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HISTAND. - Sister Rebecca, widow of Bro. Samuel Histand, was born Aug. 18, 1836; died near Curley Hill, Bucks Co., Pa., Jan. 20, 1914; aged 77y. 5m. 2d. She united with the Mennonite Church before marriage. She was married in early life to Bro. Jos. Moyer, who died about 9 months after their marriage. She was again married to Bro. Samuel Histand Dec. 17, 1864, who died Aug. 20, 1892. This union was blessed with 2 sons, 1 daughter dying in infancy. She leaves 6 children and 32 grandchildren to mourn her departure. She was faithful until death and was buried Jan. 26, 1914, at the Doylestown, Pa., Mennonite Church.

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Doylestown Mennonite Cemetery


Carl R.




Carl R. "Nip" O'Brien; 74; Alburtis; died Thursday at home; husband of Madinna M. (Fink) O'Brien; married 55 years last July; born Alburtis; son of the late Paul O. & Lena I. (Heater) O'Brien; worked for Exide Battery, Allentown, 30 years, retiring 1985; after retirement, repaired & sold lawn mowers, many years; member, Alburtis Rod & Gun Club; member, Alburtis Fire Company. Survivors: wife; sons, Carl A., husband of Cathy, Wescosville; Herbert F., husband of Josette, Kutztown; daughters, Cecelia D., wife of Gary Fenstermaker, Slatington; Pamela K., wife of Larry Follweiler, Mertztown; Dawn J. Hoffman, Alburtis; Kathryn M. O'Brien, Trexlertown; brother, Clair, Alburtis; sisters, Mildred, wife of Ronald Newhard, Alburtis; Faye, wife of Jackson Brensinger, Alburtis; Fern, wife of Tony Landis, Macungie; Mary Alice, wife of Richard Shutter, Ephrata; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; predeceased by son Hugh in 1997. Buried, Lehigh Zion Cemetery, Alburtis.

Schmoyer Funeral Home, 8926 Brookdale Rd., Breinigsville, PA

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Lehigh Zion cemetery, Alburtis


Earl W.




Earl W. O'Brien; 46; 48 E. 2nd St., Alburtis; dead on arrival Wednesday, Allentown & Sacred Heart Hospital Center; husband of Joyce E. (Ruppert) O'Brien; enamel sprayer, Caloric Corp., Topton, 26 years; born Alburtis; son of Paul & Lena (Heater) O'Brien, Alburtis. Survivors: widow; parents; sons, Earl Jr., Emmaus; Terry, at home; daughters, Sandra, wife of Terry Conrad, Alburtis R. 1; Roxanne, wife of David Ziegler, Alburtis; Judith, wife of Robert Trexler, Mertztown R. 1; brothers, Paul Jr., Alburtis; Carl, Alburtis; Clair, Macungie R. 2; sisters, Jean, wife of Charles Miller, Alburtis; Mildred, wife of Ronald Newhard, Alburtis; Faye, wife of Jackson Brensinger, Alburtis; Fern, wife of Tony Landis, Macungie R. 2; Mary Alice, wife of Harold Engelman, Reading; 6 grandchildren.

Schmoyer Funeral Home, Breinigsville.

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Jean K.




Jean K. Miller; 79; Alburtis; died Saturday, April 1, Inpatient Hospice Unit, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown; widow of Charles O. Miller, who died February 11, 1980; born Alburtis; daughter of the late Paul O. & Lena I. (Heater) O'Brien; presser, Royal Manufacturing Company, Alburtis. Survivors: daughters, Barbara Ann Kasick, Whitehall; Linda Young, Alburtis; Bonnie, wife of Richard Haydt, Allentown; brothers, Carl O'Brien; Clair O'Brien; sisters, Mildred, wife of Ronald Newhard; Faye, wife of Jackson Brensinger; Fern, wife of Tony Landis; Maryalice, wife of Richard Shutter; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.


Schmoyer Funeral Home, 8926 Brookdale Road, Breinigsville.

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Paul O.




Paul O. O'Brien, Sr.; 75; 468 Franklin St., Alburtis; died Monday, Allentown and Sacred Heart Hospital Center; husband of Lena I. (Heater) O'Brien; married 55 years in July; press operator, Caloric Corp., Topton, 37 years, retiring 1967; former steward, Alburtis Fire Co., Alburtis Rod and Gun Club; born Macungie; son of the late Richard and Gertrude (Stephen) O'Brien. Survivors: widow; daughters, Mrs. Jean K. Miller, Mildred G., wife of Ronald Newhard, Faye R. A., wife of Jackson Brensinger, all Alburtis; Fern J., wife of Tony Landis, Macungie R. 1; Maryalice, wife of Harold Engelman, Jr., Reading; sons, Paul Jr., Carl R., Clair A., all Alburtis; brother Woodrow, Mertztown; 33 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren.

Schmoyer Funeral Home, Breinigsville.

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Paul W. R.




Paul W. R. "Dutch" O'Brien Jr.; 75; Alburtis; died Sunday, Jan. 14, at home; husband of Josie M. (Fowler) O'Brien, who died in 1998; worked in enamel department, Caloric Corporation, Topton, 42 years, retiring 1984; born Alburtis; son of the late Paul O. & Lena I. (Heater) O'Brien. Survivors: daughter, Justine A. Bower, Alburtis; brothers, Carl R., Alburtis; Clair A., Alburtis; sisters, Jean K. Miller, Alburtis; Mildred G. Newhard, Alburtis; Faye R. A. Brensinger, Alburtis; Fern J. Landis, Macungie; Maryalice Schutter, Ephrata, Lancaster County; 2 grandchildren.

Schmoyer Funeral Home, 8926 Brookdale Road, Breinigsville.

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Woodrow Wilson




Woodrow W. O'Brien; 81; Mertztown R.1; died Friday, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township; husband of Erma C. (Meck) O'Brien; married 52 years this month; mechanic, Grim's Auto Sales, Topton, several years; dishwasher, Kutztown University, 16 years, retiring 1975; born Lower Macungie Township; son of the late Richard and Gertrude (Stephens) O'Brien; Army veteran, World War II. Survivors: Wife; daughter, Harlow, wife of Dale D. Bailey, Macungie; stepson, Philip R. Meck, Mertztown, two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren.

Ludwick Funeral Home, 25 E. Weis St., Topton.

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Alfred Long




Alfred L. Ochs, secretary of the former Ochs Construction Co., who formerly resided at 10 N. 13th St., died early yesterday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. An agent for building supplies here for the last six years, he had resided with his son, Alfred, Jr., in Baltimore since September. He was 61 years of age. He was a native of Allentown, born Aug. 30, 1887, one of 15 children of the late Milton T.J. and Louisa Oppenlander Ochs. For many years the family resided at the southeast corner of 17th and Hamilton Sts., later the site of the Baer Hospital. Mr. Ochs was a graduate of Allentown High School, class of 1904, and attended Mercersburg Academy and Cornell University before going to the west coast to join a contracting concern at Hollywood and later at Seattle, Wash. He returned to Allentown about 1910 to become secretary of the Ochs Construction Co. founded and headed by his father. Among the major structures built by the firm are the grandstand at the Allentown fairgrounds and a large number of houses for the New Jersey Zinc Co. in Palmerton. Following the death of his father the construction company was liquidated, 1932, after which Mr. Ochs opened his supply agency. Mr. Ochs was a past exalted ruler of Allentown Lodge 130, B.P.O. Elks, served as secretary of the Allentown branch of the State Contractors Assn., and was affiliated with Cornell chapter, ATO fraternity. He was a member of St. John's Reformed Church, this city. He was married to the former Miriam Swartz, who died in June, 1937. There survive four children, Alfred L. Jr., of Baltimore, Milton G., of Bethlehem, Louise, wife of Warren W. Hamilton, of Buffalo, and Jane, wife of James H. Bashford of Avalon, a suburb of Pittsburgh. There also are eight grandchildren. Mr. Ochs also leaves nine sisters and a brother: Susie, wife of William Hollenbaugh, York; Helen, wife of Herbert Lochman, Lebanon; Millie, wife of Dr. Robert L. Schaeffer, Allentown; Frances, wife of B. Wilson Lyte, Allentown; Florence, widow of Rev. George Wellington Lutz, Allentown; Esther Ochs, New York City; Kate, Mattie and Nancy Ochs, all of this city, and Robert E. Ochs, architect with H.F. Everett Associates, Allentown. Four brother, Harry, Erie, Richard, and Milton preceded him in death.

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Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, PA


Esther Ruth




Esther R. Ochs, 93, formerly of New York City, died Monday in Westminster Health Center, Allentown. She was an illustrator for the former New York Fund, New York, from the 1940s until retiring in the 1950s. She previously was a commercial illustrator for the former John Price Jones Co., New York, for about 20 years. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Milton T.J. and Louisa (Oppenlander) Ochs. She was a graduate of the former Bishop Thorpe School, Bethlehem, and the Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Frances O. Lyte of Trexlertown.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. There will be no calling hours.

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Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, PA


Harry Tilghman




Harry Tilghman Ochs, Jr. of 62 Hinckley Rd., Waban Massachusetts, formerly of Allentown, died yesterday in his home. He was 58. He was the husband of Janice H. (Moyer) Ochs, Jr. Ochs had been manager of the utilities and services department, Jackson and Morland Division, United Engineers and Construction Co., Boston. He had been associated with the firm for more than 28 years. Before becoming an employee of the Boston firm, Ochs had been an engineer for the Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. Ochs attended local schools and was graduated from Allen High school in 1930 and Pennsylvania State University in 1934. In the 1930's Ochs worked as a civil engineer for the National Park Service attached to the CCC Camp at Schnecksville. He was a member of the Newton Highlands Massachusetts Congregational Church, Waban. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Harry Tilghman Ochs, Sr. Surviving besides his widow are two sons, Harry T. III, who is studying for a doctorate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, and Richard H., an employee of the City of Philadelphia, and a sister, Katherine of Allentown. Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Newton Highlands Massachusetts Congregational Church.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grandview Cemetery, Allentown. There will be no viewing.




