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March 19, 2014


Mary Fidler Coplay, PA, March 5, 2014
Theresa Straus North Branford, CT, March 1, 2014
Eric Unger Barnegat, NJ, February 19, 2014
Anna Korpics Mullica Hill, NJ, February 8, 2014
Gizella Szendrey Valley Stream, NY, January 17, 2014
Justine Schwartz Whitehall, PAa, January 17, 2014
Julius Kroboth Old Tappan, NJ, January 14, 2014
Anna Chaban Clifton, NJ, January 12, 2014
Maria Ehritz Bethlehem, PA, January 9, 2014
Paul Michtics Hamilton, Canada, January 1, 2014
Ann Smith Chicago, IL, December 31, 2013
Josefin Eddings Bountiful, UT, December 24, 2013
Ida Degen New York, NY, December 20, 2013
Otmar Zambo Edmonton, Canada, December 18, 2013
Frieda Nikischer Allentown, PA, December 14, 2013
Carl Eisler Kenosha, WI, December 10, 2013
George Skrapits Northampton, PA, December 9, 2013
Charles Petti Chicago, IL, December 2, 2013
Irma Jarrett Coopersburg, PA, November 30, 2013
Vitus Stangl Dumont, NJ, November 30, 2013
Rose Radostits Downer's Grove, IL, November 5, 2013
Gisela Urban Allentown, PA, October 23, 2013
Theresia Menconi Clifton, NJ, October 12, 2013
Walter Tanczos New Paltz, NY, September 22, 2013
Bela Matzer Melbourne, FL, September 14, 2013
Louis Paukovits Audubon, PA, September 12, 2013
Gisela Herrmann Allentown, PA, September 4, 2013
Frank Marx Whitehall, PA, August 26, 2013
Mary Poandl Northampton, PA, August 11, 2013
Bertha Bernatt Northampton, PA, August 10, 2013
Joseph Unger Allentown, PA, June,10, 2013
Willibald Maier Newtown, NJ, June 8, 2013
Rudolf Schummel Hamilton, NJ, June 6, 2013
Karl Zankl Regina, Canada, June 4, 2013
Agnes Kositz Nazareth, PA, June 4, 2013
Rosa Peace Poughkeepsie, NY, June 3, 2013
John Rauchwarter Edmonton, Canada, May 30, 2013
Karl Varga Niles, IL, May 17, 2013
Stephen Steiger Northampton, PA, May 6, 2013
Eve Matthews Sonoma, CA, May 5, 2013
Helen Kurcz Buffalo, NY, April 22, 2013
Anna Potetz New Britain, CT, April 11, 2013
Gisela Weber Cassapolis, MI, April 10, 2013
Theresa Mary Strom Perth Amboy, NJ, March 29, 2013
Agnes Schneider Murfreesboro, TN, March 26, 2013
Gisela Hirmann Clifton, NJ, March 24, 2013
Theresa Zotter Toronto, Canada, March 7, 2013
Mary Waldvogel South Bend, IN, February 25, 2013
Cecelia Sauer Bethlehem, PA, February 18, 2013
Fredrick Schoeck Westvale, NY, February 14, 2013
Angela Kessler Montauk, NY, February 9, 2013
Maria Woppel Sparta, NJ, February 7, 2013
Johanna Knaus Southington, CT, February 5, 2013
Pauline Deutsch Brick, NJ, January 31, 2013
Elizabeth Klatt Stillwater, MN, January 24, 2013
Rev. Eric Gritsch Gettysburg, PA, January 22, 2013
Elizabeth Sturm Pelham, NY, January 13, 2013
Gisella Fiedler Hellertown, PA, January 10, 2013
Agnes Gerger Stowe Township, PA, January 4, 2013
Margaret Gessitz Newton, NJ, January 3, 2013
Romana Gill White Rock, BC, Canada, January 3, 2013
Henrietta Millner Camarillo, CA, December 28, 2012
Wilhelm Augustin Fort Mill, SC, December 15, 2012
Sofia Beruscha Gibsonburg, OH, December 13, 2012
Hubert Kaiser Denton, TX, December 10, 2012
Annina Mitchell Green Valley, AZ, December 9, 2012
Maria Strini Whitehall, PA, December 3, 2012
Alphonz Szoldatits Allentown, PA, December 1, 2012
Wilhelm Fiedler Toledo, OH, November 21, 2012
Rudolph Schuster Limeport, PA, November 20, 2012
Rose Schanter Gardiner, NY, November 10, 2012
Theresa Engelhard Holmes, NY, November 9, 2012
Maria Hollendonner New Hope, PA, November 7, 2012
Frank Forjan Circleville, NY, November 6, 2012
Helen Racz Highland, NY, October 30, 2012
Theresa Wilfinger Allentown, PA, October 20, 2012
Irma McMillen Pontiac, MI, October 20, 2012
Joseph Domitrovits New Paltz, NY, September 29, 2012
Johanna Stamler Passaic, NJ, September 22, 2012
Edmund Malits Columbus, OH, September 17, 2012
Anna Csencsits Passaic Park, NJ, September 16, 2012
Gottfried Jandrasits Lebanon, PA, September 15, 2012
John Milisits Nazareth, PA, September 5, 2012
Theresia Kody Vernon, NJ, August 10, 2012
Joseph Garger New York, NY, July 23, 2012
Karl Trinkl Deltona, FL, June 27, 2012
Stephen Geosits Hellertown, PA, June 18, 2012
Maria Schweitzer Chicago, IL, June 16, 2012
Frank Wagner Norton Shores, MI, June 4, 2012
Camilla Dulmovitz Bethlehem, PA, May 12, 2012
Emilie Bendekovits Roseto, PA, April 26, 2012
Conrad Zwik Barrington, IL, April 18, 2012
Marie Eberhardt Bethlehem, PA, April 13, 2012
Josephine Lorch Meriden, CT, April 6, 2012
Hilda Dyer Bordentown, NJ, April 5, 2012
Katharine Sendek Clinton Township, MI, April 1, 2012
Anna Gaal Kennedy Township, PA, March 26, 2012
Gerhard Huber Leesville, SC, March 22, 2012
Frida Koch Bridgeport, CT, March 20, 2012
Anna Fleischmann Sedalia, MO, March 19, 2012
Pauline Rizzotto Allentown, PA, March 19, 2012
Margaret Bakan Westfield, NJ, March 10, 2012
John Urbauer Willow Springs, IL, March 7, 2012
Theresa Kastelberger Montreal, Canada, March 2, 2012
Gustav Göllisz Middle Village, NY, February 27, 2012
Frank Schweitzer Bethlehem, PA, February 24, 2012
Anna T. Mayer Freehold Township, NJ, February 12, 2012
Joseph Zinter Jr. Brewster, NY, February 11, 2012
Margaret Hanzl Clifton, NJ, February 6, 2012
Stefan Unger Warren, MI, February 2, 2012
Rose Recker Northampton, PA, January 31, 2012
John Neubauer The Villages, FL, January 16, 2012
Gottlieb Burits Rockledge, PA, January 9, 2012
Frank Szerensits Coplay, PA, January 8, 2012
Simon Rajkovac Northampton, PA, January 3, 2012
Hilda Dreisbach Northampton, PA, December 17, 2011
Pauline Billisitz South Bend, IN, December 15, 2011
Edward Klepeis Rosendale, NY, December 12, 2011
Marie Ann Cole Frederick, MD,. December 10, 2011
Frieda Neubauer Catasauqua, PA, December 6, 2011
Helen Toth Vineland, NJ, November 28, 2011
Katherine Conner Belleville, IL, November 11, 2011
Josephine Charamut New Britain, CT, November 5, 2011
Lester Mogdics Ravenna, MI, October 14, 2011
Carl Wagner Vocaville, CA, October 15, 2011
Anna Schatz Conshohocken, PA, October 11, 2011
Frank Schrey Neshanic Station, NJ, September 24, 2011
Stefan Bendekovits Northampton, PA, September 21, 2011
Werner Hollendonner Trenton, NJ, August 19, 2011
Gisela Simitz Coplay, PA, August 19, 2011
John Stangl Whitehall, PA, June 30, 2011
Julianna Dobitsch Bergenfield, NJ, June 26, 2011
Sister Rose Lechner Reading, PA, June 15, 2011
John Fandl Northampton, PA, May 30, 2011
Anton Spitzer Northampton, PA, April 8, 2011
August Goldschmidt Allentown, PA, April 23, 2011
William Schroettner Bethlehem, PA, March 17, 2011
Mary Scheffler Northampton, PA, February 9, 2011
Stella Beehrle Whitehall, PA, February 5, 2011
Karl Reichstadter Lehighton, PA, January 13, 2011
Rosalia Neumüller Lake Villa, IL, January 8, 2011
Martha Rambeck Coplay, PA, December 16, 2010
Robert Mayer Allentown, PA, December 1, 2010
Frank Dergosits Whitehall, PA, October 23, 2010
Albert Stanko Whitehall, PA, October 18, 2010
Frank Kahr Allentown, PA, October 1, 2010
Bertha Hanisits Whitehall, PA, September 19, 2010
Joseph Marakovits Stockerton, PA, Sept. 16, 2010
Hilda Gratzer Woodside, NY, Sept. 1, 2010
Sigmund Ehritz Allentown, PA, Aug. 3, 2010
John Woppel Chicago, IL, June 6, 2010
Theresa Marakovits Nazareth, PA, May 31, 2010
Mary Tamedl New York, NY, May 10, 2010
Joseph Wolfer Northampton, PA, April 25, 2010
Emil Ritter Nazareth, PA, April 15, 2010
Stephen Deutsch Scarsdale, NY, April 8, 2010
Mary C. Legath Coplay, PA, April 1, 2010
Steve Ribarits Jolliet, IL, March 25, 2010
Ernest Jandersit Kenilworth, NJ, Mar 16, 2010
Wilhelm Jelosits Bronx, NY, Mar 15, 2010
Marie Loome Portland, OR, Feb 2, 2010
Stefan Garger Bethpage, NY, Jan 30, 2010
Hedwig Lynche Brick, NJ, Jan 4, 2010
Rev. Ladislaus Parker Orange, CA, Jan 3, 2010
Paul Tuifel New York, NY, Dec 12, 2009
Anton Stangl Allentown, PA, Nov 14, 2009
William Dax Allentown, PA, Oct 25, 2009
Erna Dax Allentown, PA, Oct 28, 2009
Helen Kaminsky Cooperstown, NY, June 26, 2009
Erma Weisel Allentown, PA, June 5, 2009
Anna Procanyn Coplay, PA, June 3, 2009
Frieda Iacone Easton, PA, May 17, 2009
Alfred Trinkle Covington, LA, May 14, 2009
Martin Csencsits Northampton, PA, May 10, 2009
Walter Pomper Flowery Branch, GA, April 6, 2009
Ernest Luisser Allentown, PA, Mar. 11, 2009
Herman Drauch Allentown, PA, Feb. 19, 2009
Maria Paukovits Clifton, NJ, Feb. 2, 2009
Mary Groller Allentown, PA, Jan. 28, 2009
Theresa Schlager Coplay, PA, Jan. 19, 2009
Joseph Weber Coplay, PA, Jan. 15, 2009
Mary Milisits Northampton, PA, Dec. 31, 2008
Frank Garger Northampton, PA, Jan. 1, 2009
Anna Mohr Coplay, PA, Dec. 29, 2008
Irma Trabel Fountain Hill, PA, Oct. 15, 2008
Martha Pollinger Allentown, PA, Oct. 29, 2008
Edward Frisch Allentown, PA, Oct. 27, 2008
Berta Zwickel Whitehall, PA, Aug. 27, 2008
Anna (Pendl) Temmel Nazareth, PA, Aug. 17, 2008
Hermine Bodisch Traupman New York, NY, Aug. 12, 2008
Gisela (Stella) Binder Pearl River, NY, September 4, 2007
Margaret W. Hussar Willow Street & Allentown, PA, May 2, 2008
Hermine "Minnie" Keglovitz Nazareth, PA, April 22, 2008
Emil C. Simitz Coplay, PA, April 18, 2008
Felix S. Schuch Nazareth, PA, April 5, 2008
Mary Remsing Nazareth & Bath, PA, March 28, 2008
Szabina Weber Northampton, PA, March 15, 2008
Hermina "Minnie" Stengel Allentown, PA, March 12, 2008
Irma Best Whitehall, PA, March 8, 2008
Martha Schmidt Allentown, PA, March 6, 2008
Karl Lang Allentown, PA, February 11, 2008
Bertha Szoke Lehighton, PA, January 11, 2008
Hermine "Kitty" Donschietz Allentown, PA, November 17, 2007
Josephine Schmidt Allentown, PA, Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Angela Matika Hokendauqua (Whitehall), PA, October 7, 2007
Josefa "Josephine" Walthier Illinois, Sep, 2007
Theresa Demidont Allentown, PA, Sept. 24, 2007
Mary T. Richter Allentown, PA, August 24, 2007
Frank J. Hacker Coplay, PA, August 21, 2007
Ferdinand J. "Fred" Györy Whitehall & Allentown, PA, August 12, 2007
Frances (Bleich) DeCocq South Bend, IN, July 18, 2007
Lena Iwantsch Whitehall, North Catasauqua & Allentown, PA, June 4, 2007
Agnes (nee Ifkovits) Szerencsits Clifton, NJ, May 24, 2007
Mary Legath Clifton, NJ, "Saturday"
Julius "Jay" Koch Brooklyn, NY, March 19, 2007
Alfred "Fred" Berner Sr. Catasauqua, PA, Feb. 23, 2007
Ignaz "Iggy" M. Keglovits Coplay, PA, Jan. 20, 2007
Father Joseph W. Gaspar, M.S.C. Sacred Heart Villa, January, 2007

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Mary Fidler

Mary A. Fidler, 89, of Coplay, Pennsylvania, passed away March 5, 2104 at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown.

She was married to the late Julius F. Fidler for 61 years.

Born in Allentown and raised in Rehgraben, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Andreas and Maria (Miksits) Wallusch.

She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Sons, Dennis C. and his wife, Joanne, of Allentown, Julius W. and his companion, Sharon Silfies, of Whitehall; grandchildren, Jessica, Stacey, Kevin, Kyle; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Justin; sister, Theresa Lyons of N. Carolina. She was predeceased by a sister, Gisela Kosek; and a brother, Andrew Wallusch.

Services: 10 a.m., Monday, March 10, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home (haukefuneralhome.com), 327 Chestnut St., Coplay followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., St. Peters Catholic Church, Coplay. Viewing from 9 to 10 a.m., Monday, in the funeral home. Interment parish cemetery, Whitehall.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to the church c/o the funeral home, 18037.

