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January 23, 1997

Mrs. Roberta Opresko
Mrs. Roberta Opresko, 72, of 238 W. Patterson St., Lansford, died Tuesday in the Hometown Nursing Center, Tamaqua R.2. She was the widow of Stephen Opresko, who died in 1994.
She worked for the former Kiddie Kloes, Lansford, for 37 years before retiring. During World War II, she was an aircraft machinst in Harrisburg.
Born in Swoyersville, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Sophie (Kalis) Gajewski.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford, and was a former member of the Council of Catholic Women of St. Ann Catholic Church, Lansford, where she had also been active.
Surviving are two sons, Stephen of Lancaster and Gerard of Treichlers; a brother Walter of Lansford; four sisters, Victoria Porambo, Frances Hifko and Irene Polkendo, all of Lansford, and Gretta, wife of Emil Laskowski of Tamaqua; and five grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Martin; and five sisters, Stella, Mary, Stephanie Porambo, Veronica and Genevieve.
The Skrabak-Parambo Funeral Home, 210 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. John D. Miller
Mrs. Diane B. Miller, 47, of Allentown, died Wednesday in her home. She was the wife of John D. "Jack" Miller. They observed their 15th wedding anniversary in October.
She was a rental agent for Evergreen Realty Co., Allentown, from 1983-85, and previously had owned and operated the former Helping Hands Cleaning Co., Allentown, for two years.
A 1968 nursing graduate of Lehigh County Community College, she was a licensed practical nurse in the Lehigh Valley, including at the Good Shepherd Home, Allentown, from 1968-78.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was a daughter of Charles B. Bean of St. Louis and Mrs. Gloria M. (Mayers) Bean Forte of Danielsville, and a stepdaughter of Gloria Bean of St. Louis and the late Robert N.A. Forte Jr.
She was a member of Trinity Wesleyan Church, Allentown, where she was a former member of the Women's Missionary Society and a past director of the summer youth program. She was also a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church, Allentown.
Mrs. Miller was instrumental in organizing diabetic support groups in the Lehigh Valley and, most recently, was a freelance writer for numerous Christian magazines.
She was a member of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sons of God Christian Motorcycle Club and Calvary Chapel, both of Philadelphia, and the first graduating class of the Swain School, Allentown.
Surviving in addition to her husband, parents and stepmother are a son, Adam J. of Allentown; three stepdaughters, Michele L. Shellenberger of Allentown, Tamara A. Miller of Northampton and Tanya L. Ford in Florida; two brothers, Michael E. Forte of Tampa, Fla., and the Rev. Robert J. Forte III of Allentown; a sister, Mary M., wife of Glenn Becker of Palmerton; and three grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Gina Marie Millets.

Charles G. LaBadie Jr.
Charles G. LaBadie Jr., 48, of Saylorsburg R.4, died Tuesday in the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg. He was the husband of Joy (Hoffner) LaBadie. They observed their sixth wedding anniversary in September.
He was employed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for the past 14 years, having worked the past year as a clerk at the liquor distribution center in Jay Park, Marshalls Creek.
Born in Stroudsburg, he was a son of Mrs. Anna Mae (Marsh) LaBadie of Anchorage, Alaska, and the late Charles G. LaBadie Sr.
He was a member of Zion United Lutheran Church, Brodheadsville.
LaBadie was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are three sons, Sean C. of Swiftwater, Brandon G. of Allentown and Jamey Ryan Frederick of East Stroudsburg; three daughters, Ginny LaBadie of Stroudsburg, Regina, at home, and Kimberly of Reeders; a brother Larry of Anchorage; two sisters, Cindy Frailey of Stroudsburg and Evelyn Koerner of Reeders; and three grandchildren.
The Kresge Funeral Home, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Anna Zangari
Mrs. Anna "Sue" Zangari, 70, of 3208 Walnut Drive, Danielsville, died Wednesday in the Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem. She was the widow of Anthony Zangari, who died in 1995.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Mary (Grohotolsky) Gasper.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville.
Surviving are a son Anthony of Whitehall Township; a daughter Ann, wife of Joseph Vargoof Danielsville; three brothers, John and Paul, both of Allentown, and Edward in Georgia; three sisters, Catherine, wife of James Fair of Bethlehem, Helen Bukovits of Northampton and Caroline Orvitz in New Jersey; and five grandchildren.

