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Katharine M. Schmoyer 
June 23, 1998
Katharine M. Schmoyer, 84, of Allentown died Saturday, June 20, in her home. She was the wife of the late William C. Schmoyer.
She was an office manager for Genesco until retiring.
She was a former member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Allentown.
She was a former administrator for the Great Valley Girl Scouts Council.
She was a member of the Mountainville Senior Citizens, West End Senior Citizens and the Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, all in Allentown.
Survivors: Daughters, Sandra L. DeLong, Sharon L. Hess and Vicki L., all of Allentown, and Sheila L. Eck of Holly Spring, N.C., seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
There will be no services. Arrangements, Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
Contributions: Visiting Nurses Association of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown. 

John J. 'Pud' Bonner 
June 23, 1998
John J. ''Pud'' Bonner, 82, of Sterling, Va., formerly of Nesquehoning, died Sunday, June 21, at home. He was the husband of Ethel (Walp) Bonner for 55 years.
He worked for the U.S. Railway Mail Service and the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., from about 1952 until retiring.
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late Eugene and Ann (Donegan) Bonner.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in Italy.
Survivors: Wife; son John of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Jean, wife of James Leib of Leesburg, Va.; sister, Sara Sheerin of New Carrollton, Md.; brothers, Michael of Nesquehoning, Larry of Bethlehem and Raymond of Marriottsville, Md., six grandchildren, including Michelle Leib Quirin, with whom he resided, and three greatgrandchildren.
Services: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Loudoun Funeral Home, 158 Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. 

Jean M. Piatt 
June 23, 1998
Jean M. Piatt, 73, of Stroudsburg died Monday, June 22, at home. She was the wife of Ira A. Piatt Jr. They were married for 54 years last October.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late William and Bessie (Meade) Hayes.
She was a former Cub Scout den mother and a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania American Automobile Association.
Survivors: Husband; daughter, Deborah Davis of Easton; son Barry of Bethlehem; brother John of Mystic, Conn.; sister, Claire James of Smyrna, Ga., five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Ashton Funeral Home, 14th and Northampton streets, Easton. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospice, Stroudsburg.

J. Thomas Brown 
June 23, 1998
J. Thomas Brown, 48, of Terre Haute, Ind., died Saturday, June 20, in Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. He was the husband of Dixie (Blubaugh) Brown.
He was the archivist at Indiana State University for 13 years before retiring in 1996. Previously, he worked for the departments of history and archives at the University of Kansas for five years.
A 1972 graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University, he received master's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of Kansas.
Born in Pottstown, he was a son of Dr. Edgar S. Brown of Selinsgrove, Snyder County, and Elaine F. Brown of Huntington Beach, Calif., and a stepson of Marjorie Brown of Selinsgrove.
Survivors: Wife, parents and stepmother; daughters, Alison Fay and Valerie Anne, both of Terre Haute, and a brother, V.J. of Mount Hope, Kan., nephews and nieces. 
Services: 5 p.m. Thursday in the church. Call 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and 4-5 p.m. Thursday in church. Arrangements, DeBaun Funeral Homes, Terre Haute 
Contributions: To the church, Leukemia Society of America or a charity of one's choice. 

Hugh Craig 
June 23, 1998
Hugh Craig, 69, of Arlington, Va., a former assistant city editor of The Morning Call, died June 1 at home. Formerly of Allentown, he was the former husband of Betty Lee (Garbe) Craig of Santa Fe, N.M.
He was congressional editor of The Washington Post from 1972 until retiring for medical reasons in 1980. Previously, he was an editor and features writer for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Bureau, 1962-72, and a reporter and copy editor for The Washington Post, 1957-61. 
He began working for The Call in 1950, as a part-time reporter while at Lehigh University. He became a full-time reporter in 1952 and worked on the city desk, 1955-57. 
For his story about a Martins Creek plane crash, he won first prize in the spot news category of the 1955 statewide Better News Writing Contest and a citation from the Pennsylvania Press Conference.
A 1951 graduate of Lehigh, he was a news editor for its Brown & White student newspaper. He attended Newark (N.J.) College of Engineering.
Born in New York, he was a son of the late Hugh F. and Olga (Callan) Craig.
He was a veteran of the Navy and Naval Reserve.
Survivors: Daughters, Kathleen Traylor of Loganville, Ga., and Carol Madeen of Durango, Colo.; son, Hugh W. of Santa Fe, and four grandchildren.
Services: 3 p.m. July 30, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Arrangements, Rapp Funeral Home, Silver Spring, Md. 

