Susan H. Hixson

Susan H. Hixson, 66, of East Allen Twp., passed away on Monday, May 27th, 2013 at Hospice House of the VNA of St. Lukes, Lower Saucon Twp., Pa.

Born on January 19, 1947, in Sellersville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth (Detweiler) Hendricks.

Personal: Susan and her husband, Barry J. Hixson, observed their 44th wedding anniversary last June.

She was the co-founder of St. John’s Nursery School in Bath, where she served as a teacher and director for 17 years until retiring in 1999. After retiring, she spent many more years on the nursery board. Prior to that, she taught in the Columbus Elementary School District and the Parkland Area School District.

Memberships: Susan was an active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bath where she served on numerous committees.

She was an active member of the Mid Atlantic Koi Club, where she served as a former Chapter Vice President.  She was also a volunteer and board member of Itty Bitty Kitty.

Survivors: in addition to her husband Barry J., she is survived by a daughter Melissa S. Hixson and her partner Jennifer Cooper, of Northampton; son David A. Hixson and his wife Melissa, of Liverpool, PA;  brother Thomas Hendricks, of Doylestown, PA; and grandchildren Jonathan, Emily, and Nathan.

Services: 11am, Friday, May 31, 2013 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 206 E. Main St. Bath, PA.  Call, Friday, from 10-11am, in the church. Interment will be in Green Mount Cemetery, Bath.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartholomew Funeral Home, Bath.

Memorials: Family request memorial donations in Susan’s memory to St John’s Lutheran Church, 18014 or to Itty Bitty Kitty P.O. Box 90628  Allentown, PA 18109.




Shirley M. Miller, 84, formerly of Jacobsburg, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the New Eastwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Wilson Borough.  She was the wife of the late Earl R. Miller with whom she shared 33 years of marriage prior to his death in 1983.  Born in Nazareth on October 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Kermit, Sr. and Leila (Werkheiser) Wunderly.  Shirley was a graduate of Nazareth High School Class of 1947.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a machine operator at the Quality Box Co., Nazareth for more than 30 years.  Shirley enjoyed cooking and she loved and cherished her family.  Survivors: she is survived by her children; son, Glenn E. Miller and his wife, Susan of Nazareth; a daughter, Sharon; granddaughter, Kristen Riedy and her husband, Dan of Whitehall and two (2) great-grandsons, Nicholas and Spencer; brother, Kenny Wunderly and his wife, Kathryn of Easton; along with her nieces.  In addition to her late husband, Earl, she was preceded in death by two (2) brothers, Kermit, Jr. and Gerald Wunderly.  Services: will be PRIVATE on Friday, May 31, 2013 in the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., 2165 Community Drive, Route 946, Village of Moorestown – Bath, PA 18014.  Contributions: may be made in memory of Shirley to the Schoeneck Moravian Church, 316 N. Broad Street Extension, Nazareth, PA 18064.


John Michael Dooley, Jr.

December 8, 1963 – May 24, 2013

John Michael Dooley, Jr., 49 of Kunkletown, died Friday, May 24, 2013 in Kunkletown.

He was the husband of Jennifer M. (Donello) Dooley. They observed 10 years of marriage November 15th.

John was born on December 8, 1963 in Jersey City, NJ son of Joan (Sateary) and Joseph Mainiero of Hellertown and the late John Michael Dooley Sr.

He was employed as a painter for Winterdon Painting, Northampton. John was also a self-employed carpenter.

In addition to his wife Jennifer, mother Joan, and step-father Joseph he leaves behind son Ethan John, daughter Jessica Ann, step-son Brett Brown Donello, brother Kevin, sister Denise Dooley, and a nephew Wyatt.

Services will be held at 7:00 p.m., with a friends and family visitation from 5:00to 7:00 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday, May 30 in the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., 2165 Community Drive,Route 946, Village of Moorestown, Bath, PA 18014. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o the funeral home.



Larry D. Gable

Larry D. Gable, 65, of Northampton, died Saturday, May 25, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Patricia M. (DeWalt) Gable for the past 45 years.

