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Wolfel services 
06/12/01
Services for Rose M. Wolfel, 78, of Allentown, who died Sunday, June 10, will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown. Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton. Call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 8:15-9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

William J. Schatz II 
06/12/01
William J. Schatz II, 73, of Cape Coral, Fla., died Saturday, June 9 in Fort Myers, Fla., He was the husband of Betty (Young) Schatz and they were married 52 years. 
He was the former owner of the Coffee Company of the Lehigh Valley. 
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Ralph E. and Ruth (Snyder) Schatz. 
He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Allentown. 
He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Corps. 
He was a past master of New Temple Lodge 720, Jordan Royal Arch Chapter 203, Allen Council 23, Allen Commandery 20 and Knight of the York Cross of Honor, all Allentown. 
Survivors: Wife; son, W. Jack of Cape Coral; daughter, Jill Kratzer of Allentown and one grandson. 
Services: Private. Arrangements, Metz Chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Homes, 1306 Lafayette St., Cape Coral, Fla. 
Contributions: Autism Research Institute, 4182 Adams Ave., San Diego, Calif. 

Sharon F. Zisk 
06/12/01
Sharon Faye Zisk, of Swansboro, N.C., died Tuesday, June 5, in her home. 
She was employed as a nurse for Homes Health and Hospice Service of Onslow County, N.C. 
Born in East Stroudsburg, she was a daughter of Mildred C. Monza of Scotrun, and a stepdaughter of the late Frank Monza. 
Survivors: Daughters, Kristin and Rebecca, both at home; brothers, Rick Nelson of Upper Black Eddy, Fred Nelson of Bozeman, Mont. 
Services: Were held at Swansboro Methodist Church, Swansboro. Local arrangements, William H. Clark Funeral Home, Stroudsburg. 
Contributions: To St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tannersville

Samuel A. Easterday 
06/12/01
Samuel A. Easterday, 38, of 436 W. St. Joseph St., Easton, died Sunday, June 10, in his home. 
He was a self-employed painter and mechanic. 
Born in Easton, he was a son of Ruth (Heavener) Wolbert, with whom he resided, and the late Barry Wolbert. 
Survivors: Mother; sisters, Dawn Easterday of Hi Nella, N.J., Roxann Stonewall of Easton; brothers, Keith Slack of Easton, Randy Easterday of Watchung, N.J., Shane Easterday; nieces, nephews. 
Services: Private. No calling hours. Arrangements, Strunk Funeral Home, Easton. 

Paula G. Maruschak 
06/12/01
Paula G. Maruschak, 46, of Bethlehem, died Sunday, June 10, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of David Maruschak. They were married for 23 years in February. 
She was an officer manager at Speciality Sea Food Buying Group, Orefield, for 12 years. 
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she was a daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Dybdal) Jenson of Vassalboro, Maine. 
She was a volunteer with the Northampton County 4H Club, and a parent volunteer with Liberty High School girls basketball. 
Survivors: Husband; parents; son, John P. and daughter, Emily A, both at home; brothers, Richard of Allentown, John of San Clemente, Calif., Thomas of Burlington, Conn., Brian of Salt Lake City, Utah, David Matthews of Minneapolis; sisters, Candy, Dixie and Cheryl, all of Minneapolis, Anne of Seattle. 
Services: 8 p.m. Thursday, O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown. Call 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. 
Contributions: To the family, c/o the funeral home.

Mary R. Miller 
06/12/01
Mary Rita Miller, 78, of 110 E. High St., Coaldale, died Sunday, June 10, in her home. She was the wife of Philip Miller for 55 years. 
She was a retired registered nurse. She had worked at the former Coaldale State General Hospital. She was a graduate of the Jefferson School of Nursing, Philadelphia. 
Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Cecelia (Fisher) O'Donnell. 
She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Coaldale, and was past president of the church's Ladies Guild. 
She was past president of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association and a former director of the candy stripers at Coaldale Hospital. 
Survivors: Husband; son, Philip, of Palmerton; daughters, Cecelia Keer and Lorraine Robins, both of Coaldale; Marian Hoffner of Palmerton, Sally Brenner of Bethany Beach, Del., Joan Schalle of Dunmore, Lackawanna County; brother, John of Wilmington, Del.; sister, Joan Wildoner of Jim Thorpe; 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. 
Mass: 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale. 
Contributions: Marian High School Scholarship Fund, Tamaqua R.4. 

Mamie Reese 
06/12/01
Mamie Reese, 85, formerly of Elm Street, Nazareth, died Monday, June 11, in Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township. 
She was a winder at Kramer Textiles, Nazareth, for 40 years before retiring in 1979. 
Born in New Village, she was a daughter of the late Erwin and Carrie Reese. 
She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Nazareth. 
Survivors: Niece, nephew. 
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Schmidt Funeral Home, 407 Belvidere St., Nazareth. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. 