Published in Morning Call on Mar. 6, 2014

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Theresa Straus



Theresa Straus (née Berghold), 93, of North Branford, Connecticut, passed away March 1, 2014, at Connecticut Hospice. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Straus,

Born in Poppendorf, Austria on May 7, 1920, Theresa was a daughter of the late Frank and Julia (Wagner) Berghold.

She worked for many years for Silly Putty in North Branford until retiring.

She was a member of the North Branford Congregational Church for many years and an avid Yankees fan.

She is survived by her son, Robert Straus of North Branford; her daughter, Alice Straus of San Francisco; her granddaughter, Julie Straus; and her great grandchildren, Dillon and Ryan.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the North Branford Congregational Church. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.keenanfuneralhome.com

Published in The New Haven Register on Mar. 5, 2014

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Eric Unger



Eric Unger, 76, of Barnegat, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Born in Pornóapáti (Pernau), Hungary, he came to the United States in 1957 and lived in Clifton, Garfield, and Saddle Brook before moving to Barnegat 8 years ago.

He was a welder for the Falstrom Company in Passaic for over 45 years retiring in 1999.

He was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church, Garfield, and was a former member of the Sports Friends Soccer Club in Passaic.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Europe.

Eric was the beloved husband of Anna (née Scheffler), devoted father of Robert Unger of Wayne, Stephen Unger, and his wife Megan, of Warwick, NY, and Kathy Dzwilewski, and her husband David, of Saddle Brook, loving grandfather of six grandchildren, dear brother of Mary Rokicki of Clifton, Helen Schmalzel in Hungary, and the late Emil Unger.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Monday, 9:30 AM, from the Kamienski Funeral Home, 207 Ray Street, Garfield, and 10 AM at St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church, Garfield. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook. Visiting Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Visit kamienskifuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Feb. 22, 2014

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Anna Korpics



Eric Unger, 76, of Barnegat, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Born in Pornóapáti (Pernau), Hungary, he came to the United States in 1957 and lived in Clifton, Garfield, and Saddle Brook before moving to Barnegat 8 years ago.

He was a welder for the Falstrom Company in Passaic for over 45 years retiring in 1999.

He was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church, Garfield, and was a former member of the Sports Friends Soccer Club in Passaic.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Europe.

Eric was the beloved husband of Anna (née Scheffler), devoted father of Robert Unger of Wayne, Stephen Unger, and his wife Megan, of Warwick, NY, and Kathy Dzwilewski, and her husband David, of Saddle Brook, loving grandfather of six grandchildren, dear brother of Mary Rokicki of Clifton, Helen Schmalzel in Hungary, and the late Emil Unger.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Monday, 9:30 AM, from the Kamienski Funeral Home, 207 Ray Street, Garfield, and 10 AM at St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church, Garfield. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Saddle Brook. Visiting Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Visit kamienskifuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Feb. 22, 2014

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Anna Korpics



Anna Korpics (née Doncsecz), 80, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, passed away on Feb. 8, 2014, at home. She was the beloved wife of Stephen Korpics for 59 years.

A daughter of the late Frank and Anna (Gaspar) Doncsecz, Anna was born in Rábatótfalu (Slovenska ves/Windischdorf), Hungary, and came to the US in 1958 after living in London, England for 1 1/2 years.

She worked at Regina Corporation for 20 years.

Survivors: husband, Stephen; son, Frank (Diane) of Hamilton Twp.; grandchildren, Matthew and Lauren; siblings, Joseph Doncsecz of Lehighton, PA, Margaret and Eddie Doncsecz of Hungary.

Anna was also predeceased by a son, Stephen Korpics, and a brother, Frank Doncsecz.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Wed., Feb. 12 from 10:30 - 11:45 AM at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 17 Earlington Ave., Mullica Hill, where Mass will be celebrated at 12 Noon. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Swedesboro. Thoughts and prayers may be extended to the family at www.FERTIGFUNERALHOME.com

Published in South Jersey Times on Feb. 11, 2014

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Gizella Szendrey



Gizella Szendrey (née Jurasits), 83, of Valley Stream, New York, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014.

She was born in Szentpéterfa (Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Hungary.

She is survived by her son William Szendrey and his wife Susan; her daughter Patricia Szendrey; her son James Szendrey; her five grandchildren, Will, Katy, Kristen, Robert and Michael; her former daughter-in-law Joan; her two sisters Martha Hunter and Betty Yurasits.

Visitation: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Edward F. Lieber Funeral Home, 266 N. Central Avenue in Valley Stream New York. (516) 825-2900. Funeral Mass: Friday, January 24, 2014, 9:30 am at Saint Vincent de Paul Church, 1500 Depaul Street in Elmont, New York. (516) 352-2127. Interment: Friday, January 24, 2014 in Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Avenue in Farmingdale, New York. (631) 454-4949

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Justine Schwartz



Justine Schwartz, 95, of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at Lehigh Valley Hospital on January 17, 2014.

Born in Kleinpetersdorf, Austria, on January 5, 1919, she was the daughter of Karl and Theresia (Herics) Schubits and youngest sister to Theresa, Mary, and Stella.

Justine was predeceased by her husband, Stephen Schwartz. They were married for 64 years at the time of his death in 2003.

Justine loved her garden where she continued to grow her vegetables until the age of 92. Always in her kitchen, she baked the best kipfels and served traditional Austrian dishes. She enjoyed crocheting and made blankets for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She worked for the family business, Schwartz Heating & Plumbing, Inc., for many years.

Justine was a devoted parishioner of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church.

Survivors: Justine will be lovingly remembered and missed by her son, Phillip, and his wife, Marilyn; granddaughters, Kimberly, wife of James Berkowitz, Melissa, wife of Martin OHara, Jennifer, wife of Christopher Peluso, Elizabeth, wife of Eric Stano; and grandson, Phillip. She loved her 14 great-grandchildren, Jack, Alexa, Alaina, Peyton, Bec, Donovan, Phoebe, Serafina, Gianina, Luca, Viviana, Lucianna, Natalia, and Anthony, and they will miss their great-grammy.

Services: Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall. Viewing will be held from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, at Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton Street, Allentown, and noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, before Mass. www.weberfuneralhomes.com.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carmelite Nuns of Allentown Saint Thereses Valley, 3551 Lanark Road, Coopersburg, PA 18036.

Published in Morning Call on Jan. 19, 2014

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Julius Kroboth



Julius Ludwig Kroboth, 98, of Old Tappan, New Jersey, formerly a 53 year resident of Palisades Park, passed away peacefully January 14, 2014 at Sunrise of Old Tappan.

Born in Stiles, Pennsylvania to Adolf and Helen (Garay) Kroboth of Güssing (Burgenland), Austria, he spent his youth in Burgenland and returned to US at the age of 21.

He was a founding member of Brüderschaft der Burgenländer, an Austrian-American cultural organization formed in New York in 1937.

In the early 1940s, he worked in NYC's shipyards and married Helen Feibel in 1942 in the Bronx, NY.

He served in WW II South Pacific Theater with US Navy Seabees 92nd Construction Battalion from 1943-1945. After WW II, he worked in the sheet metal industry in NY and NJ until retirement.

He lived in Palisades Park, NJ from 1952 to 2005 and was active in local Senior Citizen clubs and the Hasbrouck Heights Elks Club with his wife Helen.

He was an avid photographer who travelled widely, was also an expert woodworker, gardener and craftsman. He was especially fond of making stained glass angels which he gave as gifts. Julius also enjoyed playing the mandolin and harmonica.

He was a loving father, helpful friend and neighbor to many.

He was predeceased by wife Helen in 2009 and eleven siblings in Hungary, Austria and the US.

He is survived by his son, Richard Kroboth and his wife Kathy of Washington Township, NJ; his daughter Rev. Janet Kroboth-Weber and her husband Peter of Nanuet, NY, and numerous nieces and nephews around the world.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew's Church, Westwood, NJ on Saturday 10:30 AM. The interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ at 11:45 AM with military honors.

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Anna Chaban



Anna Chaban (née Wagner), 85, of Clifton, New Jersey, passed away on January 12, 2014.

Born in Unterbildein, Austria, she came to the US in 1955 and lived in Passaic before moving to Clifton in 1962.

A long-time resident of Evergreen Manor in Clifton, Anna worked for Plantronic Seals of Clifton for more than 20 years, retiring in 1993.
She was the beloved mother of Michael Chaban and his husband AJ Pietrantone of NYC, and Irene Duncan of Hopatcong; loving Oma of Billy, Mark and Heidi; dear sister of Stefan Wagner of Austria.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5-7 PM at the Shook Funeral Home, 639 Van Houten Ave., Clifton (www.ShookFH.com). Cremation was private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Meals On Wheels Association of America, 413 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 (www.mowaa.org) in memory of Anna.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Jan. 14, 2014

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Maria Ehritz



Maria Ehritz, 86, formerly of Bethlehem Township, PA, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Gracedale, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Otto Ehritz, who died April 1, 1978.

Born February 9, 1927, in Jennersdorf, Austria, she was a daughter of the late August and Theresia (Ludwan) Müller.

She and her husband owned and operated the former Otto's Cafe, Wilson Borough, for thirty years.

Maria enjoyed spending time with family and friends, her dog and her family's dogs, knitting, traveling, cooking and taking care of her home.

She was member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church.

Survivors: Two daughters, Eileen C. Sales and her husband David, of Bethlehem Township, PA and Rosemarie A. Thomas and her husband Walter C. III, of Palmer Township. She was predeceased by five brothers and a sister.

Services: 10 a.m. Monday from the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton Street, Wilson Borough, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am in St. Jane's Catholic Church, 4049 Hartley Avenue, Palmer Township. Call Monday 9 -10 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine.

Offer on-line condolences at www.strunkfh.com.

Memorials: May be made to the Center for Animal Health & Welfare, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton, PA 18042.

Published in The Express Times from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2014

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Paul Michtics



Reluctantly after a valiant struggle, Paul Michtics, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, passed away at Emmanuel House on January 1, 2014 surrounded by his adoring family after his last New Years' Eve party.

Paul was born in Kópháza, Hungary on June 22, 1926.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Ann (nee Soltesz), to whom he was married for 56 years; loyal and loving children Linda (Domenic Pellegrini), Liza (George Zefkic), Paul (Carol) and Peter (Columba); grandchildren Katrina, Victoria, Christina, Danielle, Sydney, Andie, Lucas, Ryan, Kade and Kian; nephew István Szakacs in Sopron, Hungary; brothers- and sisters-in-law Bill and Shirley Soltesz, Jeannette and Murray Mazza and Rosemary and Michael Tratch.

Paul enjoyed sharing conversation, laughter and wine with his immediate and extended family together at the cottage and other family celebrations.

Visitation will be held at MARKEY DERMODY FUNERAL HOME 1774 King Street East (at Kenilworth) on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers at 3:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 200 Mount Albion Road on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of the Angels Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations in memory of Paul may be made to the Good Shepherd (Emmanuel House) so that they may continue to do their beautiful work.

"His numerous visits to the casino never yielded the big windfall, but he won in the lottery of life."

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Ann Smith



Ann M. Smith, of Chicago, Illinois, died December 31, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of the late William Joseph Smith.

Born in Mischendorf, Austria. she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Theresa (Sagmeister) Sagmeister.

Survivors: daughters, Pamela (Daniel) Klick & Karen Smith; grandchildren, David Klick, Michael Klick, Brian (Kathleen) Klick, Mark Klick, & Laura Klick; many nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Cecelia Sagmeister & Theresa (Erwin) Schleser.

Services: funeral Friday, 10:15 a.m., from Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th, Oak Lawn. To St. Linus Church for Mass at 11 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation Friday, 8:30 a.m. until the time of prayer.

Contributions: in lieu of flowers, memorials to Bethshan Association, 12927 S. Monitor, Palos Heights, IL 60436 would be greatly appreciated. www.thompsonkuensterfuneralhome.com 708-425-0500.

Published in Chicago Tribune on Jan. 2, 2014

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Josefin Eddings



Josefin Eddings, 78, of Bountiful, Utah, passed away on December 24, 2013 after suffering a stroke.

Josefin was born March 15, 1935 in the small village of Lindgraben in Burgenland, Austria, daughter of Alois and Maria Kreiner.

She learned to work hard from a very early age while living in a small peasant village, where everything had to be grown or made by hand.

As a young woman she obtained a domestic position with a family in the city of Vienna, and it was in that city where she met her future husband, G. Franklin Eddings, who was serving in the U.S. Army at that time.

After a brief chance meeting in Vienna, and an extended courtship by mail, they were wed on December 18, 1956 in Baden, Austria, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Dec. 11, 1958. The young couple established their first home in Salt Lake City, Utah and shortly thereafter moved to Bountiful where they have resided for the past 53 years.

Josefin was an example of hard work and service to others throughout her life. She never thought of herself and was always "moving" as her husband would say. She liked to be busy and was always working in the yard, cooking, gardening or doing things for her husband, family members, friends and neighbors. She helped her music teacher husband in the family business by providing piano lessons to beginning students. Her inexhaustible patience was invaluable in helping young children discover the joy of music.

Raised in the Catholic church, she became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints soon after moving to Utah, and served in many positions over the years. She could always be counted on to provide service to others who were in need, and her faith was very important to her. Her spiritual strength was a great example to her family and to all who knew her. She was always kind in word and in deed, and was beloved by all.

She is survived by her husband, G. Franklin Eddings; her three sisters, Anna Köck, Petronell, Austria; Erni Laussegger (Alfred), Oberwaltersdorf, Austria; Resi Gugler (Herbert), Lindgraben, Austria; her seven children, Arnold Eddings (Debbie), North Salt Lake; Sonja Brown (Lowell), Northridge, CA; Eric Eddings (Julie), Centerville; Roy Eddings, Logan; Calvin Eddings (Kristene), Bountiful; Xiomara Eddings, Atlanta, GA; Mark Eddings (Sarajane), Knoxville, TN, her 19 grandchildren and 12 great ­grandchildren.

Family requests no floral tributes, but suggests contributions to the Perpetual Education Fund, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.

Graveside services were held December 26, 2013 at the Bountiful City Cemetery, and a memorial service was held December 26, 2013 at the LDS Chapel at 1250 South Main, Bountiful, Utah.

Published in Deseret News on Dec. 28, 2013

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Ida Degen



Ida Degen, 87, of Reno, Nevada, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2013 to reunite in heaven with Helmuth, her husband of 52 years.

Born on January 22, 1926, Ida spent her early childhood on a farm in Tobaj, Austria. Her parents emigrated to the US with her older brother, leaving the youngest two children with grandparents.

