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Shirley Ann Polster 
February 19, 1998
Shirley Ann Polster, 61, of Allentown, formerly of Emmaus, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.
She was a sewing machine operator for area factories, including the former Emmaus Shirt Factory, before retiring.
Born in Emmaus, she was a daughter of Octavia (Arndt) Polster, with whom she resided, and the late Homer Polster. 
Survivors: Mother; daughters, Chris, wife of Mark Boehm, and Lori, both of Emmaus, and Patricia, wife of Michael Larney of Germansville; sons, Eric of Whitehall Township and Jason of Allentown; sisters, Sara, wife of Bruce Laub of Northampton, and Donna, wife of James Wert of Emmaus, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 225 Elm St., Emmaus. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. 

Sarah E. Van Syckle 
February 19, 1998
Sarah E. Van Syckle, 81, formerly of Broadway, N.J., and Allentown, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. She was the wife of the late George Van Syckle.
She was a sewing machine operator for 32 years, last employed by Coccia Manufacturing, Alpha.
Born in Bowlbysville, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Hazel (Strawbridge) Bates.
She was a member of Broadway Methodist Church.
Survivors: Daughters, Grace Mirenda of Phillipsburg, Bertha Marason of Alpha and Nancy Oberly of Allentown; sister, Margaret Hendershot of Allentown, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Doyle-Devlin Funeral Home, 535 S. Main St., Phillipsburg. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday.
Contributions: To the church. 

Ruth R. Ehrie 
February 19, 1998
Ruth R. Ehrie, 84, of Sandts Eddy died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in ManorCare Health Services, Palmer Township. She was the wife of the late Stanley Ehrie.
She worked in Easton area garment mills for most of her life until retiring 1975.
Born in Forks Township, she was a daughter of the late John and Annie (Kelly) Sandt.
She was a Lutheran.
Survivors: Daughter, Janice C. Gass of Big River, Calif.; brother Kenneth of Forks Township; sisters, Margaret Miller of Saylorsburg and Elizabeth Jones of Easton, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Services: At convenience of the family. Arrangements, Ashton Funeral Home, Easton. 

Rose M. Auer 
February 19, 1998
Rose M. Auer, 96, of Bethlehem died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late Paul A. Auer.
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Rose (Milositz) Hochwater.
She was a member of St. John Capistrano Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
She was also a member of the auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post for World War I Veterans, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Daughter, Mrs. Barbara M. Barth, with whom she resided; son Paul of Hemmet, Calif.; sister, Hilda Schmidt in California; brother Edward in Rhode Island, 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Rose Hivizdak, in 1995, and a son George.
Mass: 11 a.m. Friday, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Bethlehem Township. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem. 

Nicholas Patselikos 
February 19, 1998
Nicholas Patselikos, 86, of Allentown died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Pagona (Demetrakas) Patselikos.
He was cook for restaurants in the Lehigh Valley until retiring.
Born in Chios, Greece, he was a son of the late Paisios and Argyro (Sitares) Patselikos. 
He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Bethlehem.
He also was a member of the Order of AHEPA, Lehigh Chapter 60, Allentown.
Survivors: Daughter, Argyro of Allentown, and a brother Pandelis of New Orleans.
Trisagion services: 1 p.m. Saturday in the church. Call noon to 1 p.m. Saturday in church. Arrangements, John F. Herron Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Contributions: To the church. 

Mary Jane Bortz 
February 19, 1998
Mary Jane Bortz, 69, of Maxatawny died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in her home. She was the wife of LeRoy H. Bortz. They were married for 47 years in August.
She was employed by the former M.A. Fegely General Merchandise store, Maxatawny, for many years until its closing.
Born in Maxatawny, she was a daughter of the late Stanley K.B. and Ruth M. (Smtih) Kuhns.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Trexlertown.
Survivors: Husband and cousins.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Schmoyer Funeral Home, 8926 Brookdale Road, Breinigsville. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Contributions: Visiting Nurses Association of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, and/or the church. 

Marian Hartman, 63, Montco crash victim 
February 19, 1998
Marian Marie Hartman, 63, of 21 E. Spring St., Bechtelsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being involved in an auto accident in Douglass Township, Montgomery County.
She was a skilled laborer for the Wagner Division of Cooper Industries, Boyertown, for 37 years until retiring last April.
Born in Boyertown, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Elsie (Schultz) Krause.
She was a member of Palm Schwenkfelder Church.
She was an auxiliary member of the Liberty Fire Company, New Berlinville, and the Goodwill Fire Company, Bally.
Survivors: Daughter, Joanne, wife of Alex Jalowy of Bechtelsville; sons, Dennis Leister, David Hartman and Troy M. Hartman, all of Boyertown, Thomas A. Leister of Bally and Keith A. Leister of Cary, N.C.; brothers, Robert of Spring City, Harold of Macungie and Carl of Woxall, Montgomery County; sister, Sandra Keyser of Quakertown, and 10 grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, in the church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday in church. Arrangements, L.W. Ott Funeral Home, Boyertown.
Contributions: Pine Forge Athletic Association, Boyertown, or the Boyertown Midget-Mite Football Parents Association, Boyertown. 

Margaret C. Dougherty 
February 19, 1998
Margaret C. Dougherty, 87, of Phillipsburg died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Care Center of Brakely, Lopatcong Township. She was the wife of the late Thomas Dougherty.
Born in Phillipsburg, she was a daughter of the late Jeremiah and Hannah (Allen) Mahoney.
She was a member of St. Philip and St. James Catholic Church, Phillipsburg.
Survivors: Sons, Thomas A. and James J., both of Alpha.
Services: 9:15 a.m. Friday, Doyle-Devlin Funeral Home, 535 S. Main St., Phillipsburg; Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the church. Call 8:15-9:15 a.m. Friday.
Contributions: Phillipsburg Emergency Squad. 

