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Harry Caray, baseball announcer; known for his saying 'Holy Cow!' 
February 19, 1998
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) -- Harry Caray, who took millions of fans out to the ball game on radio and television, died Wednesday four days after collapsing at a Valentine's Day dinner. He was believed to be 77.
In a career spanning almost 60 years, the often off-beat Hall of Fame broadcaster covered baseball's greats from Musial to Mays to Maddux. Holy Cow! as he would say.
He was hospitalized Saturday after falling ill at a nightclub-restaurant while with his wife, Dutchie. Doctors said his heart had suddenly changed rhythm, restricting oxygen to his brain. He died at 4:10 p.m., said Harlan Corenman, Eisenhower Medical Center spokesman.
A broadcaster since 1941, Caray became a household name through his Cubs' games for WGN-TV, carried nationally by many cable systems. He was immediately recognizable for his thick, oversized glasses and raspy, sing-along rendition of ''Take Me Out to the Ball Game'' over the public address system during the seventh-inning stretch.
Caray was a broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals for 25 years and for the Chicago White Sox for 11 years before moving across town to Wrigley Field in 1982.
During his 15 years with the hapless Cubs, he was fond of spelling names backward and mentioning fans, including his favorite bartenders, who were visiting the ball park.
''Happy Birthday to So-and-So. ... Happy Anniversary to So-and-So. That's always been my way of acknowledging the fans,'' he wrote in his 1989 autobiography, ''Holy Cow.''
Another favorite Caray exclamation was ''It might be, it could be, it is -- a home run!'' and he'd shout ''Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!'' after each Chicago home victory. He said he developed his trademark phrases during a semipro baseball tourney at Battle Creek, Mich. ''Holy cow!'' was later used by Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, now retired.
In Chicago, few sports figures were as loved as Caray. Fond of beer, he was known around town as the ''Mayor of Rush Street,'' a popular nightclub district, and his downtown restaurant has remained popular since its 1987 opening.
In later years as Caray's health began to fail, his broadcasts were full of scrambled names and other mistakes. He often complained that criticism of his broadcasting skills began only after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.
Caray had recently reduced his broadcasting on WGN. He cut out road trips in 1997, saying they were ''a grind for ballplayers, and they can be pretty tough on announcers, too.''
And in December, it was announced that his grandson, Chip Caray, would join him and analyst sidekick Steve Stone in broadcasting Cubs home games. At the time, the veteran broadcaster said he had no plans to leave the booth anytime soon, but he admitted the station probably had a successor in mind when it hired his grandson.
He began his major league broadcasting career in 1945 with the Cardinals and stayed with the team until 1969. He spent the 1970 season with the Oakland A's, and did play-by-play for the White Sox from 1971 to 1981.
While with the White Sox, the bespectacled Caray began singing ''Take Me Out to the Ball Game'' during the seventh-inning stretch, an idea suggested by team owner Bill Veeck. When Caray moved to the Cubs, he took the routine with him.
Caray won the Ford C. Frick Award in 1989 to put him in the broadcast wing of the baseball Hall of Fame, and he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1988.
Caray once said Cardinals superstar Stan Musial was the best baseball player he had ever seen, although he said a case could be made for Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Henry Aaron and others of their era.
''Still, if I were starting a club from scratch, and all the players I have ever seen were available to me, Stan Musial would be my first draft choice,'' he wrote in his autobiography.

Harold N. Brown, 72, self-employed contractor 
February 19, 1998
Harold N. Brown, 72, of 1435 Monocacy St., Bethlehem, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Minnie W. (Werst) Brown. They were married for 52 years last April.
He was a self-employed contractor for 45 years until retiring last year.
Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Royet and Flora (Renner) Brown.
He was a member and former councilman of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.
Survivors: Wife; son, Jeffrey A. at home, and a brother, Frank W. of Bethlehem.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday in church. Arrangements, Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Contributions: To the church and/or American Cancer Society, Allentown. 