At 16, with WW2 already in progress, she made her way independently to Nuremberg where she worked with the Red Cross and others until she was able to rejoin her mother in NYC after the war. Shortly after her arrival, she met her soul-mate and they married a year later.

During much of their marriage, the couple owned and operated a deli near Yankee Stadium.

Ida was a wonderful cook and a fabulous mother to their two children. Though her growing-up years were quite challenging, she developed a very sweet and loving disposition. She cherished all forms of nature, particularly animals, and pets were always part of her life.

Ballroom dancing and music were passions and she had a strong soprano voice, delighting many as part of her Lutheran church choir and a host of singing clubs.

And she gifted her handiwork to those she loved through the many afghans she crocheted to grace their homes.

Ida relocated from New York to Los Angeles in 2001 when her husband died, and she moved to Reno in 2006, both times following her daughter.

Her family and friends will sorely miss her.

She is survived by her son Carl (Nancy) Degen, daughter Lillian (Steve) Frank, granddaughters Amy (Gene) Broughman and Laurie (Kev) Jarjokian, and great grandson Tyler Jarjokian.

Her cremains will be buried at Calverton VA Cemetery in New York, beside her husband. A memorial service will take place on December 30 at 1 p.m. at Five Star Premier Residence at 3201 Plumas Street. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Five Star Premier Residence, Gentiva Hospice, and Dr. Jeffrey Gingold for their extraordinary care and compassion.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2013

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Otmar Zambo



Otmar Zambo, 79, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, passed away on December 18, 2013.

He was born on April 14, 1934 in Kukmirn, Austria.

Otmar leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 45 years, Elly; his stepdaughter Ursula (Erwin); his grandchildren, Emily (Dustin), Cynthia (Mike) and David; four great- grandchildren, Daniel, Lydia, Matthew and Gabriella; his brothers, Eduard (Cathy) and Herwig (Jocelyne); and four nephews, Gary, Christopher, Mark and Gregory.

Otmar was an avid outdoorsman. He loved nature, especially camping, fishing and bird watching. Otmar also enjoyed his work, especially his years at Zam-Bros Auto working alongside his brother, Eddy. Family and friends were extremely important to him; his kindness and generosity will be long remembered.

A memorial gathering for Otmar will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home located south of Wye Road on Range Road 232 in Sherwood Park.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute (Alberta Cancer Foundation) or the charity of one's choice.

To send condolences or to share a memory, tribute or photo, please visit www.glenwoodmemorial.com.

Published in The Edmonton Journal on Dec. 21, 2013

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Frieda Nikischer



Frieda Nikischer, 87, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, passed away Dec. 14, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp.

She was the wife of the late Edward Nikischer until his death in 1976.

Born in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch), Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Gisela (Gollinger) Stanko.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown.

She was a seamstress at Sondra Manufacturing for many years.

Frieda was a member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society Ladies Auxiliary.

She enjoyed baking, gardening, and especially, spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors: Daughters, Paula Bencik and Deborah, wife of Scott Yandle; Stepson, Hans Nikischer; Sisters, Paula and Cecilia; Grandchildren; Taylor and Nathan Yandle; step granddaughters, Erica and Jennifer; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Frieda was predeceased by three sisters, Annette, Bertha, and Stella and four brothers, Joseph, Albert, Edward, and Frank.

Services: 10 a.m., Wed., Dec. 18, 2013 at Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA. Visitation: 8:30 a.m., Wed., until time of services at the funeral home. (www.weberfuneralhomes.com).

Contributions: May be made in her name to the American Lung Assoc ., 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, #800, Wash., D.C., 20004.

Published in Morning Call on Dec. 16, 2013

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Carl Eisler



Carl J. Eisler, 91, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at United Hospital System-Kenosha Campus.

Carl was born on July 3, 1922, in Neudörfl, Austria, the son of the late Karl and Rosalia (Eckhardt) Eisler.

He was educated in the schools of Waukegan.

He married Agnes Pekkala on April 6, 1948, in Herman, Mich.

He was a member of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1940 to 1946.

He was employed as a service engineer for American Can Co. for 40 years.

His hobbies included golfing, woodworking, painting and drawing, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes Eisler of Kenosha; children, Carl (Donna) Eisler Jr, of Tustin, Calif., Kathryn (Donald) Gemig of Kenosha; grandchildren, Julia Beals and Melissa (Brian) Steinseifer; and a great grandson, Milo.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Theresa and Rose.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Kenosha Funeral Services from 1 - 3 p.m. with memorial services to follow at 3 p.m. Private burial will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, Wis.

A special thanks to the staff at Brookside Care Center for the exceptional care given to Carl.

Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Dec. 11, 2013

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George Skrapits



George Skrapits, 81, of Northampton, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 9, 2013, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

George and his wife Goldie M. (Rajkovac) Skrapits celebrated 56 years of marriage on March 3rd.

Born April 22, 1932 in Szentpéterfa (Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Hungary, he was the son of the late Istvan and Johanna (Kurcz) Skrapits.

George along with his two brothers and brother-in-law were the founders of Northampton Concrete Form in 1962 and Skrapits Concrete in 1971.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Northampton.

George was a life member of the Ss. Peter & Paul Hungarian Society.

Survivors: His wife, Goldie; daughter, Magdalina, wife of Martin Osztrosits, of Northampton; son, George Skrapits, of Northampton; grandchildren, Melissa, Megan, Michele, George and Adam; two great-grandchildren, Grayson and Addison; daughter-in-law, Marianne (McCloskey) Skrapits, of Northampton; brother, Stephen and his wife Heidi, of Northampton; sister, Anna, wife of John Skrapits, of Northampton. George was predeceased by his brother, John Skrapits and sisters, Cecilia Windisch and Maria Skrapits.

Services: A Burial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 12, at 11 a.m. in Queenship of Mary Church, 1324 Newport Ave., Northampton. Family and friends may call Thursday, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.reichelfuneralhome.com.

Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the church c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on Dec. 11, 2013

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Charles Petti



Charles M. Petti, Jr., 89, of Chicago, Illinois, passed away on December 2, 2013.

Born in Chicago and raised in Dürnbach, Austria, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary (Lackner) Petti.

He married Helen M. Vukits on Sept. 29, 1951. She passed away on August 23, 1994 after 43 years of marriage.

Charles worked at Continental Bank where he retired after 32 years of service.

He was the loving father of Sherrill & Chuck Petti, dear brother of the late Rosemary (the late Lester) Mogdics, and brother-in-law of Anna & the late Ernest (Dorothy) Vukits. He is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Services: Visitation Wednesday 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge. Funeral services begin Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home and will proceed to St. Eugene Church for Mass 11:00 a.m. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. Info 708-456-8300 or www.cumberlandchapels.com.

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Irma Jarrett



Irma S. Jarrett, 91, of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, died at home on November 30, 2013 with family present. She was the widow of the late John Jarrett.

Born in Heiligenkreuz, Burgenland, Austria on September 1, 1922 to Rudolph and Martha (Oberecker) Schlener, she grew up in Allentown where she lived with her adoptive parents Joseph and Theresia (Oberecker) Schreiner.

She was both a gifted violinist and vocalist, and very active in the Allentown music community including the symphony for many years in her youth. We will miss you.

Survivors: Children, Mitzi and John; grandchildren, Logan and Eden; and sister, Gertrude Schlener.

Published in Morning Call on Dec. 6, 2013

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Vitus Stangl



Vitus Stangl, 79, of Dumont, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2013.

Born In Bildein, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Stefan and Anna Stangl.

Vitus immigrated to the U.S in 1956. He lived in the Bronx and Astoria before moving to Dumont where he lived for 36 years.

He worked as a Manager for Brandmeier Industries, New York, NY for 50 years and was a member of The Burgenländer Society.

Vitus will be sadly missed by his devoted wife, Christine (née Luisser), his beloved children; Stephen, Lisa Chaves and her husband, Carlos, and Michelle; his cherished grandchildren Helena and Anabel Chaves, Courtney, Kelsi and Katrina Stangl, and many loving family members in Austria. He is predeceased by his brother Johann.

Family and friends will be welcomed on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the Frech Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont, NJ. The Funeral will leave Thursday 9:30 am for the celebration of his Mass at St. Mary's R.C. Church in Dumont at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; www.lbda.org.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Dec. 3, 2013

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Rose Radostits



Rose Radostits (née Radostits), of Downers Grove, Illinois, passed away on Nov. 5, 2013.

Born July 2, 1930 in Oberdorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was the wife of the late John Radostits.

She will be remembered as a hard and willing worker, generously giving of her time.

Survivors: brother, Karl (Ingrid) Radostits; brother-in-law, Frank Radostits; many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the USA and Austria. She was also predececeased by a brother, Emil Radosztics.

Services: Saturday 8:45 a.m. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, followed by mass at 9:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Church. Entombment at St. Mary Mausoleum. Visitation Friday 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Info, 708-636-1193 or www.blakelamboaklawn.com.

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Gisela Urban



Gisela Urban, 98, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, passed away Oct. 23, 2013 at Cedarbrook Nursing Home.

Born in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch) Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Josef and Gisela (Gollinger) Stanko.

She was the wife of the late Edward Urban for over 57 years until his death in 1992.

She was a member pf Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a sewing machine operator at various textile mills.

Survivors: Daughters, Margaret Roma and Elfriede Seibert; sisters, Paula, Cecelia, and Frieda; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Stella was predeceased by a daughter, Gisela Lutzenberger; a son, Edward; two sisters, Annette and Bertha; and four brothers, Joseph, Albert, Edward and Frank.

Services: 10 a.m., Mon., October 28, 2013 at Weber Funeral Home, 1619 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA. Viewing: 8:30 a.m., Monday until time of services at the funeral home. (www.weberfuneralhomes.com)

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, 1151 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 for Missions.

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Theresia Menconi



Theresia Menconi (née Augustin), 89, of Clifton, New Jersey, died October 12, 2013.

Born in Punitz, Burgenland, Austria, Mrs. Menconi came to the United States in 1948, first settling in Passaic before moving to Clifton.

She was a homemaker and nurturing caregiver to her family and friends.

Surviving are her loving daughter, Marylou Menconi of Whippany, NJ; a sister, Maria Buczok of Highland Lakes; her granddaughter, Annamaria Menconi of Clifton and several nieces and nephews.

Private Services were held under the supervision of Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 515 Lexington Ave., Clifton. Visit www.bizub.com to leave online condolences.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Oct. 15, 2013

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Walter Tanczos



Walter Josef Tanczos, age 67, of New Paltz, New York, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of Carol Johnson.

Born on Sept. 6, 1946, in Tobaj, Austria, he was the son of the late Eduard and Karoline (Richter) Tanczos.

He was employed for 42 years by Smitty's Body Shop, New Paltz.

Walter was a member of the First Burgenländer S.D.B.S., N.Y.C., N.Y. and he was a past member of the New Paltz Fire Department.

Surviving in addition to his wife are children, daughter and son-in-law, Theresia and Anthony Jones of Princeton, N.C., daughter and son-in-law, Karoline and William Badner of Modena, son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Lisa Tanczos of Newburgh, and son, Michael Tanczos of Newburgh; six grandchildren: Dylon and Justin Jones, Karley and Paige Badner, Haylie and Mason Tanczos.He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Irwin and Martha Tanczos of Queens, and his family in Austria: sister, Irene Hochtl, sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Irwin Mercsanits; half-brother and sister-in-law, Siegfried and Vera Tanczos; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Beside his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Josef Tanczos.

Calling hours will be Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. The funeral will be Thursday Sept. 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by Rev. Bernard M. Maloney, O.F.M. Cremation will take place in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.

Memorial donations may be made to: Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street, New Paltz, N.Y., 12561; American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Funeral Arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. (845)255-1212.

If anyone wishes to express condolences online please go to www.copelandfhnp.com.

Published in the Daily Freeman on September 24, 2013

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Bela Matzer



Bela Matzer, 86, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away peacefully at the William Childs Hospice House on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

Bela was born in Vaskeresztes (Grossdorf), Hungary on October 9, 1926, and immigrated to the United States in 1957. Bela resided in Clifton, NJ until retiring to Florida in 1987.

Bela was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Monika, in 2008.

Bela is survived by his daughter, Erika McLaren, son-in-law, Bob McLaren, and grandson, TJ McLaren.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will take place at Beach Funeral Home, 4999 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 4 - 6 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Ascension Catholic Church, 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bela's memory to the Brevard Schools Foundation, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera FL, 32940.

Arrangements by Beach Funeral Home, West Chapel, 321-751-6012. Anyone wishing to share a memory, send the family a message or place a memorial donation is asked to please visit Bela's memorial page at www.beachfuneralhome.com.

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on September 18, 2013

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Louis Paukovits



Louis Paukovits, 76, of Audubon, Pennsylvania, died on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Paoli Hospital.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Theresia (Jandrisevits) Paukovits.

Born in Szentpéterfa (Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Hungary, he was the son of the late Michael and Franziska (Geosits) Paukovits.

Louis fled to America during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and became an American Citizen in 1957.

He worked as a butcher, door man, and maintenance man until his retirement at the age of 65 years.

Survivors: Surviving in addition to his wife; are his loving daughters, Mary Ann, wife of Robert Silvestri, Monica, wife of Tre Hilty; four loving grandchildren, Kelli M. Silvestri, Brian R. Silvestri, Abigail T. Hilty, Julia C. Hilty; sisters, Brigitte, Franziska, Erzsika, and Roszi. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Steve, Imre, Maria, and Theresa.

Services: Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass in St. Ann Catholic Church, Main Street at Third Avenue, Phoenixville, PA, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Phoenixville, PA. Relatives and friends may call at the Devlin Rosmos Kepp & Gatcha Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 517 S. Main Street at Fourth Avenue, Phoenixville, PA, on Tuesday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Condolences may be given to the family at www.DevlinRosmosKepp.com.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimers Foundation, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Published in Morning Call on September 15, 2013

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Gisela Herrmann



Gisela Herrmann, 76, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at home with her family by her side.

She was the wife of Hans P. Herrmann. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on May 30.

She was born in Alsórönök (Unterradling), Hungary, a daughter of the late Johann and Maria (Schanta) Kovacs.

Gisela worked at Holy Family Manor for 10 years before retiring in 2002 and prior she was a seamstress for the former Schneider Manufacturing in Allentown for forty years.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown.

She was a member of the Coplay Sängerbund and the Hianz'nchor Austrian singing group.