Dr. James E. Mullen
Dr. James E. Mullen, 76, of Macoby Street, Pennsburg, Montgomery County, mayor of the community for the past 27 years, died Wednesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, following a lengthy bout with cancer. He was the husband of the late Alma (Christman) Mullen, who died in 1993.
Mullen was well-known throughout the Upper Perkiomen Valley for his tireless dedication to the residents of Montgomery County, especially in Pennsburg. He became the town's mayor in 1969.
He was assistant superintendent of the Upper Perkiomen School District from 1967 until retiring in 1981, ending a lengthy career in education.
He began his professional career in 1948 as a social studies teacher at Pennsburg High School, where he remained until 1953, when he joined the North Penn School District as a guidance counselor. He later became director of pupil services, serving in that capacity until assuming his Upper Perkiomen assistant superintendent post.
Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Sylvester and Sarah (Mundy) Mullen.
He was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Pennsburg.
Mullen was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
He graduated from St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, in 1943, receiving a bachelor's degree, and in 1951 earned his master's degree from Lehigh University. In 1992, he received his doctorate degree from Gwynedd Mercy College.
Mullen was a member of the Montgomery County Community College Board of Directors since 1967, serving as its chairman since 1983. He was an ex-officio member of the college's Foundation board and the advisory board of the college's Pennsburg office.
In 1973, he joined the board of trustees of Kutztown University.
The deceased served as campaign chairman of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Community Chest in 1974.
Last year, the Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association dedicated its newest ambulance to him, and, in 1992, the Pottstown-Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA named its outstanding volunteer person of the year awards the James E. Mullen Award.
The Upper Perkiomen High School auditorium is also named after him.
Mullen received the "Outstanding Citizen Award" in 1992 from the Upper Perkiomen Valley; American Community College Trustee Northeast Region Award for Distinguished Service in 1986; Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge Schoolmen's Medal in 1978; Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award in 1975; and Distinguished Service Award from the Upper Perkiomen Valley Jaycees in 1974-75.
He was a co-founder of the Dr. Frank Buchman Centennial Committee; past president of the Montgomery County Mayors Association, 1973-74; former president of the Pennsburg Borough Council; president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Community College Trustees, 1983; and a past vice president of the borad of directors of the Quakertown Hospital.
Surviving are a sister Mary, wife of John Barilla of Emmaus; and nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister Margaret.
The Falk Funeral Home, 163 Main St., Pennsburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Freda R. Mader
Mrs. Freda R. Mader, 97, of 317 Market St., Tamaqua, died Wednesday in her home. She was the widow of John L. Mader, who died in 1959.
Prior to retiring, she was a sewing machine operator for the former Sue Frocks, Tamaqua.
Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Sara (Schaeffer) Zeplin.
She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.
The last immediate member of her family, she is survived by two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, John C. "Jack," who died in 1981; two sisters, Ethel Stein and Mildred McHugh; and a brother Harold.
The Jon M. Zizelmann Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Holubek
Mrs. Helen Holubek 81, of 120 E. Phillips St. Coaldale, died today at Miners Memorial Medical Center where she was a patient 11 days. She was the widow of Joseph Holubek who died in 1958.
She was born in New York City.
The deceased was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church Coaldale, where she was a member of the church choir. She was also active in church events before becoming ill.
She was a former member of the Panther Valley Golden Age Club and the Senior Citizens of Lansford.
Surviving are three sons, Joseph of Hummelstown; Michael of Allentown; Gerald of Saganaw, Texas.; a daughter JoEllen at home; six grandchildren and one great- grandchildren.
She was the last member of her immediate family.
The August M. Gulla Funeral Home, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangements.

