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Hazleton (PA) Standard Sentinel, Monday, January 4, 1932

Stephen Bittenbender, aged 69, of 11 West Madison avenue, West Hazleton, died at the Hazleton State Hospital Saturday morning at 11:30 o'clock.  He was admitted to the institution on New Year's Day suffering from hemorrhages.  Born in Black Creek Township he was a resident of Harwood and West Hazleton his entire life.  He was a member of Christ Memorial Reformed church, West Hazleton, where he served on the consistory for 27 years as treasurer.  He was also a member of the following organizations: Knights of Malta, of Wilkes-Barre; O. of I.A., Camp 258, of Hazleton; Camp No. 90, P.O.S. of A., of Hazleton, and a member of the advisory committee of Troop No. 10, Boy Scouts of America.  He was employed as a carpenter at the Cranberry colliery of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company.   Besides his widow, who was before marriage, Catherine Green, he is survived by the following children: Mrs. Harry Evans, of Delhi, N.Y.; Mrs. Josiah Jones, Adam Bittenbender and Walter Bittenbender, all of West Hazleton.  One brother, Reuben Bittenbender, of West Hazleton, also survives.  The funeral will be held privately from his late residence Tuesday, at 1:45 p.m.  Public services in Christ's Memorial Reformed church, West Hazleton, at 2 p.m.  Interment in the Red Rock cemetery.

Patrick Cassidy died yesterday morning at his home, 96 Boradway, Mauch Chunk.  He was well known in this region and formerly served as a sexton at the Immaculate Conception church, Mauch Chunk.  He was born in Ireland and came to this country over 60 years ago.   Surviving are three sons and one daughter, Frank, a federal operator, James and Joseph and Hannah.  Mrs. Mary Malloy, of Hazleton Heights, is a relative of the deceased. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m., with the burial at Mauch Chunk.

Mrs. Catherine Gerber, aged 76 years died Friday at 7 a.m. at her home on Hudsondale street, Weatherly.  She was the widow of Jonas Gerber who passed away 18 years ago and is survived by one sister, Mrs. Amandus Markle of Shamokin.  The funeral will be held today at 1:30 p.m. with services by Rev. Holland and interment in the Weatherly cemetery.

Mrs. Martha Fescina, aged 30, of 621 Hayes street, died at the State Hospital at 8:25 o'clock yesterday morning, of acute appendicitis.  She was born in this city, her maiden name being Martha Wolfe.  Her husband, James Fescina, preceded her in death three years ago.  Three children, James, Joseph and Congetta, survive, as does her father, Valentine Wolfe, and the following brothers and sisters: Fred Wolfe, Mrs. Mary Strohl, Mrs. H. Carhart, Mrs. L. Fisher, Mrs. L. Grazsk and Miss Jennie Wolfe, all of this city.  The funeral will take place from her late residence, 621 Hayes street, Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock.  High mass of requiem in the Most Precious Blood church at 10 o'clock.  Interment will be made in the Most Precious Blood cemetery.

From the Huntsville Times, March 26, 1967:
Mrs. Mary Shields
Mrs. Mary Kay Shields, 80, of 2911 Hester Lane, died Saturday in an Arah nursing home.   The body will be shipped by Laughlin Service to Philadelphia for burial.   Surviving is a nephew, John J. Kelly, of Huntsville.

Pittsburgh Press, December 18, 1910
Wetterstein - On Friday, December 16, 1910, George Fredrick Wetterstein in his 89th Year.  Funeral Services at his late residence, 45 Locust Street, Etna on Sunday 2:30 P.M..  Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend.

Kittanning Leader-Times page 3
25 August 1982, Wednesday
Hazel Florence Milliken Templeton, 84, died August 24 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. Born November 14, 1897 at Blairsville, a daughter of Edward and Margaret (Hughes) Milliken. Survived by a daughter, Mrs Michael (Loretta) Bohan of Dayton RD2; sons, Thomas C of Apollo, Mervin M of Lucernemines; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Mervin M Templeton who died December 11, 1979; two brothers and four sisters. Services Friday at Roy W Carson Funeral Home, Rural Valley. Burial in Atwood Cemetery.

