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Anna Robinson 
06/12/01
Anna (Mason) Robinson, 95, of Cresco, died Saturday, June 9, in the home of her grandson Roland K. Renick, with whom she resided. She was the wife of the late Thomas Robinson. 
Born in Sylvester, Ga., she was raised by her grandparents, the late Albert and Annie Daniels. 
She was a member of Second Pilgrim Baptist Church, Philadelphia. 
She was a life-member of the Allentown Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a past member of Monroe County Democratic Party. 
Survivors: Daughter, Doris S. Hilton of Stroudsburg; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William and a daughter, Ruth. 
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mountainhome United Methodist Church. Call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Bolock Funeral Home, Routes 940 and 390, Paradise Valley. 

Anna Lalik 
06/12/01
Anna Lalik, 83, of 1502 Poplar St., Northampton, died Monday, June 13, in the home of her daughter, Patricia Schneider of 1389 Newport Ave., Northampton. She was the wife of the late Stephen Lalik. 
She was a machine operator at the former Cross Country Clothes, Northampton. 
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Josephine (Mondlak) Rusyn. 
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, Northampton, where she was a pierogie maker for many years. 
She was a member of Young at Heart and Friendly 50's, both in Northampton. 
Survivors: Daughter, Patricia; sons, Peter of Lehigh Township, Stephen of Northampton; brother, Peter of Northampton; sister, Olga Vasko of Pottstown; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. 
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Divine Liturgy, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 8:30-10 a.m. in the funeral home.

Angelo B. Tedesco 
06/12/01
Angelo B. Tedesco, 94, of 1224 Turtzo Blvd., Bangor, died Sunday, June 10, in Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Josephine (Pellechia) Tedesco. They were married for 53 years in January. 
He was an elder and teacher of the Mount Bethel Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1985-2001. He served on the body of elders of the Belvidere, N.J., congregation, 1973-84. He was presiding overseer of the Roseto congregation, 1948-72, and served in several administrative capacities at the world headquarters of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1935-47. 
He helped establish many congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Lehigh Valley, Slate Belt and Pocono areas and was a longtime member of the New York and Pennsylvania corporations directing the organization's charitable and ministerial activities. He was a Bible scholar and public lecturer in New York, Philadelphia and local congregations. 
Born in Roseto, he was a son of the late Donato and Mary (Russo) Tedesco. 
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Nora of Venice, Calif.; sister, Lily DeRea of Roseto; nieces, nephews. 
Memorial services: 2 p.m. Saturday, East Stroudsburg High School South, Route 209. No calling hours. Arrangements, David J. Boyko Funeral Home, Macungie. 
Contributions: Mount Bethel Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Allen W. Haas 
06/12/01
Allen W. Haas, 74, of Orefield, died Monday, June 11, in his home. He was the husband of the late Evelyn B. (Billiard) Haas. 
He was a boiler operator for the former Trojan Powder Co. Inc., Allentown, for 41 years before retiring in 1989. 
Born in Fogelsville, he was a son of the late Welton W. and Alma V. (Reinert) Haas. 
He was a member of Morgenland United Church of Christ, Orefield, for which he was a deacon and consistory member for many years. 
He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 
He was a member of the Fogelsville Fire Company. 
Survivors: Sons, Karl A. of Schnecksville, Dennis J.W. of Orefield, Ronald R. of Coplay, Donald R. of Allentown; daughter, Joann E. Schaffer of Orefield; brother, LeRoy of Lady Lake, Fla.; sisters, Pauline Kistler of Denver, Lancaster County, Verna Cosmos of Wescosville, Jean Sechler of Orefield; 11 grandchildren, a great-grandson. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Morgenland Union Church, Orefield. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Keller Funeral Home, 1018 Church St., Fogelsville, and 10-11 a.m. Thursday in the church. 
Contributions: To the church.

Shirley A. Christman 
06/13/01
Shirley A. Christman, 64, of 880 Jamestown Drive, Lehighton, died Tuesday, June 12, in Lehighton. She was the wife of the late Delbert E. Christman Sr. 
She was a sewing machine operator at Tom's Sportswear, Lehighton, for 20 years. 
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late William and Verna (Donner) Hunsicker. 
She was a Protestant. 
Survivors: Daughters, Laurel J. Helmer of Lansford, Rose A. Keppel of Lehighton; sons, Randall E. Keppel of Lansford, James DeLong of Slatington; stepdaughters, Loretta Redline, Debra Eckhart and Donna Christman, all of Lehighton, Linda Steigerwalt of Alburtis; stepson, Delbert Christman Jr. of Lehighton; brothers, Elmer in Potter County, William Jr. in Pennsylvania; sisters, Ruth Walters of Slatington, Dorothy of Jim Thorpe, Irene and Gloria, both in Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. 
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, Miller Funeral Home, 137 Fairview St., Lehighton. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. 
Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospice or American Cancer Society, both c/o the funeral home.

