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George J. 'Reds' Keiser 
02/29/2000
George J. "Reds" Keiser, 82, of 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, died Monday, Feb. 28, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus. He was the husband of the late Missouri "Susie" Keiser.
He worked in maintenance at the former Lehigh Country Club before retiring in 1980. Previously he was head custodian for the East Penn School District and a crane operator for the Bethlehem Steel Corp.
Born in Alburtis, he was a son of the late David L. Sr. and Ellen (Reinert) Keiser.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
He was a life member of Emmaus Citizens Fire Company 2.
Survivors: Sons, Charles of Emmaus, Ronald of Emmaus R.1, Gary of Coopersburg; daughter, June Wittman and brother, David L. Jr., both of Emmaus; sisters, Carrie Mory of Allentown, Mary Wieand of Emmaus, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services: Private. Arrangements, Horace W. Schantz Funeral Home.

Frank Foster, owned Frank's Peddlers 
02/29/2000
Frank V. Foster, 70, of Tamaqua R.3, died Monday, Feb. 28, in the hospice unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Joyce T. (Tyson) Foster.
He owned and operated Frank's Peddlers Antique Shop, Tamaqua R.3., and previously ran an auto body shop in Lafayette Hills, Philadelphia.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Martin and Mary (Schisano) Foster.
He was affiliated with Immanuel Evangelical Congregational Church, Drehersville.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Victoria Ann of Key Largo, Fla.; two brothers, six sisters, and three grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, New Ringgold R.2. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday.
Contributions: Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown.

Edward F. Burke
02/29/2000
Edward F. Burke, 45, of Stroudsburg, formerly of New Milford, N.J., died Sunday, Feb. 27, in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan, N.Y. He was the husband of Patricia M. (O'Connor) Burke for 20 years.
He was a salesman with the Ricoh Corp., West Caldwell, N.J., for the past 12 years.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Edward and Patricia (Keane) Burke of Bergenfield, N.J.
He was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Stroudsburg, and its festival committee and soup kitchen.
Survivors: Wife and parents; son, Edward P. and daughters, Maureen and Katie, all at home; sister, Maryann Notre of Middletown, N.Y., and brothers, Stephen and Patrick, both of Ithaca, N.Y.
Mass: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home, 23 N. 9th St., Stroudsburg, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church.
Contributions: Notre Dame Booster Club, c/o Notre Dame High School, East Stroudsburg.

Charles Calvin Houtz 
02/29/2000
Charles Calvin Houtz, 84, of Wescosville, died Monday, Feb. 28, in Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allentown. He was the husband of Elsbeth M. (McConnell) Houtz. They were married for 61 years in November.
He was an electro-chemical engineer, last employed by Bell Laboratories at the former Western Electric Co., Allentown, retiring in 1980.
He was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.
Born in Sunbury, Northumberland County, he was a son of the late John J. and Helen (Herman) Houtz.
Survivors: Wife; sons, John of Renton, Wash., Thomas of Bernardsville, N.J., Robert of Newark, Del.; daughter, Betsy Lindholm of Hoquiam, Wash.; sister, Joanne Russell of Albuquerque, N.M., and two grandchildren.
Services: Private. No calling hours. Arrangements, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.
Contributions: Charity of one's choice.

William T. Edwards 
03/01/00
William T. Edwards, 84, of Allentown, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, in his home. He was the husband of Jean G. (Eck) Edwards. They were married for 54 years last April.
He was foreman in shipping at the former W.F. Mosser & Sons/Ecolaire, Allentown, for 27 years before retiring in 1980.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Roy and Bertha (Knechel) Edwards.
He was a member of Neighborhood Crime Watch for 10 years.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Brenda, wife of Michael Reed of Zionsville, and a grandchild.
Services: Private. Arrangements, David J. Boyko Funeral Home, Macungie.
Contributions: Visiting Nurses Network Hospice St. John, Allentown.

Rose Marie C. Burkit 
03/01/00
Rose Marie C. "Mootsy" Burkit, 65, of Bethlehem, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, in her home.
She worked in the housekeeping department of the Moravian Academy for 16 years until retiring in 1997. Previously she worked at the former Forte Neckware, Bethlehem.
Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Pumberger) Burkit.
She was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Brother, John J. of Bethlehem, and sister, Anna E. Vertilla of Bethlehem.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday.

Michele L. Young 
03/01/00
Michele L. Young, 38, of Bethlehem, died Sunday, Feb. 27, in her home.
She was a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus, for several years.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of Michael and Brownalee (Sims) Kurtz of Henderson, Nevada.
She was a member of Ebeneezer Bible Fellowship Church, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Parents and daughters, Jessica and Alexa, both of Hellertown.
Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Memorial Park Cemetery mausoleum, Bethlehem. No calling hours. Arrangements, Downing Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Contributions: Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 225 E. City Avenue 104, Bala Cynwyd.