LeRoy W. Kemmerer Sr. 
06/12/01
LeRoy W. "Pat'' Kemmerer Sr., 66, of 545 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, died Sunday, June 10, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Violet M. (Lauchnor) Kemmerer. They would have been married for 34 years on June 11. 
He was a laborer and garbage truck driver for Franklin Township for more than 20 years. He previously worked at Ziegenfuss Hillside Garden, Big Creek. 
Born in Franklin Township, he was a son of the late William E. and Elsie P. (Goldberg) Kemmerer. 
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Big Creek. 
He was a life member of the Mahoning, Bowmanstown, Lehighton and Franklin Township fire companies. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, LeRoy W. Jr. of Lehighton, Joshua W., at home; daughter, Mary R. Hall of Nesquehoning; brother, William P. of Lehighton; sister, Evelyn Diehl of Pennsburg; a granddaughter. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport. Call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: To the church, c/o Donald Geiling, Lehighton.

Lawrence J. Pauly Jr. 
06/12/01
Lawrence J. Pauly Jr., 80, of Macungie, died Sunday, June 10, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Christine R. (Shelcusky) Pauly. They were married for 57 years last July. 
He was an explosives inspector for Pennsylvania Environmental Resources, Pottsville, for 12 years before retiring in 1988. Previously, he was an explosives inspector for Hercules Powder, Wilmington, Del., for 25 years. 
Born in Frackville, he was a son of the late Lawrence J. Sr. and Mary A. (Schragen) Pauly. 
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Orefield. 
He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a pilot. He was a member of American Legion, Frackville. 
He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 10921, Orefield. 
He was a member of the Elks Club, Frackville. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Lawrence J. III of Ravena, N.Y., David L. of New Tripoli; daughters, Christine R. Caraher of Bohemia, N.Y., Celeste E. Weller of Topton; sisters, Maria Hadley and Frances Hnath, both of Pottstown, Virginia Scheifley of King of Prussia; 14 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters. 
Memorial Mass: 10 a.m. Monday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton St., Allentown. 
Contributions: To the church.

Josephine Ptaszkowski 
06/12/01
Josephine T. Ptaszkowski, 74, of 120 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, died Monday, June 11, in Pottsville General Hospital. 
She was a zipper setter for the former Loomtogs Manufacturing, Summit Hill. 
Born in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Pach) Ptaszkowski. 
She was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Summit Hill, and its rosary group. 
Survivors: Nieces, nephews. 
Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 9-11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Arrangements, Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, Summit Hill. 
Contributions: To the church. 

Joseph W. Maioriello 
06/12/01
Joseph W. Maioriello, 71, of Peaslee Road, Merrimack, N.H., died Sunday, June 10, in his home. He was the husband of Helen (DeFranco) Maioriello. 
He was district manager for Manchester, N.H., District Pfizer Labs before retiring, and a member of Pfizer's All Star Club. He was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University. 
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late William and Anna (Donchez) Maioriello. 
He was a coach for Souhegan Girls Tennis, Merrimack, for the past four years. 
He was elected to the ESU Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Bethlehem Boys Club Hall of Fame in 1992. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Mark of Mount Laurel, N.J., Dr. Michael of Novato, Calif.; daughter, Diane Kurylak of Mount Laurel; brother, William J.; stepson, Robert Chapman; stepdaughter, Kathryn Chapman; six grandchildren. 
Mass: 10 a.m. Friday in St. Matthew's Catholic Church, East Stroudsburg. Call 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, George R. Rivet Funeral Home, 425 D.W. Highway, Merrimack, and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Fiore Funeral Home, 3rd and Market streets, Bangor. 
Contributions: Joseph Maioriello Merrimack Track & Field Memorial Scholarship or Joseph Maioriello Souhegan Girls Tennis Memorial Scholarship Fund, both c/o 30 Peaslee Road, Merrimack.

Jose M. Rebimbas 
06/12/01
Jose M. Rebimbas, 48, of Bethlehem Township, died Friday, June 8, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. 
Born in Bunheiro, Portugal, he was a son of Ana A. Rebimbas of Bethlehem Township and the late Joaquin Rebimbas. 
He was a member of Holy Infancy Catholic Church, Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Mother; daughters, Anita M. and Janette M., both of Bethlehem; sons, Antonio E. of Bethlehem, Jose A. of Philadelphia; sister, Maria A. Tavares of Bethlehem; 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. 
Contributions: Catholic Social Agency Services Office, Allentown. 