Green survivor 
June 23, 1998
An additional survivor of Marvin M. Green Sr., 76, of 420 Sand Quarry Road, Lower Towamensing Township, who died Saturday, is a sister, Lillian Nothstein of Lehighton.

Frederick Bittenbender 
June 23, 1998
Frederick ''Fritz'' Bittenbender, 76, of 181 Greenbriar Drive South, Bath, died Sunday, June 21, in Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Thelma (Mooney) Bittenbender for 51 years.
He worked for M&M/Mars Inc., Hackettstown, N.J., until retiring in 1977.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Aaron and Stella (Weidman) Bittenbender.
He was a member of St. Paul's Third Lutheran Church, Palmer Township.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
A fireman at Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Belvidere, N.J., he was a life member of New Jersey Fireman's Association, Bath Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Corps and the Northampton County Fire Police Association.
He was a former member of the Bangor Yellow Jackets.
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Tracey, at home, and Kelli, wife of Matthew Kernoschak of Dingmans Ferry, Pike County; son Frederic of East Allen Township; sister, Lucy Mae Shook of Easton; brother George of Wind Gap and six grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, and 10-11 a.m. Thursday in church.
Contributions: Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Belvidere, or Bath Fire Company. 

Elmer W. Loch 
June 23, 1998
Elmer W. Loch, 73, of New Tripoli died Monday, June 22, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Goldie R. (Held) Loch. They were married for 47 years last September.
A farmer for most of his life in Weisenberg Township, he was also a truck driver for companies in Lehigh and Berks counties for 50 years until retiring in 1996.
Born in Weisenberg Township, he was a son of the late Warren and Mabel (Bittner) Loch.
He was a member and past consistory member and Sunday school president of St. Paul's United Church of Christ Seiberlingsville.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Warren C. and Roy E., both of Kempton, and Ronald C. and Dennis M., both at home; daughter, Gloria M., wife of Guy Sukal, and brothers, Willard T., Mervin G. and Kermit C., all of New Tripoli; sister, Mildred I., wife of Robert Bogert of Fogelsville, and five grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Keller Funeral Home, 6776 Madison St., New Tripoli. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday.
Contributions: To the church and/or Lehigh Valley Home Care, both c/o the funeral home. 

Earl W. Rehrig 
June 23, 1998
Earl W. Rehrig, 74, of 242 S. 2nd St., Lehighton, formerly of 4 Pearl St., Newport, N.H., died Sunday, June 21, in Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Lehighton.
A truck driver, he drove for Allied Van Lines and Purcell Trucking, both of Bethlehem, until retiring in 1982.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Harry M. and Minnie (Phillips) Rehrig.
He was a Lutheran.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors: Companion, Iva A. Farber of Lehighton, and a son, Earl Jr., residence unknown.
Services: Private. Arrangements, Kenneth N. Phifer Funeral Home, Lehighton. 

E. Bruce Hemingway 
June 23, 1998
E. Bruce Hemingway, 57, of York Place, Palmer Township, died Monday, June 22, in Warren Hospital after being stricken at work. He was the husband of Kathleen M. (Kelly) Hemingway.
A 1975 graduate of Lafayette College, he was a mechanical engineer for Fibermark, Warren Glen, N.J.
Born in Phillipsburg, he was a son of the late Jack and M. Irene (McClellan) Hemingway.
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Kelly L. of Easton and Amy E., at home; son, John, at home; brother, Frank S. of Troutdale, Ore.; sisters, Katherine E. Celia of Phillipsburg and Janet Border of Palmer Township, and three grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Curran-Finegan Funeral Home, 1837 Washington Blvd., Wilson. Call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Contributions: Building fund of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, Wilson.

Doris E. Spade 
June 23, 1998
Doris E. Spade, 79, of Longview Road, Boyertown, died Monday, June 22, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Reading. She was the wife of William D. Spade Sr.
Born in Washington Crossing, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Henry S. and Lillian Crum.
She was a member of St. Columbkill's Catholic Church, Boyertown, and Huff's Church Senior Citizen group.
Survivors: Husband; son, William D. Jr. of Boyertown; sisters, Edith Spade of Levittown, Bucks County, and Virginia Singer of Trenton, N.J., two grandchildren and a step-great-grandsons.
Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday in the church. Call 9-10 a.m. Saturday in church. Arrangements, Catagnus Funeral Home, Gilbertsville.
Contributions: Church building fund and/or St. Joseph's Hospital Critical Care Unit. 