Margaret G. Rush, special education teacher many years 
03/01/00
Margaret G. Rush, 86, of 1155 Sunrise Lane, Slatington, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, in Muhlenberg Hospital Center. She was the wife of the late Howard D. Rush.
She was an elementary and special education teacher in the northeast Philadelphia area for 49 years before retiring in 1979.
She was a 1929 graduate of the Kutztown Normal School.
Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Noah and Emma (Kern) Griffith.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Slatington, and a former member of St. David's Lutheran Church, and its choir and council.
She was a founding member in 1971 of Special People in Northeast Corp., Philadelphia, (also known as SPIN).
Survivors: Sons, Cary H. of Philadelphia, Thomas G. of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Gail C., wife of Karl Drumm, with whom she resided, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services: At the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Harding-Fox, Slatington.
Contributions: Special People in Northeast Corp., or St. David's Lutheran Church, both c/o the funeral home.

Albert C. Zukas 
03/01/00
Albert C. Zukas, 93, of 103 Walnut St., Tuscarora, Schuylkill County, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, in Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville. He was the husband of Kathryn E. (Yarnell) Zukas. They were married for 72 years in November. 
He was a mechanic for Schocks Contracting, Tuscarora.
Born in Lost Creek, Schuylkill County, he was a son of the late Alexander and Anna (Quintinsky) Zukas. 
He was a member of Advent Lutheran Church, Tuscarora.
Survivors: Wife; son, Leonard M. of Tuscarora, six grandchildren, nine grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. 
Services: 11 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Griffiths & Reeser Funeral Home, Tamaqua, and 10-11 a.m. Friday in the church. 
Contributions: To the church

Robinson services 
03/02/00
Memorial services for Edward S. "Ted" Robinson, 62, of Trumbauersville, who died Sunday, will be held 3 p.m. March 11 in the C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, 821 W. Broad St., Quakertown. There are no calling hours.

Richard J. Knauss 
03/02/00
Richard J. Knauss, 61, of Bushkill Township, died Wednesday, March 1, in his home.
He worked in the pre-finishing department in C.F. Martin Co., Nazareth, for 37 years until retiring. Previously he worked at the former Trumbower Stone Quarry, Nazareth, and farmed with his late father on the family's farm in Bushkill Township.
Born in Lower Nazareth Township, he was a son of the late Herbert D. and Elsie M. (Gold) Knauss.
Survivors: Son, Richard J. Jr. of Bath; daughters, Judy L., wife of Jack Bruchak of Bethlehem, Susan G., wife of Michael Grube of Palmer Township, Sandra L., wife of Martin Cole of Nazareth; brother, Robert of Nazareth; companion, Charlene F. Ford, with whom he resided, and four grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Bensing Funeral Home, 2165 Community Drive, Bath. Call 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Contributions: Hospice of VNA of Eastern Pennsylvania, Bethlehem.

Marianne Mello 
03/02/00
Marianne Mello, 70, of Bethlehem, formerly of Mansfield and Fall River, Mass., died Feb. 18, in St. Luke's Hospice Care Center, Bethlehem. She was the wife of Alan J. Mello.
She was employed by Hasbro Toys, Pawtucket, R.I., for 20 years until retiring as a quality control supervisor in 1992.
Born in Landshut, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Johan and Maria (Honig) Fischer.
She was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Mansfield.
Survivors: Husband; sons, Otto A. Bingel of Mansfield, Berthold J. Bingel of Manchester, N.H., Christopher S. Bingel of Plainville, Mass.; sisters, Rita and Christine; brothers, Werner, Claus and Walter.; four grandchildren, a great-grandchild, nieces and nephews.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 N. Main St., Mansfield. No calling hours.
Contributions: For a tree to be sent to Spring Brook Cemetery in Mansfield.

Josephine E. Klein, Special Olympics gold medal winner 
03/02/00
Josephine E. Klein, 61, of Martha Lloyd Community Services, Troy, Bradford County, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, in Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Bradford County.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Joel D. and Gertrude (Segal) Klein.
She was a member of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown.
She was a winner of more than 15 gold and silver medals in track and field and bowling in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.
Survivors: Sister, Sophia Klein Levin of Allentown, and a nephew.
Services: 1 p.m. Sunday, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown.
Contributions: Jewish Family Services, c/o the Jewish Community Center, Allentown, to Martha Lloyd Community Services, 190 W. Main St., Troy, or to a charity of donor's choice.

