worked for J. Walters Inc., Tampa, Fla. 
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Nannette (Selig) Farrel of Allentown and the late Claude J. Farrel Jr. 
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Clearwater. 
Survivors: Wife; mother; brother, Peter of Allentown. 
Services: Were held in Clearwater. Arrangements, Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Rose P. Mondillo 
06/11/01
Rose P. Mondillo, 72, of Forks Township, died Sunday, June 10, in Easton Hospital. She was the wife of Anthony S. Mondillo. They were married for 52 years last September. 
She was a seamstress for the former Easton Trouser Co. before retiring in 1962. 
Born in Lower Mount Bethel Township, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna L. (Marinelli) Esposito. 
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Easton. 
Survivors: Husband; daughter, Antoinette Gudzinas of Easton; brothers, Albert, Louis, and George, all of Easton, Anthony of West Orange, N.J.; three grandchildren, a great-grandchild. 
Services: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Morello Funeral Home, 12th and Lehigh streets, Easton. Mass, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call after 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Rose M. Wolfel 
06/11/01
Rose M. Wolfel, 78, of Allentown, died Sunday, June 10, in the Visiting Nurse Association Inpatient Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late Frank L. Wolfel. 
She was a sewing machine operator for the former Modern Slacks Creations, Allentown, for 17 years before retiring in 1984. 
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Horwath) Garger. 
She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Allentown. 
She was clerk of elections for the 1st Ward for the last 16 years, vice-president for 14 years and secretary for 12 years of the 1st Ward Civic Association, financial secretary for the 1st and 6th Ward Senior Citizens groups, and member of the 1st Ward Riverfront Community Coalition, all of Allentown. She was a volunteer for the Polish American Club Senior Citizens and the City Hall information desk, both of Allentown. 
Survivors: Brothers, John of Orange Beach, Ala., Stephen of Freemont, Calif., Edwin of Whitehall Township, Frank and Michael, both of Allentown; sisters, Anna Ifkovits and Helen Lasinsky, both of Northampton, Stella Luisser, Hilda Maron and Marge Scarcia, all of Allentown, Elsie Weaver of Searsport, Maine. She was predeceased by a daughter, Linda. 
Services: To be announced. Arrangements, Weber Funeral Home, Allentown. 
Contributions: Visiting Nurse Association Inpatient Hospice at St. Luke's Hospital. 

Norwood C.J. Dottery 
06/11/01
Norwood C.J. "Woody" Dottery, 71, of Palmer Township, died Saturday, June 9, in Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Betty (Kiefer) Dottery. They were married for 50 years last November. 
He worked for the Postal Service, Bethlehem, for 15 years before retiring. He also had a sharpening shop in Bethlehem and then in Easton for 33 years. 
Born in Guthsville, he was a son of the late Wallace and Verna (Deschler) Dottery. 
He was a member of Bethel Memorial Baptist Church, Palmer Township. 
Survivors: Wife; son, William of Saylorsburg; daughters, Cindy Grimes and Lynn DeHaven, both of Easton; sister, Ann M. Birkmire of Allentown; five grandchildren, a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by a son, Alan. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden St., Bethlehem. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: Church building fund. 

Melloy services 
06/11/01
Graveside services for Janet Barclay Williamson Melloy, 79, of Miller Street, Norwich, N.Y., who died Feb. 25, will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Mount Hope Cemetery, Norwich. Arrangements, R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, Norwich.

Mary H. Karaffa 
06/11/01
Mary H. Karaffa, 75, of Bethlehem, died Friday, June 8, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late Andrew J. Karaffa and Robert F. Piersza. 
She was a floor lady in the garment industry in the Lehigh Valley for 25 years before retiring in 1987. 
Born in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Szalay) Sipos. 
Survivors: Daughter, Andrea L. Karaffa of Catasauqua; son, Dennis F. Piersza of Bath; two grandchildren, a great-grandchild. 
Graveside services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Freemansburg Cemetery. No calling hours. Arrangements, Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem. 
Contributions: American Heart Association, Bethlehem.

Lillian A. Reiff 
06/11/01
Lillian A. Reiff, 97, of the Lutheran Home, 1 S. Home Ave., Topton, formerly of Kutztown, died Sunday, June 10, in the home's Henry Health Care Center. She was the wife of Alvin L. Reiff. They were married for 62 years in December. 
She was a school teacher for the Reading School District for 35 years. She and her husband owned and operated the former Suburban Drive-In Restaurant, Kutztown, from 1962 until retiring in 1973. She was a 1931 graduate of Keystone Normal School, now Kutztown University. 
Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Howard J. and Sallie (Sweitzer) Trusty. 
Survivors: Husband; daughter, Lynda L. Wolfinger of Telford. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Ludwick Funeral Home, Topton.

