Miscellaneous Lehigh County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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William M. Bloss 
June 23, 1998
William M. Bloss, 69, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Allentown, died June 15 in the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital, Galveston. 
Born in Hazleton, he was a son of the late Daniel and Ethel (Klinger) Bloss.
He was Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors: Daughter, Tammy L., wife of Pat Chittick of Allentown; son, Jeffrey A. in Texas, and a granddaughter.
Services: Private. Arrangements, Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown.
Contributions: American Lung Association, Bethlehem.

Therese M. Mosconi 
June 23, 1998
Therese M. Mosconi, 72, of 527 Filmore St., Bethlehem, died Sunday, June 21, in her home. She was the wife of William S. Mosconi. They were married for 50 years last August.
She was an assistant to the dean of graduate school education at Lehigh University for more than 25 years until retiring in 1995.
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Barbara (Posvick) Lipovsky.
She was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Husband; sons, William of Manhattan, N.Y., and Gerard of Rye, N.Y.; brother, John Laposky, and sisters, Mary Laposky and Anne Slaninka, all of Bethlehem, and two grandchildren.
Mass: 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Contributions: Therese Mosconi Memorial Tuition Fund, c/o the church.

Steven L. Hawkins, 23, Stockertown crash victim 
June 23, 1998
Steven L. Hawkins, 23, of 400 Main St., Stockertown, died Sunday in a car accident in Stockertown.
A 1997 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he was an activities director at Fernwood Resort, Fernwood.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was a son of Lt. Col. Lowell F. and Sharon (Smith) Hawkins of Edina, Minn.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Parents and a brother Dan of Baltimore.
Services: 5 p.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 6-9 p.m. today, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, and 3-5 p.m. Wednesday in church.
Contributions: Northampton County SPCA, Easton. 

Steven 'Steve' Mueller 
June 23, 1998
Steven J. ''Steve'' Mueller, 36, of N. New Street, Bethlehem, died Saturday, June 20, at home. 
He last worked as a cook at Country Meadows, Bethlehem Township. 
Born in Newark, N.J., he was a son of William F. and Marie (Metz) Mueller of Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Parents; brother Raymond of Annapolis, Md., sister, Nancy, wife of David Happel of Nazareth, and maternal grandfather, Edwin Metz of Washington, N.J., niece and a nephew.
Memorial services: Private. Arrangements, Schmidt Mortuary, Nazareth.

Stephen J. Yaniger 
June 23, 1998
Stephen J. Yaniger, 82, of Emmaus died Sunday, June 21, in the Lehigh Center of Genesis Elder Care, Lower Macungie Township. He was the husband of Josephine A. (Fedak) Yaniger. They were married for 59 years in February.
He worked in shipping and receiving of the former Emmaus Manufacturing Co. for 55 years before retiring in 1986.
Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Michael and Julia (Labanz) Janiga.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Emmaus.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was commander of the Catholic War Veterans, Emmaus, for the past 20 years.
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Christine Theodore of Emmaus and Irene, wife of Lowell Schmoyer of Macungie; sisters, Julia Carl of Emmaus, and Josephine, wife of Edward Hessinger of Fullerton, five grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren.
Services: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith, 225 Elm St., Emmaus; Mass at 11 a.m. in the church. Call 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Contributions: Church building fund.

Stanley K. Gehman 
June 23, 1998
Stanley K. Gehman, 69, of Souderton died Monday, June 22, at home. 
He was a caretaker of grounds and horses at the Charles Grasse Estate, Hilltown Township. Previously, he was a funeral assistant for many years at the former Paul M. Hunsicker Funeral Home and the former Hunsicker-Anders Funeral Home, Souderton, for several years.
Born in Hilltown Township, he was a son of the late Gideon and Ida (Kelly) Gehman.
He was a life member and former usher of Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton.
An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of Warren Royer American Legion Post 324, Souderton.
He was a past president of the Buxmont Riding Club and a longtime member of the Grundsow Lodge of Deep Run.
Survivors: Sisters, Edna K. Strouse of Sellersville, and Kathryn K., wife of Luther Swope, and Sara K., both of Souderton, and brothers, Willis K. of Coopersburg and Nevin K. of Sellersville, nieces and nephews.
Services: 1:30 p.m. Friday in the church. Call 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday in church. Arrangements, Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home, Souderton.
Contributions: Grand View Hospice Memorial Fund, Sellersville. 