January 24, 1997

Mrs. Ethel E. Marsh
Mrs. Ethel E. Marsh, 84, formerly of Rockville, Lehigh Township, died Thursday in ManorCare Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Daniel P. Marsh.
She and her husband owned and operated a bakery route and the Rockville Hotel for many years.
Born in Lower Saucon Township, she was a daughter of the late Julius and Elizabeth (Netza) Yuhas.
She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Little Moore, Moore Township.
Surviving are three sisters, Gizetta Dettmer of Tamaqua and Elizabeth Mahelko and Eleanor Stull, both of Allentown; two brothers, Ernest of Allentown and Julius of Fullerton; and nieces and nephews.

Kenneth W. Locks
Kenneth W. Locks, 30, of Linden Street, Bethlehem, died Thursday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was a construction worker for Laborers Union Local 1174 for the past 10 years.
Born in Scranton, he was a son of Mrs. Lorraine E. (Wallace) Locks of Chapman Lake and the late William S. Locks, and a stepson of Michael Carey of Chapman Lake.
The deceased attended Northampton Community College for two years.
Surviving in addition to his mother and stepfather are a companion, Suzan J. Moyer, with whom he resided; a brother, William J. of Chapman Lake; two sisters, Cheryl, wife of Stephen Farkas of Slatington, and Cynthia, wife of Jon Young of Hellertown; and nephews.

Mrs. Jean A. Kemp
Mrs. Jean A. Kemp, 76, of the Liberty Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Allentown, formerly of Fourth Street, Slatington, died Thursday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the widow of Warren Kemp.
A 1943 graduate of the former Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, she was a registered nurse in the Lehigh Valley for many years before retiring.
Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late Harvey E. and Marion (Marshall) Roth.
She was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Slatington, where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society.
There are no immediate survivors.

Mrs. Rose C. Becker
Mrs. Rose C. Becker, 87, of Allen Township, died Thursday in her home. She was the widow of Stanley W. Becker.
Born in Beersville, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Biss) Petko.
She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Northampton.
Mrs. Becker was a kitchen volunteer at the Allen Township Volunteer Fire Company.
Surviving are two sons, Stanley A. of Stroudsburg and Richard P. of Dallas, Tex.; three daughters, Josephine A., wife of Frederick Wieand of St. Petersburg, Fla., Dorothy B., wife of Jerome Hess of Allen Township, and Kathleen B., wife of Dennis Petrie of Kutztown; two sisters, Helen Muessle of Spring Lake, N.J., and Pauline Koehler of Allen Township; a brother Andrew of Chapmans; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Sister Marie Antonia Poskaitis, C.J.C.
Sister Marie Antonia Poskaitis, C.J.C., 72, a member of the Poor Sisters of Jesus Crucified and the Sorrowful Mother, died Wednesday in the Mercy Hospital, Scranton, following a lengthy illness.
She entered the religious life in 1941 and made her first profession three years later, enjoying a subsequent 30-year teaching career that included a stay at the former SS. Peter and Paul Parochial School, Tamaqua.
Born in Plymouth, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Francis and Eva (Christian-Kriksciunas) Poskaitis.
She graduated from Plymouth High School, Plymouth, Pa., and received her bachelor of science degree from Marywood College, Scranton. She was certified as a teacher in elementary subjects in secondary Social Studies, and as an elementary school prinicpal.
Sr. Marie Antonia was an accomplished organist.
She taught at St. Ann School, Scranton, from 1980-87, and was again on the staff there since 1994.
In addition to teaching there and in Scranton, she taught in congregational schools in Frackville, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Carbondale, Cambridge, Mass., and South Boston, Mass.
Her leadership roles included being local superior and/or principal at St. Michael Parish and St. Ann parishes, both in Scranton; Holy Trinity Parish, Wilkes-Barre; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Carbondale. She was mistress at the Motherhouse in Brockton, Mass., for 10 years.
Surviving is a sister, Alfreda Reese of Clarks Summit.
She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Sr. Evarista Poskaitis, C.J.C., Ann Poskaitis, Mary Poskaitis and Mrs. John Gibas of Tamaqua; and three brothers, Anthony Reed, Raymond Poskaitis and Frank Poskaitis.
A concelebrated funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Ann Basilica, followed by interment in St. Mary Villa Cemetery, Elmhurst, Pa. Calling hours are scheduled from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock tonight at the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home, 1240 St. Ann St., Scranton. Contributions in her name may be made to the Sisters of Jesus Crucified, St. Mary Villa Convent, Elmhurst, Pa. 18416, or Sisters of Jesus Crucified, Our Lady of Sorrows Convent, Brockton, Mass. 02402.

