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Gilbert Strohl Sr., 79, retired vo-tech teacher 
February 18, 1998
Gilbert H. Strohl Sr., 79, of 2095 Hopewell Road, Bethlehem, died Monday, Feb. 16, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Beth J. (Thomas) Strohl. They were married for 55 years last May.
He taught electric technology at Bethlehem Area vo-tech for 10 years until retiring. Previously, he was an electrician at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 20 years.
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Floyd W. and Helen C. (Clewell) Strohl.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors: Wife; son, Gilbert H. Jr. of Limeport; daughter, Beth Ann, wife of Keith R. Adams of Bethlehem, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services: Private. No calling hours. Arrangements, Heintzelman Funeral Home, Hellertown.
Contributions: Pennsylvania Humane Society, c/o the funeral home. 

Frank 'Wimpy' Kimmel
February 18, 1998
Frank L. ''Wimpy'' Kimmel, 80, of New Ringgold R.3 died Monday, Feb. 16, in Good Samaritan Hospital Regional Medical Center, Pottsville. He was the husband of Olive J. (Bolich) Kimmel. They were married for 59 years last July.
He was a carpenter for the former Atlas Powder Co., Reynolds, for 40 years, retiring in 1980.
Born in East Brunswick Township, he was a son of the late Leon and Eva (Bensinger) Kimmel.
He was a member and chairman of the cemetery board of Steigerwalts German Eldership Church of God, New Ringgold R.2. Formerly, he was treasurer, elder and superintendent of the Sunday school.
Kimmel was recipient of the Schuylkill County Voters Hall of Fame Honorary Award for voting continuously for more than 50 years in November elections.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, JoAnn K., wife of Eugene C. Eckroth of New Ringgold R.3, and three grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday in church. Arrangements, Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Snyders.
Contributions: ''This is the Day'' Radio Broadcast, Box 98, New Ringgold. 

Frances Petro, 58, purchasing manager for Stanley-Vidmar 
February 18, 1998
Frances C. ''Fran'' Petro, 58, of Center Valley died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Robert B. Petro. They were married for 33 years last September.
A certified purchasing manager and a 30-year employee of Stanley-Vidmar, Allentown, she was manager of purchasing since 1975. Also, she was chairwoman of the corporate steel service center buying group and secretary of the international steel mill council buying group.
She was a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of Cedar Crest College and a graduate of the College of Misericordia, Dallas, Luzerne County.
Born in Kingston, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Helen (Grazevich) Simonaitis.
A member of PMA of the Lehigh Valley, she was a board member for five years, and former president, first and second vice president and treasurer.
Petro was chairwoman of the ad hoc committee on education for PMA of Lehigh Valley and an instructor of purchasing courses at Lehigh and Northampton community colleges.
She was a member of the American Production & Inventory Control Society, the International Platform Association and the National Association of Purchasing Managers, where she served on several panels.
She had numerous articles published in ''American Metal Market,'' and other industrial periodicals.
Survivors: Husband; son, Justin B., at home, and a sister, Carol J., wife of Paul Nockein of Moscow R.7, Lackawanna County.
Services: 9 a.m. Friday, Norcross-Weber Funeral Home, 101-B, N. Main St., Coopersburg. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday. 

John W. ''Jack'' Vondercrone Jr.
February 18, 1998
Among the survivors of John W. ''Jack'' Vondercrone Jr., 87, of Moravian Hall Square Retirement Community, Nazareth, who died Monday, are three grandchildren. The number was incorrect in Tuesday's obituary.
Among the survivors of Margaret F. Quinn, 74, of 18 Quinn Lane, Ashfield, who died Sunday, is a sister, Mrs. Erma Heckman of Lehighton. Her surname was incorrect in Tuesday's obituary.

Elmer L. Siplics 
February 18, 1998
Elmer L. Siplics of Bethlehem died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Louise Margaret (Wagner) Siplics. They were married for 53 years last May.
He worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 41 years until retiring from the beam yard production scheduling department in 1980.
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Louis and Fannie (Csahuk) Siplics.
He was a member of St. John's Windish Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and a 1941 graduate of Moravian College.
Survivors: Wife and a sister, Ella Koch of Neffs. He was predeceased by sons, Larry E. and Walter L.
Memorial services: 1 p.m. Friday, Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden St., Bethlehem. Call noon to 1 p.m. Friday.
Contributions: To the church.

Elizabeth G. Dicker 
February 18, 1998
Elizabeth G. Dicker, 88, of the Care Center of Brakeley, Lopatcong Township, formerly of Ridge Street, Phillipsburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Warren Hospital. She was the wife of the late Raymond L. Dicker.
She was born in Elizabeth, N.J.
Survivors: Son, Edmund P. of Kunkletown, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A son Robert died in 1994.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St., Phillipsburg. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday.

