Donald L. Benninger, Sr.
Donald L. Benninger, Sr., 77, of Walnutport died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 in Blue Mountain Health Care System, Palmerton. He was the husband of the late Shirley B. (Fatzinger) Benninger. He worked at Stroh’s Brewery as a forklift operator before retiring in 1996. He also worked part-time for Leibensperger Bus Transportation and was a member of the TPA. Born in Walnutport, he was a son of the late Clifford and Ada (Deibert) Benninger. Surviving are three children, Donald Jr., Claudia Faust, and Todd Benninger; and a grandson. Preceding him in death were a grandson, Justin Benninger; a brother, Floyd Benninger, and a sister, Harriet Muhr. Funeral services were held on Friday morning in Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville, followed by interment in Indianland Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Harding Funeral Home, Slatington.
Jacquelyn M. Birk (May 5, 1993 – Dec. 4, 2012)
Jacquelyn M. Birk, 19, of Bath, formerly of Tunkhannock, Pa., died Tuesday morning, Dec. 4 as a result of an automobile accident along Rt. 512 north of Bath in Moore Township. She worked as a cashier at the Giant Food Stores in Nazareth. Born on May 5, 1993 in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of Heather L. McIntosh of Bath and Bruce D. Birk of Tunkhannock. She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Bath. Surviving besides her father and mother are her maternal grandparents, Terrance L. and Carolyn A. McIntosh; paternal grandparents, Donald B. Birk and Susan J. Wolosyn; sisters Antoinette and Carolyn Plank, Rebecca and Sarah Kober, Izzabella McIntosh; brother Michael Martucci; an aunt, Michele Holota; and her beloved dog, Buster. Services were held on Monday morning in the Bartholomew Funeral Home, Bath, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Church and interment in the parish cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the McIntosh family, c/o the funeral home at 243 S. Walnut St., Bath, PA 18014.
Melvin A. Dilliard, Jr.
Melvin A. Dillard, Jr., 76, of Lower Nazareth Township, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at his home in Promised Lane, Pike County. He was the husband of Elaine (Bus) Dilliard. A graduate of Wilson Boro High School, as a young man he worked at the Green Pond Country Club golf course. He also worked for C. B. Haney as a project estimator and until retiring he was part owner of the Beth-Hanover Supply Co. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Melvin Dilliard, Sr. and Bertha (Sterner) Dilliard. He was a member of Dryland U.C.C. Church, Lower Nazareth Twsp.; Shrine Club of Bethlehem, Rajah Temple Shrine, H. Stanley Goodwin Lodge #648, F. & A.M. of Bethlehem, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Lehigh Consistory-Valley of Allentown, and the Elks in Bangor. He also enjoyed the Antique Car Club car shows, showing off his 1940 prize winning Willy’s. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lynn Ann Post, of Bethlehem; a son, Chris Dilliard, of Chapman; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation included Masonic services on Saturday morning, followed by the funeral service in the Pong Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Memorial contributions may be made to Dryland U.C.C. Church, 4415 Newburg Rd., Nazareth, PA 18064 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Isabelle (Kiss) Ehler, 98, of Whitehall, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Fellowship Community in Whitehall. She was the wife of the late Frank Ehler, Jr. Before retiring in 1962, she was a silk weaver at the former Frank & Stessel Silk Co., Cementon. Born in Cementon, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Irma Kiss. She was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Northampton. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Margaret Cyprus of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and nephews. Following a viewing at the Schisler Funeral Home in Northampton, a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday morning in Assumption BVM Church, and then interment in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem.
Margaret Murante (Sept. 7, 1922 -– Nov. 30, 2012)
Margaret Murante, 90, of Bath died on Friday, Nov. 30 at home. She was the wife of the late Vincent J. Murante, who died in 1990. John Serencsics Feb. 1, 1925 – Nov. 30, 2012 John Serencsics, 87, of Moore Township died on Friday, Nov. 30 at Country Meadows V, Bethlehem Township. He was the husband of Emma (Faustner) Serencsics. Sherwood H. Shook, Sr. March 5, 1938 – Nov. 12, 2012 Sherwood H. “Woody” Shook, Sr., 74, of Wind Gap, formerly of point Phillips, died Saturday, Nov. 12 at home. He was the husband of Wanda K. (Klump) Shook. Gage Michael Sramek Oct. 6, 2008 – Dec. 2, 2012 Gage Michael Sramek, 4, of Northampton died on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.