Indiana Gazette page 17
26 September 1995, Tuesday
Ralph "Lee" Hoskinson, 86, of Robinson, formerly of Homer City died Monday, September 25, 1995 at the home of his daughter. Son of Ralph Riley and Anna (Wright) Hoskinson, he was born July 29, 1909 at Conemaugh. Member of Zion Lutheran Church, Robinson. Coal miner for R & P Coal Co., charter member of Robinson Rod and Gun Club and an avid sportsman. Survived by his daughter, Adda Lee Hoskinson-Seifert, wife of Dr. Richard Seifert of Robinson; a sister Ann Hoskinson Kunkle of Colorado Springs, CO; his father-in-law, Frank Shomo of Robinson. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife Isabel Shomo Hoskinson who died in 1984, a brother John and sister Elizabeth Wenger.  Services Thursday at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar, Rev. Allyn K Guiffre officiating.  Burial in Blairsville Cemetery.

Johnstown Tribune Democrat page D-7
18 April 1990, Wednesday
Eva S. McCreery, 78, died April 17, 1990 in Latrobe Hospital. Born October 7, 1911 at Emigh, the daughter of James and Emma (Burgan) Stiffler. Preceded in death by her husband H. Lee McCreery. Survived by Lois Lauffer of Mountaintop, Paul L. and Clyde; two grandchildren.  Was a telephone operator and member of West Fairfield United Presbyterian Church. Services Thursday at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar, Rev. John S. Naugle officiating.   Burial in West Fairfield United Presbyterian Cemetery.

Johnstown Tribune Democrat page 12
26 February 1985, Tuesday
Karl E. McCreery, 72, died February 25, 1985 at Bolivar. Born December 6, 1912 in Fairfield Township, the son of James B. and Nancy (Mabon) McCreery.   Preceded in death by a grandchild and brothers Hugh, Everett, Lee and Mabon.   Survived by his widow, Anna Grace Gardner; children, James R. married to Janet Schrock of Tucson, AZ, Ruth wife of Richard Burns of Latrobe, Louise wife of Gary Sowers of Bolivar; four grandchildren.  Member of West Fairfield United Presbyterian Church. Services Thursday at the Kenneth Stuart Funeral Home, Rev. H. Walter White officiating. Burial in West Fairfield United Presbyterian Cemetery.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat page E-13
18 April 1993, Sunday
Elnora E. Longenecker, 74, New Florence, died April 16, 1993 in Greensburg.  Born April 14, 1919 in New Florence, the daughter of George F. and Nora (Mabon) McDowell. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Longenecker on December 30, 1990 and a brother George "Jay" McDowell. Survived by the following children: Judith, wife of John Bright of Charlotte, NC, Helena wife of Gary McKinney of St. Petersburg PA, Suzanne wife of Kevin Glova of New Florence; seven grandchildren; sister of Helen Wagner of Oakland, MD, Lorraine Robinson of New Florence, Anna Jane McDowell of Armagh, and Kenneth McDowell married to Rosemary Mack of Armagh.  Member of New Florence United Presbyterian Church. Services Monday at the Kenneth Stuart Funeral Home, Rev. Craig C. Kerewich officiating. Burial in Bethel Cemetery.

Indiana Gazette page 11
15 April 1993, Thursday
Margaret H. Hood, 92, of Morewood Towers, Blairsville, formerly of Brush Valley died Wednesday, April 14, 1993 at Scenery Hill Manor, Indiana. Daughter of Charles and Nellye Doyle Hammond, born March 7, 1901 in Mifflin. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Patricia W. Brooks of New York City; 1 granddaughter and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Paul Walker, and her second husband, Thomas Hood and one granddaughter.  Services Saturday at the Ferguson-Helm Funeral Home, Blairsville, Rev. Richard
M. King officiating. Burial in Bethel Cemetery, Clyde.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette page 10
28 June 1990, Thursday
William A. Shomo, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, who won the Medal of Honor as a fighter pilot in World War II, died of pulmonary fibrosis on Monday in Warren General Hospital, Warren Co.  During a 28 year career in the Air Corps and Air Force, Mr. Shomo, 72, of Russell, Warren Co., received numerous other honors including the Distinguised Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the designation of senior command pilot. Survived by his wife, Helen McCullough Shomo; four sons, William A., II of Dormont, Richard of Clovis NM, James of South Park, and Thomas of Upper St Clair; two daughters, Patricia E. Tokarcyzk of Upper St. Clair and Janice L. Iman of Union City, Erie Co.; eight grandchildren; a sister, Imogene S. Casey of Mt Lebanon. Beinhauer Mortuary, 2630 W Liberty Ave, Masonic Service at 7:30 tomorrow. Services with full military honors at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church, 975 Washington Rd, Mt Lebanon. Interment in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg.