Grandview Cemetery, Allentown, PA


Kate Susan




Katie S. Ochs, 88, of 32 N. 8th St. Allentown, a church worker and clubwoman died Sunday in Allentown Hospital. An active member of St. James United Church of Christ of Allentown, she was treasurer of the Women's Missionary Society. She was a member of the Needlework Guild and the Auxiliary of Allentown Hospital and was instrumental in organizing the Gray Ladies. She was a charter member of the Allentown Woman's Club and the Allentown Music Club. Until 1931 she had been a bookkeeper for the former Ochs Construction Co. and then held a similar position many years at the First National Bank of Allentown. Born in Coopersburg, she was a daughter of the late Milton T. J. and Louisa (Oppenlander) Ochs. Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Millie O. Schaeffer, widow of Dr. Robert L., of Allentown; Mrs. Susie O. Hollenbaugh of York; Esther R. of New York City, and Nancy I. and Mrs. Frances O. Lyte, both of Allentown.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. There will be no calling hours.

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Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, PA


Milton Tilghman Jacob




"Milton J. Ochs dies after short illness" - 'Head of Ochs Construction Company was taken Ill on Friday' Following a short illness, Milton T.J. Ochs, the widely-known builder and contractor, head of the Ochs Construction Company, and one of Allentown's most substantial citizens, died at his residence, 1648 Hamilton Street, Sunday morning at 7:45 o'clock in his 67th year.

He took an automobile trip on Friday with Dr. C.D. Schaffer to the latter's farm at Fogelsville, where it is believed he caught a cold which developed into grip. Drs. C.D. Schaffer and Robert L. Schaffer, a son-on-law of Mr. Ochs, were summoned, a trained nurse engaged and the children, some of whom reside out-of-town, were sent for. Complications set in when it was seen that the end was but a matter of time. Mr. Ochs was conscious to within a short time before he expired.

There was general surprise and regret expressed in the business world and among his many friends when announcement was made of the death of Mr. Ochs. Not only prominent and active in building operations in Allentown, but also throughout the Lehigh Valley, Mr. Ochs achieved prominence in his vocation and was responsible for the erection of the largest and most substantial structures in this section. Several years (ago) he suffered a nervous breakdown and since that time was assisted by his sons and a daughter in the management of their operations, but up to the end, he was in active touch with the minutest details of the business.

Mr. Ochs was born in Allentown June 6, 1856, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tilghman J. Ochs, pioneer residents of the First Ward. On his paternal side he was descended from Mathias Ochs who emigrated to this country from Germany early in the eighteenth century, and who was granted a warrant of land in Upper Milford Township, which was then Northampton County, July 2, 1738, the tract comprising 159 acres. Mathias Ochs had a son, Mathias, Jr., who gave valued services to the Colonies and later served in the Revolutionary war, having been a member of Company G, Northampton Militia. He had a son, Jacob Ochs, who also had a son, Jacob, who was the father of Tilghman J. Ochs. Milton T. J. Ochs attended the public schools and the Allentown Business College, under the principalship of the late W. L. Bachman.

When quite a young man he became associated with his father in the building and contracting business. The firm was known as Ochs & Son, the son showing great aptitude for business which proved of valued experience in later years. In 1897 the elder Mr. Ochs retired from business the son continuing alone when he erected structures like the Allentown National Bank building, the building development of Palmerton, which included the bulk of the New Jersey (Zinc) Company's plant, the houses for employees and the beautiful Episcopal Church. Many of these buildings stand out prominently and are monument to his skill and enterprise. In 1911 Mr. Ochs organized the Ochs Construction Company, of which he was head and his sons, Harry T., Alfred S. and a daughter, Miss Katie S. Ochs are members. This concern has figured prominently in building operations throughout the Lehigh Valley. It is responsible for the grand stand at Allentown fair grounds, Cedar Crest College, the Colonial Theatre, many buildings at the Bethlehem Steel Company's plant and many of the handsome private residences in Bethlehem.

Although of modest disposition, Mr. Ochs was prompt in the execution of his business obligations and his comprehensive knowledge of the building business made him a valued asset in the community. He was much sought after by men engaged in large enterprises and was most companionable and a lover of sports and music. For recreation from business cares, Mr. Ochs with a few congenial friends sought big game in Newfoundland and reminiscences of trips to that country were most interesting. Upon one occasion Mr. Ochs related that while many miles from "nowhere" in a Newfoundland camp, the news of the shooting of President McKinley came to the party by a wire tapper. The wires of a telegraph company went through the camp and an inspector was there at the time. Having occasion to tap the wire for testing purposes the news of the McKinley tragedy was secured. Splendid specimens of deer, moose and elk were brought from that country by Mr. Ochs.

He was also an ardent fisherman, maintaining a bungalow at Lake Hopatcong, where he spent his summers fishing in that lake, while in the winters he went to Florida, for the same sport in the waters there. Music was also a hobby with Mr. Ochs. He frequently transposed music for the clarinet on which instrument he was a skilled performer. When the late W. Grossman was leader of the Allentown Band, Mr. Ochs was a student under that director and he was also a member of the band. Mr. Ochs was an extensive reader maintaining one of the finest libraries in this section. When he erected his handsome and spacious home in the west end, he arranged liberally for his library which contains the rarest volumes.

He was a member of the Bibliophile Society in Boston, which he prized highly, he with the late Judge Edward Harvey being the only members from Allentown. He was a member of the Livingston Club, a charter member of the Lehigh County Club and of Greenleaf Lodge, No 561, F. and A.M. In 1876, he married Miss Louisa Oppenlander, of Bucks County, raising a family of fifteen children, only one of whom died, Milton T.J. Ochs, Jr., who died in infancy.

Mrs. Ochs and these children survive. They are Miss Katie S. Ochs, Harry T. Ochs, Alfred L. Ochs, Misses Mattie M., Helen G., Nancy I., Frances M., all at home, and Richard P. Ochs, a student at Mercersburg Academy; Mrs. George W. Lutz, Pennsburg; Mrs. Robert Schaffer, Allentown; Erie J. Ochs, Cowell, Calif,; Robert E. Ochs, Bethlehem; Mrs. William H. Hollenbaugh, York, and Miss Esther R. Ochs, New York. These brothers and sisters also survive: Oscar H.E. Ochs, of the Ochs & Frey Brick Company; John V. and C.M.F. Ochs, Allentown; Mrs. Robert Ellis, Philadelphia; Mrs. Ida V. Hamman, and Mrs. Charles C. Vogt, Allentown, and Mrs. E. N. Fritschman, Allentown. Mr. Ochs was a member of St. John's Reformed Church. The grandchildren who survive are : Irene and Julia Ochs, Colwell, Calif.; Harry T. Jr. and Catherine Ochs, Louise, Alfred L. Jr., Milton and Jane Ochs; Frances and Robert L. Jr., and Charles David Schaeffer, all of Allentown; Mary Louise and Catherine Lutz, Pennsburg.

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Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, PA


Richard Paul




Richard P. Ochs in Philadelphia Was Member of an Old and Prominent Allentown Family A member of an old and prominent Allentown Family, Richard Paul Ochs, 1443 Linden St., died last night at 7:40 o'clock in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, where he was admitted two weeks ago and underwent an operation. He would have been 35 years old Monday. Mr. Ochs suffered an impairment of the vision of one eye eight years ago and early in last July his other eye showed signs of being affected. He was treated by local physicians, who advised his removal to the Willa Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. He was under observation there several times and an operation was decided upon as the affection spread with the result that Mr. Ochs was taken to the U. of P. hospital. A son of the late Milton T.J. and Louisa (nee Oppenlander) Ochs, Mr. Ochs was born in this city and resided here during his life. He was educated in the Allentown schools and Mercersburg Academy, from which he was graduated in 1922. After graduation, Mr. Ochs was connected with the Ochs Construction Co., the Lehigh Portland Cement Co. and was engaged in several other lines of business endeavor prior to becoming ill. He was a member of St. John's Reformed Church. Fraternally he was active some years ago in the affairs of the Unco-St. Leger club and was a member of the Elks. Surviving Mr. Ochs are these brothers and sisters: Kate S. Ochs, Harry T. Ochs, Mattie M. Ochs, Robert E. Ochs, Alfred L. Ochs, Mrs. Robert L. Schaeffer and Mrs. B. Wilson Lyte; all of this city; Mrs. Florence O. Lutz, Egg Harbor, N.J.; Erie J. Ochs, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Herbert R. Lochman, Lebanon; Mrs. William H. Hollenbaugh, York; Ester Ruth Ochs, New York City; and Nancy I. Ochs, Philadelphia.

Funeral arrangements are to be made today.




Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, PA


Robert Emanuel




Robert Emanuel Ochs, Sr. December 04, 1885 - March 23, 1965 Robert Ochs, Sr., died March 23, 1965 at his home, aged 79 years, 3 months, 19 days of 3231 Oxford Circle, South Whitehall Township. Internment Fairview Cemetery. Architect who designed the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Allentown.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Former vice chairman of the Allentown Housing Authority. He was a partner in the architectural firm of Everett Associates in Allentown until his retirement in 1958. A graduate of Allentown Preparatory School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, he was a board member of the Allentown Art Museum and the Baum School of the museum. Ochs was a member and former vestryman of the Church of the Mediator. He was an Army veteran of World War I. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Milton and Louisa (Oppenlander) Ochs. He was the husband of Dorothy (Trexler) Williams Ochs. His first wife, Ethel R. (Roth) Ochs died in 1954. Beside his widow, he is survived by a son, Robert Jr. of Lansdale; a daughter, Mary Ann, wife of Dr. Richard K. Douglas of Westfield, Mass; six sisters, Mrs. Millie Schaeffer, Nancy Ochs, Katie Ochs, and Frances, wife of B. Wilson Lyte, all of Allentown; Susie, wife of William Hollenbaugh of York, and Esther Ochs of New York City, and three grandchildren.

The J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown, is in charge of arrangement.




Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, PA






Tilghman Ochs Dies Peacefully at His Home, Widely Known Builder Reached Age of 81 Tilghman Ochs, a widely known contractor and builder and one of the most favorably known citizens of Allentown, died at his home, No. 441 Turner St., at 11:30 last evening following a three weeks' illness with organic troubles. Only his strong constitution, for which he was for years remarkable, enabled him to battle his maladies as long as he did. The end came peacefully near midnight, with practically his entire family at his bedside. Mr. Ochs was a type of the finest citizenship and during a life of more than three score years in this city was identified with the finest and best things in the life of the community. Coming of a vigorous and intelligent family, he in turn became the forebear of a large and study race, the surviving members of which to the fourth generation today numbers forty-four people, highly esteemed in whatever communities they have made their homes.

Vigorous almost to the last, virile in thought and action, an exponent of the out of door life, a deep lover of nature with which he always held deep communion, he was a man who constantly maintained the highest respect and admiration. In his early days a builder of substantial structures, work in which he took the greatest pride and into which he put the best of his efforts, he was able in his later years to retire to the bosom of the care-free life of the out of doors and to that end for the past ten years spent the greater part of his time, at Lake Hopatcong where he had a cottage. From this place he took long excursions into the woods afoot or passed his time in angling or boating upon the lake. Only a month ago, after a trip that he had planned to be a ten-mile walk into the woods he became lost and only his superior knowledge of woodcraft enabled him to get back in safety to his family in the bungalow where they had already become alarmed at his absence. No pleasanter memories will be retained by his children than those of excursions into the woods and along the streams and the teaching of the lessons of nature that he had learned by so many years of experience in the life led him to the study of natural history and there was none better familiar than he with the writings of America's greatest naturalists. Though ready to retire from the bustle of the world he took the keenest interest in its affairs and was well read and deeply conversant with the best thought and work of the day. For many years he was active and devoted to the progress of Salem Reformed Church. He was a Democrat in politics, taking much interest always in that party's fortunes, but constantly refusing to become a candidate at any time for political office. Mr. Ochs was born on March 1, 1832, upon the farm of his father, Jacob Ochs, Jr., in Northampton County.

The Ochs family, which had settled in Northampton County, traced in ancestry in this country to A. Mathias Ochs, who came to America in 1747. Tilghman Ochs attended school near his home as a boy, learned the work of the farm and then when a young man came to this city to learn the bricklaying trade with Jacob Nagle and Joseph Seip. After completing his apprenticeship he was a journeyman for six years after which he went to take up fire-brick laying for twelve years. Then he engaged in contracting work, first taking to the construction of blast-furnace building, then going on upon a large scale in this vicinity. Then he secured contracts for the erection of a number of fine dwellings in this city and leading business structures. In 1885 he admitted his son, M.T.J. Ochs into partnership with him under the name of T. Ochs and Son and this relation was maintained until 1897 when the father retired. In the course of his contractor experience he built such prominent structures in this city as Hotel Allen, Muhlenberg College, Adelaide Silk Mill, Allentown Spinning Co., the original Breinig and Bachman, the High School and many others.

He erected the greater number of the buildings at the Keystone State Normal School (Now Kutztown University) and had a large out of town business. In 1854 Mr. Ochs was married to Miss Sarah S. Long, of this city, who preceded him in death in 1890. Ten children were born to them, of whom nine survive as follows: Milton Tilghman Jacob, J. Victor, Oscar H. Clinton M., Mrs. Charles C. Vogt and Mrs. Flora Wilson, of this city: Mrs. Lewis Hamman and Mrs. Robert Ellis of Philadelphia and Mrs. W. Bion Fritchman of Freemansburg. There are twenty-six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. John Ochs, of Easton, is a surviving brother.

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Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, PA


Mary L.




For a number of years before her marriage, Mary L. (Odenwelder) Reed, was a teacher in the Easton Public Schools. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, North Fourth St., Easton. She was the last surviving member of her family. She died at her home in Washington, DC.

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Easton Cemetery, Easton, PA


Phillip E.




Phillip E. Odenwelder, 79, of 7192 Airport Road, Bath, died Monday, Oct. 2, in Manor Care Health Services II, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Isabel M.A. (Brobst) Odenwelder, who died in 1999. He was a self-employed farmer in East Allen Township for 50 years before retiring in 1992. He was also director of the Four-O-Golf Driving Range and Restaurant, East Allen Township. Born in Seemsville, he was a son of the late Elmer and Lottie (Hess) Odenwelder. He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Seemsville. He was a member of Manoquesy Lodge, F & A.M. No. 413 of Bath, the Lehigh Consistory of Allentown, the Rajah Temple of Reading and the Bethlehem Forest No. 61 Tall Cedars. He was a life member of the Lehigh-Northampton County Raccoon Protective Association, the Allen Township Fire Company and the Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company. He was a member of the Austin Costello Sportsmen Club and was a past trustee and president of Camp Moore Hunting Club, both in Potter County. Survivors: Sons, Jerry C. of Bethlehem, Dennis P. of Bath; daughter, Lois R. Lelko of Northampton; brothers, Kenneth of Sheridan, Texas, David of Northampton; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Robert L., who died in 1999.

Services: 11 a.m. Friday, George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown, 2165 Community Drive, Bath. Call 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Contributions: To the church.

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Robert L.




Robert I. Odenwelder, 54, of Hanover Township, formerly of Moore Township, died Thursday, May 13, in his home. He was the husband of Karen (Hayne) Odenwelder. They would have been married 35 years on Sunday. He worked for Covance Pharmaceutical, Allentown, for three years until June because of illness. Previously, he worked in maintenance for the former Durkee Foods, Bethlehem, for three years and for most of his life on the Odenwelder Family Farm, Bath. Born in Allentown, he was a son of Phillip E. Odenwelder of Bath and the late Isabel M.A. (Brobst) Odenwelder. He was a member of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Moorestown. Survivors: Wife and father; daughter, Beth A., wife of Kevin Taby of Moore Township; son, Phillip E. of Nazareth; brothers, Jerry C. of Bethlehem and Dennis P. of Bath; sister, Lois R. Lelko of Northampton, and five grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown. Call 7-9 p.m. Monday. Contributions: To the church. Note: most records show him as Robert L. Odenwelder, not Robert I.

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Alverta Alice




Alverta A. Frankenfield, 79, of Easton, died Aug. 5 in Easton Hospital, Wilson. She was married to Martin J. Frankenfield Sr. for 57 years in February. She had worked for Dixie Co., Wilson. Born in Bushkill Township, she was a daughter of the late Samuel A. and Mable M. (Hartman) Oplinger. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, North Easton Congregation. Survivors: Husband; sons, Kevin A. of Easton, David E. of Bethlehem Township; daughters, Jill L. Martinez of Forks Township, Eileen S. Fehnel of Easton, Brenda J. Ummarino of Bethlehem; 14 grandchildren, a step grandchild, three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Martin J. Jr.

Services: 11 a.m. Friday, George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown, 2165 Community Drive, Bath. Call 10-11 a.m. Friday. Contributions: Kingdom Hall North Congregation, Easton.

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Dorothy Mae




DOROTHY WATSON, 61; HUSBAND DIED THURSDAY Dorothy M. Watson, 61, of 526 Bauer Road, Moore Township, died Sunday in her home after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Chanola F. Watson, who died Thursday. She worked in the laundry department at Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township, for 17-1/2 years until 1986. Born in Bushkill Township, she was a daughter of the late Samuel A. and Mabel M. (Hatman) Oplinger. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Moorestown, and a member of the church's Ladies Guild and Homemaker's Club. Survivors: Sons, Brian F. and Scott M., both of Moore Township; sister, Alverta Frankenfield of Easton. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey S., and a sister, Marie E. Knauss.

Combined services for the Watson's: 2 p.m. tomorrow, George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown. Call 7:30-9 p.m. today and 1-2 p.m. tomorrow.

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Marie Emma




MRS. ELWOOD KNAUSS Mrs. Marie Knauss, 56, of 2810 William Penn Highway, Palmer Township, died this morning in Easton Hospital. Born in Bushkill Township, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Mabel Hartman Oplinger. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilson. Survivors include her husband, Elwood Knauss; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Anthony, Easton; two sons, George, Tatamy, and Roger, Hickory Hills, Moorestown; two sisters, Mrs. Martin Frankenfield, Easton, and Mrs. Chanola Watson, Bath R.D. 2, and five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown.

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Samuel A.




Samuel Oplinger, Served On Bushkill Twp. Board Samuel A. Oplinger, 71, of 785 Creamery Road, Nazareth, died yesterday at his home. Mr. Oplinger served on the Bushkill Township election board for many years. He was associated with Hartman & Oplinger, a butchering firm, for 30 years and also was employed as a chainman and chipper by Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 20 years, retiring nine years ago. Born in Moore Township, he was a son of the late Samuel and Alice Schlegel Oplinger. He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Moorestown; Star Grange 993, Moorestown; West End Rod and Gun Club, Brodheadsville, and the Bushkill Township Republican Association. His first wife, the former Mabel M. Hartman, died in 1961. Survivors include his widow, Sadie Viola Blanche Serfass, three daughters, Mrs. Elwood G. Knauss, Palmer Township; Mrs. Martin J. Frankenfield, Easton, and Mrs. Chanola F. Watson, Bath R.D. 1; two brothers, William and Floyd, both of Danielsville R.D. 1; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the George Bensing Funeral Home, Moorestown. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Moorestown.

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Fairview Cemetery, Moore Twp., Northampton Co., PA


Alice Sarah Ann




Alice Behringer, 88-year-old widow of Emmuel J. Behringer, died yesterday noon at her home, Washington St., Topton. Born in Maxatawny township, Berks county, a daughter of the late Jacob and Lovina (Rohrbach) Oswald, she was a member of the Reformed congregation of Maxatawny church. She is survived by two sons, Grover, at home; William of Kutztown; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. James Weidner of Topton.