George R. Roesser 
February 19, 1998
George R. Roesser, 50, of 621 Genesee St., Allentown, died Monday, Feb. 16, in his home.
He was a welder for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 29 years before retiring.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late George E. and Gweneth R. (Snell) Roesser.
He was an Army veteran, serving in South Korea during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the national chapter of the Loyal Order of the Moose.
Survivors: A daughter and brother.
Memorial service: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. No calling hours. 

Frederick H. Holland 
February 19, 1998
Frederick H. Holland, 36, of Breinigsville, formerly of Whitehall Township, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at home.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Shirley A. (Scherer) Holland, with whom he resided, and the late Harold F. Holland.
He was a statistician for the Catasauqua Playground Association for many years.
Survivors: Mother and parental grandparents, Fred and Esther (Keller) Holland of Whitehall.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, John H. Brubaker Funeral Home, 3rd and Walnut streets, Catasauqua. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday.
Contributions: American Cancer Society. 

Col. Robert T. Wangemann
February 19, 1998
Among the survivors of Retired Army Col. Robert T. Wangemann, 64, of 2440 Fourteenth St., Bethlehem Township, who died Monday, is a stepson, Marc Livesey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His first name was incorrect in Wednesday's obituary.

Florence Fatzinger, 91, Palmerton High teacher 
February 19, 1998
Florence Fatzinger, 91, of Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Springfield, Mass., died Friday, Feb. 13, at home. She was the wife of the late Henry N. Fatzinger.
A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, she was a teacher at Palmerton High School and West Pittston High School for six years.
Born in Scranton, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Judson and Catherine Karen (Alfast) Barnes.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Venice, Fla., and it's Women's Society.
She also was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.
Survivors: Daughters, Nancy F. Schumann of Springfield, Marilyn F. Eaton of Windsor, Conn., and Carol M. Skutnik of Sarasota, Fla.; sisters, Louise Standen and Grace Richards, both of Lancaster, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services: 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the church. Arrangements, Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla. 

Florence A. March 
February 19, 1998
Florence A. March, 78, of Marysville, Ohio, formerly of Allentown and Philadelphia, died Friday, Feb. 13, in Kobacker House, Columbus, Ohio. She was the wife of the late Anthony Walter March.
She was a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 20 years.
Born in Arlington, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Harold W. and Elizabeth L. (Milligan) Patterson.
Survivors: Daughters, Betty, wife of Alan Rupert of Marysville, Linda, wife of Ed Mangold of Allentown, Kathy, wife of Bob Belka of Pine Hills, N.J., and Jeanne, wife of Frank Bendele of Fort Wayne, Ind.; sons, Bill of New Castle, Del., and Herb, Michael and Richard, all of Philadelphia; brother Pat of Melborne, Fla.; sister, Jean Dougherty of Philadelphia, 14 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Graveside services: Noon Saturday, Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville. Arrangements Mannasmith-Hale Funeral Home, Marysville. 
Contributions: Kobacker House, Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospitals, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio. 

Ferruccio 'Richard' Vidori 
February 19, 1998
Ferruccio ''Richard'' Vidori, 83, formerly of Allentown, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Annex.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Guglielmo and Elena S. (Bortalomial) Vidori.
Survivors: Nieces.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday. 

Esther M. Kishbaugh 
February 19, 1998
Esther M. Kishbaugh, 87, of Stroudsburg died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Pleasant Valley Manor, Snydersville. She was the wife of the late Richard Kishbaugh.
Born in Monroe County, she was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Stroudsburg.
Survivors: Sister, Edith Kriebel of Allentown, five grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. 

Edgar Harold Kerchner 
February 19, 1998
Edgar Harold Kerchner, 89, of 1918 Spring Creek Road, Macungie, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Lehigh Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lower Macungie Township. He was the husband of Estella (Frey) Kerchner. They were married for 61 years in December.
He was a house painter for the former Kenny Mohr Painting Co., Wescosville. 
Born in Breinigsville, he was a son of the late Jacob and Emma (Derr) Kerchner.
He was a member of Solomon's United Church of Christ, Macungie.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Fenstermaker of Egg Harbor City, N.J., four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter LaRue V. Moyer.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, David J. Boyko Funeral Home, 10 E. Main St., Macungie. Call 10-11 a.m. Monday. 
Contributions: Church memorial fund. 