Dorothy (Dottie) M. (Faustner) Kay (January 17, 1942- December 1, 2012)
Dorothy (Dottie) M. (Faustner) Kay of Brigantine, NJ passed away peacefully Saturday December 1, 2012. The daughter of the late Rudolph and Paula Faustner, Dottie was born in New York City on January 17, 1942 and raised in Bath, Pa. After graduating from Northampton High School, she worked at GAC in Allentown where she met Jim Kay whom she married on November 14, 1970. Prior to moving to Brigantine, they lived in New York, Paris, Houston and Philadelphia. Dottie enjoyed collecting ceramic, gold and crystal frogs and trips to Las Vegas with her sisters and husband. She also enjoyed traveling and life at the New Jersey shore. She was a devoted wife to Jim and will be tremendously missed. She is survived by her husband, sisters, Deborah Mast and her husband William of Royersford, Pa., Carol Donovan and her husband John of Bethlehem, Pa., Lillian Brearman of Walnutport, Pa., brothers, Robert Faustner and his wife Joan, of Catasauqua, Pa., Rudolph Faustner and his wife Doreen of Moore Township, Pa., her sister – in – law Doreen Young and her companion Michael Dearborn of Brunswick, Maine. In addition there are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Services: A prayer service will be Thursday, December 6th at 10:00 A.M. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st ST. Northampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church 210 E. Northampton St. Bath, Pa. Family and friends may call Wednesday 6 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 9 – 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery, Bath, Pa. In place of sending flowers, her family requests that consideration be given for a donation to The Parkinson Council 111 Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.
Ethel T. Capkovic
Ethel T. Capkovic, 90, of Northampton, PA., died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg Campus in Bethlehem, PA. She was the wife of the late Stephen J. Capkovic, II, who died in April 1979. Born in Northampton, PA., she was the daughter of the late Metro and Esther (Ludinsky) Prutzanni. Ethel was a Bookkeeper for the former Bells Sponging Co., for 13 years before retiring. She was a member of St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton,PA.
She is survived by her Daughter, -Marie wf. of Lee Herb of Coplay, PA. A Son, -Stephen J. Capkovic III and wife Barbara of Whitehall, PA. Three grandchildren; -Lea wife of Miftar Spahija -Ryan Herb and wife Angela(Bucci) -Jonathan Herb and wife Lisa(Vahey) Two Great Grandchildren; Zane and Grayson She was predeceased by 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers.
A burial Service is scheduled for 10:00am Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton. The Very Rev Archpriest David Clooney will officiate the service. Calling hour will precede the service from 9:00 – 10:00am at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Parish Cemetery, Northampton, PA.
On-line condolences may be offered at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com
Frank Kumernitsky, 86, of Danielsville, PA, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem, PA. He was the husband of Nancy Lee (Schisler); they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this past May 5, 2012. Born in Hokendauqua, PA, He was the son of the late Frank and Julia (Ferkovitch) Kumernitsky. He served his country as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during WWII from 1944 till the end of the War. He was then active Air Force Reserves till 1966, recalled during the Korea Conflict and the Cuban Missile Crises. He was a member of Bath American Legion Post #0470; and Whitehall V.F.W. Post #7293. He was also a member of the Air Transport Command Association. After WWII, Frank started in construction, eventually becoming Project Manager / Construction Supervisor. During his career he was responsible for putting up over 1600 homes throughout NE PA via housing developments and single family on-your-lot custom homes for various home construction companies. Before his retirement in 1995 he built strip malls, townhouses, apartment complexes and single family homes in northern NJ. He was an airplane and motorcycle enthusiast and race car fan throughout his life. Upon retiring he and his wife traveled the United States, visiting family and touring many Air Force Museums and NASCAR Race Tracks. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moorestown, PA.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife Nancy Lee and their five children – Wayne L. “Chip” & wf. Sandra of Bath; Katharine L. wf. of Paul Grube of Bath; Donna L. wf. of Dr. Barry Sheridan, (Col. U.S. Army, Ret.) of San Antonio, TX; Jean L. of Danielsville; Frank L. & wf. Suzanne of Danielsville; Nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also Two Sisters and a Brother – Mrs. Julia Biondo of Valley Stream, NY; Mary, wf. of Alfred Fritzinger of Whitehall; Anthony Kumernitsky & wf. Mabel of Whitehall and many Nieces & Nephews. He was predeceased by 2 Brothers; John and Michael, 2 Sisters; Katherine and Anna, and 1 great-granddaughter.
