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Hazel Coates 
06/13/01
Hazel Coates, 85, of 26 Sherwood St., Hometown, Tamaqua, died Tuesday, June 12, in Sacred Heart Hospital. She was the wife of the late James L. Coates. 
She was a former taxi cab driver and worked for Electric Night Manufacturing Co., both in Philadelphia. 
Born in Bridgewater, Bucks County, she was a daughter of the late William and Julia (Griffith) Harper. 
She was a member of Life Assembly of God. 
Survivors: Sons, James of Philadelphia, Richard of Sacramento, Calif.; Daughters, Joan Karainski of Philadelphia, Linda Kreider of Holland, Bucks County, Sandra Strouse of Tuscarora, Schuylkill County, Kathy Tonkin, with whom she resided; sister, Elizabeth Bussinger of South Hampton, Pa.; brothers, Emmett in Missouri, Eugene of Trevrose, Bucks County; 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Robert. 
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Griffiths & Reeser Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Call 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

Frederick W. Schock 
06/13/01
Frederick W. Schock, 73, of 566 E. Eighth St., Northampton, died Tuesday, June 12, in the hospice unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Angelina (Barberi) Schock for 50 years. 
He was director of Northampton Senior Citizens Center at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 until retiring. Previously, he was a sales representative at Bayard Sales. 
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Joseph and Josephine Schock. 
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Northampton. 
He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a life-member and past commander of VFW Post 4714. 
He was organizer and instructor for the Boys Rifle Team of Northampton. 
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Angyne Schock-Smith of Phillipsburg, Donna Deily and Stephanie Banks, both of Northampton; son, Joseph F. of Walnutport; sister, Mary Piscitelli of Northampton; brothers, Joseph and James, both of Northampton; six grandchildren. 
Military services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Call 7-9 p.m. Friday and 10-11 a.m. Saturday. 
Contributions: To the church, c/o the funeral home.

Frederick L. Bechtel 
06/13/01
Frederick L. "Fred" Bechtel, 86, formerly of 3387 Main St., Neffs, died Tuesday, June 12, in Phoebe Home, Allentown. He was the husband of Laura S. (Schaadt) Bechtel of Dublin. They were married for 65 years in May. 
He was an insurance salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Allentown, for 30 years before retiring in 1979. 
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late G. Morris and Annie M. (DeTurk) Bechtel. 
He was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, where he served on the cemetery commission for 10 years. 
He was a former treasurer of Neffs Volunteer Fire Company. 
Survivors: Wife; son, John D. of Dublin; daughter, Marjorie B. McElroy Burmeister of Durham, N.C.; brother, Lewis W. of Pinellas Park, Fla.; sister, Elizabeth Price of Mount Wolf, York County; six grandchildren, a great-grandson. 
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Thursday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Heintzelman Funeral Home, Schnecksville. 
Contributions: To the church's fund for a New Beginning and/or Phoebe Home Inc., c/o the funeral home.

Frances Pretopapa 
06/13/01
Frances Pretopapa, 80, of Easton, formerly of Phillipsburg, died Saturday, June 9, in PersonaCare at Eastwood, Wilson. She was the wife of the late Lawrence P. Pretopapa Sr. 
She was formerly a laborer at Magnetic Windings, Palmer Township. 
Born in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late John C. and Mary (DelGrosso) Parenti. 
She was Catholic. 
Survivors: Son, Lawrence P. Jr. of Easton; brother, Albert and sister, Tristina Lance, both of Bethlehem. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Noto-Wynkoop Funeral Home, Phillipsburg. 
Contributions: To the family, c/o the funeral home.

Evelyn J. Meyers 
06/13/01
Evelyn J. Meyers, 77, of Main Street, Quakertown, previously of Hillcrest Road, Quakertown, died Tuesday, June 12, in St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital. She was the wife of the late Stanley Meyers. 
Born in Quakertown, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Mabel (Reichart) Hillegass. 
She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quakertown. 
Survivors: Sons, Ralph of Coopersburg, Paul of Quakertown; sister, Kathryn Clymer of Quakertown; five grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Mark W. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, Quakertown.

Evelyn E. Edwards 
06/13/01
Evelyn E. Edwards, 76, formerly of Allentown, died Saturday, June 9, in the home of her daughter, Gail Wells of Kutztown. She was the wife of the late Robert L. Edwards. 
Born in Montreal, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Morrison. 
She was a Catholic. 
Survivors: Daughters, Gail, with whom she resided, Rebecca Wells of Allentown; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. 
Contributions: Hospice St. John, Allentown. 

Edward J. Hughes Jr. 
06/13/01
Edward J. Hughes Jr., 83, of 602 E. 21st St., Northampton, died Monday, June 11, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Hannah (Becker) Hughes. 
He was an administrative assistant to the executive vice-president at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for many years until retiring. 
Born in Slatington, he was a son of the late Edward J. Sr. and Catherine (Daniels) Hughes. 
He was a member of United Presbyterian Church of Slatington, The Session and its choir. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II, participating in the Normandy landings and Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of American Legion Post, Slatington. 
He was a member of Bethlehem Bach Choir. 
Survivors: Sons, Geoffrey of Allen Township, Ronald of Laurel, Md.; three grandchildren. 
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Douglas service 
06/13/01
A memorial service for Walter Douglas, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla. and Allentown, who died Jan. 21, will be held 2 p.m. Sunday in American Legion Post 242, 610 E. Broad St., Quakertown. 