Nelson T. Barron
Nelson T. Barron, 78, of East Railroad Street, New Ringgold, died Wednesday in his home. He was the husband of Eleanor M. (Miller) Barron.
He was a mixologist in the powderhouse at ICI Explosives, Reynolds, for 36 years before retiring in 1981.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late William and Mary Ann (Stride) Barron.
He was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, New Ringgold.
Barron was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater of Operations.
He was a life member of the Community Fire Company, New Ringgold.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Susan Barron of Harrisburg and Sandra Schmidt of Fleetwood; two brothers, Theodore and Clarence, and a sister, Alice Betz, all of Tamaqua; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
The John H. Lundbye Funeral Home, 116 S. Liberty St., Orwigsburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Evan Beblavy
Evan "Jaker" Beblavy, 76, of 1314 Fritz Valley Road, Lehighton, died Thursday in his home. He was the husband of Mary (Yondura) Beblavy. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 10, 1996.
He was employed in the pouring department of Bethlehem Steel Corp., retiring in 1982 after 28 years of service.
Born in Lansford, he was a son of the late Paul and Kristina (Surcek) Beblavy.
He was a member of St. John Slovak Lutheran Church, Lansford.
He was a member of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club where he was twice awarded the courage award for loyalty and dedication to the club, in 1986 and 1995; charter member of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company; Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club, and the Andreas Sporting Club.
Surviving with his wife are two sons, Joseph of Allentown and Evan of Lehighton; three sisters, Amelia, wife of Michael Maholick, and Mary, wife of Thaddeus Kresge, both of Lehighton, and Elizabeth, wife of Frank Schimaneck of Allentown; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Milan.
The Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Fourth and Iron streets, Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements.

January 25, 1997

Dr. Robert Pathroff
Robert Pathroff, 67, of Rotonda West., Fla., and a Nesquehoning native, died Thursday. He was the husband of Dolores Pathroff.
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a retired family practitioner for his own practice in Horsham, Pa., moving to Florida six years ago.
He was a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, and Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia.
He belonged to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Englewood, Fla.
He was a member of the American Medical Association and also belonged to the Rotonda Golf and Country Club.
Surviving with his widow is a daughter, Jan Townsend of Saverna Park, Md.; two sons, Robert A. of Bismarck, North Dakota, and David of Northridgeville, Ohio. Also seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be today in Englewood.

Mrs. Lillie M. Hall
Mrs. Lillie M. Hall, 102, formerly of Nesquehoning, died Thursday in Melbourne, Fla. She was the widow of Robert S. Hall.
Prior to retiring, she had been employed as a salesclerk.
Born in Nesquehoning, she was a daughter of the late Charles E. and Susan (Charles) Marsden.
Mrs. Hall was a member of Suntree United Methodist Church, Melbourne, Fla., and the Lansford Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by four daughters, A. Faye Bradley, Nancy H. Holmes and Margery M.H. Johnston, all of Melbourne, Fla., and Mary H. Dull of Greensburg, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth H. Jones.

Alverna McMichael
Alverna "Alva" McMichael, 89, of 307 E. Hazzard St., Summit Hill, died Friday in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the widow of Benjamin R. McMichael who died in 1990.
Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late William and Hattie (Straub) Dick.
She worked in garment factories in Summit Hill and Lansford.
She was a member of Summit Hill United Methodist Church.
Surviving is a son, Benjamin W., of Hamilton Square, N.J.; a sister, Winifred Meyers of Coaldale. Also five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Frantz, a brother, George R.; and two sisters, Freida Kleppinger and Ellen Orltedge.
The Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, Summit Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

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