Lester Bartman 
06/11/01
Lester "Lell" Bartman, 86, of 303 Priscilla St., Allentown, died Sunday, June 10, in his home. He was the husband of Hilda M. (Kohler) Bartman. They were married for 65 years in December. 
He was a bricklayer for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 36 years before retiring in 1976. 
Born in Red Hill, he was a son of the late Frank and Isabella (Kehs) Bartman. 
He was a Protestant. 
He was a life member of Fearless Fire Company, Allentown, and a member of the Fireman's Relief Association. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Ronald J. and Thomas F., and brother, Harvey, all of Allentown; two grandchildren. 
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, 46 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown. 

Kathryn A. Lydic 
06/11/01
Kathryn A. Lydic, 58, of 410 Edgewood Drive, Lebanon, died Saturday, June 9, in her home. 
She was a teacher in Intermediate Unit 13 in the Cornwall Lebanon School District. 
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late J. Robert and Catherine (Wisser) Wiegner. 
She was a member of Lebanon Church of the Brethren. 
She was a member of the National Education Association and the Pennsylvania State Education Association. 
Survivors: Daughter, Suzanne K. Ponferov of Columbus, Ohio; brother, James R. in England; a nephew. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Rohland Funeral Home, 5th & Cumberland streets, Lebanon. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society.

Ida F. Flothmeier 
06/11/01
Ida F. Flothmeier, 89, of the Lutheran Home, 1 S. Home Ave., Topton, formerly of Allentown, Spinnerstown, and Norristown, died Saturday, June 9, in the Lutheran Home. She was the wife of the Rev. Frederick W. Flothmeier since 1935. 
She was a 1933 graduate of Temple University. 
Born in Souderton, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Ella (Fillman) Moyer. 
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Topton. 
Survivors: Husband; son, William S. of Ventura, Calif.; daughters, Mary L. Smith of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Gertrude E. Harris of Gainesville, Fla.; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. 
Memorial services: 3 p.m. Wednesday in the church chapel. No calling hours. Arrangements, Ludwick Funeral Home, Topton. 
Contributions: Lutheran World Federation, Chicago.

Ivy F. Brunner 
06/11/01
Ivy F. Brunner, 97, formerly of Monocacy Towers and East Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, died Saturday, June 9, in ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Frank J. Brunner. 
She worked at several silk and garment factories in Bethlehem for several years. 
Born in McMichaels, Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Edna (Merwine) Bond. 
Survivors: Three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William W. 
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem. Call 10-11 a.m. Tuesday. 

Herbert C. Renninger 
06/11/01
Herbert C. Renninger, 49, of Green Lane, died Saturday, June 9, in Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township, Bucks County. He was the husband of the late Leslie A. (Webb) Renninger. 
He was a filler operator for Lehigh Valley Dairies, Lansdale, before retiring. 
Born in Sellersville, he was a son of Eva (Nace) Renninger of Pennsburg and the late Herbert Renninger. 
Survivors: Mother; daughters, Stephanie M., April and Shannon, all at home; brothers, David of East Greenville, Jeffrey of Pennsburg; sister, Renee Keyser of Pennsburg. 
Memorial service: 7 p.m. Thursday, Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, 667 Harleysville Pike, Franconia, Montgomery County. 
Contributions: Herbert Renninger Daughters Fund, Franconia.

George R. Kristofik 
06/11/01
George R. Kristofik, 72, of Bethlehem, died Saturday, June 9, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Jean A. (Achey) Kristofik. They were married for 48 years in April. 
He was a repairman in the sintering plant of Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 43 years before retiring in 1991. 
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Simon and Anna (Sucansky) Kristofik. 
He was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Bethlehem. 
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. 
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Kathy Snyder of Fenwick Island, Del., Linda Wasko of Bethlehem; brother, Michael of Bethlehem; three grandchildren. 
Mass: 11 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday in the church. Arrangements, Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem. 
Contributions: St. Anne's Catholic Church or St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, both of Bethlehem.

Edward E. Eisenhauer 
06/11/01
Edward E. Eisenhauer Jr., 77, of Souderton, formerly of Elroy, Montgomery County, died Thursday, June 7, in Sacred Heart Hospital. He was the husband of Cleta L. (Weidman) Eisenhauer. They were married for 54 years last November. 
He worked for the former 
Shoeneman's, Souderton, for 32 years before retiring as a supervisor in 1978. He was a member of Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Local 119. He was a Franconia Township supervisor for 32 years until 1990. 
Born in Norristown, Montgomery County, he was a son of the late Edward E. and Eva W. (Shirk) Eisenhauer. 
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Telford, where he served on various committees and was treasurer for many years. 
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. 
He was a member of the Sellersville Hunting and Fishing Club and Souderton Senior Adult Activity Center. He played baseball for the Souderton Warriors for many years and for the Souderton Community Softball League in the 1950s. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Edward E. III of Perkasie, Dwight D. of Lehighton; sister, Janice E. Peterman of Perkasie; brother, Russell S. of Souderton; four grandchildren. 
Services: Noon Tuesday in the church. Call 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the church. Arrangements, David R. Sadler Funeral Home, Telford. 
Contributions: Kitchen fund of the church.