Samuel H. Benner 
06/13/01
Samuel H. Benner,83, of Trexlertown, died Monday, June 11, in Mosser Nursing Home, Trexlertown. He was the husband of the late Daisy (Stephens) Benner. 
He was a foreman for the former Larry Stein Roofing Co., Allentown, for many years before retiring in 1984. 
Born in Upper Milford Township, he was a son of the late William P. and Carrie (Trump) Benner. 
He was a member of Chestnut Hill Union Church, Lower Milford Township. 
Survivors: Son, Samuel K. of Bath; sister, Gertrude Hoffman of Macungie; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. 
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Arrangements, Schisler Funeral Home, Northampton.

Ronald C. Pinkey 
06/13/01
Ronald C. Pinkey, 48, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Bethlehem, died Tuesday, June 12, in his home. He was the husband of Martha N. (Marks) Pinkey. They were married for 19 years last August. 
He was office manager of Action Awnings, 1999-2000. Previously he was general manager for Fun Spot Amusement Park and Fun World, Myrtle Beach, 1997-1999. Prior to that, he was owner and operator of Fantasy Miniature Golf, Myrtle Beach, 1992-96 and was operations manager for Dieter Brothers Fuel Co., 1973-1992. He was a 1973 graduate of the former Bethlehem Business School. 
Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of Loretta D. (Kubat) Pinkey of Easton and the late Joseph G. Pinkey. 
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Garden City, S.C. 
He was a Cub Master at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Emmaus. 
He played in the Bethlehem City League fast pitch league for many years. 
Survivors: Wife; mother; son, Jason D. of Myrtle Beach; sister, Dolores A. Flaska of Athens, Ga.; brother, Joseph A. of Bethlehem Township. 
Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. Mass, noon Saturday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Bethlehem Township. Call 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. 
Contributions: National Colon Cancer Research Alliance, Studio City, Calif. 

Robert Knappenberger 
06/13/01
Robert A. Knappenberger, 55, of Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, died Monday, June 11, in Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Bel Air, Md. He was the husband of Judith (Karper) Knappenberger. They were married for 16 years in April. 
He was an automotive parts salesperson for a Chrysler-Plymouth garage, Lehighton. 
Born in Penn Forest Township, he was a son of the late James and Beatrice (Berger) Knappenberger. 
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Penn Forest Township. 
He was a member of Penn Forest Township Fire companies No. 1, Jim Thorpe, and No. 2, Albrightsville, and Fairview Hose Company, Jim Thorpe. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. 
Survivors: Wife; sisters, Evelyn Helmer and Clara Balliet, both of Jim Thorpe, Joyce Kuhla of Bel Air, Md.; nieces, nephews. 
Services: 11 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, and 10:30-11 a.m. Friday in the church. 
Contributions: To the church.

Pauline E. Hamscher 
06/13/01
Pauline E. Hamscher, 81, of 454 E. Main St., Emmaus, died Monday, June 11, in her home. She was the wife of the late Roland T. Hamscher. 
She worked at Dan Schantz Greenhouse. Previously, she was a seamstress at the former Emmaus Shirt Factory. 
Born in Vera Cruz, she was a daughter of the late Jonathan Beitler and Mary (Erb) Beitler/Bartholomew. 
She was a member of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Zionsville. 
She was a member of Vera Cruz Fire Company auxiliary. 
Survivors: Sons, Ronald M. and Donald R., both of Emmaus; daughters, Carol A. Eitner of Slatedale; Sandra L. Kleppinger, Linda L. Fink and Diane K. Keiser, all of Emmaus; half-brother, Harold Bartholomew of Zionsville; sister, Helen Kehm, and half-sisters, Althea Feninez and Betty Snyder, all of Emmaus; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Horace W. Schantz Funeral Home, 250 Main St., Emmaus. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Merrill M. Souder 
06/13/01
Merrill M. Souder, 88, of the Souderton Mennonite Home, formerly of Telford, died Sunday, June 10, in the Skilled Nursing Unit of Peter Becker Community, Harleysville. He was the husband of Katie N. (Whitman) Souder, who died in 1999. 
He was employed for Rosenberger Dairies, Inc., Hatfield for 17 years before retiring in 1991. Previously, he was employed as a driver/salesman for the former Hoffman Dairies, Telford, for 34 years 
Born in Telford, he was a son of the late John N. and Sadie (Moyer) Souder. 
He was a member of Christ Reformed Church at Indian Creek, Telford, where he sang in the choir for many years. 
He was a member of MacCalla Masonic Lodge 596, Souderton. He was a 32nd degree mason of Valley of Allentown Consistory, a member of the Royal Arch Chapter of Lansdale and Rajah Shrine Temple of Reading. 
He was a member of Patriotic Order of Sons of America, the loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 1539, Sellersville, and Indian Valley SAAC, Souderton. 
Survivors: Daughter, Audrey J. Riegel of Quakertown; son, Donald K. of Harleysville; brother, Marvin M. of Richlandtown; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. 
Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday in the church. Arrangements, David R. Sadler Funeral Home, Telford. 
Contributions: To the church. 