Survivors: Husband; sons, Michael and John of Allentown; sister, Marie, wife of Ewald Sodke, of Coopersburg; granddaughters, Ashley of Bethlehem and Mary Elizabeth of Allentown. A son, Thomas, predeceased her in 2010.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11th and Washington Streets, Allentown. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville. www.trexlerfuneralhome.com.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Gisela's memory may be made to the church, 825 N. 11th St., 18102.

Published in Morning Call on September 5, 2013

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Frank Marx



Frank Marx, 77, of the Bronx, NY and Whitehall, PA, passed away August 24, 2013 in Bellevue Hospital, New York.

He was married to Hermine (Jandrisevits) Marx for 49 years.

Born in Reinersdorf, Austria, he was the son of the late Johann and Elisabeth (Grohotolski) Marx.

He was a server in the executive dining room of Time Warner, New York and a computer programmer for Franklin Simon Department Store.

He was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church, New York and St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Wife; daughters, Elisabeth Milisits, NY, Karen Marx, Bronxville, NY; sisters, Stefanie Schatz, Northampton, Rose Stoisits, Coplay, and Maria Mönichweger and Helene Marx, both in Austria. He was preceded in death by siblings, Edward Marx and Anna Müller.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, August 29, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m., St. Peter"s Catholic Church, Coplay. Call 10-11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment, parish cemetery, Whitehall.

Published in Morning Call on August 26, 2013

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Mary Poandl



Mary Poandl, 99 of Northampton, PA died on Sunday, August 11, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Vincent L. Poandl, Jr. who died in 1969.

Born in Unterbildein, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Unger) Augustine.

Mary was a Silk Weaver employed by the Former Cands Fabrics of Catasauqua, PA. for 32 years before retiring in 1974. She then went to work for former Cross Country Clothes, Northampton for a few years, before fully retiring.

She was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Northampton, PA.

Survivors: Mary is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann wife of Butch Morgan of Northampton, PA and Dolly, wife of James Varnes of Pottstown, PA, three sons; Vincent L. Poandl, III and wife Mary Ellen of Moneta, VA, Stephen Poandl and wife Carole of Germansville, PA and Charles Poandl and wife Annie of Centreville, VA; two sisters; Mrs. Theresa Sommers of Coplay, PA and Mrs. Hermina Stangl of Slatington, PA; three brothers, Stephen Augustine of Hackensack, NJ, John Augustine and wife Kathleen of Walnutport, PA and Julius Augustine and wife Kim of Hatboro, PA; a sister-in-heart; Hermina Augustine, Walnutport, PA; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one step-grandson; eight step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandson. She was predeceased by a great-grandson, Jonathan Keller (2005); and a great-great-grandson, Owen Schlegel (2011); also two sisters, Bertha Halal and Pauline Trinkle; and a brother, Martin Augustine.

Services: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 22nd and Washington Avenue Northampton, PA.18067 with the Rev. Francis P. Straka officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton, PA. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, and Wed. August 14, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. both at the Schisler Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com

Contributions: May be made to the Church Memorial Fund or to Charity of Ones Choice both C/O the funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on August 12, 2013

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Bertha Bernatt



Bertha Bernatt, 93, passed away August 10, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

She was the wife of the late Michael A. Bernatt.

Born on September 17, 1919 in Unterbildein, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Koger) Prickler and lived in Northampton, Pennsylvania, from the age of eight years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael A. Bernatt; and brothers, Rudolph and Steven Prickler.

Survivors: Survived by sister-in-law, Rose Prickler; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Rudolph and Steven Prickler.

Services: A memorial service was held Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Newport Avenue, Northampton, PA.

Contributions: Bertha was blessed with a long life. Prayers of joy for her gifts to this world will be greatly appreciated.

Published in Morning Call on September 12, 2013

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Joseph Unger



Joseph Unger, 90, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, died June 10, 2013.

He was married to the late Hilda (Nickles) for 25 years.

Born in Kukmirn, Burgenland, Austria on July 6, 1922, he was the son of the late Frank and Cecilia (Muhr) Unger.

Joseph served in the U.S. Marines in WWII, where he was saw active duty in the Pacific Theatre as a rifle marksman on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands and Iwo Jima. He was wounded in action twice, receiving the The Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Joseph was a lifetime member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart.

After serving in the military he was employed at Brey and Krause Manufacturing Co, where he was the plant manager of metal finishing for 45 years. He also worked at Spandex USA inc. as a second career.

Joseph was a devoted member of Faith Evangelical Free Church.

Survivors: daughter, JoAnn (Unger) Jones, married to the late John A. Jones; and their son, Spencer J. A. Jones. In addition he is survived by a step son, two step daughters, and their families. He was preceded in death by siblings: Margaret Koether, Julius Unger, Alvin Unger, Emma Hoanzle, Frank Unger, Rudolph Unger, and a sister, who died in her youth.

Services: Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., at Highland Park Cemetery on Roth Ave., Allentown on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Evangelical Free Church of 6528 Hamilton Blvd.,
Allentown.

Published in Morning Call on June 13, 2013

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Willibald Maier



Willibald "Willi" Maier, 87, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Barn Hill Care Center in Newton, New Jersey, where he was well known and loved by his fellow residents and wonderful caretakers.

Born in Wallendorf, Austria, to Adolf and Gisella (Weber) Maier, he came to the United States when he was 21 years old.

He had lived in Paterson, then the Bloomfield and Nutley areas before moving to East Stroudsburg, PA., 20 years ago.

While living in Europe, Mr. Maier was involved in the welding trade and he continued to work in the same field at Upright Scaffolds in Teterboro, where he also was a manager.

Mr. Maier was a member of the Coplay Sängerbund Club and was a member of the Music Makers Choir in East Stroudsburg. He loved polka music and he enjoyed dancing to the music and playing his accordion.

Mr. Maier was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth, on Nov. 10, 2011; his son, Paul W. Maier, in 1976; his three brothers, Richard Maier, Oswald Maier and Ernest Maier; and his sister, Freda.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandee VanDerWende and her husband, Craig, of Wantage; his sister, Hermine Maxey, of California; his grandchildren, Jason VanDerWende and his wife, Jennifer, and Amanda Krok and her husband, John; his great-grandchildren, Ryder VanDerWende, Madison Krok, and a great-granddaughter that is soon to be expected; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex. Friends may pay their respects to the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 10. Online condolences may be offered to the family on www.pinkelfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on June 10, 2013

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Rudolf Schummel



Rudolf Schummel, 86, of Hamilton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at home.

He was the husband of the late Sadie (Crusade) Schummel.

Born in Sopron, Hungary, Mr. Schummel was the son of the late Anton and Hermine (Lagler) Schummel.

He was a machinist and was retired from Goodall Rubber Co. of Hamilton after 36 years of service.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a faithful member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Hamilton.

He held a private pilot's license and was a member of the West Windsor Flying Club and the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and was a member of the Hamiltonian seniors group.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Debbie Schummel, of Wallkill, NY; his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Anthony Barbieri, of Southampton; his granddaughter, Tara Bello and her husband, Greg; his grandson, Sean Seiler; his great-grandchildren, Jesse and Gianna Bello; his sister-in-law, his brother-in-law, and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother and sister,

The funeral service will be Thursday at 12 noon from Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, 260 White Horse Ave., Hamilton (www.KingstonandKemp.co.) The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Rd., Hamilton. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rudolf's honor to a charity of the donor's choice .

Published in The Times, Trenton, on June 11, 2013

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Karl Zankl



It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad, and "Opa" Karl, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Regina General Hospital with his family at his side.

Karl was born in Grafenschachen, Austria in 1936. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 settling in Regina, Saskatchewan. He started work for Wappell Construction as a mason when he arrived.

He met his wife Anny at the Wascana Park gazebo and they were married October 11, 1958 and were happily married for 54 years.

Karl later became a journeyman painter working on his own, and with other partners. In addition to his painting career, he worked in numerous roles at IPSCO for 22 years.

Karl was a proud Austrian, and was a founding member of the Austrian Canadian Edelweiss Club of Regina where he served two terms as president and continued to be an active member.

He was an avid hunter when he was young and a continuing active member of the Austrian Hunting and Fishing Club, often winning shooting competitions.

He loved life in Regina and his "district" of Glen Elm. He was extremely proud of his children and being "Opa" to his grandchildren. He loved the quiet life at their cottage at B-Say-Tah Beach, telling stories and sharing good cheer. He was most happy when he was surrounded by all of his family and friends, with him always winning at games of horse shoes and Austrian schnapps cards.

Karl is survived by his wife, Anny Zankl of 54 years; son Michael (Cheryl) Zankl; son Gary (Karla) Zankl and their children Karter, Tegan, Ashton; daughter Diane (Troy) Randall; sister, Hilda (Hans) Kremnitzer, as well as numerous relatives and friends in Canada and Austria. He is predeceased by his brother Willhelm (wife Frieda) Zankl.

A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Child R.C. Parish, 2636 7th Ave. E., Regina, SK with Fr. Danilo Rafael as Celebrant.

Karl's family would like to express their sincere thanks to all of the staff at RGH for their kindness and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Karl's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at 279 3rd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2H8, or phone 1-888-473-4636.

Published in The Regina Leader-Post on June 7, 2013.

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Agnes Kositz



Agnes A. Kositz, 88, of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, died June 4, 2013 in her home. She was the wife of the late John "Moatz" Kositz who died August 26, 2011.

Born in Northampton, Pennsylvania and raised in Sulz, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Karl and Ida (Dragovits) Frisch.

She was a sewing machine operator at the former Lehigh Frocks, Nazareth.

Agnes was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society, Nazareth.

She was a member of the ILGWU.

Survivors: Agnes is survived by two daughters, Denise Repsher and her husband Daniel and Estelle Gimbar and her husband George, all of Nazareth. Four grandchildren, Daniel Repsher and wife Emily, Adrienne Kashner and husband Justin, Matthew Gimbar and wife Renee, and Douglas Gimbar and Fiance, Megan Mesgleski. Brother, Frank Frisch and wife Tessie, Clifton, NJ. Pre-deceased brothers, Josef and Carl Frisch.

Services: Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Reichel Funeral Home 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Church, Nazareth. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery. Calling Hours are Monday 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Family Church in c/o Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth.

Published in Morning Call on June 6, 2013.

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Rosa Peace



Rose T. Peace, 89, a Hyde Park resident since 1985, died on Monday, June 3, 2013, at Livingston Hills Nursing Home in Livingston, New York.

Born on January 24, 1924 in Tschanigraben, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Hermina (Köppel) Schadl. Rose was educated in New York City Schools and was employed by Alexander's Dept. Store in Queens for many years.

She enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her family.

On August 28, 1943 in Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, NY she married Marshall Dale Peace. Mr. Peace predeceased her on January 6, 2005

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Peace and his wife, Sheila, of New Jersey; seven grandchildren, Matthew Peace and wife, Alicia, of Hyde Park, Jennifer Gamble and husband, Glenn, of New Jersey, Mark Embree of Florida, Keith Embree and wife, Amanda, of Huntington Beach, CA, Bridgette Embree of Germany, and Tara and Alana Peace, both of New Jersey; five great grand children, Kyle and Dale Peace of Hyde Park, Myckala and Katelynn Embree of Pine Plains, and Nicholas Gamble of New Jersey; great-great grandson, Bentley Michael Peace of Hyde Park; brother, Joseph Schadl of the Bronx; and several cousins in Pennsylvania.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Lillian Embree; and sister, Frieda Gildwell, both in 2005.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm on Friday, June 7th at Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Hyde Park.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James A. Garisto at 10 am, Saturday, June 8th at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peter's Parish, 299 Hudson View Dr., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Entombment will follow in Our Lady of the Holy Souls Mausoleum, St. Peter's Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled American Veterans, Attention: GIFT PROCESSING, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 (www.dav.org) .

To send a condolence or for directions, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on June 5, 2013.

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John Rauchwarter



With deep sadness, we announce the passing of John "Hans" Rauchwarter of Edmonton, Canada on May 30, 2013.

He was the husband of the late Ernestine (Thier) Rauchwarter.

Hans was born on August 17, 1934 in Illmitz, Burgenland, Austria. He immigrated to Canada in 1959 with his wife and two children, settling in Edmonton.

Opa was a sausage maker by trade and with his Liebling Erna owned and operated Jasper Meats. Even after retirement, he continued to make his delicious sausages.

In his spare time he enjoyed gardening and was an avid stamp collector.

Left to mourn, his children, Linda Huff and Hans (Terry) Rauchwarter. He was also a loving Opa to Shawn (Erin) Huff and Jessica, Jon and Ashley Rauchwarter; Uhropa to Kash and Cruz Huff and Opapa to Angelo Viola (Rauchwarter). He is also survived by numerous relatives in Austria.

Even though it broke our hearts to lose him, we are comforted by the knowledge that he is once again in the arms of his one and only true love, Erna.

A private family service has been held and cremation has taken place.

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Karl Varga



Karl "Charlie" Varga, 79, passed away in Arizona on May 17, 2013.

He was married to Irene (Vargo) Varga for 54 years.

Born in Dürnbach, Austria, he was a son of the late Karl and Maria (Karlovits) Varga.

Karl was a member of UFCW 1546, St. Gen's Friendship Club and also a long time board member of the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft/Chicago Chapter.

Survivors: wife, Irene; daughters, Carol (Lou) Perri, Judy and Vicky; uncle, Frank Horvath; nieces and a nephew, many cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by brothers Josef (Erika) Varga and Vincent (Waltraud) Karlovits.

Services: visitation Friday 3PM – 9PM at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL. Funeral Saturday 9:00 AM to St. Thecla Church for 10 AM Mass. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery. Funeral Info: 847-966-7302 or www.skajafuneralhomes.com

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Stephen Steiger



Stephen Steiger, 76, of Northampton, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 6, 2013 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg.

He was the husband of Rosemarie (Tomasitz) Steiger.

He was born in Szentpéterfa (aka Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Hungary on December 13, 1936 to the late John and Jozeffa (Filipovits) Steiger.

Stephen owned and operated Steiger Construction before his retirement.

During this time he was a bartender and lifelong member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Society and the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Home Assn. He was also a lifelong member of the Northampton Liederkranz and the Alliance Fire Company.

He was an active member of the Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and member of the Holy Name Society.

Steve was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who touched the lives of everyone he met.

Survivors: In addition to his loving wife, Rosemarie, of 52 years; brothers, John Steiger of Vancouver, Canada and the late Vincent Steiger of Szentpéterfa, Hungary; daughter, Judy, wife of Richard Gogel Jr., of Northampton; son, Stephen (Shtip) Steiger Jr., also of Northampton; granddaughter, Tara Kleppinger of Northampton; and stepgrandson, Tanner Gogel. He is also survived by very close nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services: A Burial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m., at the Queenship of Mary Catholic Church located at 1324 Newport Ave., Northampton, PA. Family and friends may call on Friday, May 10, between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., in the Reichel Funeral Home located at 326 E 21st St., Northampton, PA. Burial will follow in the Queenship of Mary Parish Cemetery. Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the church c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on May 9, 2013

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Eve Matthews



Eve Matthews (née Kulovits), of Sonoma, California, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

A native of Neuberg, Burgenland, Austria, she was born on December 19, 1919.

