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Obituaries - 1996


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September 6, 1996

Mrs. Geraldine M.L. Stern
 Mrs. Geraldine M.L. Stern, 85, of Kunkletown R.2 died Wednesday in 
her home. She was the widow of Frank R. Stern.
Mrs. Robert P. Bolton
 Mrs. Ruth E. Bolton, 67, of Effort died Wednesday in her home. She 
was the wife of Robert P. Bolton. They observed their 15th wedding 
anniversary last January. She was a secretary for Aircomco, Edison, N.J., 
for 30 years before retiring in 1984.

Mrs. Chester A. Hoffman
 Mrs. Esther Hope Hoffman, 78, of Hometown, Tamaqua R.2, died 
Thursday evening in her home. She was the wife of Chester A. Hoffman. 
They were married 53 years. A graduate of Allentown High School in 1936 
and Kutztown University in 1940 in elementary education, her first job 
was as a teacher in a one-room school in Beartown, Lancaster County. She 
later taught first grade in the Perkasie School District. She moved to 
Tamaqua in 1961 and taught as a substitute in the Tamaqua area schools. 
She was one of the first head start teachers in 1966 in Ss. Cyril and 
Methodius School in Coaldale and later in Nesquehoning.

Mrs. Iva S. Rose
 Mrs. Iva S. Rose, 87, of Cresco, died Wednesday in the Brookmont 
Health Care Center, Effort. She was the widow of Earl S. Rose, who died in 
1988. Prior to retiring, she worked for Seguines Dress Store, Stroudsburg; 
Rea and Derrick Drugstore, Mountainhome; and the Buck Hill Falls Dress 

Tony J. Merkel
 Tony J. Merkel, 85, of 1485 Hazard Road, Palmerton, died Thursday in 
Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Helen M. (Vengrin) Merkel. They 
observed their 61st wedding anniversary in August. He retired in 1976 
after 25 years as a laborer for Bethlehem Steel Corporation and previously 
was self-employed in the beer distribution business and bowling alley 
Dr. John Solan
 Dr. John Solan, 73, of Whitehall Township died Thursday in Lehigh 
Valley Hospital Center, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Kathryn 
(Oleksa) Solan. They observed their 45th wedding anniversary in July.  He 
was a dentist in Whitehall from 1953 until retiring in 1987. A pioneer in 
the use of hypnosis for dental procedures, he was elected president of the 
Lehigh Valley Society of Hypnology in 1961. The deceased was an Army 
veteran of World War II.

September 9, 1996

Mrs. Emma S. Webb
 Mrs. Emma S. Webb, 77, formerly of Palmerton, died Sunday morning 
in The Highlands at Wyomissing, Berks County, where she resided for the 
past four years. She was the widow of Sidney E. Webb Esq., who died in 
1978. She taught physical education and was a guidance counselor in 
Palmerton Area School District for 44 years before retiring in 1984

Elem Bontrager
 Elem "Bonny" Bontrager, 81, formerly of Tamaqua, of Rest Haven, 
Schuylkill Haven, died today in Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville.

William E. Wall
 William E. "Bill" Wall, 69, of Box 1287, Barnesville R.1, died 
Saturday in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was the husband of 
Gayle (Fritchman) Wall. He was employed by General Electric in Allentown 
for 33 years and later worked for Black and Decker, Allentown, for two 
years before retiring. Wall was a Navy veteran.

Mrs. Daniel Weiksner
 Mrs. Mary Weiksner, 65, of 1 W. High St., Coaldale, died Sunday in her 
home. She was the wife of Daniel Weiksner. They were married for 42 
years. She and her husband operated the former Juggy's Bar and Grill, 
Coaldale. Previously she was employed by the Davidson Furniture Store, 
Mahanoy City.

Anna Olexa
 Anna Olexa, 76,of 214 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, died Sunday in 
her home. She worked for the former Lansford Sportswear before retiring 
many years ago.

Mrs. Elizabeth Valuch Zlock
 Mrs. Elizabeth Valuch Zlock, 96, of 276 Third St., Coaldale, died 
Sunday in the Hometown Nursing Home. She was the widow of John Baluch 
and Paul Zlock.

William F. Miller
 William F. Miller, 65, of 38 Springgarden St., Lansford, died Sunday 
in Reading General Hospital where he was taken after being stricken ill 
while trapshooting in Leesport, Berks County.  He was the husband of 
Jesse M. (Morgans) Miller. Miller was retired from the Army National 

John C. Bittner
 John C. Bittner, 65, of 141 Lauderburn Ave., Weatherly, died Thursday 
in Weinberg House, Hazelton. He was the husband of Bertha J. (Curtis) 
Bittner. He was a quality control inspector for Wagner Electric Plant, 
Weatherly, for over 30 years before retiring.

Mrs. Mabel R. Bowers
 Mrs. Mable R. Bowers, 85, of Luther Crest Retirement Community, 
South Whitehall Township, died Sunday in the home. She was the widow of 
Horace R. Bowers. She was an elementary teacher in the Allentown School 
District for 25 years before retiring in 1958 from the Muhlenberg School.