Daniel B. Devlin 
06/11/01
Daniel B. Devlin, 56, of Allentown, died Saturday, June 9, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Linda L. (Hines) Devlin. They were married for 30 years in May. 
He was a welder for Caloric, Topton, until 1976. 
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Eleanor A. (McGlade) Devlin of Allentown and the late Daniel J. Devlin. 
He was a Christian. 
He was a dialysis patient for more than 25 years. 
Survivors: Wife; mother; daughter, Maureen F. Devlin-Horvath of Bethlehem; sister, Eileen Holmes of Tucson, Ariz. 
Services: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Stephens Funeral Home, 1335-37 Linden St., Allentown. Call 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: To the family, c/o the funeral home, American Diabetes Association, or National Kidney Foundation. 

Clyde C. Oswald 
06/11/01
Clyde C. Oswald, 88, of 238 North St., Emmaus, died Friday, June 8, in the hospice unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Arlene E.F. (Bergstresser) Oswald. 
He was last employed in the custodial maintenance department of the East Penn School district for 18 years before retiring in 1978. Previously, he was employed by Mack Trucks, Allentown, and as a grocer at the former Fenstermakers Market, proprietor of the former Oswald's Market, and by Emmaus Shirt Factory, all of Emmaus. He also worked for the former American Steel and Wire Co., Allentown. 
Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Howard and Carrie (Fegley) Oswald. 
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus, where he was a former head usher, president of its brotherhood, and financial secretary. 
He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 
He formerly was a sergeant of Emmaus Fire Police and a life member of Fire Company No. 1 and Citizens Fire Company No. 2, all of Emmaus. 
He was the program scheduler for the Emmaus summer entertainment committee for 16 years, and played trombone for the former Liberty Band and the former Emmaus Band, both in Emmaus. He was a member of the Mercantile Club, Emmaus. 
Survivors: Sons, Larry C. of Salisbury Township, Terry C. at home; brother, Vernon of Emmaus; sisters, Marie David, Elda Schaffer and Grace Schlichter all of Emmaus, Leona Smith of Macungie. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 225 Elm St., Emmaus. Call 9:30-10:30 Tuesday. 
Contributions: To the church. 

Betty J. Ohl 
06/11/01
Betty J. Ohl, 75, of New Ringgold R.1, died Sunday, June 10, in Palmerton Hospital. She was the wife of the late Arthur F. Ohl. 
She was a cook for the Bowmanstown Diner for many years before retiring. She previously was a sewing machine operator for the former Barson and Co. Mill, Lehighton. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. 
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Henry W. and Ellen (Miner) Mertz. 
She attended Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton. 
She was a den mother for Cub Pack 83, Lehighton. 
Survivors: Sons, Robert F. of Lehighton, Barry L. of New Ringgold; brother, Robert of Hatboro, Montgomery County; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, 4th and Iron streets, Lehighton. Call 10-11 a.m. Thursday.

Beatrice F. Wilson 
06/11/01
Beatrice Foose Wilson, 87, formerly of Easton, died Sunday, June 10, in Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township, where she resided. She was the wife of the late Thomas F. Wilson. 
She worked for the former Lane Kleen All, Easton, for 10 years before retiring. Previously, she was employed by the former Transogram Toy Co., Easton. 
Born in Easton, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Matilda (Watkins) Foose. 
She was a former member of Christ United Methodist Church, Easton. 
Survivors: Sons, Barry T. of Islamorada, Fla., James, with whom she formerly resided; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Strunk Funeral Home, 602 W. Berwick St., Easton. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. 
Contributions: Charity of one's choice.

Anthony Desiderio 
06/11/01
Anthony "Tony" Desiderio, 83, of 1820 Spring St., Bethlehem, died Sunday, June 10, in his home. He was the husband of Ruth E. (Monk) Desiderio. They were married for 61 years in December. 
A member of Bricklayers Local Union 15, he was a mason and foreman for Robert A. Tauber Construction Co., Allentown, for 32 years before retiring. He also managed his three daughters, who sang as the JAN Sisters in eastern Pennsylvania. 
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Martizano and Maria (Annicchiarico) Desiderio. 
He attended First Baptist Church, Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Joanne Reichenbach of Delaware Water Gap, Nancy Miller of Bethlehem, Annette Houser of Bethlehem Township; sisters, Nancy Walker, Michaelene Baranski, Josephine Ostazewski and Rita Rovinski, all of Wilkes-Barre, Maryette DiNicola and Florence McCue, both in New Jersey; brothers, Basil and Martin, both of Wilkes-Barre; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. 
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden St., Bethlehem. Call 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: Via, Bethlehem.

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