Rev. Franklin D. Slifer will officiate at the services at 2:15 p.m. Friday at the Behringer home in Topton and the continued services in Maxatawny church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Anna May




Anna M. Geisinger; 93; formerly Lyon Station; died Nov. 15, 2009, Lutheran Home, Topton; widow of Clarence L. Geisinger, who died Dec. 30, 1999; born Aug. 6, 1916, Lyon Station; daughter of the late Richard & Katie (Kline) Oswald; member, Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church, Dryville; machine operator, Fleetwood Sportswear, Fleetwood, 11 years, retiring 1980. Survivors: Roxie A. (Geisinger), wife of Lester Hilbert, Topton; Mary Jane (Geisinger) Miller, Reading; Loretta J. (Geisinger), wife of Kenneth F. Kuzan, Kutztown; Ruth S. (Geisinger), wife of William Seidel, Reading; Shirley M. (Geisinger), widow of Albert Potzman, Mertztown; son Merlyn L., husband of Maryann B. (Glowatsky) Geisinger, Kutztown; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Oswald), widow of Lester Kline, Lutheran Home, Topton; brother, Ray Oswald, Fleetwood; predeceased by daughter, Evelyn G. (Geisinger) Moser, who died Nov. 3, 2006; son, Clarence M. Geisinger, who died Dec. 15, 2007. Buried, Hope Cemetery, Dryville.

Ludwick Funeral Homes Inc., Topton.

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Arline R.




Arline R. Kline, 75, of Mertztown R.1, died Tuesday in her home. She was the wife of Jonas L. Kline. They were married 50 years last Friday. A 1934 graduate of what is now Kutztown University, she was an elementary teacher in the Brandywine-Heights Area School District and in one-room school houses in the eastern Berks County area for 41 years before retiring in 1984. Born in Rockland Township, Berks County, she was a daughter of the late James R. and Ellen (Ruppert) Oswald. She was a member of Christ UCC, Bowers. Survivors: Husband; daughter, Janet A., wife of Charles F. Ketner of Schuylkill Haven, and a grandson.

Services: 10 a.m. Friday in the church. Call 9-10 a.m. Friday in church. Arrangements, Trexler-Ludwick Funeral Home, 25 E. Weis St., Topton.

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Catharine S. L.




Catherine Riedy, 93, of Allentown died Tuesday, April 7, in Manor Care Health Services, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Arthur O. Riedy. She was a sewing machine operator for silk mills in Allentown before retiring in 1970. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Cora (Ware) Oswald. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Church, Allentown. She was a past president of the O'Neill Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Emmaus. Survivors: Daughter, Emily C., wife of Marcus S. Herpel of Whitehall Township; sisters, Mrs. Eva Betzler and Althea, both of Allentown, and Mrs. Eleanor Hein of Fogelsville, three grandsons, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters. She was predeceased by a son, Arthur L.

Graveside services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Highland Memorial Park, Allentown. No calling hours. Arrangements, Trexler Funeral Home, Allentown.

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Charles P.




Charles P. Oswald; 67; Main Street, Oley, Berks County; died Sunday at home; husband of Agnes S. (Lorah) Oswald; leach operator, Kawecki Berylco Co., Boyertown, 23 years, retiring 1980; born Lyons, Berks County; son of the late William J. & Emma L. (Kline) Oswald; member, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lobachsville; member, Oley, Lyons Volunteer Fire Co., many years. Survivors: widow; sons, Ronald C., Nelson R., both Reifstown, Berks County; sisters, Mrs. Lillie Schlenker, Lyons; Catherine, wife of Carl Eck, Mertztown R. 1; 7 grandchildren.

Daniel R. Christ Funeral Home, Oley.

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Lobachsville cemetery


Claude E.




Claude E. Oswald; 85; 230 E. Smith St., Topton; died Sunday at home; husband of the late Mabel I. (Rauenzahn) Oswald; automobile painter, body repairman, Grim Motor Co., Topton, retiring 1963; born Upper Macungie Township; son of the late Daniel and Hattie (Lentz) Oswald; member, Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton. Survivors: daughters, Gladys, wife of Paul Rohrbach, Grace, wife of Earl Lantz, sister Helen, all Topton; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

Schofer Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Topton.

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Elmer W.




Elmer W. Oswald; 80; Mertztown R. 2; died Friday at home; husband of the late Beulah M. (Hilbert) Oswald; molder, Caloric Corp., Topton, 31 years, retiring 1961; born Rockland Township; son of the late James S. & Ida E. (Angstadt) Oswald. Survivors: sons, John P., Topton; Richard C., Topton; George W., Mertztown R. 1; Charles W., Mertztown R. 2; daughters, Betty B. Hilbert, Breinigsville; Beulah M., wife of Bernell Bogert, Mertztown R. 1; Faye A., wife of Warren Rohrbach, with whom he lived; brothers, Cyrus, Bowers; Edgar, Bowers; sister, Mrs. Bertha LeVan, Fleetwood R. 1; 23 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

Trexler & Hook Funeral Home, 25 E. Weiss St., Topton.

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Hope Cemetery, Kutztown


Eva E. E.




Among the survivors of Eva E. Betzler, 87, of Allentown, who died Tuesday, are eight grandchildren. The number of grandchildren was incorrect in Wednesday's obituary. Eva E. Betzler, 87, of Allentown died Tuesday, April 28, in the hospice unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Peter C. Betzler. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Cora (Ware) Oswald. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Allentown. Survivors: Son, Peter R. of Allentown; sisters, Althea of Allentown and Mrs. Eleanor Hein of Fogelsville, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sell-Herron Funeral Home, 1145 Lehigh St., Allentown; Mass at 10 a.m., St. Ursula's Catholic Church, Fountain Hill. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday. Contributions: St. Paul's Catholic Church Building Fund.

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George W.




 George W. Oswald, 79, of 115 Smoketown Road, Rockland Township, died Jan. 6 in his home. He was married to Jean L. (Schwoyer) Oswald for 55 years last February. He was a parts delivery person for NAPA Auto Parts, Kutztown, 1979-98. He was a foundry worker for the former Stanley G. Flagg Co., Stowe, Pa., for 43 years before retiring in 1985. Born in Maxatawny Township, he was a son of the late Elmer W. and Beulah M. (Helbert) Oswald. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Bowers. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Pike Township Sportsman Club, Berks County and Rockland Rod and Gun Club. Survivors: Wife; son, Michael A. of Kutztown; daughter, Michele M. Readinger of Fleetwood; brother, Richard of Topton; sisters, Faye A. Rohrbach of Mertztown, Beulah Bogert of Fleetwood; three grandchildren.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Ludwick Funeral Home, 333 Greenwich St., Kutztown. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday. Contributions: Church memorial fund.

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Union Cemetery, Bowers, PA


Gladys Salena




 Gladys S. Rohrbach; 73; 401 W. Franklin St., Topton; died Tuesday, July 1, in her home; wife of Paul H. Rohrbach; married 48 years in March; sewing machine operator, Marcus Manufacturing, Topton, more than 20 years, retiring 1982; born Topton; daughter of the late Claude E. and Mabel I. (Rauenzahn) Oswald; member, Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton, chaperone for many of its choir activities. Survivors: Husband; sons, Kerry E. Meck, Wernersville, Berks County; David L. Rohrbach, Topton; daughter, Sue M., wife of Joseph L. Ruhf, Topton; sister, Grace H., wife of Earl Lantz, Topton; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren.

Ludwick Funeral Home, 25 E. Weis St., Topton.

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Herma Leanda




Mrs. Herma L. Sticher, 84, of formerly of 725 N. Lumber St., Allentown, died Friday in the Phoebe Home, 1925 Turner St., Allentown. She was the widow of J. George Sticher. She retired in 1973 from Thrift Drug Co., Allentown, where she was a cashier for four years. Born in Rockland Township, Berks County, she was a daughter of the late Peter S. and Eliza (Schwoyer) Oswald. She was a member of St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, Allentown. She was a past president of the Northend Republican Club Auxiliary. Survivors: Daughter, Ethel V., wife of Robert W. Yeakel of Breinigsville, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Call 1-2 p.m. Wednesday.






Jane Alice




JANE A. OSWALD, died in January 1984. Mrs. Jane A. Geist, 41, of Mertztown R.1 died Friday in her home. She was the widow of Leon R. Geist. She was a sewing machine operator at Jomar Manufacturing Co., Alburtis, for 11 years until 1982. Born in Longswamp Township, she was a daughter of Luther R. and Florence K. (Trexler) Oswald of Topton.

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Lee D




Lee D. Oswald; 52; 161 Clymer St., Reading; died Monday, St. Joseph Hospital, Reading; husband of Genevieve (Bonk) Oswald; machinist, Leininger Knitting Mills, Mohnton, Berks County, 35 years; born Lyons; son of the late Richard & Katie (Kline) Oswald. Survivors: widow; brothers, Paul, Mertztown R. 2; Luther, Topton; Ray, Fleetwood R. 1; sisters, Anna, wife of Clarence Geisinger, Lyons; Mary, wife of Lester Kline, Kutztown R. 1; Juliabelle, wife of Ralph Reinert, Boyertown R. 4; Gloria, wife of Paul Sanders, Fleetwood R. 2.

Schofer Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Topton.

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Luther R.




Luther R. Oswald, 74, of 301 E. Weis St., Topton, died Saturday in Kutztown. He was the husband of Florence K. (Trexler) Oswald. They were married 53 years last month. He was a machinist at the former Topton plant of Caloric Corp. for 42 years, retiring in 1982. Born in Maxatawny Township, he was a son of the late Richard H. and Katie H. (Kline) Oswald. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton. Survivors: Wife; sons, Robert L. and Allen L., both of Allentown; daughters, Diane J., wife of Lester T. Noll, and Sandra F., wife of Daniel D. Troxel, both of Fleetwood, and Judy A., wife of Dennis W. Bachman of Mertztown; sisters, Anna, wife of Clarence Geisinger of Lyons, Mary, wife of Lester Kline of Kutztown, Juliabelle, wife of Ralph Reinert of Shanesville, and Gloria, wife of Paul Sanders of Blandon; brother Ray of Fleetwood; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Luther R. Jr., and a daughter, Jane A. Geist.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ludwick Funeral Home, 25 E. Weis St., Topton. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Luther R.