Dallas O. Strohl, Sr. 
06/13/01
Dallas O. Strohl Sr., 75, of Keller Road, Bushkill Township, died Monday, June 11, in ManorCare Health Services, Palmer Township. He was the husband of Betty (Messinger) Strohl, who died in 1999. 
He was a heavy equipment operator at Eastern Industries, Nazareth, for 45 years before retiring. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 773, Allentown. 
Born in Kunkletown, he was a son of the late Irene Overpeck. 
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Belfast. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II. 
Survivors: Sons, Dallas Jr., of Nazareth, David of Allentown, Kevin of Wind Gap, Robert Messinger of Little Falls, Minn.; daughters, Linda Hubbard of Tobyhanna, Monroe County, Connie Hill of Nazareth, Carol Lambert and Kathy, both of Wind Gap; brother, Mahlon of Saylorsburg; sisters, Frances Becker of Saylorsburg, Ida Buskirk of Pen Argyl, Helen Walters of Plainfield Township; stepson, ; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Brian. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Schmidt Funeral Home, Wind Gap.

Charles N. Kimble 
06/13/01
Charles N. Kimble, 84, of Palmer Township, died Monday, June 11, in his home. He was the husband of Mary (Remaly) Kimble. They were married for 58 years last June. 
He retired from Industrial Engraving, formerly of Wilson, where he was employed for more than 25 years. 
Born in Phillipsburg, he was a son of the late Charles H. and Estelle (Doty) Kimble. 
He was a member of Palmer Moravian Community Church, Palmer Township, where he was a former elder, sacristan and youth fellowship leader. 
He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Brown and Lynch American Legion Post 9, Palmer Township and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1290, Easton. 
He was a former committee chairman for Palmer Township Cub Scouts. 
Survivors: Wife; sons, Charles N. Jr. and Randall S., both of Lower Nazareth Township; four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter. 
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Strunk Funeral Home, 2101 Northampton St., Wilson, and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday in the church. 
Contributions: To the church. 

Catherine L. Harris 
06/13/01
Catherine L. Harris, 75, of Becker Road, Green Lane, died Friday, June 8, in Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township. 
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Charles Harris and Katherine (Ungerer) Donlon Harris. 
Survivors: Son, Michael Hoyer of West Reading; sister, Ruth Thompson of Philadelphia; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Edward Harris. 
Memorial services: To be held at a later date. Arrangements, Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville.

Catherine A. Dietrich 
06/13/01
Catherine A. Dietrich, 88, of Penrose Street, Quakertown, died Sunday, June 10, in LifeQuest Nursing Center, Milford Township. She was the wife of the late George Dietrich. 
She was a knitter for more than five years at the former DeLoux's Sweater Manufacturer, Sellersville, before retiring in 1975. Previously, she worked at various hosiery mills in the Upper Bucks area. 
Born in Richlandtown, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Zedph) Piszczek. 
She was a Catholic. 
Survivors: Son, George of Collegeville; daughter, Judy Tarantino of Quakertown; four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter. 
Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Isidore's Catholic Church, Quakertown. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown. 
Contributions: American Parkinson's Disease Association, Philadelphia.

Carlotta M. Kemmerer
06/13/01
Carlotta Michelle Kemmerer, 45, of Allentown, died Saturday, June 9, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus. She was the wife of Keith Kemmerer. 
She was employed by Binney and Smith, Easton. Previously, she was a secretary for Manpower of Easton and Easton Area Neighborhood Center, Dutchtown Gallows Hill Office. 
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of Carroll and Betty (Stonewall) Bland of Easton. 
She was a member of Second Baptist Church, Easton, where she was a former member of the children's choir. 
Survivors: Husband; parents; daughter, Nicuole Jones Whitfield of Allentown; brothers, Dwight Stonewall, Adrian Haries and James Haries, all of Easton; sister, Betty A. Palmer of Phillipsburg; three grandchildren. 
Services: 1 p.m. Saturday in the church. Call noon to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church. Arrangements, Strunk Funeral Home, Easton.

Angela Coates
06/13/01
Angela Coates, 39, of East Stroudsburg, formerly of Morristown, N.J., died Monday, June 11, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. 
Born in New York City, she was a daughter of William and Betty Harris of Stanhope, N.J. 
Survivors: Parents; brothers, Gregory Rudolph of Dover, N.J., Mark Rudolph of Morristown, N.J.; nieces, a nephew. 
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg. Call 10-11 a.m. Thursday. 
Contributions: American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, Va. or Pocono Mountains Area Kidney Foundation, Stroudsburg.

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