She came to the United States at the age of seven. She grew up in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1940's.

A resident of Glen Ellen for nearly 30 years, she is survived by her two children; Carol and James Elkins; her grandchildren; Julie, Michelle and Paul; she was the beloved sister of Ann Howard and dear cousin of Olga Kulovitz.

Eve's professional career began at Lawry's restaurant in Los Angeles where she was employed for 20 years. She then pursued a career as a medical bookkeeper, having worked for a prominent cardiologist in Pasadena for almost two decades.

From her role as Cub Scout Den Mother in the late 50s and early 60s, to her later pursuits as a docent at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, Eve was also a volunteer docent at the Sonoma Historical Society Depot Museum, and participated in activities of The Ladies Guild of St Leo's Catholic Church in Sonoma. Giving something back to the church and community was always her objective.

Eve was absorbed with the art of letter writing and expanded her correspondence to a wide community of friends and acquaintances around the world. As an avid reader of the "New York Times", many people became the recipients of her "clippings" on their particular subjects of interest. Among her correspondents were San Francisco's Herb Caen, and Charlie Rose of New York.

Eve's family and friends will always remember her selflessness and devotion in caring for elder individuals who were either alone or unwell.

A loving mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend, she will be missed.

Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St Leo's Catholic Church, 601 West Agua Caliente Road, Sonoma, CA 95476, on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Duggan's Mission Chapel Mission Cremation Service 525 West NapaStreet, Sonoma, CA.

Published in the Press Democrat from May 14 to May 15, 2013

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Helen Kurcz



Helen Kurcz (née Sakovits), age 90, of Buffalo, New York, passed away April 22, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Kurcz.

Born in Szentpéterfa (Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Jozsef and Katalin (Dancs) Sakovits.

Survivors: children, Joseph (Diane) Kurcz, Roza Kurcz, Helen Kurcz and Linda Kurcz; grandchildren, Kelly (Robert) Ruffner, Roza Quinn, Dawn Kurcz and Joseph Kurcz; great-grandchildren Scott, Zachary, Sarah, Harrison, Grace, Olivia and Caroline; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers and sisters in Hungary.

Services: the family will be present on Wednesday from 4-7 PM at the Quinn-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 192 Abbott Rd., (near South Park), where prayers will be offered on Thursday at 8:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated from Our Lady of Bistrica at 9 AM. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorials may be made in Mrs. Kurcz's name to Hospice-Buffalo, Inc. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com

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Anna Potetz



Anna Potetz, 95, of New Britain, Connecticut, died Thursday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.

Born in Wartegg, Austria, she came to the United States in 1935.

She was the wife of the late Michael Potetz for 44 years.

She worked at various local factories and as a domestic for many years.

A member of St. Peter Church and the Ladies Guild of the Church, Mrs. Potetz will be remembered as a compassionate, wise and hard-working person with a fondness for animals. She shared vegetables from her garden, grew beautiful flowers and made Christmas cookies beyond compare.

Mrs. Potetz is survived by her daughter Lisa Potetz of Chevy Chase, MD, her son Richard and his wife Jean M. Potetz of West Granby; two grandchildren, Brian Potetz and Andrea Wysocki; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her son Michael J. Potetz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 A.M. at St. Peter Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Visitation will be Saturday from 8:00 AM until the time of the Mass at the Farrell Funeral Home, 110 Franklin Sq., New Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wolfson Palliative Care, c/o the Hospital of Central Connecticut, 100 Grand St., New Britain, CT 06050 or to the Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain, CT 06052.

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Gisela Weber



Gisela Weber, 83, of Cassopolis, Michigan, died peacefully early Wednesday morning in her residence.

Gisela was born September 28, 1929 in Krottendorf (bei Neuhaus am Klausenbach), Austria to the late Johann and Maria (Koller) Weber.

Gisela definitely loved her grandchildren. She was passionate about her Catholic faith and regularly attended Mass. She loved the ocean and she loved to dance. Gisela will be greatly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Theresia Harrison of Cassopolis and Patricia Burdick of Connecticut; three grandchildren, Jessica (Ronald, Jr.) Christopher of Cassopolis, Eddie (Angela) Harrison of Constantine, and Matthew Burdick of Connecticut; five great-grandchildren, Hailey Christopher, Ronald Christopher III, Cody Harrison, Tyler Harrison, and Alexis Harrison; and several siblings in Austria.

Family and friends will gather at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Graveside in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis, with the Reverend Fr. Donald G. Potts officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.

Published in South Bend Tribune on April 12, 2013

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Theresa Mary Strom



Theresa Mary Strom, 93, of Iselin, New Jersey, passed away Friday March 29th in Perth Amboy.

She was the wife of the late Gustav Strom.

Born in Kirchfidisch, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Stefan and Julianna (Gollatz) Schaffer.

Retiring in 1985, she was employed by Crum and Foster for many years.

She was a member of the Immanuel Union AARP and Widows Club in Staten Island and also volunteered at the Eger Nursing Home.

Theresa loved playing cards, sewing, playing bingo and Scrabble.

She is survived by her devoted daughter Corinne Fahy and her husband Francis of Port Reading, cherished grandchildren Gregory and Kenneth, both of Port Reading.

She was predeceased by her son Richard in 2002 and three brothers.

Funeral services will be Tuesday 11:00am from the Chubenko Funeral Home 625 Port Reading Ave., Port Reading followed by interment at Ocean View Cemetery, Staten Island. Visitation Monday 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the funeral home. To send online condolences please visit, www.chubenkofh.com.

Published in Home News Tribune on March 30, 2013

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Agnes Schneider



Agnes Schneider, age 93, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods.

Mrs. Schneider was born in Punitz, Austria to the late Christoph and Theresia (Radits) Maikisch.

She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and an active member of Stones River Seniors Club.

Mrs. Schneider was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edgar F. Schneider; brother, Josef and sister, Theresia.

She is survived by her son, Peter James Schneider (Mary) of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Sarah Anne Busman of Durham, NC, Katie Marie Schneider of Murfreesboro; brothers, Gustav and Johann of Austria; and sister, Anna of Austria.

Celebration of life service to be held at a later date.

Those wishing may send condolences online at www.murfreesborofuneralhome.com.

Murfreesboro Funeral Home, 145 Innsbrooke Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN (615) 896-2229.

Published in The Daily News Journal on March 28, 2013

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Gisela Hirmann



Gisela Hirmann (née Hanzl), 78, of Clifton, New Jersey, passed away on March 24, 2013.

She was the beloved wife of Michael Hirmann, devoted mother to Rosemarie Tintle of Riverdale and Kenneth M. Hirmann of Clifton, loving grandmother to Erika and Amanda, and great-grandmother to Adaya.

Mrs. Hirmann was born in Gamischdorf, Burgenland, Austria and came to the U.S. in 1955, settling in Clifton.

She was a bookkeeper for 15 years with Mahaffy & Harder Engineering Co. in Fairfield.

She was an active parishioner of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Passaic, where she was a member of the church choir and Golden Agers and current president of the Kolping Society.

She was also an honorary member and New Jersey representative of the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft.

Funeral from the Marrocco Memorial Chapel, 470 Colfax Avenue, Clifton on Wednesday at 9:15 AM followed by a funeral mass at Holy Trinity RC Church at 10 AM. Entombment Calvary Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to Holy Trinity RC Church, Passaic. www.marroccos.com

Published in The Record/Herald News from March 25 to March 26, 2013.

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Theresa Zotter



Theresa Zotter, 95, of Toronto, Canada, died peacefully on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Born in St. Martin an der Raab, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Alois and Anna (Schreiner) Winkler.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank.

She is survived by her family and friends in Austria and Canada.

Special thank you to the staff at Leisureworld-Etobicoke, especially Raquel and Elvira, for their loving and compassionate care.

Viewing at Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, 2058 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.), from Monday 10 a.m. until service time in the chapel at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to UNICEF would be appreciated.

Online condolences at www.newediukfuneralhome.com

Published in the Toronto Star on March 9, 2013

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Mary Waldvogel



Mary Waldvogel, 94, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away at 7:25 pm Monday, February 25, 2013, in Morningside Nursing Center.

Mary was born on February 3, 1919, in Nikitsch, Burgenland, Austria, to Fabian and Mary (Tompos) Darabos.

She was a member of Our Lady of Hungary Church, and member of the former St. Anthony's Society Ladies Auxiliary and DFV Ladies Auxiliary.

On June 28, 1941, in South Bend, she married Robert F. Waldvogel, who died on January 7, 2006.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert, and brothers, Steve, Louis and John Darabos. Surviving are a daughter, Mary Louise Kuminecz of Las Vegas, NV; and 3 grandchildren, Christopher Kuminecz, Anne (Bowd) Beal and Beth (Ben) Kimberlin; and 2 great-grandchildren, Cage Beal and Hudson Beal; and a brother-in-law, Ronald (Judy) Waldvogel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Our Lady of Hungary Church. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4-8 Friday in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Avenue, where a Rosary will be recited at 4:30 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Hungary Church.

To leave an online condolence, visit our website www.zahoran.com, or our Facebook page, Zahoran Funeral Home.

Published in South Bend Tribune on February 28, 2013

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Cecelia Sauer



Cecelia Sauer, 91, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg with her family at her bedside.

She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Sauer.

Born in Tschanigraben, Austria, to the late Franz and Cecelia (Keppel) Yost, she came to the United States at age seven and was a lifelong resident of Bethlehem.

She was employed by Moravian College and the Laros Company.

Cecelia was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Bethlehem Township, where she and Joseph were charter members.

She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and was a wonderful cook. Her Christmas cookies and Kipfels were family favorites. Happy times around her table have not been forgotten. Cecelia was also an accomplished seamstress and quilter.

Survivors: Cecelia will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Joseph F. Sauer and his wife, Diann, Dr. Thomas Sauer and his wife, Linda; and daughter, Joan Wilvert and her husband, Gregg, all of Bethlehem; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3219 Santee Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020 with a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church. There will be an evening visitation on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Connell Funeral Home, Inc., 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. Send online condolences to: www.connellfuneral.com.

Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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Fredrick Schoeck



Fredrick Schoeck, 94, of Westvale, New York, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Fredrick was born in Grosspetersdorf, Austria and resided in the Syracuse area for most of his life.

He worked as a mason for many years with Schoeck Builders and retired in 1984 from the Carrier Corp., after 20 years of service.

Fredrick was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church where he served as an usher and greeter.

He was also a member of the Arion Singing Society.

He raised Award winning Pygmy Pouter Pigeons and was proud of his beautiful lilac bushes.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Ingetraude; his daughters, Pauline (Michael) DeMartino and Irene Woolson; his sons, Frederick (Doreen) and Donald; his 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and his great-great-grandson.His grandson, Philip Woolson predeceased him in 1991.

Calling hours will be Monday from 11 a.m. to noon at Carter Funeral Home, 1604 Grant Blvd., Syracuse and prayer services will be at noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Online condolences maybe expressed at CarterFuneralHome.com

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from February 15 to February 17, 2013

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Angela Kessler



Angela Kessler (née Zach), 75, of Montauk, Long Island, New York, passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2013.

She was born in her beloved town of Gerersdorf bei Güssing, Austria on July 22, 1937 - where she traveled back as often as she could to visit and spend time with family and friends.

Angela came to the United States in 1949, and she married John Kessler on November 10, 1957. Angela and John have 2 children, Richard and Lorraine, and 7 grandchildren whom she so enjoyed spending time with whether she was baking, gardening, fishing or swimming with them.

Angela was an avid volunteer at her original parish in the Bronx, Holy Family. Not only was she a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, but she was a coach for the girls youth softball teams and the girls junior basketball teams which she coached to a CYO Archdiocese title in 1970.

She worked as a teacher's aide for the special education class for 8 years at Holy Family and St. Raymond's elementary schools. Angela graduated cum laude with a BS in Education from CUNY Lehman in 1975 and taught for 10 years at Our Lady Queen of Angels elementary school in East Harlem, New York. She implemented and directed many after school programs, which she secured government grants for.

Angela's never ending community support eventually got her appointed to Community Board #9 in the Bronx in 1978 where she began volunteering as an administrative assistant for 3 years; was then appointed Chairperson of Land & Zoning Committee for 2 years; appointed Chairperson of the Youth Service Planning Committee for 2 years; appointed Assistant District Manager of Community Board #9 in 1985 and was interim District Manager during vacancies until she retired in 1993.

Her adventurous spirit and enjoyment of beaches helped her discover her second home in Montauk, Long Island, whereby she attained her captain's license for the charter fishing trips she and John would run once they retired. In between fishing trips and days at the beach, Angela tended to her vast outdoor garden and indoor flowers and plants; she and John sang on the choir at their parish church, St. Theresa's and enjoyed the many friends they had in the Montauk area in addition to all those who ventured to "the end" to visit with them.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude for all the acts of kindness shown to them in their time of sorrow.

Visitation at the Flynn Memorial Home Inc., 1652 Central Park Ave., Tuesday 7-9 pm and Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 am Thursday, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 5 Strathmore Road, Scarsdale, New York. 10583

Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Long Island Chapter of Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org/longisland

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Maria Woppel



Maria Woppel 86, of Sparta, New Jersey, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Barn Hill Care Center in Newton.

Born in Woppendorf, Austria, on Oct. 31, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Karl and Gisela (Gossy) Woppel.

She had resided in Wayne moving to Franklin in 1993, where she lived before becoming a resident of Bentley Assisted Living in Branchville. For the past month, Mrs. Woppel had resided at Knoll View in Sparta.

Mrs. Woppel was a seamstress working for H & T. Sportswear of West Paterson and E & M Cloth Co. of Paterson. She retired in 1991 after 38 years in the garment industry. She was a member of ILGWU Local 134 since 1947.

Mrs. Woppel was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Franklin and a member of the Franklin Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her sons, Richard Maier Jr. of Vernon and Eric Maier of Wantage, as well as three grandchildren, Dana, Eric and Matthew.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 a.m. from F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, to Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Franklin, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Entombment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Mausoleum. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, 75 Church St., Franklin, NJ 07416.

For directions and condolences, please see www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on February 10, 2013

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Johanna Knaus



Johanna Miller Knaus, of Southington, Connecticut, passed away on Feb. 5, 2013 at Southington Care Center surrounded by her loving family.