Luther Oswald, Jr.; 6; 301 Weiss St., Topton; died yesterday, Topton, after being struck by truck; son of Luther & Florence Trexler Oswald. Survivors: parents; brothers & sisters, Jane, Diane, Sandy, Robert, Allen, all at home; grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Trexler, Topton; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Oswald, Lyons; great-grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. John Trexler, 46 N. Main St., Topton; Mr. & Mrs. Ulysses Nester, Topton.

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Paul W.




Paul W. Oswald; 67; Mertztown R.2; died Friday at home; husband of Arlene M. (Adam) Oswald; employed, Empire Steel, Laureldale, several years, retiring 1976; born Lyons; son of the late Richard H. and Katie (Kline) Oswald; member, Zion Maxatawny Union Church, Maxatawny; Army veteran, World War II. Survivors: widow; son, Dennis P., Barto R.1; daughters, Linda L., wife of Bruce A. Piper, Kutztown R.3; Carol A., wife of Randy J. Kane, Mertztown R.2; brothers, Ray, Fleetwood R.1; Luther, Topton; sisters, Anna, wife of Clarence Geisinger, Lyons; Mary, wife of Lester Kline, Kutztown R.4; Juliabell, wife of Ralph Reinert, Boyertown R.4; Gloria, wife of Paul Sanders, Fleetwood R.2; 6 grandchildren.

Trexler-Ludwick Funeral Home, 25 E. Weis St., Topton.

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Albert Lee




 ALBERT L. OTT Albert L. "Nip" Ott, 102, of Mt. Bethel, PA, died on Friday, January 6, 2006 in Gracedale, where he has been a guest since December 20, 2005. Born: On September 4, 1903 in Johnsonville, he was a son of the late Stewart and Daisy Albert Ott. Personal: His wife, the former Catherine V. Weidman, died in 1990. He worked as an electrician for B. G. Bonney, Inc. of Mt. Bethel until retiring. Memberships: He was a former member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Johnsonville, and was a life member of the Mt. Bethel Volunteer Fire Co. Survivors: He is survived by a son, Richard L. Ott Sr. of Mt. Bethel; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter, Gaybelle Godshalk, and six brothers and sisters, all died earlier.

Services: Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Reed/Gaffney Funeral Home, Inc., 4 Lillian Lane, "Village of Johnsonville," Bangor, PA. Call on Tuesday one hour prior to the services in the funeral home. Interment will be in Mt. Bethel Cemetery. Memorials: May be made to the Mt. Bethel Volunteer Fire Company, Mt. Bethel, PA 18343. "The Morning Call", Allentown, PA, 7 January 2006, pg. B.6: Albert L. Ott, 102 Albert L. Nip Ott, 102, of Mount Bethel, died Friday, January 6 in Gracedale.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Reed/Gaffney Funeral Home Inc., 4 Lillian Lane, Village of Johnsonville, Bangor, Pa.
Interment in Mount Bethel Cemetery. Call one hour prior to the service Tuesday in the funeral home. Contributions: Mount Bethel Volunteer Fire Company, 18343.

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Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church cemetery, Upper Mt. Bethel Twp., Northampton Co., PA


Ralph J.




Ralph J. Otto; 84; 228 Furnace St., Emmaus; died Tuesday, Allentown Hospital; born Lancaster; son of the late Jacob & Katherine (Dapt) Otto; deceased by first wife, Bertha (Sicher) Otto, & second wife, Florence (Hertzog) Otto; machinist, Pennebacker Foundry, Emmaus, retiring 1955. Survivors: daughters, Mrs. Mildred Becker, Allentown; Dorothy, wife of Herman Albitz, Emmaus; Bertha, wife of Frank Janiszewski, Laureldale, Berks County; son, Leon, Newark, N.J.; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.

Reinsmith Funeral Home, 225 Elm St., Emmaus.

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Tyson, Carrie, daughter of Abraham and Mary (Wismer) Overholt, was born in Doylestown Twp., Pa., Aug. 16, 1887; died at the Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., Apr. 9, 1971; aged 83 y. 7 m. 23 d. She was married to Jacob A. Tyson, who preceded her in death Mar. 15, 1959. Surviving are 3 daughters (Elsie - Mrs. Christian M. Meyers, Ida - Mrs. Joseph A. Kulp, and Carrie - Mrs. Warren Wenger), 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one stepbrother. One son and one daughter preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church East, where funeral services were held Apr. 12, in charge of James Lapp and Cleon Nyce; interment in adjoining cemetery.

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Emma Wismer




Trauger, Emma, daughter of Abram and Mary (Wismer) Overholt, was born in Doylestown Twp., Pa., July 15, 1881; died at Rockhill Mennonite Home, Sellersville, Pa., June 25, 1966; aged 84 y. 11 m. 10 d. In April, 1900, she w as married to Samuel M. Trauger, who survives. Also surviving are 9 children (Edna Moyer, Raymond, Carrie Wasser, Mary Yothers, Edith Miller, Norman, Emma, Florence Mininger, and Lester), one sister (Carrie Tyson), one stepbrother (Abram Overholt), 32 grandchildren, and 48 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Deep Run Church, where funeral services were held June 29, with Joseph Gross in charge, assisted by Erwin Nace.

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Hannah M.




Meyers, Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Sallie (Leatherman) Overholt, was born May 1, 1885, Bedminster Twp., Pa.; died June 6, 1960, at Dublin, Pa .; aged 75 y. 1 m. 5 d. On April 3, 1909, she was married to Samuel Meyers, who died Mar. 9, 1956. Surviving are one adopted daughter (Margaret--Mrs. Claude Bishop), 2 sisters (Esther--Mrs. Herman Kulp, Ottsville, Pa., and Sarah Overholt, Allentown).

She was a member of the Deep Run Church, where funeral services were held June 9, in charge of Wilson Overholt, Abram Yothers, and Erwin Nace.

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Mary Ann




Cope, Mary Ann, daughter of Tobias and Catherine (Meyers) Overholt, was born in Bedminster Twp., Pa., May 27, 1875; died at the home of her daughter, in Perkasie, Pa., March 10, 1962; aged 86 y. 9 m. 11 d. On Jan. 29, 1898, she was married to Harvey G. Cope, who died Sept. 28, 1950. Surviving are 8 daughters (Virgie-Mrs. J. C. Steinly, Blooming Glen; Mrs. Florence Moore, Philadelphia; Mrs. Albert Bishop, Lansdale; Alverna-Mrs. John Hager, Adella-Mrs. Edward Woulfe, Mrs. Bessie Hendricks, Blanche-Mrs. Raymond Fretz, and Ethel-Mrs. Lester Gilbert, all of Perkasie), 28 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Four children preceded her in death. She was a member of the Blooming Glen Church, where funeral services were held March 14, in charge of David Derstine, Jr., and Edward Grabert.

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Gross, Hannah P., daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Proctor) Overholt, was born Sept. 10, 1870, in Hilton Twp., Pa.; died of coronary thrombosis April 17, 1961, at Sellersville, Pa., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Bishop, with whom she lived the last 12 years of her life; aged 90 y. 7 m. 7 d. On Oct. 25, 1890, she was married to Wm. G. Gross, who died Dec. 25, 1948. Surviving are 6 daughters and 2 sons (Clara-Mrs. Henry Bishop, Mary-Mrs. Edward W. Detweiler, Martha-Mrs. Clarence Hendricks, Hannah-Mrs. Walter Rush, Clayton O., Henry O., Emma-Mrs. Wallace Derstein, and Ruth-Mrs. Gideon Moyer), 34 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and 9 step great-grandchildren. Three children died in infancy. She was a member of the Doylestown Church.

Funeral services were held April 22 at the Blooming Glen Church, in charge of David Derstine, Jr.; interment in Deep Run Cemetery, with Wilson Overholt in charge.

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Betty J




 Betty J. Owens, 65, of 724 Delaware Ave., Bethlehem, formerly of Allentown, died Wednesday in Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Annex. She was on the kitchen staff of the Phoebe Home, Allentown, and the former Allentown Hospital from 1940s until the 1960s. Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late William and Goldie (Zerfass) Owens. Survivors: Brother, John F. of New Port Richey, Fla., and a sister, Lois E. of Walnutport.

Services: Private. No calling hours. Arrangements, Harding-Fox Funeral Home, Slatington.

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James G.




 James G. Owens, 66, of the Bible Fellowship Church Home, Nazareth, former head of the Weatherly High School guidance department, died Thursday in Easton Hospital. He ran the high school's guidance department from 1972 to 1977, when he resigned for health reasons. Previously, he was head of Easton Hospital's physical therapy department from 1958 to 1972. During both periods, he was also in private practice as a physical therapist, consulting in the Lehigh Valley area. Born in Slatington, he was a son of the late William and Goldie (Zerfass) Owens. He received a master's degree in physical therapy from New York University in 1957 and a master's in elementary education and guidance from Lehigh University in 1965. In 1952, he received a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. Owens was a 32nd degree mason in the Hazle Lodge #327, Hazleton and was active in the Lehigh Consistory, Allentown, and the Irem Temple, Wilkes-Barre. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Nazareth Bible Fellowship Church. Surviving are a brother John of Orefield and two sisters, Lois E. of Walnutport and Betty J. of Fountain Hill.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Fox Funeral Home, 1002 Main St., Slatington. A calling hour will be 7-8 p.m. Sunday.

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Slatington Union Cemetery, Slatington, Lehigh Co., PA


Lois E.




 Lois E. Owens, 79, of 986 Woodland Drive, Walnutport, died April 2 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. She was employed by the former Food Fair supermarket, Allentown, for 29 years before retirement. Born in Slatington, she was a daughter of the late William and Goldie (Zerfass) Owens. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Slatington. Survivors: Brother, John of Hudson, Fla.; nieces, nephews.

Services: memorial, 2 p.m. Sunday, Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25- 27 N. Second St., Slatington. No calling hours. Contributions: To the church.