Services: Calling hours will be held Thursday December 6, 2012, 7-8:30 pm and Friday December 7, 2012, 10-11am at the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA. 18067. Services are scheduled for 11:00am Friday December 7th at the Schisler Funeral Home. Following the service, Interment with Military Honors will be at Fairview Cemetery, Northampton, PA.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Memorial Fund C/O the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be offered at www.swchislerfuneralhomes.com
JOHN SERENCSICS (February 1, 1925-November 30, 2012)
John Serencsics, 87, of Moore Township, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Country Meadows V, Bethlehem Township. He was the husband of Emma (Faustner) Serencsics. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May. Born in Bath on February 01, 1925, he was the son of the late Peter and Rose (Zwetisch) Serencsics. John Honorably served in the United States Marines during World War II. Farming was John’s life, as he was a life-long farmer and farmed extensively in both Moore and Lower Nazareth Townships. He was a member of the American Legion and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, both of Bath. Survivors: in addition to his loving wife, Emma, he is survived by his nephew, Robert J. Scobo and his wife, Barbara of Hellertown, as well as great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rose T. Scobo in 2006 and a nephew, Charles Scobo. Services: his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 210 E. Northampton Street, Bath, PA 18014. Friends and relatives are invited to call on Wednesday morning from 8:30 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. in the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., 2165 Community Drive, Route 946, Village of Moorestown – Bath, PA 18014. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery, Bath.
Bernadine M. Catino
July 29, 1931 – Nov. 20, 2012
Bernadine M. Catino, 82, of Lower Nazareth Township died Tuesday, Nov. 20 at home. She was the wife of the late Charles Catino.
She worked at the former Lincoln Textiles in Nazareth.
Born July 29, 1931 in Fountain Hill, she was a daughter of the late Howard W. and Mary (Maypouer) Kuhns.
Surviving are a sister, Grace Kuhns; a brother, Wayne Kuhns, with whom she resided; brothers, Richard Kuhns of Nazareth and Ronald kuhns of Blairsville, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were brothers Howard and Roger Kuhns and a sister, Jean Braido.
There were no calling hours or service at her request. Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth, made arrangements.
Carolyn L. Fehr
May 23, 1944 – Nov. 23, 2012
Carolyn L. Fehr, 68, of Bushkill Township died Friday, Nov. 23 in Manor Care, Palmer Township.
A 1962 graduate of Nazareth High School, she was employed as a sewing machine operator in the local area for more than 40 years before retiring.
Born May 23, 1944 in Bushkill Twsp., she was a daughter of the late Warren and Eva (Meixsell) Fehr.
She was a member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union; a former member of Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth; and as an active ham radio operator she was a member of the DLARC Ham Radio Club.
Surviving are a brother, Gerald Fehr, of Lower Nazareth Township; a niece Shelly Fehr; a nephew, Scott Fehr; and great-niece, Emily.
Services were held on Tuesday morning in the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown, followed by interment in Hope Cemetery, Hecktown.
Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Lorraine F. Fries
October 27, 1924 – Nov. 23, 2012
Lorraine F. Fries, 88, Northampton, died Friday, November 23.