She was previously a resident of New Britain and Newington before moving to Southington ten years ago.

She was the widow of Frank R. Miller, Sr. and John F. Knaus, Sr.

She was born in New Britain to the late Karl and Johanna (Prem) Poglitsch and moved to Tauka, Austria until the age of 15.

Johanna was formerly employed at Fafnir Bearing as an office clerk.

She was a devoted member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, was a member of the Altar Guild and served as an office volunteer.

Surviving are two sons, Frank R. Miller and his wife Marilyn of Southington and Alan R. Miller of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Terwilliger and Eleanor Bujdos; a step-son, Robert Knaus and his wife Janet; her step daughter in law, Barbara Knaus; her grandchildren, Laura Webster, John Miller, Beth Moller, Lisa Doucette, Linda Drago, Carole Capodiece, Patti Byrnes, Robin Bruno, Peter Knaus, and Jeffrey Knaus; twenty three great-grandchildren; several great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Johanna was predeceased by her step-son, John F. "Jack" Knaus, Jr., and six brothers and sisters, Stephanie Wacker, Emma Halloran, Margaret Woodstock, Carl, Herman, and Edward Poglitsch.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 So. Main St., New Britain.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 295 Arch St., New Britain, CT 06051, or to Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington, CT 06489.

Please share a memory of Johanna with the family in the on line guest book at www.ericksonhansen.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on February 8, 2013

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Pauline Deutsch



Pauline Deutsch (née Lipovits), 94, of Brick, New Jersey, formerly of Clifton, passed away on January 31, 2013.

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Deutsch was raised in Gaas, Burgenland, Austria and returned to the United States as a young woman, living in Clifton before moving to Brick in 2008.

Prior to retiring, she had been employed with Forstmann Woolen Mills, Shulton Inc., formerly in Clifton and lastly Blackalloy in Paterson.

She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Passaic where she was a member of the Kolping Society and the Ladies Society, of which she was a Past Officer.

Mrs. Deutsch was predeceased by her husband, Julius; by two grandchildren, Judith and Daniel Deutsch; one great-grandson, Nicholas Deutsch; two sisters, Anna Csencsits and her husband Joseph, Marie Paukovits and her husband Stefan; her brother, Joseph Lipovits; and by her brother-in-law, Karl Trippel.

Survivors include: her son, Bert Deutsch and his wife, Kathleen, of Manahawkin; her daughter, Tina Pasco and her husband, William, of Brick; her sister, Christl Trippel of Gaas, Austria; sister-in-law, Ella Lipovits; grandson, Bert Deutsch and his wife Suzanne; great-grandsons Dylan and Michael Deutsch; step-grandchildren: William and his wife Lois, Mark and his wife Karen, James and Nancy; step-great-grandchildren: James, William, Dylan and Joseph; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday 9:15 AM from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton and 10 AM at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, cor. Hope Avenue and Harrison Street, Passaic. Entombment Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Paterson. Visiting Monday from 3-7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 226 Harrison St., Passaic, NJ 07055 or Alzheimer's Association , 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.

Please visit www.bizub.com for driving directions and online condolences.

Published in The Record/Herald News on February 2, 2013

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Elizabeth Klatt



Elizabeth Klatt, 92, of Stillwater, Minnesota, died January 24, 2013.

Born in Illmitz, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Gregory and Anna (Fleischhacker) Gartner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; and sisters, Anne and Theresa.

Survivors: children, Gordy (Lou), Kathy (Matt) Hammerschmidt, and Don (Bonnie); 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Danks; many nieces and nephews; friends and extended family in Austria.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday, January 28th at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 611 S. 3rd St., Stillwater. Visitation 10 - 11 AM prior to Mass in the church. Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery, Bayport.

Memorials preferred to ACS's Relay For Life or Knights of Columbus, Stillwater Council.

Published in Pioneer Press on January 27, 2013

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Rev. Eric Gritsch



The Rev. Eric W. Gritsch, a prominent Lutheran theologian, educator and author whose teaching career at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., spanned more than three decades, died Dec. 29 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of complications from an infection. The longtime Canton resident was 81. Michael Cooper-White, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, called Dr. Gritsch "one of the giants in 20th-century Lutheranism." "I am among hundreds of women and men privileged to have sat at his feet during his third of a century as a professor here at Gettysburg Seminary," he said. "Beyond the classroom and campus, during times of crisis over civil rights and the Vietnam War, his prophetic voice taught us what it means to be a 'public theologian.' "

The son a of Lutheran pastor and a homemaker, Eric Walter Gritsch was born in Neuhaus am Klausenbach, Austria, and raised in Bernstein, Austria, where his father had moved to take over a congregation in the town. When Adolf Hitler annexed Austria on March 13, 1938, Dr. Gritsch and his parents traveled to Vienna. "From the shoulders of my father I saw Hitler on a platform in the distance, raising his right arm and bellowing into loudspeakers," wrote Dr. Gritsch in his memoir, "The Boy from the Burgenland: From Hitler Youth to Seminary Professor."

"The annexation of Austria was a tragic event. The regime of Hitler 'coordinated' all levels of society into a tyrannical whole. I became estranged from my parents when I became a Hitler Youth at age 10; membership was part of compulsory education," wrote Dr. Gritsch, who rose to pack leader. When he asked the young man who was in charge of the district what would happen if they ignored orders, he was told, "We will treat them like deserters in the army and shoot them." "That remark cost me much sleep for a long time and made me meditate about the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after the war. Did they do all those horrible things because they were afraid to be shot if they did not obey orders?" he wrote.

Dr. Gritsch's father, who had been active in an anti-Nazi underground movement, was betrayed by a school principal and was called up for service in the German army. "I never saw my father again after 1941; my mother discovered by 1948 that her husband had died on a death march as a Russian prisoner of war," he wrote. By the end of 1944, Dr. Gritsch was sent with other members of the Hitler Youth and older men to the Hungarian border. Dr. Gritsch later deserted and took refuge in an abandoned farmhouse and changed out of his uniform to elude capture. He eventually returned home and resumed his high school education at the Oberschutzen Gymnasium after the war.

Dr. Gritsch earned a degree in 1952 in Protestant theology from the University of Vienna. Named a Fulbright scholar, he traveled to Yale University, where he earned a master's degree in 1954 in sacred theology. He completed ministerial studies in Austria and served as vicar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Austria in the Bruck an der Mur. In 1957, he immigrated to the United States and returned to Yale, where he earned his doctorate in 1960. While at Yale, he studied with the noted theologian and author D. H. Richard Niebuhr, who was professor of Christian ethics and director of graduate studies, and whose brother, Reinhold Niebuhr, was the author of "The Nature and Destiny of Man."

Dr. Gritsch became a U.S. citizen in 1962, the same year he was ordained into what is now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. From 1959 to 1961, he taught at Wellesley College, until being called to the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, said his wife of 17 years, Bonnie Brobst. At the seminary, Dr. Gritsch taught church history and Reformation studies until retiring in 1994. "Generations of seminary students were formed by his outstanding teaching and scholarship, his deep love for the Gospel and church, not least of all by his wit, which produced many memorable lines and Gritsch-isms," Ms. Brobst said.

He was co-author, with Robert Jenson, of "Lutheranism: The Theological Movement and Its Confessional Writings." "It was likely the most influential book for a generation of Lutheran seminarians and clergy, both at Gettysburg Seminary and across the continent," Ms. Brobst said.

Dr. Gritsch was the first director in 1970 of the seminary's Institute for Luther Studies, which brought prominent international scholars to Gettysburg for a series of scholarly conferences, now known as the Martin Luther Colloquy. He also lectured at the Catholic University of America and was an adjunct faculty member at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park. He also taught at the Melanchthon Institute in Houston, and was a guest lecturer at California Lutheran University.

Dr. Gritsch had served as interim pastor at Zion Church of the City of Baltimore, which is at City Hall Plaza, where he was also a member and director of the Forum for German Culture. He was a member of Lutheran organizations, including the International Congress for Luther Research, and had been a member of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue in North America.

On the 50th anniversary last fall of his ordination, "Lutheranism, Legacy and Future: Essays in Honor of Eric W. Gritsch," was published. His last book, "Christendumb," will be published this spring. Dr. Gritsch, who enjoyed keeping in touch with former students, was an opera buff, gourmet cook and liked traveling. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 2 at his church, 400 E. Lexington St.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four foster daughters, Patricia Bouthner of Severn, Valerie Adams of San Francisco, Erika Bell of Wichita, Kan., and Debbie Cole of Washington state; and a brother, Gunther Gritsch of Vienna. An earlier marriage to the former Ruth Sandman ended in divorce.

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Elizabeth Sturm



Elizabeth Sturm, 98, of Pelham, New York, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013,

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Sturm, Sr.

Born September 19, 1914 in Neutal, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Franz and Elisabeth Dominkowits.

For the last 50 years, she was a communicant of St. Catharine's Roman Catholic Church in Pelham.

She was the mother of Laurene Sturm Nuzzo and Charles (Patricia) Sturm, MD,; aunt of George (Linda) Steiner and Peter (Jeanette) Steiner, grand aunt of Dana Steiner and Jeffrey Steiner, and numerous other nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews,

Family and friends will be received at the Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Ave., Pelham, NY on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Catharine's Church, 25 Second Ave., Pelham, NY on Friday at 10 A.M.

Published in the The Journal News on January 16, 2013

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Gisella Fiedler



Gisella Fiedler, 86, of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, passed away on January 10, 2013.

She was married to the late William Fiedler for 43 years.

Gisella was born on April 30, 1926 in Kukmirn, Austria to the late Frank and Johanna (Preininger) Ernst.

She was a Lutheran.

Survivors: Daughter, Ellisa Hoffman and husband, Stephen, of Bethlehem; son, Ernst William and wife, Suzelle, of Frederick, MD; grandchildren, Emily and Daniel Hoffman; and brother, Julius Ernst.

Published in Morning Call on January 11, 2013

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Agnes Gerger



Agnes Gerger, age 95, of Stowe Township, Pennsylvania, died on Friday, January 4, 2013.

Born in Coplay, Pennsylvania, and raised in Deutsch Schützen, Austria, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Knopf) Keintz.

Agnes was a terrific homemaker, cook, baker, and loved crafts. She had a kind and generous heart and was loved by all who knew her.

She was a founding member of the Austrian-American Cultural Society.

She was the loving mother of Helen (Fred) Emrick and Betty (John) McDermott; dear grandmother of Donna (Bob) Ross, Walter (Patty) Emrick, Rick (Marilyn) Emrick, and Ron (Darlene) Emrick; also survived by eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday at McDermott Funeral Home, Inc., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Twp., where Funeral Prayers are offered at 9:00 a.m. Monday, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m., St. John of God Parish, the Church of St. Mary's. Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb

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Margaret Gessitz



Born in Poppendorf, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Gustav and Rose (Medl) Buchfeller.

She came to the U.S. in 1934 and settled in New York City, moving to Newton in 1958.

She worked at the New Jersey Department of Labor in Newton for 28 years, retiring as a manager in 1993.

Margaret was president of the Fredon Fire Department Auxiliary, president of the Sussex County Fire Auxiliary, a life member of AARP, and a member of the Newton VFW Auxiliary.

Margaret's pleasures in life included camping, crocheting, and bird and wildlife watching from her back porch. She loved watching "Jeopardy!" nightly and during her short stay at Bentley Assisted Living, she made many friends and became an avid Bingo player.

She is survived by her beloved husband, George; devoted daughters, Rosemarie Davenport and her husband, George, of Newton, and Carol Ann Cruts and her husband, Denis, of Hampton; loving grandchildren, George Davenport and his wife, Angela, of Alexandria, Va.; Gregory Davenport and his wife, Rachel, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kaitlyn Cruts and Jason Cruts of Hampton; one loving great-grandson, Austin Davenport, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and several cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law.

A memorial service will be held in April. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Ave., Bldg. B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871. Condolences may be sent to www.goblefuneral.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on January 6, 2013

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Romana Gill



Romana Gill, 83 years, of White Rock, British Columbia, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on January 3, 2013, at Zion Park Manor, Cloverdale.

Born February 3, 1929 in Hornstein, Austria, Romana emigrated to Canada in 1957.

On February 13, 1960 she was united in marriage to Wilhelm (Bill) Gill (deceased). They settled in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Romana initially worked as a seamstress, then started a family, and supported the work of her husband in the family construction business.

Romana was a long-time and devout member of the Lutheran Church as well as the Austria Vancouver Club since 1970, where she was active in the choir and club management.

She is survived by two sons, Arnold (Olena) of Parksville BC, and Harald (Lisa) of Vancouver. She is also survived by five grandchildren-Stefan, Kylee, Katerina, Zachary, and Alexandra.

Funeral Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 5950-179 St., Cloverdale. 10 am Saturday, January 12th. Interment to follow at Victory Memorial Park, 14831-28th Ave., Surrey at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, and Zion Lutheran Church.

Published online on January 7, 2013 courtesy of Dignity Memorial.

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Henrietta Millner



Henrietta Millner, 93, of Arizona, died peacefully in Camarillo, California on Dec. 28, 2012.

Henrietta was the devoted wife for 50 years to the late John Millner.

Born in Unterschützen, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Johann and Maria Simon

She is survived by her loving children who were blessed to have her as their mother, Janet Schuette, Nancy (Richard) Schukat and Illinois State Senator (28th District) John J. (the late Deborah) Millner.

She was the proud grandmother of Rick (Kate) Schukat, Rich (Trudi) Schuette, Joan (Mike) Colvin, Sue (Ed) Uhlig, Laurie (Estephan) Salameh and John Millner; and honored great-grandmother of Rachel, Cassidy, Miranda, Jeremy, Ava, Aliz, Ana, Luca and Sabrina.

She was predeceased by siblings Irma, Maria and Johann, all of Austria.

Her family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park, IL. Private interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to the Pedersen-Ryberg Mortuary,Elmhurst, 630-834-1133 or www.pedersenryberg.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on January 9, 2013

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Wilhelm Augustin



Mr. Wilhelm Ludwig Augustin, 85, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, died Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Born in Passaic, N.J. and raised in Punitz, Austria, Mr. Augustin was the son of the late Stephan and Apollonia (Halvachs) Augustin.

He was a retired foreman with Duff-Norton in Charlotte and was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.