Carlton J. Saul 
June 23, 1998
Carlton J. Saul, 79, of Allentown died Sunday, June 21, in Sacred Heart Hospital. He was the husband of Marion J. (Graber) Saul. They were married for 47 years last July.
He worked for the Watershed Department for the city of Allentown for 28 years before retiring in 1979.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Peter J. and Blanche (Kramer) Saul.
He was an associate member of New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ, East Greenville.
He was a member of the Allen High School State and National Championship Swimming Teams, 1935-37.
He was a life member of the Franklin Fire Company and Franklin Home Association and a former member of the West End Racquet Swim and Fitness Club, all of Allentown.
Survivors: Wife; brother, Franklin, and a sister, Virginia Pammer, both of Allentown.
There will be no services. Arrangements, Cremation Society of Pennsylvania.
Contributions: Lehigh County Humane Society or Blind and Visually Impaired of Lehigh County, both Allentown.

Bertha Mae Starner, 91, ASD language teacher 
June 23, 1998
Bertha Mae Starner, 91, of Allentown died Monday, June 22, in the Phoebe Home, Allentown.
She was a Spanish and English teacher at Allen High School of the Allentown School District for 44 years before retiring in 1971.
A 1926 graduate of Moravian College, she received her master's degree in education from New York University in 1933.
Born in Portland, she was a daughter of the late Joseph B.M. and Jennie E. (Shafer) Starner.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, and its choir.
She was a member of the Bach Choir, 1923-85, and a life member of the National Historical Society and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Survivors: Cousins.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the church. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday in church. Arrangements, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.
Contributions: To the church or Moravian College. 

Barry M. Rice, 62, Easton firm chairman 
June 23, 1998
Barry M. Rice, 62, of Palmer Township, died Monday, June 22, in Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Linda (Harris) Rice. They were married for 40 years last July.
A 1956 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was chairman and chief executive officer of EPCO Communications, formerly Easton Printing Co.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Malcolm M. and Hazel Mae (Frankenfield) Rice.
He was a member and former councilman of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilson, and served on the church finance committee.
He was an Army veteran, serving in Germany.
Rice was a member and past president of the Northampton Country Club and the Tri-County Graphic Arts Golf Association.
He was a former member and treasurer of the Kiwanis Club, Easton, and a member of the Lehigh Valley Club of Printing House Craftsmen and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Easton.
Survivors: Wife; sons, Dr. Jeffrey D. of Portland, Ore., and Paul B. of Bethlehem; daughter, Jennifer L. Tarpey of Bethlehem; sister, Brenda Mentesana of Fanwood, N.J.; stepmother, Esther (Coppock) Yeisley Rice of Palmer Township, and four grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Strunk Funeral Home, 2101 Northampton St., Wilson, and 10-11 a.m. Thursday in church. 
Contributions: To the church or American Cancer Society, Lehigh Valley Unit. 

Armando Cornejo 
June 23, 1998
Armando Cornejo, 75, of 9431 SW 4th St., Miami, Fla., died Monday, June 22, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. He was the husband of Ada (Batallan) Cornejo.
Among his survivors is a daughter, Iliana, wife of Alberto Castro of Bethlehem Township.
Arrangements, Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem. 

Agnes Lakatas 
June 23, 1998
Agnes Lakatas, 83, formerly of 358 E. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton, died Sunday, June 21, in Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Home, Lehighton. She was the wife of the late George Lakatas.
Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Mary (Ocheck) Berke.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Palmerton.
Survivors: Son, Richard of Lehighton; sister, Fannie, wife of Earl Schlosser of Slatington; brother, Joseph Jr. of Palmerton, and two grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in church. Arrangements, T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, Palmerton.

Mary H. Beisel 
June 24, 1998
Mary H. Beisel, 84, of Little Lehigh Manor, Allentown, died Tuesday, June 23, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
She was a sales associate for the former Farr's shoe store, Allentown, for 20 years before retiring in 1980.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late James and Carrie (Fisher) Garman.
She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown, where she was a choir member for many years and a Sunday school teacher.
She was secretary of the Little Lehigh Manor Tenants Association for several years.
Survivors: Son, James F. of Allentown; daughter, Judith A., wife of Leonard Hillegass of Pennsburg, and four grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday in the church. Call 1-2 p.m. Friday in church. Arrangements, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.
Contributions: Church organ fund.

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