Lottie C. Wojtal 
06/13/01
Lottie C. Wojtal, formerly of Annandale, N.J., and Rolling Meadows, Ill., died Tuesday, June 12, in ManorCare Health Services, Palmer Township. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Wojtal. 
Born in Chicago, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Catherine (Paluch) Janusz. 
She was a member of St. Collette's Catholic Church, Rolling Meadows, Ill. 
Survivors: Daughters, Gloria Aloisio of Park Ridge, Ill., Theresa Reimer of North Aurora, Ill.; sons, Donald of Annandale, N.J., Gilbert of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; four grandchildren. 
Services: Private. Arrangements, Ashton Funeral Home, Easton. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society, Lehigh Valley Unit, Allentown. 

Lasta B. Morgan 
06/13/01
Lasta B. Morgan, 87, of Northampton, died Tuesday, June 12, in Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Edgar B. Morgan. 
She was employed at Schmoyer's Drycleaners before retiring. Previously, she was a cashier for the former Walp's Restaurant, Allentown. 
Born in Egypt, she was a daughter of the late John and Sarah J. (Lazarus) Grim. 
She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall, Township. 
Survivors: Sons, Dennis L. of Eagle River, Alaska, Curtis D. of Whitehall, John R. of Northampton; brother, Thomas of Gambrills, Md.; three grandchildren. 
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, O'Donnell Funeral Home, 1064 Fifth St., North Catasauqua. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society, Bethlehem.

Kay A. Sjogren 
06/13/01
Kay A. Sjogren, 73, of Brodheadsville, died Saturday, June 9, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late Harold Sjogren. 
Born in Lappeenranta, Finland, she was a daughter of the late Toivo and Empi (Nurmela) Talka. 
She was a Lutheran. 
Survivors: Sons, Roger of Saylorsburg, Keith of Brodheadsville, Steven of Bronx, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren. 
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Kresge Funeral Home, Route 209, Brodheadsville. Call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Josephine M. Diehl 
06/13/01
Josephine M. "Jo'' Diehl, 73, of 780 Delaware Ave., Hellertown, died Monday, June 11, in Blough Health Care Center, Bethlehem. She was the wife of William L. Diehl. They were married for 50 years last September. 
She was a clerk in the industrial engineering department of Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 15 years before retiring. Previously, she was a secretary for Dr. John Andrews, DDS, Bethlehem for 10 years and prior to that was a secretary at the former Western Electric, Allentown, for several years. 
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Vittoria (Martucci) Mutarelli. 
She was a member of the St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Hellertown. 
She was a member of Edward H. Ackerman Post 397, Hellertown American Legion Ladies auxiliary, Dewey Fire Company, Hellertown, and Lehigh University Alumni Reunion Committee. 
Survivors: Husband; daughters, Cynthia L. Lintner of Hellertown, Kathleen E. Deckard of Camden-Wyoming, Del.; brothers, Louis of Whitehall Township, Carmen of Bethlehem; sisters, Marie Donchetz and Lucy Kail, both of Bethlehem; three granddaughters. 
Services: 9 a.m. Friday, Heintzelman Funeral Home, 326 Main St., Hellertown. Mass, 9:30 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. 
Contributions: To the church.

Jeanette D. Nattress 
06/13/01
Jeanette D. Nattress, 70, of Phillipsburg, died Monday, June 11, in Mansfield Township, N.J. She was the wife of Donald C. Nattress. They were married for 46 years last September. 
She was a ward secretary at Warren Hospital before retiring in 1985. Previously, she was a secretary for Cameron Pump Division of Ingersoll-Rand, Phillipsburg. She attended Churchman's Business School, Easton. 
Born in Phillipsburg, she was a daughter of the late Angelo and Josephine (Frinzi) DeThomas. 
She was a member of St. Philip and St. James Catholic Church, Phillipsburg. 
She was a former member of the Junior Catholic Daughters of America, Court Warren, where she was active in forming and leading the former Juniorette Catholic Daughters. 
She was active in fund raising for the former Phillipsburg Catholic High School Parent-Teacher Organization, and she served as an officer in her branch of the Sisters of the Swish during the Phillipsburg Centennial Celebration in 1961. 
Survivors: Husband; son, David D. of Phillipsburg; daughter, Lorraine J. Ruggiero of Palmer Township; sister, Joanne of Phillipsburg; two grandchildren, a stepgrandson. 
Services: 9 a.m. Friday, Noto-Wynkoop Funeral Home, 289 S. Main St., Phillipsburg. Mass, 9:30 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

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