Born October 27, 1924 in Crossroads, PA, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Emma (Reinhard) Fehnel and wife of the late Walter D. Fries.
She was a secretary for the Lehigh New England Railroad and was a Tax Collector for Allen Township for eight years. Lorraine was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Kreidersville.
She is survived by daughters Sharon Williams of Arizona and Vickie Beller of Bath,
Son Walter Fries, II of Kreidersville, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews
Arrangements are being handled by Schisler Funeral Home, Inc., Northampton where the family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Thursday). Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Zion’s Cemetery, Northampton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church memorial fund in care of the funeral home.
Faye E. (Dietrich) Fritz
Mrs. Faye E. (Dietrich) Fritz, 78, of Northampton died Wednesday, November. Born in Kutztown, she was a daughter of the late Anson & Mabel (Seidel) Dietrich. She was the wife of the late Albert E. Fritz, Jr., who died in 1994.
She was active at the Northampton Senior Center. Prior to retiring in 2010, she worked at the Westgate Mall at the Information Desk. She was a member of St. John’s U.C.C. – Allen Twp.
She is survived by her sons Ronald of Bath, Gary of Northampton and Kevin of Egypt; daughter Kimberly Bachman of Northampton; 12 Grandchildren; Four Great-Grandchildren; Brother Mark Dietrich of Kutztown; sisters Althea Fatherolf of Hamburg, Marlene Heffner of Fleetwood, Eleanor Follweiler of Lenhartsville, Alta Brobst of Lyon Station and Linda Dupler of Kempton.
She was pre-deceased by a son, Brian, in August. Arrangements are being handled by Schisler Funeral Home, Inc, Northampton,
Contributions may be made to the Northampton Senior Center c/o the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com.
Herbert J. George
Herbert J. George, 91, of Bethlehem, formerly of Nazareth, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in Country Meadows Nursing Center, Bethlehem. He was the husband of the late Jane E. Heller who died in 2004.
He was a mill operator for Hercules Cement Co., Stockertown, for many years before retiring in 1985. He served in the Army during World War II.
Born in Lower Nazareth Township, he was a son of the late James W. and Tillie A. (Rockel) George.
He was a member of St. John’s Evan. Lutheran Church, Nazareth, where he assisted with many committees, and was a former driver for the shared Nazareth church’s F.I.S.H. program, assisting shut-ins and the elderly.
Surviving are a son, Daniel T. George, of Nazareth; a daughter, Diane T. George, of Gastonia, N.C.; and cousins.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Harvey and Charles.
Graveside services were held last Wednesday afternoon in Altonah Cemetery, Bethlehem, with The Rev. David B. Schaeffer officiating. Arrangements were by the Bartholomew-Schisler Funeral Home, Nazareth.
Robert C. Halbfoerster March 28, 1932 – Nov. 19, 2012
Robert Clifford Halbfoerster, 80, of Dushore, Pa., formerly of Plainfield Township and Bath, Northampton County, died Monday, Nov. 19 in Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa. He was the husband of the late Audrey Jean (Doyle) Halbfoerster, who died on Jan. 6, 2009.
A 1950 graduate of Northampton High School, where he played left tackle on the football team, in his early years he was part of The Home News family business, and became a linotype operator for various printing companies, including: Mack, Hughes, Sheridan and McAffe Printing. Bob served in the Army and was stationed in England and Germany.
He began working for the U.S. Postal Service and retired from the Nazareth Post Office in 1994 as a rural mail carrier.
Bob was born March 28, 1932 in East Orange, N.J., son of the late William John and Edna Matilda (Lufft) Halbfoerster.
He was a member of the Living Hope Church in Estella, Pa., and formerly was an active member and past president of the Bath Area Jaycees.