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Owen Richard




Owen Richard Owens, a retired New Jersey Zinc Co. employee, died yesterday at his home, 855 Washington Street, Walnutport. He was 72. Owen retired seven years ago from the Palmerton plant of the zinc company. Born in Emerald, he was a son of the late Richard R. and Anna (nee Williams) Owens. He resided in Walnutport 50 years. His wife, Eva (Best) Owens, died five years ago. Owens was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Slatington. Surviving are four sons: Paul L. of Walnutport, Wilbur of Allentown, James D. of Mickley's and Owen; three daughters, Ruth, wife of Charles Betz of Allentown, Florence, wife of Kenneth Easterday, and Loraine, wife of Donald Wotring, both of Bethlehem; a sister: Mrs. Earl Hauze of Catasauqua, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 A.M. Thursday in the George M. Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. 2nd St., Slatington, with viewing from 7 to 9 P.M. tomorrow.

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Union Cemetery, Slatington, Washington Township, PA


Paul Lewis




Paul L. Owens, 86, of 455 Pine St., Slatington, formerly of Williams Ave., Walnutport, died Monday, Oct. 29, in Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Mildred (Wentz) Owens. They were married for 66 years in September. .He was a plant superintendent for Paris Neckwear Co., Walnutport, for 51years before retiring in 1981.. Born in Walnutport, he was a son of the late Owen W. and Eva (Best) Owens..He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Slatington..He was past president of Walnutport Senior Citizens, a member of Slatington Masonic Lodge 440, Slatington 292 Chapter Royal Arch and Diamond Fire Company, Walnutport. . Survivors: Wife; sisters, Ruth Betz and Lorraine Wotring, both of Whitehall Township, Florence Easterday of Bethlehem; brother, Wilbur of Whitehall; a grandson. He was predeceased by a son, Donald P., last year. .

Services: 11 A.M. Friday, Harding-Fox Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second St., Slatington. Call 10-11 A.M. Friday. Contributions: To the church endowment fund.

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Union Cemetery, Slatington, Washington Township, PA


Richard Roland




Richard R. Owens Died in Allentown Hospital . Richard R. Owens, of West Church Street, retired State Quarry foreman and for the past 30 years a deacon in the First Baptist Church, died early last Thursday (6/2/38) morning at the Allentown Hospital after a brief illness of complications. He was aged 80 years, 11 months, and 17 days. Mr. Owens was born in Wales, but came to town 53 years ago. He worked in numerous state quarries in town and vicinity until a few years ago when he retired. Besides being an active and devout member of the First Baptist Church, he was an honorary member of the Dames of Malta, of town. His first wife, Anna (nee Williams) Owens, preceded him in death about 15 years ago. Surviving are his second wife Margaret; four children, Mrs. Walkin Roderick, Mrs. Earl Hauze of Catasauqua, Thomas J. Owens and Owen O. Owens, Walnutport; 25 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, one sister and one brother; Mrs. Jane Jones and Owen Owens, both in Wales; 2 step-sons and three step-daughters, Allen Williams, Philadelphia; Thomas William, town; Mrs. Fred Williams both of Allentown, and Mrs. Peter Wildgen, Bethlehem.

Short services were held at the David Heintzleman Funeral Home, 314 Second Street, Sunday at 1:30 P.M. Regular services followed in the First Baptist Church and interment made in Union Cemetery. Reverend Ben Kruschwitz, pastor of the church.

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Union Cemetery, Slatington, Washington Township, PA


Caroline E.




Mrs. Caroline Butz; 84; 588 Franklin St., Alburtis; died yesterday, Allentown Hospital; wife of Robert F. Butz, justice of the peace, Alburtis; married 50 years in 1964; born Sadsburyville, Chester County; daughter of the late James & Luetta (Weaver) Paiste; charter member, Lehigh County society, Children's Aid Society of Pennsylvania; founder, Campfire Girls organization, Alburtis; first woman to serve as school director, Alburtis; member, Lehigh Zion United Church of Christ, Alburtis. Survivors: husband; daughter Jean, wife of Dalton Stoneback; 4 grandchildren.

Horace W. Schantz Funeral Home, 3rd & Main Sts., Emmaus.

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Lehigh Zion cemetery, Alburtis, Lehigh co, PA


Erwin Merle




ERWIN M. PALMER Erwin M. Palmer, 85, of 721 Spring St., Bethlehem, died Friday, Jan. 3, in St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Mary S. (Reichard) Palmer. They were married 66 years in August. He was a truck driver for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 36-1/2 years until retiring in 1976. Before that he was employed by the former Air Reduction. Born in Berkshire, N.Y., he was a son of the late Merle and Florence (Andrews) Palmer. Survivors: Wife; sons, Robert E. Sr. of Calabasas, Calif., Donald E. of Richland, Mich., and Allan C. of Allentown; brother, John A. of Baltimore, Md.; sister, Vivian Agnew of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Downing Funeral Home, 1002 W. Broad St., Bethlehem. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Monday and 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesday. Contributions: Olivet Evangelical Congregational Church, Bethlehem.

Morning Call pg B-10


Allentown, Pa



Elwood M.




ELWOOD M. PARRY, 86; DIRECTED SUNSHINE HOUR PROGRAM IN LEHIGH VALLEY NURSING HOMES Elwood M. "Mr. Sunshine" Parry, 86, of 1412 Lenox Ave., Bethlehem, died Friday in his home. He was the husband of Beatrice M. (Moser) Parry. They were married 56 years last September 23rd. He was an assembler at the Bethlehem Corp., Easton, for 31 years until retiring in 1979. He was a member, former song Evangelist and former minister of visitation at the First Church of the Nazarene, Bethlehem. Formerly a member of the Gospel Sunshine Quartet, Bethlehem, Parry also directed the Sunshine Hour, a volunteer outreach program for Lehigh Valley nursing home residents, for the past 17 years. Born in Bangor, he was a son of the late Rev. Robert and Maybelle (Simpson) Parry. Survivors: Wife; son, Richard E. of Nazareth; brothers, the Rev. John of Portland, Maine, and Paul of Garden Grove, Calif.; sister, Betty, wife of the Rev. Richard Smith of Tavernier, Fla.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St., Bethlehem, and 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday at church.

Morning Call, Page B31


Allentown, PA

Memorial Park Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA






AGNES HAY, CO-OWNED MOTEL IN SWIFTWATER Agnes Hay, 55, of Swiftwater, died Tuesday in Pocono Hospital. Born in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Susan Busovni Pavell. She had resided in Monroe County for the last 13 years. She and her husband, Claude A. Hay, owned and operated the Star Dust Motel in Swiftwater for the last 10 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mary F. Cieniawa, Hazleton, and Jean Hettel, Scotrun; a son, Bernard J. Vigna, Tannersville; two sisters, Helen Mansfield, Bethlehem, and Pauline Noble, Woodsville, N.H.; five brothers, George and Bernard Pavell, both of Hazleton, Andrew Pavell, Baltimore, Edward Pavell, New Ringgold, and John Pavell, New York, and four grandsons.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, East Stroudsburg. Interment will be in the Tannersville Union Cemetery, Tannersville.

The Express pg. D-5


Easton PA.

Tannersville Union Cemetery, Tannersville, Monroe Co., PA


Elizabeth Mary




Elizabeth M. Schoenenberger Elizabeth M. Schoenenberger, 95, of Hellertown, died Sunday, February 4, 2007 in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. She was the wife of the late LeRoy D. Schoenenberger Sr., who died June 17, 1988. Born in Easton on June 24, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Annie (Sloyer) Pearson. Survivors: Son, LeRoy D. Schoenenberger Jr. and his wife, Adrian, of Hellertown; two daughters, Lorraine T. Stephens and Jean A. Reccek, both of Bethlehem; brother, Ralph and his wife, Lois, in Ohio; eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren.

Services: Family and friends are invited to call 10-11 a.m. Tuesday in the Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., 326 Main Street, Hellertown. The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. The interment will conclude services in Union Cemetery, Hellertown. Please omit flowers. Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at:

Morning Call


Allentown PA

Union Cemetery; Hellertown, PA


Eugene Wilson




Eugene Pearson, 62, Employed 38 Years at Binney & Smith Eugene W. Pearson, 62, was dead on arrival yesterday at the Easton hospital after being stricken by an apparent heart attack in his home, 2113 Edgewood Ave., Palmer Township. A shipping clerk at Binney & Smith Inc., where he was employed for 38 years, he retired in 1970 because of ill health. Born in Hellertown on Aug, 2, 1913, he was a son of Mrs. Annie Sloyer Hoppens, now of Hellertown, and the late Floyd Pearson. He lived in Palmer Township for the last 45 years and was a member of the 25-Year Club at Binney & Smith and Arndt's Lutheran Church, Forks Township. Surviving are his widow, the former Mabel Conn; a son, Barry N. of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Ralph K. of Waldwick, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Schoenenberger, Hellertown, and a granddaughter.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Arndt's Church. Interment will be in Arndt's Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are in charge the Rupell Funeral Home, Phillipsburg.

Easton Express


Easton PA.

Arndt's Church, Forks Township, Easton, PA


Harry Eugene




Harry E. Peck, Jr. served in Battery D, 213th Coast Artillery (AA), Pennsylvania National Guard from 1933 to 1936. He was an accountant with The Pennsylvania Pump and Compressor Co., a division of Cooper Industries, Inc., of Forks Township, retiring in 1967. After that he worked with E. T. Sales Inc. of Palmer Township as an accountant and office manager until 1972. Previous accounting employment was with the General Aniline and Film Co., Armour & Co. and Metropolitan Edison Co. He attended Bangor High School and graduated from Churchman's Business College in Easton. He lived the majority of his life in the village of Richmond, PA. His avocations were the study of advanced mathematics, music, genealogy, photography and history. He was a member of the former Bangor Lodge 565, Free and Accepted Masons and was most recently a member of the Portland Lodge 311, Free and Accepted Masons. He was awarded his 50 year Masonic Service Emblem 10 Feb. 1982. He was devoted to Freemasonry for 70 years.

The Express-Times, pg. B-4


Easton, PA

Reformed Cemetery, East Side of Rte. 611, South of Stone Church, Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA


Sarah W.