Johnston: On Saturday, Jan 11, 1930 at 9:10 p.m., Mary W. Johnston (nee Hall), wife of the late James W. Johnston of Venice, Washington County, Pa, died in her 78th year. Funeral services at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Stewart, 200 Dilworth St, Mt Washington, on Tuesday, January 14, at 3 p.m. Services on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Venice United Presbyterian Church.  Interment in Venice Cemetery.  Ruth Jordan Wong whillp@kih.net
This was my great grandmother. Her parents were James B. Hall and Sarah Baumont Hall

Alton Charles Newhart, 68, of 227 Clearfield St. Freemansburg, Husband of Clara Mae Kratzer, Newhart, died Tuesday at St. Likes Hosptial.
He retired five years ago after working for 15 years  as a laborer for Pennsylvania Spool and Equipment Co., Allentown
Born in Cementon, He was the son of the late Charles F. and Mabel Schaffer, Newhart.
He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Bethelehm.
In addition to his wife he is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Roy Kemmerer and Mrs. Vincent Bowen Sr. Both of Steel City; Mrs. Nick Campanella Sr. and Mrs. Duane Honeywell, both of Freemansburg; and Mrs. Theresa Reigel of Allentown; Three sons, Charles E. of Bethlehem Township, William H. Of Bethlehem, and Barry L. Of Freemansburg; a brother Henry at home, 22 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Services will be annouced by the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Ave Northampton.
- died April 24, 1979 - buried in Fairview Cemetery, Northampton County, PA

Walter T. O'Rourke
Walter T. O'Rourke, 79, a resident of Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys and formerly of Wilcox, died Friday, June 20, 2003, at Elk Regional Health Center. 
He was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Ridgway, son of the late Marshall and Lila Beck O'Rourke. On Dec. 27, 1946, he married Margaret Kunes, who preceded him in death. 
Mr. O'Rourke served with the 163rd AAA Gun Battalion of the U.S. Army in New Guinea and Luzon during World War II. He attained the rank of Private First Class. 
Before his retirement he had worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill. 
He was a member of the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, and the Sportsmen's Club, all in Wilcox. He also served on the Wilcox Cemetery Committee. 
Mr. O'Rourke is survived by three daughters, Janet Warmbrodt of Johnsonburg, Barbara O'Rourke of Wilcox, and Peggy Smith of DuBois; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Marshall O'Rourke of Ohio, Calvin O'Rourke of Wilcox, Morris O'Rourke of Wilcox, and Norman O'Rourke of Florida; one sister, Helen Lemmon of Wilcox; and several nieces and nephews. 
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bernard O'Rourke; and two sisters, Shirley Danjoy and Colleen McCamey. 
A memorial service for Walter T. O'Rourke will be held at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Wilcox at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 27, with the Rev. Franklyn Morris officiating. 
The Cummings Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. 

Kathryn L. Trognitz
Kathryn L. Trognitz, 84, formerly of 413 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died Tuesday afternoon, March 4, 2003, at the Jefferson Manor, following a lengthy illness. 
She was born Sept. 25, 1918, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Louis A. and Minnie (Norlin) Bushey. She was married to James R. Lynch in November of 1935; he preceded her in death. She then married Harry Trognitz in June of 1976, who also preceded her in death. 
Mrs. Trognitz had resided in Ridgway all of her life, and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, and was a past member of the WELCA at the church. 
She was a 1935 graduate of the Ridgway High School. She had been employed by Brockway Glass for 27 years. 
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Holmes of Florida and Darla Schutz of Ridgway; two sons, Dennis Lynch of Escandito, Calif., and Stephen Lynch of Ridgway; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Bushey of Ridgway; four sisters, Nadine Cedargren of Ridgway, Virginia Olson of Ridgway, LaVonne Retzer of Ridgway, and Alice Green of Brockport; and several nieces and nephews. 
Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by one son, James R. Lynch, and one sister, Doris Capuano. 
Funeral and committal services for Kathryn L. Trognitz will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home on Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Donald D. Hake, Pastor of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Oakmont Cemetery. 
Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home tonight from 7-9 p.m. 
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, or to the Frank Clark Memorial Fund.


 

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