Surviving are sons Michael and Pamela Eisenreich of Northampton, Scott R. and Rebekah J. Halbfoerster of Dushore, Keith B., Sr. and Christine Halbfoerster of DePere, Wis.; a daughter, Debra Margretta, of Nazareth; a brother, William J. Halbfoerster, Jr., of Bath; 11 grandchildren – Pasquale Paolillo, Tiffany Eisenreich, Keith Halbfoerster, Jr., James Halbfoerster, Joseph Halbfoerster, Lawrence S. Halbfoerster, Manuel M. Halbfoerster, Brittany M. Halbfoerster, Heidi A. Halbfoerster, Audrey J. Halbfoerster, and Elizabeth C. Halbfoerster; a great-grandson, Steve Paolillo, and several nieces and nephews.
(The day after Bob passed away, his son, Scott, tragically died in an auto accident.)
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 26 in the P. Dean Hower Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614 with Pastor Scott Magann officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Nazareth.
The family will provide flowers and asks that donations be sent to the Educational Fund for the Halbfoerster Children, c/o Rebekah Halbfoerster, 1175 Taylor Hill Rd., Dushore, PA 18614.
To send condolences or sign e-guestbook, go to www.homerfuneralhome.com
Scott R. Halbfoerster July 18, 1968 – Nov. 20, 2012
Scott Robert Halbfoerster, 44, of Forks Twsp. (Sullivan County), formerly of Nazareth, died on Tuesday, Nov. 20 as the result of an auto accident in Towanda, Bradford County, Pa., one day after his father, Robert C. Halbfoerster, died of natural causes. He was the husband of Rebekah Jane (Lyons) Halbfoerster.
He graduated from Pen Argyl High School in 1987, then graduated from East Stroudsburg University with an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in special education. Scott served in the U.S. Navy Seabees and later as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army National Guard, being honorably discharged in 2007. Scott served 18 months of duty in Iraq before being discharged in the Army. He was currently employed by the Blast I.U. 17 and as a substitute teacher for surrounding school districts. He was a member of the A. J. Bird Memorial Post #384, New Albany, Pa.
Born July 18, 1968 in Allentown, he was a son of the late Robert C. and Audrey Jane (Doyle) Halbfoerster.
Scott was an active member of the Living Hope Church in Estella, Pa., where he was dedicated to connecting the residents of Sullivan County to Christ through community fellowship and outreach programs. Most recently, Scott hosted a July 4, 1776 Reenactment, which had a magnificent fireworks display that supported his passion for people to feel the heartbeat of the America that was founded with God as the foundation. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
Scott was a very humble man who wanted to give God the glory for all of his life accomplishments. His most important accomplishment was his family. Scott loved his family to the very core of his being. He believed that family started in the home and modeled this to his children. His wife was the love of his life and their six beautiful children were the blessed result of this love. He looked at each one of his children as a beautiful unrepeatable miracle.
Surviving besides his wife, at home, are two sons, Lawrence Scott, 5, and Manuel Marc Halbfoerster, 3; four daughters, Brittany Marie, 11, Heidi Ann, 9, Audrey Jane, 7, and Elizabeth Carrie Halbfoerster, 10 months; two brothers, Michael Eisenreich of Northampton and Keith Halbfoerster of De Pere, Wis.; a sister, Debra Margretta, of Nazareth; brother-in-law, David Lyons of Albany, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Ruth Lyons and Rachel Waage, of Cobleskill, N.Y.; father-in-law, George Lyons, of Schoharie, N.Y.; an uncle, William J. Halbfoerster, Jr. of Bath, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 12 Noon, in the Living Hope Fellowship, Estella, Pa., with Pastor Scot Magann officiating. Interment was in the Warburton Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, Pa.
To send condolences or sign e-guestbook, go to www.homerfuneralhome.com
Kervin R. Hess
October 1, 1925- November 25, 2012
Kervin R. Hess, 87, formerly of East Allen Township, died on Sunday, November 25. He was the husband of Irene A. (Woodring) Megargell Hess with whom he shared 14 years of marriage.
Born in East Allen Township on October 1, 1925, he was a son of the late Earl E. and Bertha C. (Hartzell) Hess.