Eleanor Susan Landes 
February 18, 1998
Eleanor Susan Landes, 79, of Rockhill Mennonite Community, West Rockhill Township, formerly of Belle Haven Nursing and Convalescent Center, Quakertown, and Highland Park Road, Sellersville, died Saturday, Feb. 14, in Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township. She was the wife of Clarence T. Landes. They were married for 57 years in August.
In the 1970s, she worked in the kitchens of the original Rockhill Mennonite Home and Deibler's Elementary School, Rockhill Township. In the 1950s, she was a seamstress at the Dublin Pants Factory.
Born in Trenton, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Warren Franklin and Theresa Emma (Schaeffer) Hartz.
She attended Grace Gospel Chapel, Plumsteadville; Bethel Mennonite Church, Perkasie; Limerick Chapel and Calvary Church, Souderton.
She was a charter member of the Bux-Mont Christian Business Women's Association.
Survivors: Husband; daughter, Beverly Jean, wife of Glenn Y. Anders of Perkasie; brothers, Warren Franklin Jr. of Trenton, Richard Joseph of Pennington, N.J., and Calvin Norton of Bordentown, N.J.; sister, Theresa Kathryn of Trenton, two grandsons and two great-granddaughters.
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Valley View Bible Church, Telford. Call 1-2 p.m. Saturday in church. Arrangements, Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home, Souderton. 

Doris B. Marucci 
February 18, 1998
Doris B. Marucci, 75, of 428 Tilghman St., Allentown, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Sacred Heart Hospital. She was the wife of the late Michael J. Marucci.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Abraham L. and Mayme L. (Greenawalt) Lauer.
Survivors: Son, Dennis of Reading; daughters, Delores of Allentown and Mary L., wife of Richard Bennett, with whom she resided; brothers, Donald of Allentown and Leonard of Reading, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, 46 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday. 

David Benton, 83, retired head of Rayco Automotive Services 
February 18, 1998
David Benton, 83, of Allentown died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allentown. He was the husband of Lillian (Perelstein) Benton. They were married for 49 years last March.
He was founder and president of Rayco Automotive Services of Allentown Inc., serving from 1947 until retiring in 1978. The business is run by his son Stephen.
Born in Gunnison, Utah, he was a son of the late Harry Benskofsky and Matilda Benskofsky Brookner.
He was a member of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, and a former member of the Allentown Jewish Community Center.
An Army veteran of World War II, he received the Silver Star and Purple Heart, and attained the rank of staff sergeant.
He was a member of the Berkleigh Country Club, Kutztown, and New Temple Masonic Lodge 720.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Stephen of Allentown and Stanley of Philadelphia; brother, Thomas Benz of Harrisburg; sister, Anne Grossbart in Florida, and two grandchildren.
Graveside services: 1 p.m. today, Keneseth Israel Cemetery, South Whitehall Township. Shiva at the family residence 7 p.m. today and Thursday. Arrangements, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.

Charlotte C. Schwenk 
February 18, 1998
Charlotte C. Schwenk, 85, of Allentown died Monday, Feb. 16, in the Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late John P. Schwenk.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Mary Caterson. 
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.
She was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, State College.
Survivors: Sons, Franklin C. of Richmond, Va., and Robert J. of Bethlehem; sister, Mrs. Jane Masterson of Newtown Square, Bucks County, and two grandchildren.
Memorial services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. No calling hours.
Contributions: Lehigh County Association for the Blind, Allentown. 

Cecelia Izdebski 
February 18, 1998
Cecelia Izdebski, 77, of Penn Estates, Stroud Township, formerly of Hackettstown and Jersey City, N.J., died Monday, Feb. 16, in Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. She was the wife of the late Chester Joseph Izdebski.
She was a machine operator at Block Drug Co., Jersey City, for many years before retiring in 1985. 
Born in Jersey City, she was a daughter of the late Johan and Valeria (Sawinski) Strzackowski.
She was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church, East Stroudsburg.
Survivors: Daughter, Cecelia, wife of John Walter Hansen of East Stroudsburg; brothers, Walter in New York state, Edward of Jersey City, and Anthony, Alex and Henry, all in New Jersey; sisters, Stella Stanley of Clintondale, N.Y., Helen Vendermark in California and Florence of Jersey City, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday in the church. Call 2-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday and 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington St., East Stroudsburg.