Jay A. Griffith 
06/12/01
Jay A. Griffith, 69, of 1937 Saucon Dale Circle, Bethlehem, died Sunday. June 10, in his home. He was the husband of Joan K. (Karazusky) Griffith. They were married for 45 years in May. 
He was employed with Kyser Musical Products, Grand Prairie, Texas, as vice-president of marketing, until April. 
He started his career in 1958, with Hoffman LaRouche Pharmaceuticals in marketing and sales in the greater Cherry Hill, New Jersey area then moved to the Lehigh Valley, where he owned and operated a personnel placement agency. 
In 1970 he joined C.F. Martin and Co., Nazareth, as manager of associated products, then managing director of wholesale products and then worldwide export manager until retiring in 1996. 
He graduated from Kings College in 1953, then continued his graduate study in biology at Fordham University in New York. 
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Ruth A. (Davis) Loquasto of Upper Nyack, N.Y. 
He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Coaldale. 
He was an Army veteran, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He was stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital Institute, Washington D.C., in the nuclear biology department conducting the effect of nuclear material upon animals. 
He served as president of Music Distributors Association of America, 1983-1985 and received its Leadership Award in 1997 for outstanding years of devotion to the music industry. 
He was a member of Silver Creek Golf Club. 
He attended the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in 1992. 
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Elissa J. Waldron of Allentown; brother, Santo R. Loquasto of Upper Nyack; three grandchildren. 
Mass: 10:30 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday in the church. Arrangements, Mae A. Stump Funeral Home, Fleetwood. 
Contributions: To the church.

Jane R. Peterson 
06/12/01
Jane R. (Wenrich) Peterson, 81, of Allentown, formerly of Boston, Mass., died Monday, June 11, in Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Donald C. Peterson. 
Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Gwendolyn (George) Heckman. 
She was an Episcopalian. 
Survivors: Sons, James D. of Brockton, Mass., Bruce M. of Norfolk, Va., Donald B. of Abington, Mass.; daughters, Nancy J. Carr of St. Louis, Mo., Linda L. Presanzano of Fort Myers, Fla.; sister, Peggy Cannon of Allentown; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews. 
Services: At the convenience of the family. No calling hours. Arrangements, Kohut Funeral Home, Allentown.

James A. Neff Sr. 
06/12/01
James A. Neff Sr., 76, of Catasauqua, died Monday June 11, in his home. He was the husband of Dorothy S. (Soden) Neff. 
He was a wood craftsman for Fort Manmouth in New Jersery for many years before retiring. 
Born in Buckingham, Bucks County, he was a son of the late George A. and Christa A. (Gabler) Neff. 
He was a Army veteran of World War II, and was a participant in the first landing at Normandy Beach during the D-Day invasion. 
He was a past president of Wall Soccer Club, Wall N.J.. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, James A. Jr. of Catasauqua, Joseph J. of Danielsville; daughters, Carol Blodgood of Wall, Linda Beacher of Carversville, Bucks County, Bonnie Hutchinson of Whitehall Township; sisters, Ruth Ann Neff of Wall, Elizabeth Beagle of Greensboro, Greene County; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, John H. Brubaker Funeral Home, 234 Walnut St., Catasauqua. Call 10-11 a.m. Thursday 
Contributions: American Cancer Society or St. Luke's Hospice, Bethlehem.

Irene A. Sherer 
06/12/01
Irene A. Sherer, 61, of Allentown, died Sunday, June 10, in her home. 
She was a cleaning supervisor at Lucent Technologies, Breinigsville, for the past 10 years. She previously was a manager at Foto-Mat, Allentown, for 25 years. 
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late William C. Sr. and Anna M. (Barnyak) Bolez. 
She was a Catholic. 
She was a member of the American Kennel Club and Lehigh Valley Poodle Club, both of Allentown, and the National Wildlife Foundation. 
Survivors: Sons, Lee J. of Whitehall Township, Brian R. of Allentown; brother, William C. Jr. and sister, Ann Clark, both of Allentown; a grandson. 
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown. Call 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: Animals in Distress, Allentown.

Helen D. Korn 
06/12/01
Helen D. Korn, 61, of Center Valley, died Monday, June 11, in her home. 
She was a receptionist for 10 years for Park, Poe, Adams and Bernstein law firm, Raleigh, N.C. She previously was a receptionist for the North Carolina General Assembly, Raleigh, for five years. She attended Hardbarger Business School, Raleigh. 
Born in Raleigh, she was a daughter of the late Arthur S. Sr. and Betty M. (Poole) Davis. 
She was a member of North Haven Baptist Church, Raleigh. 
She was a former delegate to the Democratic National Convention and a member of the North Carolina State Capital Historical Association. 
Survivors: Son, David W. of Center Valley,with whom she resided; brother, William E. of Boone, N.C. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. 

Frank V. Carbonaro 
06/12/01
Frank V. Carbonaro, 75, of Stroudsburg died Monday, June 11, in Laurel Manor, Stroudsburg. He was the husband of Joyce Carbonaro for 75 years. 
He was an office manager for Lewis Ribbon Co., Manhattan, N.Y., for 35 years before retiring in 1975. 
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was a son of the late Michael and Antoinetta (Tercchiano) Carbonaro. 
He was a Catholic. 
He was a Navy veteran. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Jack of Las Vegas, Nev., Michael of Kunkletown; daughter, Julie Rogers of Stroudsburg; sister, Sandra Grandieri of East Stroudsburg; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington St., East Stroudsburg. Call 9-11 a.m. Thursday.

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