Kervin was a life-long and owned and operated the family farm. Additionally, he was employed at the former National Portland Cement Co. for 27 years. He later farmed with Jaindl & Sons for several years. Kervin treasured his Martin guitar and enjoyed playing and singing at church, where he was a member at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Seemsville.
Surviving in addition to his wife are daughters, Nancy Nyce, Terri Rissmiller, and Susan Sipos all of East Allen Township; step-daughter, Marlene Smith of Fogelsville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Isabelle I. (Frey) Hess in 1997, as well as his brother, Ernest Hess and three sisters, Dorothy Haldaman, Harriet Kellner and Ruth Dech. Services will be held on today at 11 a.m. in the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Bath. Friends and relatives are invited to call on Thursday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Mountainview Cemetery, Emmanuelsville. Contributions: In lieu of flowers may be made in memory of Kervin to the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 8142 Valley View Road, Northampton, PA 18067.
Richard S. Hoadley
April 9, 1930 – Nov. 21, 2012
Richard S. Hoadley, 82, of Nazareth died Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Lutt-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Myrtle (Shafer) Hoadley.
He worked at the former Lone Star Cement Co., Nazareth, retiring in 1992. He had served in the U.S. Navy.
Born April 9, 1930 in Nazareth, he was a son of the late Leonard and Mabel (Ruth) Hoadley.
He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Bethlehem.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dennis Hoadley of Wind Gap and Todd Hoadley of Nazareth; a daughter, Debra Setzer, of Nazareth; a step-son, Donald Shafer, of Nazareth; a step-daughters, Kris Stofanak, of Bath and Kimberly Jandrasitz of Nazareth; a brother, Neil Hoadley, of Nazareth; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a granddaughter, Lea Fillman, and a grandson, Jason McFarland.
Services were held on Sunday afternoon in the Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the church, c/o the funeral home at 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, PA 18064.
Edwin F. Kotrosits
Aug. 23, 1928 – Nov. 22, 2012
Edwin F. Kotrosits, 84, of Northampton, formerly of Coiplay, died Thursday, Nov. 22 at home. He was the husband of Jean M. (Gaczor) Kotrosits.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was a quality control manager for the Fuller Co. in Catasauqua for 37 years, and then became a consultant for GATX in Bethlehem for eight years.
Born Aug. 23, 1928 in Coplay, he was a son of the late Mary Gibiser.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Stiles, and was a past president and charter member of the Coplay Lions Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Joseph T. Kotrosits and Michael A. Kotrosits, both of Allentown; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday morning in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Arrangements were by the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, where memorials to Edwin ma be sent for the church.
Michael E. Kulp
Michael Eric Kulp, 12, of Bark Dr., Walnutport (Lehigh Township), died suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in Towamensing Township, Carbon County, after being involved in an ATV accident in which he was a passenger.
He was a 7th grade student at St. John Neumann Regional School, Palmerton.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Michael H. and Tamara L. (Kent) Kulp.
Michael was a member of the dinner club, chess club, ski club, and the Fine Arts & Drama Society at school. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, hunting and skiing.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mikell T., at home; paternal grandmother, Margaret (Welliver) Kulp, of Cherryville; aunts and uncles, Kim Szoke of Friedens, Lisa Keller of Fogelsville, Rick, Jr. of Lehigh Twsp., and cousins.
Services were last Wednesday morning in the Sacred Heart Church, Palmerton. Interment is private. Arrangements were by the Campton Funeral Home, Palmerton, where contributions may be sent for the St. John Neumann Regional School.
Joseph M. Pietroforte
Nov. 17, 1991 ¬Nov. 19, 2012
Joseph M. Pietroforte, 21, of Nazareth, died Monday, Nov. 19 when he was struck by a car while walking to work in West Goshen Township, near West Chester, Pa.
A 2010 graduate of Nazareth High School, he was a full-time student at West Chester University and also worked part-time for A. Duie Pyle.
Born Nov. 17, 1991 in Glen Cove, N.Y., he was a son of Glenn and Dawn (Franz) Pietroforte, Nazareth.