He was a miller for ConAgra, Treichlers, for 35 years before retiring in 2008.

Born in Cherryville, he was a son of the late Russell and Margaret (Roberts) Gable.He was of the Lutheran faith.

Gable was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

He enjoyed farming and hunting.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter Vicky, wife of Tim Hunsberger of Walnutport; two sons, Dwain, and his fiancée, Tracey, of Lehighton, and Shawn, and his wife, Kristy, of Palmerton; a brother Ronald, and his wife, Shirley, of Cherryville; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Jared, Nakea, Jayden, Cameron, Kendallyn and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.

Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton. Interment, Indianland Cemetery, Lehigh Twp. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Contributions in his name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , c/o the funeral home, 18067. Online condolences can be offered at


Mrs. Delores I. Fischl

Mrs. Delores I. “Dodee” Fischl, 77, of Timberline Drive, Walnutport, Lehigh Township, died suddenly Friday afternoon, May 24, in the Blue Mountain Health System’s Palmerton Campus.

She was the widow of Paul J. “Skip” Fischl, who passed in 1994.

She worked in the processing department of Capital Records, Bethlehem, for many years.Born in Palmerton, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Bridgette (Szakaly) Miller.

She attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Berlinsville.

She enjoyed spending time with family, caring for her garden and participating in crafts. She was an avid yard sale enthusiast.

Surviving are a daughter, Kathy A. Franya, and a grandson, Justin H. Ahart, both with whom she resided; a brother, Raymond J., and his wife Carol L., a nephew, Craig R. Miller, and his fiancée, Janna Kuhner, and an uncle, James Szakaly, and his wife, Janice, all of Lehigh Township; a stepson, three stepdaughters and stepgrandchildren.

Service: Funeral service 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Interment, private. Call 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Contributions in her name may be made to a charity of choice . Online condolences can be offered at


Gary D. Andrew

Gary D. Andrew, 64, of Walnutport, died Sunday, May 26, in the Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital at Lehigh Valley-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Barbara J. (Solt) Andrew.

They celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on May 8.

Born in Palmerton, he was a son of Marshall L. Andrew of Palmerton and the late Marie (Pettit) Andrew.He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

Andrew attended Penn State, and worked for Air Products for 28 years as a lead application chemist, retiring in 2011.

He was an active board member of the Walnutport Playground Association since 2001. He was responsible for organizing the Dream Come True fundraiser at the playground, and helped coordinate the Phillies Home Run Derby.

The deceased began his career in baseball as a PIAA umpire. He was the head coach of the Northern Lehigh Connie Mack Team, and helped form the Northern Valley Connie Mack Team.

He was a former president of the Northern Lehigh Baseball Association, and began as an assistant coach for Northern Lehigh JV team.

He was a member of NLYAA, the Diamond Fire Co., Walnutport V.F.W., American Legion Post 16, Slatington, and Christ UCC, Walnutport.

Surviving in addition to his widow and father are a daughter Jennifer, wife of Matthew Wertman of Bowmanstown; three sons, Dale in Massachusetts; Stephen, and his fiancée, Heather Lutz, of York, and Jonathan, and his fiancée, Kimberly Fiske, of Slatington; two sisters, Marie, wife of Gary Snyder of Palmerton, and Marsha of Lehighton; and five grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Marshall Jr., Keith, Todd and Dana.

Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Street, Slatington. Interment with military honors, Fairview Cemetery, Slatington. Call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10-11 a.m. Thursday. Contributions in his name may be made to Christ UCC or the Northern Valley Baseball, c/o the funeral home, 18080.


Mrs. Aletha R. Bacon

Mrs. Aletha R. Bacon, 89, formerly of Wind Gap, died Friday, May 24. She was the wife of Henry C. Bacon.

Born in Beaver Falls, Pa., she was a daughter of the late James M. and Anna Helen (Brugler) Custer.

She was a graduate of the former Chestnut Hill High School.