Dorothea M. Vermeulen 
February 19, 1998
Dorothea M. Vermeulen, 76, of Center Valley died Wednesday Feb. 18, in Country Meadows, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Leonard Vermeulen.
Born in Center Valley, she was a member of Quakertown and Friedensville senior citizens groups.
Survivors: Sons, Leonard R. of Sugar Run, Bradford County, Ronald B. of Dushore, Sullivan County, Frederick C. and Dean M., both of Fogelsville and Louis J. of Slatington; daughter, Sandra L. of Coopersburg; stepbrother, Wallace Gross of Bethlehem, 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, C.R. Strunk Funeral Home, 821 W. Broad St., Quakertown. Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday. 

Clifford A. 'Pete' Martin 
February 19, 1998
Clifford A. ''Pete'' Martin, 80, of Easton died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Easton Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia (Heck) Martin. They were married for 19 years in November.
He was a bus mechanic for the Easton Area School District before retiring in 1982 after 14 years' service. Previously, he worked at the former Cooper Industries.
Born in West Easton, he was a son of the late Theodore R. and Grace J. (Fisher) Martin.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a former member of Safety First Volunteer Fire Company, West Easton, and the Wilson Borough Republican Club.
Survivors: Wife; stepson, Richard Florindi of Bethlehem; stepdaughters, Karen Warner of Bethlehem, Karla Florindi of Easton and Kathy Florindi of Wilson, and three step-grandsons, nieces and nephews.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Strunk Funeral Home, 2102 Northampton St., Wilson. Call 7-8:30 p.m. today.
Contributions: American Heart Association, Bethlehem. 

Clarence J.P. Stein 
February 19, 1998
Clarence J.P. Stein, 88, formerly of Kutztown, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Henry Health Care Center, Topton. He was the husband of the late Elda C. (Biehl) Stein.
He was an aircraft mechanic for Reading Aviation before retiring in 1971.
Born in Maxatawny Township, he was a son of the late A. Grover C. and Mary S. (Dietrich) Stein.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Kutztown.
Survivors: Son, Feryl H. of Kutztown; daughters, Althea D., wife of Eldred J. Snyder of Fleetwood, and Joanne D., wife of Paul A. Yentser of Kutztown; brother, Alton L. of Bethlehem; sister, Marian Fitzgerald of Kutztown, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a step-great-granddaughter.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, 346 W. Main St., Kutztown. 

Charles L. Rex 
February 19, 1998
Charles L. Rex, 86, of New Ringgold R.2 died Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was burned in an accident near his home on Jan. 30. He was the husband of Mary E. (Hankey) Rex. They were married for years last month.
A truck driver for most of his life before retiring in 1977, he last worked for F&D Coal Sales Co., Hazleton, and the former Hettinger Trucking Co., McKeansburg.
Born in Lewistown Valley, Schuylkill County, he was a son of the late James Rex and Annie (Stemmler) Southam.
He was a Protestant.
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Mrs. Florence M. Hill and Mrs. Charlotte A. Leiby, both of New Ringgold R.2; sons, Lester C. of New Ringgold R.1 and Carl F. of Tamaqua, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, Snyders (Route 309). Call 10-11 a.m. Saturday. 

Alice I. Troeder 
February 19, 1998
Alice I. Troeder, 89, of Edgemont Personal Care Home, Lansford, formerly of Summit Hill, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale. She was the wife of the late Paul Troeder.
She was a former executive director of the American Heart Association.
Born in Paterson, N.J., she was a daughter of the late John and Louise (Naef) Thomas.
She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lansford. 
She was a member of American Cancer Society and Red Cross.
Survivors: Sons, Roger of Warminster and Harold of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Paul.
Graveside memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Lehighton Cemetery. No calling hours. Arrangements, Skrabak-Parambo Funeral Home, Lansford.

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