Sidney Falk, former Allentown grocer 
June 23, 1998
Sidney Falk of Hallandale, Fla., formerly of Allentown and Easton, died Saturday, June 20, at home. He was the husband of Ethel (Baringoldz) Falk. They were married for 56 years last November.
He was a supervisor of the former Falk's department store, Dorneyville, until retiring. Previously he was manager of the grocery department of the former Zollinger's Allentown, and owner and operator of the former Alco Market, Allentown.
Born in Poland, he was a son of the late Sender and Lena (Kempler) Falk.
He was of the Jewish faith.
Survivors: Wife; son Barry of Ames, Iowa; daughter, Marla Duran of Allentown, and three grandchildren.
Graveside services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Beth El Memorial Park, Whitehall Township. Arrangements, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.

Shirley F. Weisberg 
June 23, 1998
Shirley F. Weisberg, 85, formerly of The Lakes, Allentown, died Sunday, June 21, in Lehigh Center of Genesis Elder Care, Lower Macungie Township. She was the wife of the late Harold L. Weisberg.
She worked in retailing for many years.
Born in Chicago, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Rose Ghingold.
Survivors: Daughters, Paula Ishak of San Francisco and Judy, wife of Martin Krasnov of Allentown, and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Rosalind Delligatti.
Graveside services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Ill. Arrangements, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown. 
Contributions: Jewish Family Services, Allentown. 

Seward Franklin Hawk 
June 23, 1998
Seward Franklin Hawk, 86, of Saylorsburg R.2 died Monday, June 22, in Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. He was the husband of Mildred (Kunkle) Hawk. They were married for 64 years last September.
He was a patrolman for the Pohoqualine Fish Association, McMichaels, for 45 years before retiring.
Born in Effort, he was a son of the late Seward E. and Mary (Saxe) Hawk.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Effort.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Nadene Boyle in Florida; brother, James and a sister, Ruth May, both of Saylorsburg R.2, and a grandson.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Kresge Funeral Home, Route 209, Brodheadsville. Call 10-11 a.m. Thursday.
Contributions: To the church. 

Samuel A. Wilson, 91, former Steel engineer 
June 23, 1998
Samuel A. Wilson, 91, of Bethlehem died Monday, June 22, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Marian (Pillsbury) Wilson. They were married for 64 years last October.
He retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp. as chief engineer of fabricated steel construction in 1971.
A graduate of Drexel University, he began his career in 1928 as a management trainee with McClintic-Marshall Corp., which became a part of Bethlehem Steel.
In 1946, he was named assistant works engineer at the fabricating shop at Bethlehem's Steelton plant. In 1957, he returned to the home office as assistant chief engineer in fabricated steel construction's engineer division. He was appointed chief engineer in 1969.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Samuel M. and Elizabeth (Steinbrecher) Wilson.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, where he was an elder and former church school superintendent. He was also a presbyter and member of the judicial committee of the Lehigh Presbytery.
He was a trustee for Westminster Village, Allentown, and a consultant engineer for its apartment construction.
Wilson was a former chairman of the Lehigh Valley section of the American Welding Society and has been listed in ''Who's Who in Engineering.''
He was a founder and past president of the Bethlehem Tennis Club and past president of the Lehigh Valley Lawn Tennis Association. He was a former president of the Bethlehem Philatelic Society.
He was a member of Bethlehem Masonic Lodge 283 and the Bethlehem Rotary Club and a board member of Lehigh Valley Mental Health Association.
Survivors: Wife; son, Samuel A. Jr. of Locust Grove, Va.; daughter, Frances W. Keller of Slatington, and six grandchildren.
Memorial services: 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Contributions: To the church. 

Renate G. 'Renee' Miller 
June 23, 1998
Renate G. ''Renee'' Miller, 58, of Lower Mount Bethel Township died Sunday, June 21, in Easton Hospital. She was the wife of William H. Miller. They were married for 33 years last October. 
She was a solderer and electronics assembler for Precision Graphics, Whitehouse, N.J., before retiring in 1990. Previously, she was employed by Transistor Devices, Belvidere, N.J., and Computer Power, High Bridge, N.J.
Born in Polsnite, Waldenburg, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Franz and Martha (Klein) Irrgang. 
Survivors: Husband; son, Ronald H. of Bangor; daughter, Karen S. of Riverton, and sisters, Luzie Munzert of Nurnberg, Helga Huttner of Munchberg and Monica Geisser of Naila, all in Germany.
Memorial services: 5 p.m. Thursday, United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere. Arrangements, Reed-Gaffney Funeral Home, Johnsonville. 