Beatrice D. Roeder 
February 18, 1998
Beatrice D. Roeder, 87, of 1950 VanBuren Drive, Whitehall Township, formerly of 410 N. Penn St., Allentown died Monday, Feb. 16, in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Lawrence L. Roeder Sr.
She was employed by the former Goldsmith's Purse Factory, Allentown, for 10 years until retiring.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Charles P. and Clarabell (O'Neill) Santee.
She was a member of Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, Allentown.
Survivors: Daughter, Anita L. Adams, with whom she resided; sons, Brian L. and Charles A., both of Allentown, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Lawrence L. Jr.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Contributions: To the church or Visiting Nurses Association, Allentown. 

Barbara A. Zeiner, 62, piano service partner 
February 18, 1998
Barbara A. Zeiner, 62, of Allentown died Monday, Feb. 16, in Sacred Heart Hospital. She was the wife of John J. Zeiner. They were married for 44 years in October.
She was a partner in the John J. Zeiner and Sons Piano Service, Allentown.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Earl B. and Madeline (Young) Stehly.
Active in the East Side Youth Center for many years, she was a coach and served in other capacities.
Survivors: Husband; sons, John J. Jr. and Thomas J., both of Allentown, Ronald W. of Souderton and Robert A. of Whitehall Township; daughter, Jean M., wife of William K. Burch of Allentown; brothers, Earl of Willingboro, N.J., Jerry of Allentown and Kenneth of Lowell, Ohio; sisters, Annette McAuliffe of Walnutport, Judith Stocker of Macungie and Lucy, wife of James Avalon of Bruceton, Tenn., and 16 grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Stephens Funeral Home, 1335-37 Linden St., Allentown. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society, Allentown.

Allene K. Miller 
February 18, 1998
Allene K. Miller, 88, of Pine Run Health Center, Doylestown, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the center. She was the wife of the late George C. Miller.
A 1930 graduate of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, New York City, she was the head nurse at Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital or seven years until retiring in 1974.
Born in Ossining, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Edward H. and Ellen (Lewis) Kipp.
She was a member of Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church, New Britain, Conn.
Survivors: Daughter, Carolyn M. Hanson of Allentown; sister, Mrs. Carolyn Luhmann of Doylestown, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday. 

Alberta M. Beer 
February 18, 1998
Alberta M. Beer, 83, of 102 First Ave., Walnutport, died Monday, Feb. 16, in Sacred Heart Hospital. She was the wife of the late Freddie W. Beer. 
She was a buttoner for Scotty's Fashions, Little Gap, for 20 years before retiring in 1980.
Born in Lehighton, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Mary (Eckart) George. 
She was a member of Christ UCC, Walnutport, and the Sunday school pianist at Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Trachsville, for many years.
She was A past president of the Towamensing Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, Trachsville, and the Towamensing Elementary School PTA.
Survivors: Sons, Herman of Lehighton and Earl of Kunkletown; daughter, Mrs. Dianne Green of Walnutport; sister, Mrs. Irene Beers of Lehighton; brothers, Leon of Slatington and Clair of Lehighton, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Call 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. 

Albert S. Hunter 
February 18, 1998
Albert S. Hunter, 81, of Bethlehem died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the hospice unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Victoria Ann (Lynch) Hunter. They were married for 57 years in December.
He was employed by the Panama Canal Co., for 45 years before retiring in 1979.
Born in Panama, he was a son of the late Elijah and Esther (Cross) Hunter.
Survivors: Wife; sons, T. Abraham D. of Hanover Township, Errol M. of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ricardo J. of Houston, Texas, and Derek W. in Singapore, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by an infant daughter Zelona.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Shiloh Baptist Church, Easton. Call 9-10 a.m. Monday in the church. Arrangements, Strunk Funeral Home, Easton.
Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospice, Attn: Ethel Yerk, Suite 3240 Allentown. 

William Wolford, 72, aluminum siding contractor 30 years 
February 19, 1998
William H. Wolford, 72, of Fogelsville died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Gloria M. (Schmoyer) Wolford. They were married for 48 years in August.
He was a self-employed aluminum siding contractor for 30 years before retiring in 1992. Previously, he was a foreman at the Lehigh-Portland Cement Co. for 20 years.
Born in Sellersville, he was a son of the late Rev. William O. and Helen (Giveler) Wolford.
He was a member and a former consistory president of St. John's United Church of Christ, Fogelsville.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and a 1950 graduate of Ursinus College, Collegeville.
He was past president of the Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Company.
Survivors: Wife; sons, William T. of Breinigsville and David H. of Allentown; brother Robert of Conway, S.C.; sister, Janet, wife of the Rev. James Hollis of Salisbury, N.C., and four grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Monday in church. Arrangements, Keller Funeral Home, Fogelsville.
Contributions: To the church and/or Visiting Nurses Association of the Lehigh Valley.

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