He loved his family and enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are his son, Stefan Andreas Augustin and his wife, Jeannie, of Cameron, N.C.; two daughters, Anna Brandl-Kleine and her husband, Hans, of Fort Mill and Martha Bash of Charlotte; three sisters, Maria Buczok and her husband, Alex, of Highland Lakes, N.J., Theresia Menconi of Clifton, N.J. and Stefania Mayerhold of Austria; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Anna Mayer Augustin.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, with Father John Giuliani, C.O. officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Philip Neri Catholic Church Building Fund, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715. Condolences may be made at www.wolfefuneralhome.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on January 2, 2013

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Sofia Beruscha



Sofia Beruscha, 86, of Gibsonburg, Ohio, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Bethesda Care Center, Fremont.

She was born on May 30, 1926 in Sopron (Ödenburg), Hungary to Eduard & Katharina (Daimel) Scharfy.

In 1945, she married Louis Beruscha in Sopron, Hungary and he preceded her in death in 1994.

Sofia was a professional seamstress, retiring in 1987 from her business Emmy's.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Gibsonburg.

Sofia also was a member of the Gibsonburg Delphians & Extraordinary Woman's Club and enjoyed bowling.

Surviving is a son, Michael (Melissa) Beruscha of Algonquin, IL; grandchildren, Alex and Jennifer.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; daughter, Emma Beruscha; and sister, Maria Halwax.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 21, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at theHerman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Gibsonburg. Services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church with one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service starting at 9 a.m. Pastor Blair Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at West Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Sofia's memory may be made to the Gibsonburg Food Pantry or Hospice of Memorial Hospital.

Online condolences may be made at: www.hermankinn.com

Published in the News-Messenger on December 19, 2012

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Hubert Kaiser



Hubert Kaiser, age 90, passed away in Denton, Texas on December 10, 2012.

Hubert was born in Apetlon, Austria on February 28, 1922, the son of Adolph and Anna (Lang) Kaiser.

Hubert was a 20 year member of St. Mark's Catholic Church, Denton, TX.

He is preceded in death by wives Josephine Kaiser and Vivian Kaiser.

He is survived by son William Kaiser of MN; daughter Fran Isenberg of Denton, TX; sister Ann Nawrocki of MN; grandchildren Sarah Isenberg of Mansfield, TX and Jennifer McLain of Denton, TX; and three great-grandchildren.

A prayer service will be held on Friday December 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home chapel 705 N. Locust Denton, TX. A visitation will be from 1:00p.m. until 2:00p.m. on the same day. A private burial will take place in the Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN. (www.mulkeymasondenton.com)

Published in Pioneer Press on December 13, 2012

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Annina Mitchell



Annina Mitchell (née Schneider), age 92 and longtime resident of Green Valley, Arizona, passed Dec. 9, 2012, at her home while under Hospice care and with a friend at her side.

Born in Eisenberg an der Pinka, Burgenland, Austria, the eldest of three, Annina, age 17, was chosen to fulfill a U.S. Immigration quota for travel, residence and citizenship in America. She arrived alone at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve, 1937.

Annina will be laid to rest beside her navy husband, Robert Arthur Mitchell, in Arlington National Cemetery.

Family survivors include sister-in-law, Dorothy Foxworthy, and numerous nieces and nephews from Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on December 16, 2012

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Maria Strini



Maria "Mitzi" Strini, 82, of Whitehall, Pennsylvania, died December 3 at home.

She was married to the late John F. Strini, Jr.

Born in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch), Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Franz and Bertha (Heber) Keppel.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Whitehall.

Maria was a lifemember of the Coplay Saengerbund.

Survivors: Sons, John F., with whom she resided, Don and his wife, Joanne of Northampton, Jerome of Whitehall; daughters, Ann Marie, wife of Albert Ruppelli of Coplay, Vicky, wife of Otto Schatz of Northampton; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Anna of Austria; brother, Ferdinand of Austria.

Services: 10 a.m., Thursday, December 6, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Whitehall. Call 9 to 10 a.m., Thursday in the funeral home.

Contributions: To the Church c/o the funeral home, 18037.

Published in Morning Call on December 4, 2012

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Alphonz Szoldatits



Alfonz Szoldatits, 82, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 1, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Catherine (McCabe) Szoldatits. They celebrated their 53rd anniversary on May 9, 2012.

Born in Szentpéterfa (Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Hungary, he was the son of the late Ferenc and Maria Szoldatits.

Alfonz served in the Hungarian Army.

He immigrated to the United States and became an American citizen in 1964.

He worked at various companies in the skilled trades. He retired from Mack Trucks in 1987 after 22 years of service.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.

He was a 50 plus year member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic S & B. Society, (Hungarian Hall) in Northampton.

He loved spending time doing carpentry, traveling, winemaking, watching soccer and working in his garden. He most enjoyed sharing special times with his wife, children, grandchildren and his extended family and friends.

Survivors: Wife, Cathy; daughter, Maria, wife of Brian Miller of Fredericksburg, PA; sons, Al Jr., husband of Jennifer (Keen) and Stephen, all of Schnecksville; grandchildren, Nathaniel Miller, Aaron, Alec, Ryan and Danica Szoldatits; sister, Pauline Janny of Allentown; brother, Ferenc and his wife Helga of Ampfing, Germany; sister-in-law, Aranka Szoldatits of Szentpéterfa, Hungary; also many nieces; nephews in the United States, Austria, Germany and Hungary. He was predeceased by his sister, Anna Keschl; brother, Josef; brother-in-law, Joe Janny.

Services: 10 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, December 5, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11th and Washington Sts., Allentown. Calling 8:30 to 10 a.m. at church. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Wescosville. Arrangements by Trexler Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown. www.trexlerfuneralhome.com.

Contributions: Can be made in lieu of flowers to church for Mass Cards in memory of Alfonz, American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Pl., Suite 170, Bethlehem, 18017, or Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 S. 12th St., Allentown, 18103.

Published in Morning Call on December 4, 2012

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Wilhelm Fiedler



Wilhelm A. "Willi" Fiedler, age 86, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, where he was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 22, 1926, to Michael and Luise (Pfandler) Fiedler in Sopron (Ödenburg), Hungary.

Willi immigrated to the United States in 1952 and settled in Toledo in 1954 where he and his wife, Ursula, raised their family.

He was a Mason Contractor and owned his own business for 45 years in Toledo, (F & L Mason Contractors). Willi was a member of the Home Builders Assoc., GAF Retirees, GBU Schuetzenverien at the Oakshade and the Local 1 Bricklayers Union (50 year member). A large portion of his life and his family's life was devoted to the GBU (Greater Beneficial Union). Since settling in Toledo in 1954, Willi and his family were members of the GBU, where he was the President of Disctrict #510 - Toledo for 35 years.

Willi was instrumental to the GAF Society, he was one of the Founding Fathers and truly enjoyed the time he dedicated to the GAF Society. He also served as a past chairman of the annual GAF festival. He also was influential with obtaining the Oak Shade Grove property and managed many of the volunteers who built the hall and clubhouse for the GAF Society. He worked relentless hours in hopes to strengthen the GBU District #510, the GAF Society and the GAF grounds.

In his spare time, he enjoyed cheering for the Northwestern University football team, traveling with his wife by cruise ship, playing cards and shooting air rifles.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 65 years, Ursula M. (Muschik) Fiedler; children, Gisela (Steven) Mohr, Irmgard (Richard) Green, Christine (Terry) Blackman and Michael (Vickie) Fiedler; grandchildren, Nicole (Dave), Natalie (Derek), Krista (Billy), Julie (Shaun), Kyle, Brooke, Shelly (Richard), Erin (Matt), Michael and Sydney; ten great-grandchildren, and brother, Ferdinand (Elfriede) Fiedler. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three of his brothers.

The family will receive guests on Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4150 W. Laskey Rd. (419-473-0300). Funeral Services will begin in the funeral home on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

The family would like to specially thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the diligent care and compassion they provided to Willi.

Published in Toledo Blade from November 25 to November 28, 2012

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Rudolph Schuster



Rudolph M. "Rudy" Schuster, 84, of Limeport, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in his home.

He was the husband of Trudy (Griebel) Schuster and they celebrated their 59th anniversary this past June.

Born in Allentown, but raised in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch), Hungary, Rudy was a son of the late Michael and Julianna (Heber) Schuster.

Rudy was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Limeport.

Rudy worked for ConEd at Indian Point as a senior quality radiograph assurance examiner, specializing in radiography.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW in Emmaus, PA.

He was the founder and past president of the Allentown Soccer Club, which was established in 1952.

He was a volunteer fireman for the Continental Village Fire Dept. in Peekskill, NY for many years.

He was the entertainment chairman for many years for the German American Social Club in Peekskill, NY.

Rudy was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Allentown, and was a Fourth Degree Member of Calvary Council #528.

He was a past president of the Lehigh Sängerbund, and he was a member of the Coplay Sängerbund.

Rudy loved to travel and work in his garden.

He was especially proud of and enjoyed his new crop of grandchildren.

Survivors: Surviving with his wife, Trudy are sons, Michael and his wife, Mary of East Windsor, CT, David and his wife, Jen of Belmont, MA, and Rudy Jr. and his wife, Kirsten of Ft. Collins, CO; daughters, Susan Williams of Windham, CT and Donna, wife of Lane T. Bradford of Bolton, CT; a sister, Agnes, wife of John Bodisch in Center Valley. Additionally, Rudy is survived by his 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Monica; his grandson, Jason Bates; and his siblings, Julia, Mary, Hilda, and Otto.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Calling will be on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown, and on Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in the church.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to ALS Philadelphia Chapter c/o the funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on November 22, 2012

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Rose Schanter



Rose Schanter (née Deutsch), age 82, of Gardiner, New York, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her family and dogs.

She was born on July 3, 1930, in Pennsylvania and raised in Glasing, Austria.

She was an owner along with her late brother, Steve, and her late husband, Hans, of the Castle Harbour Casino, Bronx, NY.

Surviving are one daughter, Rosemarie Schanter and fiancé Dr. Saharat Bhitiyakul of Wallkill, NY and one son, John Schanter, and two grandchildren, Meghan and Jonathan Schanter.

The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Charles Borromeo Church, Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY 12525 (845) 255-1374, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by Rev. Robert Panek, Pastor. Burial will follow at St. Charles Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to: Ulster County SPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, NY 12401 or Benedictine Health Foundation c/o The Rosemary Gruner Fund,105 Marys Avenue, Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or Catskill Animal Sanctuary, 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY 12477.

Funeral arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. (845)255-1212.

If anyone wishes to express condolences online please go towww.copelandfhnp.com.

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Theresa Engelhard



Theresa Engelhard, 98, a resident of Holmes, New York, passed away Friday, November 09, 2012 at the Putnam Nursing & Rehab Center, Holmes, NY.

Born in Moschendorf, Austria on October 6, 1914, she was the daughter of Paul and Agnes (Wiener) Gaspar, and wife of the late Ludwig Engelhard.

Theresa and her family moved from Queens, and settled in Holmes in 1954. Theresa loved gardening, cooking, and reading.

She is survived by her son Richard, and his wife, Linda, of Holmes; her granddaughter Theresa Engelhard of Tuckahoe, NY; and her sister, Albine Garr of Austria.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her son, Ludwig.

Friends may call at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY on Monday, November 12th from 10-10:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM at St. John's Church, 39 East Main Street, Pawling, NY. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Pawling, NY.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on November 10, 2012

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Maria Hollendonner



Maria Hollendonner, 93, of New Hope, Pennsylvania, formerly of Trenton, New Jersey died peacefully with her daughter by her side on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the Pine Run Health Center in Doylestown, PA.

She was the wife of the late Robert Hollendonner.

Born in Northampton, PA, and raised in Deutsch Ehrensdorf, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Maria Pflugler,

She was an active member of St. Anthony's Church in Trenton.

In 2000, Mary joined her daughter, Lorraine, in her home in New Hope. She was known for her warm hospitality and always made sure that her guests were well cared for by serving them her Austrian specialties. She was self-taught and her handiwork included exquisite, delicate porcelain figurines, especially religious pieces. Her relatives and friends cherish the many treasures Mary made and gifted to them.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorraine M. Doan of New Hope; her son, Robert R. Hollendonner of Washington, DC; her grandchildren, Bob Doan and his wife, Jessica, of New Hope and Karen M. Doan of Midland Park, NJ; her great-grandchildren, Logan and Ella Doan of New Hope, and her sister, Johanna Csencsits of Deutsch Ehrensdorf, Austria.

The Funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, PA. Interment will follow at the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Solebury, PA. Calling hours will be held at the church on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until the start of Mass. The rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. Donations may be made to St. Martin of Tours Church, Aid for Friends Fund, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope, PA 18938.

Arrangements are by the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York St., Lambertville, NJ 08530.

Published in The Times, Trenton, on November 10, 2012

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Frank Forjan



Frank Forjan, 87, of Circleville, New York, died Nov. 6, 2012, at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown.

He was born Sept. 9, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents Josef and Mathilde (Windisch) Forjan but grew up in Grieselstein, Austria. He moved back to the United States and had a long career as a precision machinist.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Maria; two sons, Joseph Forjan and his wife, Marie, and Gary Forjan and his wife, Liz; two daughters, Christine Fediuk and her husband, Roman, and Laurie Sokoloff and her husband, Don; six grandchildren, Joseph Perry, Derek Sokoloff and Matthew, Daniel, Connor and Keara Forjan; a sister, Frida and her husband, Fred Steir; and many nieces and nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joseph Forjan and his wife, Louise, and William and Felix Forjan; a brother-in-law, Edward Henderson; a nephew, William Forjan; and a niece, Martha Forjan.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 10 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Bullville, with the Rev. Sean Harlow, O.Carm, officiating. Burial followed at New Prospect Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church.

William M. Gagan Funeral Home Inc., 1525 Burlingham Rd., in Pine Bush, handled his funeral arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, visit www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com.

Published in Newsday Westchester on November 12, 2012

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Helen Racz



Helen Racz, age 87, of Highland, New York, died Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at home, after a long illness.

Born on November 21, 1924, in Clifton, NJ, and raised in Tobaj, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Valeria (Raubold) Racz.

She worked at Gotlebs Sewing Company for 26 years as a designer of fine clothing, from 1924 till 1961. She then perused a career as a quality control inspector at IBM, where she retired in 1987.

She spent many hours gardening and landscaping her rock gardens. When she wasn't bowling, she loved going to Atlantic City with group trips, and especially enjoyed her trip to Europe.

Miss Racz was also a communicant at St. Joseph's Church for 60 years.

She is survived by her brother Adolph and his wife Hildegard Razz of Highland, NY; niece, Marie Menzor of Highland, NY to whom she was a second mother; also by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Pauline Zettl, and brother, Joseph Racz.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561. The funeral will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:00am at St. Joseph's Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY., where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Bernard Maloney.

Burial will follow in Lloyd Cemetery, Highland, NY.