Paul J. Novatnak 
June 23, 1998
Paul J. Novatnak, 64, of Allentown died Sunday, June 21, in Sacred Heart Hospital. He was the husband of Teresa A. (Miklos) Novatnak. They were married for 41 years last July. 
He was a laborer for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 34 years before retiring in 1985.
Born in Hazleton, he was a son of the late George and Mary (Yackshaw) Novatnak.
He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Leanne, at home; brother George of Beaver Meadows, Carbon County, and sister, Adrienne, wife of Thomas Hydock of Coxeville, Carbon County.
Services: 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown; Mass at 10 a.m. in the church. Call 8:30-9:40 a.m. Wednesday.
Contributions: Church memorial fund.

Michael R. Hodges, 53, ex-Lehigh professor 
June 23, 1998
Michael R. Hodges, 53, a former professor and chairman of Lehigh University's International Relations Department, died Wednesday, June 17, in London. He was the husband of Jean Hodges.
He was a senior lecturer of international political economy at the London School of Economics, specializing in the European community and Japan.
Hodges was associated with Lehigh, 1974-87. During that time he held various positions, including chair of the International Relations Department, 1980-83.
One of the legacies Hodges gave to Lehigh was the ''Lehigh In London'' program. As the program's founder, Hodges did more than find students internships and host families in London. Even after he left Lehigh, he continued to direct the program for several years.
He graduated from Cambridge University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
The author of several books, including Multinational Corporations and the British Government and The Development of the International Oil Industry, Hodges was also a well-known commentator, having appeared on BBC and CNN.
He was a native of Bath, England.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Adam and Max, and a daughter Alexandra.
Services: Wednesday in London. Arrangements, Francis and C. Walters Funeral Directors, 121 High St., Wanstead, E11 2RL, London.
Contributions: British Heart Foundation or the Injured Jockeys Fund, c/o the funeral home. 

Mary Lou Harpel 
June 23, 1998
Mary Lou Harpel, 57, of Perkasie died Saturday, June 20, in Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, Luzerne County. She was the wife of Donald R. Harpel Sr. They were married for 11 years last October.
Born in Perkasie, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Dorothy (Crouthamel) Schaffer.
She was a member of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Almont.
She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose, Sellersville; Souderton American Legion Post and Telford Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of Forest Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and Perkasie Owls Auxiliary.
Survivors: Husband; brother Raymond of Perkasie, three stepchildren, several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and a nephew.
Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Kligge Funeral Home, 464 S. Main St., Hatfield. Call 9-10 a.m. Thursday.
Contributions: Church organ fund, Sellersville. 

Llewellyn L. Iobst Jr. 
June 23, 1998
Llewellyn L. Iobst Jr., 81, of Olde Hickory Road, Lancaster, died Monday, June 22, in Lancaster General Hospital. He was the husband of Catherine C. (Cooper) Iobst, to whom he was married for 16 years last November, and the late Grace (Powell) Iobst.
A 1939 graduate of Lehigh University, he worked in the sales department of Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 40 years and two years at the company's Sparrow's Point plant, Baltimore. He retired in 1979.
Born in Freemansburg, he was a son of the late Llewellyn L. Sr. and Edna (Rinker) Iobst.
He was a member and usher of St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, and a vestryman at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Doylestown.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Iobst was a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, for 10 years, a past president of the Northern Bucks County School Board and a former member of the zoning board and planning commission of Bucks County.
He was a 1935 graduate and past class president of Liberty High School.
Survivors: Wife; son, Gregory L. of Glenn Ridge, N.J.; daughter, Gwen S., wife of Alan R. Balogh of Hillsboro, W.Va.; stepdaughters, Wenda K., wife of Marvin Ruch of Williamsville, N.J., and Cynthia L., wife of James P. Wohlsen of Lancaster, a grandson, three stepgrandchildren and three step-greatgrandsons.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Thursday, St. James Episcopal Church. Call 10:30-11 a.m. Thursday in church. Arrangements Fred F. Groff Funeral Home, Lancaster.
Contributions: St. James church.

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