Surviving are a son, Henry J., and his wife, Helen Joan, of Nazareth; a daughter Aletha, wife of Dr. Joseph J. Fassl of Bethlehem; a sister, Beatrice Paynter of Brodheadsville; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


Douglas J. Danner

Douglas J. Danner, 59, of Lehigh Avenue, Palmerton, died suddenly Friday evening, May 24, after being stricken while working in Palmerton. He was the husband of Debra M. (Reiss) Danner since March 27, 1976.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Rosemarie (Geiger) Danner of Point Phillips, Moore Township, and the late James L. Danner.

He was a warehouse manager for the HCSC Corp., Allentown, for 25 years, and was currently working as an independent FEDEX driver for the last three years.

He attended Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville.

Douglas enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and enjoyed caring for his dogs.

Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are four sons, Shawn M., and his wife, Teresa, of Selinsgrove, Snyder County, Matthew C., and his wife, Chasity, and James L., and his wife, Lisha, both of Lehighton, and Cory J. of Palmerton; six grandchildren, Alyssa, Kaitlyn, Brianna, Kylie, Adam and SJ; two sisters, Kim Trexler of Hamburg and Colleen, wife of Wayne Prutzman of Northampton; two brothers, James and Dale, both of Point Phillips; nieces and nephews.

Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, with the Rev. Scott Weldon officiating. Call 9-11 a.m. Friday. Online condolences can be offered at Contributions in his name may be made to Carbon Co. Friends of Animals, 63 Broad St., Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229.


Mrs. Edith A. Sikorsky

Mrs. Edith A. Sikorsky, 93, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, May 28. She was the widow of John Sikorsky.

She taught special education for the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 for 24 years before retiring in 1984.

She was a daughter of the late Jeremiah K. and Lillian (Gable) Hower.

She was a member of St. Paul UCC of Indianland, Cherryville.

Surviving are a son, J. Jere of Danielsville; two daughters, Annamary of Lancaster and Elizabeth of Danielsville; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



William H. Walls, 58, of East Allen Township, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Muhlenberg Campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital.  Born in Fountain Hill on July 24, 1954, he was a son of Mildred G. (Strohl) Walls of Moore Township and the late William H. Walls.  William was a graduate of Northampton High School class of 1972, and later attended Penn State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and finance.  He enjoyed a successful career in business as a financial advisor and planner and served in various high level positions for several financial institutions in the Lehigh Valley.  William was an avid sportsman, and he also successfully served as a basketball referee for the Easton Basketball Officials Association, as well as a ski instructor at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort for many years.  William was passionate about golf, and most recently, he worked in the pro shop of the Woodstone Country Club & Lodge, Danielsville.  He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends.  Survivors: in addition to his loving mother, Mildred, he is survived by his son Gregory M. Walls and his wife, Katy of Nazareth; a grandson, Gavin; brother, Wayne Walls and his wife, Wendy of Northampton; sister, Cheryl A. Buchecker of Lower Macungie Township; three (3) nephews, Christopher and Nicholas Walls, and Kyle Buchecker; aunt and godmother, Shirley Weaver of Bethlehem; uncles, Curtis Walls and his wife, Mary Ann of Lehighton and David Walls of Lake Hauto; along with cousins.  Services: A memorial service in celebration of William’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Woodstone Country Club & Lodge, 3777 Dogwood Road, Danielsville, PA 18038.  Friends and relatives are invited to call on Tuesday morning from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. in the country club.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Moorestown – Bath.  Contributions: may be made in memory of William to the Lyme Disease Association, Inc., PO Box 1438, Jackson, NJ 08527.



Marilyn E. Schaadt

Marilyn E. Schaadt, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at Phoebe Home, Allentown after a short illness.

Born in Coplay she was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Evelyn Schaadt and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Marilyn was employed as a secretary to the president of Stanley Vidmar, Allentown for many years before retiring.

She is also survived by several Cousins.

A graveside service will be held at Coplay Cemetery, Coplay, PA at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, Coplay in care of the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA 18067. Online condolences may be made at


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