Reiter. Sarah W. Reiter, daughter of Elias and Sarah (Weand) Pennypacker, was born in Berks Co., Pa., April 15, 1868; was united in marriage to George W. L. Reiter Nov. 27, 1886; died Wednesday, May 4, 1932; aged 64 y. 19 d. She is survived by her husband, 3 sons and 4 daughters, and 9 grandchildren. Although a sufferer, more or less, for some years, she was faithfully devoted to the welfare of her family, and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held May 7, conducted by Brethren John S. Kriebel and E. W. Kulp, in Fairview Chapel, Boyertown, Pa. Interment in Fairview Cemetery.




Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown


Susan Wireman




BERGEY. - Susanna Bergey, widow of the late William Bergey, died on Monday morning, December 31, of pneumonia, at the home of her son-in-law, John T. Keyser, at Collegeville, aged 80 years, 5 months and 2 days. Deceased lived for many years in this neighborhood. Her maiden name was Pennypacker. She was the mother of two children. The day before she died she told those about her that she would depart during the coming night, and so it came to pass.

The funeral was held Sunday and interment made at the Lower Salford Mennonite meetinghouse.

Herald of Truth



Cemetery of Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse, Montgomery County, PA


Alice Elizabeth




Funeral services for Mrs. Alice E. Wertman, 77, of R.R. No.1, Grabill, who died at 2 o'clock Saturday morning at her home following a long illness, will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock (CST) at the residence, and 10 o'clock at the Apostolic Christian church at Leo. Burial will be in the Leo cemetery. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. William Martin and Mrs. Andrew Bellinger of R.R. No. 2, Fort Wayne; a son, Ira Wertman of near Grabill; a brother Samuel Peters of Grabill; fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. The body will be returned to the residence late this morning.




Leo Cemetery, Leo, Allen County, Indiana


Daisy E.




Daisy E. Faust, 89, formerly of 2015 Columbia Ave., West Catasauqua, died Monday in Pottstown Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late William H. Faust Jr. Born in Ironton, she was a daughter of the late Garfield and Rosa (Stettler) Peters. She was a member of Egypt United Church of Christ. Survivors: Sons, William H. III and Maynard, both of Whitehall Township; daughters, Marian, wife of Earl Solliday of Hellertown, Kathryn Acker of Pottstown and Mrs. Janice Meitzler of Bechtelsville; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. Call 1-2 p.m. Thursday.

Morning Call, pg. B-08


 Allentown, PA

Egypt Cemetery, Egypt, Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., PA


Mary Elizabeth




Mary E. Flexer, 87, of Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Coopersburg, formerly of Allentown, died Friday, Feb. 5, at home. She was the wife of the late George A. Flexer Jr. She taught fourth grade at Lafayette Elementary School, Bethlehem School District, for 10 years until retiring in 1993. Previously, she taught sixth grade at Troxell Middle School, Parkland School District, and special education in the Quakertown School District. A graduate of Temple University, she received certification in elementary education from Kutztown University and completed graduate studies at Cedar Crest College. Born in Lebanon, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Albert G. and Xenia (Hellfrich) Peters. Survivors: Daughter, Mary D., wife of David J. Maskornick of Walnutport, and a sister, Jean McNichols of Dover, Del.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Morning Call


Allentown, PA



Mary Ellen




Mrs. Mary Ellen Barto; 70; Kutztown R. 1; died Tuesday, Reading Hospital; wife of Malcolm G. Barto; born Upper Macungie Township; daughter of the late Victor O. & Lillie (Oswald) Peters; member, Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton; founding member, auxiliary, Lyons & Kutztown Fire companies. Survivors: husband; brother Paul, Fogelsville R. 1; sister Mildred, wife of Paul Hilbert, Mertztown R. 1.

Gilbert F. Keller & Son Funeral Home, 20 N. Church St., Fogelsville.

Morning Call, page B-6


Allentown, PA

Fogelsville Union Cemetery


Ira Viola




Detweiler, Samuel H., son of David and Ida (Hockman), Detweiler, was born in Hilltown Twp., Pa., Apr. 2, 1905; died of Pagets disease at Danboro, Pa., Sept. 13, 1976; aged 71 y. On June 18, 1932, he was married to Ruth Bergey, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Esther Hall, Elaine Johnson, and Betty Ann Tucker), 7 sons (V. Paul, Robert L., James M., Merrill B., S. Lavenne, Dale E., and David L.), 10 grandchildren, one brother (Wilmer), and one sister (Amanda Saltner).

He was a member of the Doylestown Mennonite Church, where funeral services were held on Sept. 16, in charge of Joseph Gross, Silas Graybill, and Roy Bucher; interment in Doylestown Mennonite Cemetery.

Gospel Herald



Doylestown Mennonite Cemetery






Veronica V. Kline, 93, of Allentown, passed away July 31 in Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Annex. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Dominick and Angela (Viennati) Pietrobon. She was the wife of the late William Kline. Veronica worked for Penn State Mills, Allentown, for 10 years as a sewing machine operator. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, a former member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and a member of the Italian Club, all in Allentown. Survivors: Sons, William and his wife, Catherine, of Allentown, Richard and Elaine of Emmaus; 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Dolores Yurasits, and a grandson, William.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 5 to be preceded by a visitation from 9:30-10:15 a.m., both in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown. Arrangements, Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton Street, Allentown.

Morning Call


Allentown, PA

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Cemetery, Fullerton, Lehigh CO, PA






Ellie Pilgert, who resided with her niece, Mrs. Russel Troxell, at 1417 Hanover Ave., died Sunday night after an illness of eight months. She was 69 years old. The daughter of the late Reuben and Sallie Ann, nee Schodler, Pilgert, she had resided in Allentown since she was 14 years old. She was a member of the Mertztown Lutheran church. Surviving in addition to her niece are two sisters, Mrs. Ida Romig, Shamrock, and Mrs. Lizzie McCollum, Allentown, and a nephew, Harry Romig, Shamrock.

Morning Call, pg. 7


Allentown, PA



Emma C.




Mrs. Emma Yoder; 77; widow of Harris Yoder; formerly Mertztown; died Saturday morning at home of son-in-law & daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Warmkessel, Alburtis R. 1; member of Lutheran faith, Longswamp church; daughter of the late Willoughby & Mary Ann (Eck) Pilgert. Survivors: children, Henry, Mahlon, Paul, all Topton; Eva, Allentown; Mrs. Floyd Warmkessel, Alburtis R. 1; Mrs. Simeon Sell, Mrs. Adam Heiter, both Topton; Mrs. Warren Reppert, Mertztown; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

Schofer funeral home, 107 Main St., Topton. Buried, Longswamp church cemetery.

Call-Chronicle pg. 7


Allentown, Lehigh Co, PA

Longswamp church cemetery


Henry Edwin




Henry E. Pilgert, aged 85 years, 6 months and 20 days, died Sunday of apoplexy and general debility, at the home of his son-in-law, Luther Fritch, in Mertztown, after being bedfast 14 weeks. His wife died 26 years ago. He leaves a sister, Isabella Pilgert, of Longswamp, and these children: Mrs. Luther Fritch and Henry, Mertztown; Mrs. William Kettinger, Reading, and George, Allentown.

Reading Eagle


Reading PA.

Mertztown, Longswamp twp, Berks co, PA


Henry P




Henry P. Pilgert, Sr., Mertztown justice of the peace for 30 years, died yesterday in Irvington hospital, Irvington, N.J. He had been living in Irvington since the death of his wife, Mrs. Ellen J. (Dankel) Pilgert, seven years ago. Pilgert was active in Mertztown political circles and served as postmaster for 13 years during the Cleveland and Wilson administrations. Later associated with the coal and lumber business, he was at one time a teacher in the public schools and secretary of the board of education. Survivors include a daughter, Julia Pilgert, with whom he resided, and a son, Henry P. Pilgert, Jr., Allentown. He also leaves a granddaughter and two sisters, Mrs. William Ketterer and Mrs. Luther Fritch, both of Mertztown.

Rev. Ralph Althouse will conduct services Monday at 2 p.m. in the Schmoyer funeral home, Breinigsville. Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Entombment will be in Wyomissing mausoleum.

Morning Call pg. 5


 Allentown, PA



Ida R.




Topton, June 10 --- Mrs. Ida R. (Pilgert) Romig, 84, widow of Milton Romig, died in Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown. She resided at 1417 Hanover Ave., that city. Born in Longswamp Township, Mrs. Romig was a daughter of the late Reuben and Sally Ann (Schedler) Pilgert. She resided in Allentown the past 10 years and was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Longswamp Church. Surviving are a son, Harry of Shamrock; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Trexler Funeral Home, Allentown. Burial in Longswamp Cemetery.

Reading Eagle


Reading, PA







Isabella, daughter of the late George and Diana (nee Fegely) Pilgert, died of complications at the home of her son-in-law, David Moyer, Shaner street, this place, yesterday, aged 88 years, 1 month and 4 days. Her parents were residents of Mertztown.

Funeral Saturday, Nov. 12, at 12:15 p.m. from the home of her son-in-law. Further services in the Mertztown Lutheran Church at 2:15 p.m. Interment in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. A. M. Weber, of town, and Rev. William Dry, of Mertztown, will officiate. Undertaker J. J. Brown will have charge.

Reading Eagle


Reading Pa.

St. Paul's Cemetery, Mertztown, Berks Co. PA






Mrs. Rebecca Jacobs (nee Pilgert) died at the home of her son-in-law, William Reinert, Alburtis, at the age of 61 years. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. William Reinert, Mrs. Ida Heist, Mrs. Jonas Geist and Miss Victoria Jacobs.

Funeral, Thursday, November 23. Interment at Lehigh Cemetery, Rev. I. Ritter officiating.

Morning Call pg. 1


Allentown Pa



Reuben F.




Mr. Reuben Pilgert died on Sunday evening at 6.30 o'clock at his late home in Shamrock, after a lingering illness with dropsy. He was 70 years, 1 month and 8 days old. He is survived by three children: Mrs. George McKollem, of Allentown; Mrs. Milton Romig, of Shamrock, and Miss Ella, at home. Also one brother and sister survive him: Henry and Mrs. Isabella Bitting, both of Mertztown. His wife preceded him in death 8 years ago.

Funeral will be held on Thursday from his late home to which relatives and friends are respectfully invited without further notice.