Gladys V. Dunstan 
03/02/00
Gladys V. Dunstan, 79, of Allentown, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Austin C. Dunstan. They were married for 26 years last June.
She was a saleswoman at the former Alice Kay, Allentown. Prior to that she worked for the former H. Leh & Co., Allentown, as a sales clerk in women's apparel, the wig department, and the photography department. Before that she was a waitress at the former Thomas Diner, Allentown.
Born in Zionsville, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Mamie (Wetzel) Buss.
She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Allentown.
She was a also member of the Allentown YMCA & YWCA.
Survivors: Husband; son, David Groff of Center Valley; stepson, William C. Dunstan of Allentown; brothers, Asher of Emmaus, Elwood of Macungie; sisters, Miriam Custer of San Benito, Texas, Charlotte, wife of Roy Snyder of Fremont, Calif., Clara Hopkins of Tucson, Ariz., Eleanor, wife of Paul Gilbert of Harrisburg; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Call 10-10:30 a.m. Friday.
Contributions: To the church.

James R. Feller
03/02/00
James R. Feller, 76, of Macungie, who died Sunday, was the husband of Carol L. (Copley) Feller. Her maiden name was incorrect in Wednesday's obituary.
Mark K. Marion, 29, of Allentown, who died Monday, is survived by a brother, Ted M., of Allentown. His brother's name was incorrect in Wednesday's obituary

Wilma H. Talaber 
08/13/00
She was employed in the credit department of the former Hess's Department Store, Allentown, for 20 years before retiring in 1988. 
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Kardos) Berger. 
She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown. 
She was past president of the Bethlehem Little League Auxiliary, and a former Cub Scouts Den Mother in Bethlehem. 
Survivors: Son, Joseph T. of Allentown; daughter, Theresa A. Marth of Fleetwood; brother, Joseph and sister, Anna, both of Bethlehem. 
Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown. 
Contributions: American Cancer Society. 

Mildred Lenker 
08/13/00
Mildred Lenker, 91, formerly of Colonial Park, Harrisburg, died Friday, Aug. 11, in ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem. 
She was an office manager at Mohrbach & Marshall, Harrisburg, for 10 years before retiring in 1976. Previously, she was a secretary for International Harvester Corp., Harrisburg, for 10 years. 
Born in Lykens, Dauphin County, she was a daughter of the late William and Samantha M. (Smith) Cooper. 
She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrisburg. 
Survivors: Daughter, Donna Frack of Allentown; nieces and nephews. 
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Call 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday. 
Contributions: AIDS Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif. 

Mary E. Gingles 
08/13/00
She was a secretary for the Celanese Corp., Belvidere, N.J., for 15 years before retiring in 1972. Previously, she had been a proofreader for the former Easton Express and the Albany, Ga. Herald. She was a secretary for Garden State Supply, Bridgeville, N.J., in the 1950s. 
Born in Mansfield Township, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Edward and Lulu (Petty) Gardner. 
She was a former member of the Butzville, N.J., Methodist Church. 
Survivors: Son, Floyd L. of Bethlehem; sister, Hazel Bodenstein of Washington, N.J.; and a grandson. 
Services: Private, at the convenience of the family. No calling hours. Arrangements, Connell Funeral Home, Bethlehem. 
Contributions: Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Association, Philadelphia. 

John Harsanyi, 80, Nobel Prize winning economist 
08/13/00
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- John C. Harsanyi, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics for his work in the field of game theory, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 80. 
Harsanyi was considered an innovator in the field of game theory, a mathematical theory of human behavior in competitive situations. Game theory is used to analyze real-life conflicts in business, management and international relations. 
Harsanyi, a longtime business and economics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, shared his Nobel Prize with fellow game theorists Reinhard Selten of Germany's Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet and John Nash of Princeton University. 
His main contributions to game theory addressed the prediction of outcomes in games or situations in which players lack complete information about each other or about the rules of the game. 
Harsanyi was born on May 29, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary. 
Before arriving at Berkeley in 1964, Harsanyi taught economics at the Australian National University in Canberra and at Wayne State University in Detroit. 

Jacqueline M. Kropf 
08/13/00
She was a waitress in various New Orleans restaurants for many years. 
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of John R. and Judith A. (Shoemaker) Kropf of Whitehall. 
She was a Catholic. 
Survivors: Parents; sister, Jocelyn Hontz of Bethlehem; paternal grandmother, Louise (Trankley) Kropf of Coplay; maternal grandmother, Joyce E. (Lauser) Long of Coplay; maternal step-grandfather, Roger Long of Coplay; and a niece and a nephew. 
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay. Mass, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay. Call 9-10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. 
Contributions: To the church or The Bridge House, c/o the funeral home. 

Helen J. Horvath 
08/13/00
Born in Bath, she was a daughter of the late Elias and Rose (Minnich) Abraham. 
She was a member of St. George Antiochian Church, Allentown. 
Survivors: Daughter, Patricia A. Gleockler of Northampton; a granddaughter and a nephew. 
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown; continued services, 11 a.m. in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

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