Josephine Wotherspoon 
February 19, 1998
Josephine F. Wotherspoon, 79, of Allentown died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late John B. ''Scotty'' Wotherspoon.
She was a sewing machine operator for the former Phoenix Clothes, Allentown, for 25 years before retiring in 1984.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late John and Rose (Coar) Tauschman.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Allentown.
She was a member of the Allentown 1st and 6th Ward senior citizen groups and the 1st Ward Civic Association.
Survivors: Daughter, Nancy, wife of Alfred Holler of Allentown; brothers, Edward in the Poconos and Alfred of Allentown, and two grandsons. She was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Paula Maddox.
Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown; Mass at 10 a.m. in the church. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday. 

Josephine Weiner
February 19, 1998
Josephine Weiner, 93, of Whitehall Township died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Annex. She was the wife of the late Stephen Weiner Sr.
Born in Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late John and Josephine (Derkits) Bickel.
She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay.
Survivors: Sons, William F., with whom she resided, and Stephen Jr. of Whitehall; daughters, Mary Strini of Coplay and Josephine Reinisch of Whitestone, Long Island, N.Y.; sister, Maria Furst of Reinersdorf, Austria, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church No calling hours. Arrangements, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay.
Contributions: To the church, c/o the funeral home. 

Jean E. Stipe, 64, registered nurse; worked in N.J., Pa. 
February 19, 1998
Jean E. Stipe, 64, of Tanglewood Road, Easton, formerly of Basking Ridge, N.J., died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at home. She was the wife of Edwin Stipe III. They were married for 43 years in August.
A 1954 graduate of St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, she was a licensed registered nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
She worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Lyons, N.J., from 1971 until retiring in 1995. She was a staff nurse at the hospital, 1971-76; head nurse of the neurology unit, 1976-85; utilization review coordinator, 1985-87, and quality and utilization management coordinator, 1987-95.
Previously, she was a staff nurse and private duty nurse at Northern Westchester Hospital Center, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; Warren Hospital; Easton Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.
Professionally, she was a member of the Veterans Administration Quality Management Council since 1985; a director of the Somerset County (N.J.) Hospice, 1985-86, and treasurer of the Nurses Organization of the Veterans Administration (NOVA), 1983-84.
An author, she was published in the American Journal of Nursing.
She was a volunteer in the medical records department of Easton Hospital since 1994.
Born in Easton, she was a daughter of the late Charles R. and Margaret B. (Schnell) Boyer.
She was president of the Jaycee Wives, Easton, 1959-60, and a participant in the Historic Easton yearly house tour.
Survivors: Husband; daughter, Kelly J.S. Dizon of Arnold, Md.; son, Daniel McMichael of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Fred C. of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister, Peggy C. Taylor of Bethlehem, and four grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Ashton Funeral Home, 14th and Northampton streets, Easton. Call 7-8:30 p.m. today.
Contributions: Visiting Nurse Association, Easton, or Valley Health Foundation, c/o Easton Hospital. 

James P. Snyder 
February 19, 1998
James P. Snyder, 76, of 4101 Sand Spring Apts., Schnecksville, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. He was the husband of Vivian C. (Stehler) Snyder Snyder. They were married for 25 years in October.
He worked at the American Nickeloid Co., Walnutport, for 27 years before retiring in 1991.
Born in Slatington, he was a son of Leah (Schertzinger) Snyder Ringer of Treichlers and the late James F. Snyder.
He was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Neffs Union Church.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was twice commander of Allen O'Delke American Legion Post 16, Slatington, and served on its honor guard.
He also was a member of the Schnecksville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Star Hose Company No. 1, Emerald.
Survivors: Wife and mother; sons, James and Peter; stepson, Laman C.G. Jr. of Allentown; daughters, Dawn and Susan; stepdaughter, Robin, wife of Manny Ramos of San Francisco, 11 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Harding-Fox Funeral Home, Slatington.
Contributions: Church building fund.

Howard E. Solt 
February 19, 1998
Howard E. Solt, 82, of Allentown died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in his home. He was the husband of Margaret E. (DeRoner) Solt. They were married for 60 years in October.
He was employed by Lehigh Valley Dye, Allentown, for 10 years before retiring in 1977. Previously, he was a truck driver for Ohio Fast Freight Co., Orefield, and other area businesses.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late John Solt and Sarah (Gogel) Solt Schmickley.
Survivors: Wife; sons, John H.E. of Slatedale, James R. of New Tripoli, Joel F. of Mertztown, Jeffrey P. of Allentown and Jerold D. of Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County; daughters, Janet M., wife of Ralph Snyder of New Tripoli, and Judith A., wife of Gregory Beck of Germansville; sisters, Margaret Keinert and Ruth Eltz, both in Pennsylvania, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday. 

Henry D. Mickelson 
February 19, 1998
Henry D. Mickelson, 77, of Bethlehem died Monday, Feb. 16, in Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. he was the husband of Helen P. (Vidumsky) Mickelson. They were married for 51 years in May.
He was a roller in the rolling mills of Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 30 years until retiring in 1982.
Born in Hellertown, he was a son of the late Henry G. and Vera (Bozeka) Mickelson.
He was a member of St. John Capistrano Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Patricia A., wife of Timothy R. Goldsbury of Collinsville, Ill.; brothers, Edward and Howard, both in Texas, Joseph in Florida and Adam in Nevada; sisters, Helen Thatcher of Easton, Betty Frankenfield in Florida and Lillian, wife of Augustine Romero of Bethlehem, and two grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem; Mass at 11 a.m. in the church. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday.

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