Morning Call pg. 8


 Allentown, PA

Mertztown, Longswamp Township, PA


S. Elizabeth




Lizzie McCollum, widow of George McCollum, 711 S. 5th St., died Friday at Allentown hospital. She had been in the hospital since last August and was in her 76th year. She was a daughter of the late Reuben F. and Sallie Ann, nee Schoedler, Pilgret, and was born in Longswamp township. She had been a resident of this city most of her life. A sister, Mrs. Ida Romig of Shamrock, Pa., is the only immediate survivor.

Morning Call, pg. 15


Allentown, PA







Watchman of the L.V. Depot in Phillipsburg, NJ and had died by suffering a stroke. He died at his home at 11:30 o'clock. Soldier in the Mexican War.

Easton Daily Free Press


Easton, PA

Easton Cemetery, Easton, PA






Isaac Pixley Jr., 81 years old, a retired Lehigh Valley Railroad engineer, died last night at his home, 1156 Washington Street, after an illness of two months. Mr. Pixley was born in Easton, a son of the late Isaac & Mary Pixley and lived here his entire life. For 55 years he was employed as a fireman & engineer by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company & was retired on a pension 7 years ago. During the blizzard of 1888 on Wednesday, 14th March, Mr. Pixley was injured in a wreck at 3 Bridges, New Jersey, and lost one of his legs as a result. In an effort to open the tracks of the New Jersey Division, a number of locomotives were sent to the vicinity of 3 Bridges. The snow was piled high and the locomotives experienced considerable trouble. Attached to one of the engines was a train of cars carrying several hundred men who were put to work removing the snow. The first of the quartet of engines was forced from the rails by the snow and the other engines quickly piled up. Theodore Apgar, residing on the South Side, Easton, employed as an engineer and A.J. Bullman of Easton, a conductor were killed. Conrad Derr, an engineer and Isaac Pixley, then employed as a fireman were seriously injured. Derr died several hours later at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. Pixley was caught in the wreck & it was necessary to amputate one of his legs to extricate him. He also was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and recovered. He was badly scalded in the accident. Member of St. Mark's Mr. Pixley's wife, Mrs. Minnie L. Brotzman Pixley, died 3 years ago. He is survived by 5 daughters: Mrs. George Adams, Mrs. Elmer Warman, Mrs. Walter Thomas, Mrs. Mabel Heller and Mrs. Lloyd Rapp; 2 sons William & Samuel Pixley, 1 brother Charles Pixley, all of Easton. 21 grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren. Mr. Pixley was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Reformed Church, Easton Division, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Veterans Association.

Easton Express, pgs. 1 & 17


Easton, PA

Easton Heights Cemetery, Easton, PA


Gordon Walter




Gordon W. Poley Jr., 85, husband of Laura B. (Minninger) Poley, Maxatawney, Berks County, died Friday, in Kutztown Manor, Kutztown. Mr. Poley was born on Feb. 4, 1925, in Limerick, and was a son of the late Gordon W. and Margaret F. (Tyson) Poley. He served in the US Navy during World War II. Mr. Poley was a farmer all of his adult life, in Limerick and Upper Providence, until he retired in 1999. In addition to his wife of 64 years, Mr. Poley is survived by his children, Alan G. Poley, husband of Marie (Woodland), of Strasburg, Gail L., wife of Joseph Owens, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gina L. Weltzin of Quakertown, and June C., wife of Judd Orrell, of Red Hill; his sister, Margaret Lindsay of Cape May, N.J.; his 10 granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ralph Poley and Joyce Weller.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Holcombe Funeral Home Inc., 21 Main St., Trappe, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Peters, pastor, Limerick Chapel, officiating. Burial will be in Limerick Garden of Memories, Limerick. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.




Limerick Garden of Memories, Montgomery Co., PA






Delp, Annie, daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Alderfer) Price, was born at Souderton, Pa., May 11, 1873; died at Souderton, Pa., Dec. 29, 1969; aged 96 y. 7 m. 18 d. On Nov. 10, 1894, she was married to Charles B. Delp, who died Jan. 24, 1947. Surviving are 8 children (Martha-Mrs. Elmer Mitman, Ella May-Mrs. Jerome Horning, Enos, Ellis, Charles, Wilmer, Paul, and Anna Marie-Mrs. Preston Moyer), 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 children (Katie and Preston).

She was a member of the Plains Church, where funeral services were held Jan. 1, with John E. Lapp, Henry P. Yoder, and Wayne N. Kratz officiating.




Plains Mennonite Cemetery


Florence B.




Meyers, Florence B., 88. Born: Apr. 14, 1902, Morwood, Pa., to Warren and Lydia (Boaz) Price. Died: Mar. 19, 1991, Souderton, Pa. Survivors-children: Arlene Gross, G. Merrill; stepson: Harvey Meyers; 5 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren; brother: Clifford Price (resided Ontario, Canada.) Predeceased by Warren H. Swartley (first husband), Abram M. Meyers (second husband).

Funeral and burial: Mar. 23, Souderton Mennonite Church, by Gerald A. Clemmer and Richard C. Detweiler.

Gospel Herald



Souderton Mennonite Cemetery


Pauline P.




Pauline (Price) Pearson lived in Portland, PA. She was a registered nurse who graduated from the Allentown General Hospital School of Nursing in 1925. She was last employed at Warren Haven, Oxford, NJ. She retired in 1969. She was a member of the Portland United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 172, Bangor. She received her 50 year pin in 1978. Pauline died at the age of 78.

The Express, pg. A-12


Easton, PA

Centerville Cemetery, Stone Church, Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA


Donna K




Mrs. Donna K. Brunner; 29; killed Thursday, automobile accident, Maxatawny Township, Berks County; wife of Rodney P. Brunner, Kutztown; worked in bindery department, Kutztown Publishing Co.; born Allentown; daughter of Neil W. F. & Joyce M. (Sechler) Printz, Topton; member, St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown. Survivors: husband; parents; brother, Dennis N., Topton; sister, Debra A., wife of Kenneth Wagner, Alburtis; paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. George Kroninger, Kutztown. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, 346 W. Main St., Kutztown.

Morning Call pg. W-98


Allentown Pa



Paul S.




Paul S. Printz; 58; 158 E. Main St., Kutztown; died unexpectedly yesterday, Kempton R. 2, as he & son John C. were dragging an antlerless deer that Paul shot; born Rockland Township; son of the late Frank & Ada (Seyler) Printz; owner-operator, Scheidt & Printz Plumbing & Heating, Kutztown; member, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Kutztown. Survivors: widow, Maude E. (Merkel) Printz; sons, John C., Kempton R. 1; Neil W. F., Topton; sisters, Mrs. Edith Feinour, Allentown; Mrs. Edna Wagonseller, Laureldale; Sadie, wife of Thomas Drobek, Reading; Annie, wife of John Bieber, Kutztown; brother, John S., Fleetwood; 4 grandchildren.

Fritz & Kendall Funeral Home, Kutztown.

Morning Call pg.26


Allentown, PA



Walter B.




Walter B. Purdy, 72, of 35 Seventh St., Tatamy, died Saturday in Easton Hospital, where he was a patient since May. He was associated with automobile sales all his life, starting as a salesman with Kendall Ewan, formerly of Easton & then becoming sales manager of Robert Moyer Chevrolet & Hampton Chevrolet, both of Easton. He was a salesman for Gorham Chevrolet, Easton, & retired 10 years ago from Solt Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, Inc., Nazareth. Born in Easton on Sept. 19,1905, he was a son of the late Walter Scott & Laura Beam Purdy. He was a member of the Bushkill Rod &Gun Club, and pioneered many years ago for environmental cleanup of the Bushkill Creek. Many years ago, he was the campaign manager for Robert Moyer, Easton candidate for mayor. Surviving are his wife, the former Ada Kessler; 1 daughter, Dorothy of Bethlehem; 2 brothers, Blaine H., of Denver, Colo., and J. Albert of Easton; and a sister, Mrs. Walter Butz, Belfast.

Services will be held at 11a.m. tomorrow in the Ashton Funeral Home, Easton, Interment will be in Easton Cemetery.

The Express, page 20


Easton, PA

Easton Cemetery, Easton, PA


Ellis R.




Ellis R. Pysher Sr., 67, of 19A Mauch Chunk St., Nazareth, died Monday in Lebanon Veterans Hospital, Lebanon County. He was the husband of Arlene (Meixsell) Pysher. They observed their 33rd wedding anniversary in June. He was a bartender at American Legion Post 415, Nazareth, for 11 years before retiring in 1979. He also worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. and UGI, Bethlehem. Born in Palmer Township, he was a son of Marion (Buss) Pysher of Palmer Township and the late Raymond Pysher. An Army veteran of World War II, Pysher was a past commander of American Legion Post 611, Easton. He was Northampton County commander of the 30th District of the American Legion in 1974, and deputy commander in 1974 and 1975. Survivors: Wife and mother; sons, Ellis R. Jr. of Nazareth and Kevin of Bushkill Township; daughters, Alice Sterner of Bushkill Township and Lorraine Ashenfelder of Pen Argyl; brother Wayne of New York state, and seven grandchildren.

Military services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Schmidt Mortuary, 407 Belvidere St., Nazareth. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Morning Call pg. B-4



Hays Cemetery, South Easton, Northampton Co., PA


Robert Henry




ROBERT H. PYSHER Robert H. Pysher, 43, of 615 Chestnut St., Bangor, died Saturday in Allentown General Hospital, where he was a medical patient since Thursday. He had been ill a long time. Born in Forks Township, he was a son of Mrs. Marian Buss Pysher, Easton, and the late Raymond E. Pysher. He was employed by the Blue Ridge Textile Co., Bangor. He was a member of the Textile Workers Union 1445 and St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Plainfield. Survivors include his widow, the former Arlene Ruch; two sons, Barry and Dean, at home; a sister, Mrs. James Shuman Sr., Bangor R.D. 1, and two brothers, Ellis, Nazareth, and Wayne, Germansville, PA.

The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hough Home for Funerals, Bangor. Interment will be in Plainfield Cemetery.

The Express pg. 37


Easton Pa.

Plainfield Cemetery, Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., PA

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