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, Anthony, and a sister, Jillian, both at home; maternal grandparents, Ronald Franz of Nazareth and Virginia Franz of Old Beth Page, N.Y.: aunt and uncles, Keith and Lynn Franz of Westbury, N.Y.; Linda and Phil Purpura, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Chuck and Joyce Pietroforte of Grape Vine, Texas; John and Barbara Pietroforte of Levittown, N.Y.; Janine and Michael Trivolis of East Meadow, N.Y.; and 12 cousins.
Preceding him in death were grandparents Joseph and Evelyn Pietroforte.
Services were held on Saturday morning in the Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the church and interment in the parish cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Joseph Pietroforte Memorial Fund, 175 Tewksbury Ct., Nazareth, PA 18064.
Debra E. Pysher
Nov. 2, 1951 – Nov. 23, 2012
Debra E. “Debbie” Pysher, 61, of Bushkill Twsp., died Friday, Nov. 23 at home. She was the wife of Jay Pysher.
She attended Easton High School and served as a nurse’s aide at Gracedale for 18 years before retiring in 2011.Born Nov. 2, 1951 in Phillipsburg, N.J., she was a daughter of David Davis of Belvidere, N.J., and the late Fay (Kisselbach) Davis, who died in 2002.
An avid bowler, Debbie was a member of the Tuesday Afternoon Mothers Bowling League at Blue Valley Lanes in Wind Gap, where she served as league president.
Besides her husband and father, she is survived by three sons, Robert J. Pysher at home, Anthony Caiazzo of Bethlehem, and Justin Caiazzo of Pen Argyl; three daughters, Buffy Wilson of Saylorsburg, Jennifer Pysher of Florida and Caryl Perry of Nazareth; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Dave Davis and Alan Albert, both of Easton; four sisters, Jackie Deemer of Florida, Diane O’Dowd of Marshalls Creek, Toni St. Claire of Easton, and Donna Jacoment of California; and many nieces and nephews.
A daughter, Carla Commareri, died in 2009.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday in the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown. Interment will be private.
Donations in memory of Debbie may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Sherwood H. Shook, Sr.
March 5, 1938 – Nov. 12, 2012
Sherwood H. “Woody” Shook, Sr., 74, of Wind Gap, formerly of Point Phillips, died Saturday, Nov. 12 at home. He was the husband of Wanda K. (Klump) Shook.
Prior to retiring in 2000, he was employed at the American Candle in Wind Gap. Previousl;y, he was employed at Suprador, now GAF, and Ingersoll-Rand Co., Phillipsburg, N.J., for many years, where he was a forklift operator.
Born March 5, 1938 in Bushkill Township, he was a son of the late Paul, Sr. and Anna (Schaeffer) Shook.
He loved to work on old cars and showed off his 1954 Ford pick-up truck at local car shows and cruise nights.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Sherwood Shook, Jr., of Reading; a daughter, Tina Wright, of Bath; a step-son, Joseph L. Toth, of Wind Gap; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Paul Shook, Jr., of Kunkletown; a sister, Nellie Nottle, of Saylorsburg; former wife, Shirley (Buskirk) Shook, of Point Phillips; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Sept. 14, 1919 – Nov. 19, 2012
Andrew Unger, 93, of Bath died Monday, Nov. 19 at home. He was the husband of Grace (Moll) Unger.
He was a welder at the Fuller Co. for 33 years. Having served in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a member of Eckley E. Patch Post #470, American Legion, Bath. He was honored in 1947 for eight consecutive wins as a pitcher for the Valley View minor league baseball team.
Born Sept. 14, 1919 in Phillipsburg, N.J., he was a son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Rodish) Unger. In addition to his wife, he is survived by step-daughters Sandra Ornosky and Judith Krajcir, both of Beech Island, S.C., Carol Suranofsky of Seemsville, Susan Miller and Beverly Miller, both of Coplay; a step-son, Thomas Minnich, of Northampton; 14 step-grandchildren, 24 step-great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was his first wife, Julia (Keglovits) Unger, in 1972.
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon in the Reichel Funeral Home, Northampton, followed by burial with military honors in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.