John R. Silberman
 John R. Silberman, 83, of Allentown died Saturday in his home. He 
was the husband of the late Myrtle S. (Strawn) Silberman. He was a 
custodian for the Allentown School District working at the Central School 
for 12 years before retiring in 1977, and previously was a self-employed 
Henry Kuzman
 Henry Kuzman, 77, of 21 W. Lehigh St., Coaldale, died Saturday in 
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Stella (Fittos) 
Kuzman. They observed their 56th wedding anniversary in May. He worked 
for the former Quartite Lamp Factory, Nesquehoning, before retiring in 
1981, and previously was a coal miner for Lehigh Coal and Navigation Co. 
at its No. 9 Colliery in Lansford. Kuzman was an Army Air Corps veteran of 
World War II.

Brittany McLaughlin
 Brittany Lee McLaughlin, infant daughter of Jason McLaughlin and 
Mary Beth Blake of 701 W. 24th St., Hazleton, died Saturday in Geisinger 
Medical Center. 

Bertha F. Quinton
 Bertha F. Quinton, 89, of Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township, died 
Saturday in the home.

William Ballard
 William Ballard, 69, of 322 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, died Friday 
in Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. He was the husband of 
Katherine (Moravcik) Ballard. They observed their 45th wedding 
anniversary last Nov. 11. He was general manager of Lehighton Lincoln-
Mercury for two years before retiring in 1978, and previously had owned 
and operated the Rahway Typewriter Service, Rahway, N.J., from 1964 to 
'74; and was a truck driver for the former Ballantine Brewery, Newark, N.J. 
from 1947 to 1962. Ballard was a Navy veteran  of World War II.

Dolores J. Brader
 Dolores J. Brader, 65, of 1339 S. Ninth St., Allentown, died Saturday 
in Leader Nursing and Rehabilitation Center II, Bethlehem. She was a 
sewing machine operator for the former Leonard Manufacturing Co., 
Allentown for 27 years.

Mrs. Verna M. Kromer
 Mrs. Verna M. Kromer, 94, formerly of Northampton, died Saturday in 
Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. She was the widow of Earl T. 
Kromer. She was a domestic worker in the Northampton area for many 
Ellsworth V. Widoner
 Ellsworth V. Widoner, 85, of Bethlehem, died Thursday in the Blough 
Nursing Home, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Helen (Schaffer) Wildoner 
and the late Hildegarde (Flammer) Wildoner. He was a linesman for 
Pennsylvania Power and Light Co., Allentown, before retiring in 1975. 

Mrs. Marion K. Boyer
 Mrs. Marion K. Boyer, 85, formerly of 43 Washington St., Topton, died 
Thursday in the Henry Health Care Center of the Lutheran Home at Topton. 
She was the widow of Ralph W. Boyer.

Michael R. Lukac
 Michael R. Lukac, 69, of 29 W. Walter St., Summit Hill, died Sunday in 
the Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton. He was a 
self-employed scrap metal dealer in the Summit Hill area for many years 
before retiring.

September 10, 1996

Bernard P. Miller
 Bernard P. Miller, 67, of 818 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, died Monday 
morning in the emergency room of Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 
Lehighton. He was the husband of Pearl "Mary" (Diehm) Miller. They 
observed their 46th wedding anniversary on Feb. 18. He and his wife owned 
and operated the former Bernice Ann Fashions on Broadway in Jim Thorpe 
for 27 years before retiring in 1986. He later worked as a consultant for 
other garment factories in the area. Prior to going into business he worked 
for various garment factories in Jim Thorpe. Combined, he worked 47 
years in the local garment industry.

Elem Bontrager
 Elem "Bonny" Bontrager, 91, of Rest Haven, Schuylkill Haven, 
formerly of Tamaqua, died Monday in Good Samaritan Regional Medical 
Center, Pottsville. Prior to retiring he owned and operated Bonny's Tire 
Service, Tamaqua.

Dominic Damore
 Dominic "Buppy" Damore, 73, of 2311 29th St. S.W., Allentown, died 
Sunday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of 
Edith (Rizzetto) Damore. He was self-employed in the auto body business 
before retiring. Damore was an Army veteran of World War II.

Raymond H. Santee
 Raymond H. Santee, 64, of 1010 Cherry Tree Crossing, Breinigsville, 
died Saturday in Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center. He was a laborer 
in the construction industry.

Maryanne Trayah
 Maryanne T. Trayah, 51, of 104 Schuylkill Ave., Tamaqua, died Monday 
in Miners Memorial Medical Center. She was employed by Harbor 
Electronics, Hazleton.

Mrs. Carl E. Montgomery
 Mrs. Carl E. Montgomery, 82, of 6A Pearl Ave., Doraville, Ga., 
formerly of Cedarview Apartments, Allentown, died Monday in Northside 
Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. She was the wife of Carl E. Montgomery. They 
observed their 63rd wedding anniversary last December. She was a sewing 
machine operator for the former Vogue Shop, Allentown, for 20 years 
before retiring.

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