The family asks that memorial donation may be made to: Alzheimer's Association , 2 Jefferson Plaza, #103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

Funeral arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. (845)255-1212. If anyone wishes to express condolences online please go to www.copelandfhnp.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on November 1, 2012

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Theresa Wilfinger



Theresa Wilfinger, 90, formerly of Allentown, Pennsylvania until 1987, died October 20, 2012 at The Village at Rockville in Maryland.

Born in Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Himler) Wilfinger and sister to the late Gottfried Wilfinger.

Theresa was a former member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.

She was employed by Hess' Department Store for many years.

Survivors: Sister, Frances Noyes; niece, Victoria Noyes, wife of Frank Carnovale; nephew, Michael Noyes, husband of Angela, father of Madalena, Natalia and Suzannah, all of Greenbelt, MD.

Services: Graveside, 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1500 Airport Rd., Allentown, PA. (www.weberfuneralhomes.com)

Published in Morning Call on October 26, 2012

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Irma McMillen



Irma McMillen (née Feichtinger), age 92, of Pontiac, Michigan, passed away October 20, 2012.

Born in Grafenschachen, Austria, Irma was a graduate of Michigan State University with advanced degrees from Wayne State University.

She was a librarian in the Pontiac Schools where she served the children of Bethune Elementary and Jefferson Jr. High.

Retired Executive Director of the Pontiac YWCA, former member of various boards and organizations including the Pontiac Symphony, Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society;

Irma was also the Recipient of the Heart of Gold Award from the Pontiac City Council.

Survivors: husband, retired Pontiac Central Principal Donald McMillen; children, Joseph McMillen, Phyllis (Robert Badgley) McMillen, Matthew (Jeanne) Mc Millen and Denise (Casamir) Harmatys; granchildren, Graham and Kate Tabor, Lauren, Dustin, Brett, Madeline and Gordon McMillen, Ted, Madeline and Nick Badgley.

Please join us in celebration of her life. Visitation Monday October 22, 2012, 3 to 8 p.m. at Donelson, Johns and Evans Funeral Home, 5391 Highland Road, Waterford. Funeral Service to be held at Central United Methodist Church, 3883 Highland Road, Waterford on Tuesday October 23, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with luncheon to follow. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .

Published in The Oakland Press from October 21 to October 22, 2012

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Joseph Domitrovits



Joseph “Joe” Domitrovits, age 74, of New Paltz, New York, died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie.

Born on June 16, 1938, in Sumetendorf, Austria, he was a son of the late Vitus and Agnes (Garger) Domitrovits.

He married MaryAnne Hafner on August 17, 1964 in New York City, NY. She predeceased him August 1, 2006.

He and his wife were the former owners of the Austrian Village, New Paltz, NY.

He is survived by three sons: Joseph J. Domitrovits of Eastchester, NY, Glen Domitrovits and Eric Domitrovits, both of New Paltz, NY He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, John and Maeve Domitrovits of Rosendale, NY, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Monday October 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:00am at St. Joseph's Church, 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated. Burial will follow in Lloyd Cemetery, Highland.

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Johanna Stamler



Johanna Stamler, 90, of Toms River, New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Van Dyke Hospice and Palliative Care in Toms River.

Born in Urbersdorf, Austria, to Franz and Johanna (Fandl) Furst, she resided in Passaic, Garfield and Elmwood Park prior to moving to Toms River in 1992.

Johanna enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, cooking for everyone and she made the best chicken soup in the world.

She was predeceased by her brother Frank Furst and son-in-law Thomas Parrillo.

Surviving are her loving husband of 66 years, Frank Stamler, daughters Susan and husband Charles Spano of Titusville, NJ and Joan Parillo of Jackson, NJ, sisters Mary LaMantia of Galloway Township, NJ and Pauline and husband Edward Verduin of Wayne, NJ, grandchildren Beth and husband Ken McNaughton of Chatham, NJ, Lauren and husband Joseph Delgado of Lawrence Harbor, NJ, Craig Parrillo of Montclair, NJ, Amy and husband Matt McCloskey of Philadelphia, PA and Charles Spano and wife Claire Carre of Brooklyn, NY, 4 great grandchildren Gavin McNaughton, Hayden McNaughton, Noah Delgado and Nicolas Delgado and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 from 9-11am at the Quinn Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Road Toms River, NJ 08755. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30am on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Church in Toms River. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties at www.Foodbankmoc.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.QuinnHoppingFH.com.

Published in Asbury Park Press on September 24, 2012

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Edmund Malits



Edmund Malits, a man of hope and optimism who believed God never put man on earth to leave it like he found it, passed away September 17, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.

Born in 1928 in Reinersdorf, Austria, he was a son of the late John and Marie (Derkits) Malits.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Pesch, and his beloved wife of 51 years, Louise Jeanette Wilson Malits.

He is survived by his sister, Shirley Maries; and daughters, Carol (Charles) Harmon, Janet (Kurt) Smail; grandchildren, Sally Harmon Hague, Elizabeth Harmon, and Andrew Smail; and great-granddaughter, Stella Louise Hague.

Ed grew up in Erie, PA; after high school he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Japan. Ed received a BA from Gannon College and an MS in social work from the University of Buffalo.

He dedicated his life's work to helping children and families and children through service in the nonprofit sector. He began his career as psychiatric social worker at Hudson River State Hospital in NY. After joining the Family Service Agency of Buffalo, NY, he served as director of the Desert Family Counseling Service at the U.S. Naval Ordinance Test Station in China Lake, CA.; director of the Johnson County Interagency Cooperative Aftercare Project in Overland Park, KS; director of the Family Service Agency in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Chattanooga, TN; and as a director at Franklin County Children Services in Columbus, OH.

Ed retired and spent 20 years in Sun Lakes, AZ before returning to Columbus.

Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012 at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 N. High St. A funeral mass will be held at a later date at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Sun Lakes, AZ, with interment at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks charitable donations be made to Children's Defense Fund-Ohio or The Ohio Health Foundation/Kobacker House.

To share memories and condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on September 19, 2012

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Anna Csencsits



Anna Csencsits (née Lippowitsch), 97, of Wayne, New Jersey, formerly of Passaic Park, passed away on September 16, 2012.

Born in Passaic (and raised in Gaas, Austria), Mrs. Csencsits resided in Passaic Park for most of her life before moving to Midland Park.

She had been a sewing machine operator with several companies in Passaic, Lodi and Garfield.

Mrs. Csencsits was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Passaic where she was a member of the Rosary Society.

She was predeceased by one brother, Joseph Lipovits; two sisters, Marie Paukovits and Stefanie Lippowitsch; and two brothers-in-law, Julius Deutsch and Stefan Paukovits.

Survivors include: her beloved husband, Joseph Csencsits; her devoted children, Joan Ann Des Roches and her husband Raymond of Midland Park and Joseph Frank Csencsits and his wife Maryann of Pompton Lakes; two dear sisters, Pauline Deutsch of Brick, NJ and Christl Trippel of Gaas, Austria; her sister-in-law Ella Lipovits of California; six loving grandchildren, Michelle Des Roches, Sean Des Roches, Annick McGregor Des Roches, Cheryl Lowe, Brian Csencsits and Lauren Reid; and twelve loving great-grandchildren, Moorea, Colin and Isabelle Des Roches, Zoe McGregor, Jack, Jennifer and Samantha Lowe, Jakob Makover, Tedi Csencsits, Alexander, Kyle and Skylar Reid and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday 10:30 AM from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 515 Lexington Avenue, Clifton and 11 AM at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, cor. Hope Ave. and Harrison Street, Passaic. Interment to follow at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Lodi. Visiting will be held Friday morning from 9-10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association , 400 Morris Ave., Denville, NJ 07438 or Holy Trinity RC Church, 226 Harrison St., Passaic, NJ 07055. Please visit www.bizub.com for driving directions and online condolences.

Published in The Record/Herald News on September 18, 2012

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Gottfried Jandrasits



Gottfried Jandrasits, age 98, of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, formerly of the Bronx, NY, died on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Kemetter) Jandrasits.

Born in Grossmürbisch, Austria, he was a son of the late Josef and Julianna (Kober) Jandrasits.

He was a president of the Brüderschaft der Burgenländer in New York for many years.

He was the devoted father of Walter (Gail) Jandrasits of Mt. Lebanon, Helen Myers-Costello (Bill) of Westfield, NJ and Joseph (Joan) Jandrasits of Canonsburg, PA; loving grandfather of Lisa, Kim, Jason, Wally, Michael and Rose; great-grandfather of Hunter and Joi; Zoe; Zachary and Allison; and Brianna.

Friends will be welcomed at the LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon Monday morning from 10 until 11:30 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Bernard Church. Entombment in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery Mausoleum.

If desired, memorials may be made to Saint Bernard Church Building Fund, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. www.laughlinfuneralhome.com

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John Milisits



John Milisits, 92, of Nazareth, died peacefully in his home on September 5, 2012.

He was the husband of the late Hilda (Konrath) Karlowitch Milisits who died March 3, 2007.

John was born December 22, 1919, in Szentpéterfa, Hungary (aka Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), a son of the late Janos and Maria (Krammer) Milisits.

He was a machinist at Kraemer Textiles in Nazareth until retiring in 1984.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth and Saints Peter and Paul Society, Northampton.

Survivors: Daughter, Heidi Valle and husband, J.R., Nazareth; step-daughters, Linda Christman and husband Russ, Lehighton, Kathy Hagemes, Nazareth, Stephanie Young and husband, Glen, Nazareth; step-son John Karlowitch, Florida; eight grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons; predeceased brothers, Lajos and Jozsef Milisits.

Services: Monday, 9:15 a.m., in Reichel Funeral Home 220 Washington Park, Nazareth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in Holy Family Church, Nazareth. Calling hours are Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial is private and will take place at a later date.

Published in Morning Call on September 6, 2012.

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Theresia Kody



Theresia Kody (née Kollmann), 95, died after a short illness at Buckingham Valley Nursing Center, Newtown, Pennsylvania, on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

Born to Joseph and Anna Maria Kollmann in Sopron (aka Ödenburg), Hungary, she had lived in Vernon for 17 years before moving to Newtown, PA., 11 years ago.

Mrs. Kody worked as a seamstress in the garment industry for many years and also volunteered as a CCD assistant at St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church in Vernon. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed gardening and sewing for her family.

Mrs. Kody was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Kody (1982), and a daughter, Katalin Kish (2000), as well as seven brothers and sisters and was the devoted mother of Joseph M. Kody, of Milford, Pa., and Annamaria Jones, of Newtown, Pa. Loving grandmother of Katalin Bieniek, Frank Kish, Theresia Kody, Bryanna Kody, Kellsie Kody, Ryan Jones and Lindsey Jones. Cherished by four great-granddaughters and two great-great-granddaughters.

The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, N.J., on Monday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home will be Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Franklin, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hardyston Township.

Memorial gifts to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NYC, NY 10163-4777, www.michaeljfox.org would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on August 12, 2012

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Joseph Garger



Joseph Garger, 79, of Bath, Pennsylvania, formerly of New York, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 23, 2012 at Gracedale.

He was the husband of Eileen (Titz) Garger with whom he shared 48 years of marriage on July 18.

Born in Strem, Austria on October 22, 1932, he was a son of the late John and Johanna (Schatz) Garger.

Joseph worked in the elevator industry as an installer and retired as a foreman after more than 30 years. He was proud to have been involved with the installation of the elevators at the World Trade Center.

Joseph was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local #385, and he was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Bath.

Survivors: In addition to his loving wife, Eileen; he is survived by his son, Robert J. Garger of Bath; along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman and Johann Garger and his sisters, Margaret Hallimann, Mary Karlovits and Angela Unger.

Services: Will be private, at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Contributions: May be made in memory of Joseph to the Animals in Distress, 5075 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg, PA 18036.

Published in Morning Call on July 25, 2012

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Karl Trinkl


Karl was born April 6, 1942 in Konigsdorf, Austria to Karl and Gisela Trinkl. Karl was 6 years old when he contracted polio during the European outbreak of the 1940's. He not only survived, but thrived.

Karl immigrated to the United States in 1960 and settled in the Bronx, NY. His mother and sister, Elfi, followed two years later. Karl worked as an iron worker/welder. He was a member of the Iron Worker Local #455 which helped build and raise the twin towers. He told stories of walking the beams of the top floors.

Karl met his future bride, Else, at a dance in a German Club in the Bronx. They married May 4, 1963 and have 2 children, Linda and Charles. He became a naturalized citizen on December 13, 1966.

In 1973, Karl and Else moved their family to Deltona, Florida. Karl continued working as a welder and worked for the Florida Department of Transportation for 30 years until he retired in 2003. He was honored with the Deland Maintenance Worker Employee of the year in 2002.

Throughout the years, Karl enjoyed a friendly game of bowling; bowling not in one league but two weekly leagues. As a team, they entered and traveled to many state tournaments for which he has many trophies.

Karl will be remembered for his sense of humor, his ability to fix everything (or at least tell you how to do it), his deep, rich accent and his former love- White Owl demi-tip cigars.

Karl left this life for his eternal home on June 27, 2012. Left to miss his bigger than life presence is his wife of 49 years, Else, daughter Linda Schneider (Kevin), son Charles Trinkl (Corey), grandchildren Jaclyn and Casey Trinkl, and sister Elfi Glucksman (Glendale, AZ). He also leaves grandchildren by love Meghan Pratt and great-grandson Julian Bonner.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 6PM at Community United Methodist Church of DeBary located at 41 W. Highbanks Rd, DeBary, Fl. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the American Heart Association. are made to the American Heart Association.

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Stephen Geosits


Stephen Geosits, 90, of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, died Monday, June 18, 2012 at Blough Healthcare Center, Bethlehem.

He was the husband of the late Helen J. (Bartakovics) Geosits, who died April 30, 1998.

He was born in Szentpéterfa, Hungary (aka Petrovo Selo/Prostrum) on February 14, 1922 to the late Ferenc and Rozalia Geosits.

Stephen worked for the former Frank J. Kovacs, General Contractor, Bethlehem as a master carpenter for many years until retiring.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

Survivors: Siblings, Louis of Allentown, Maria wife of László Remenyi of Hellertown, Johanna Novak and Paula Jurasits both in Hungary, Anna Kerese of New Brunswick, NJ; nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers, Adolf, Mate, Florian; and a sister, Paula.

Services: Family and friends are invited to call 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 326 Main Street in Hellertown, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 416 East 5th Street, Bethlehem. The interment will conclude services at Union Cemetery of Hellertown.

Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com.

Published in Morning Call on June 19, 2012

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Maria Schweitzer



Maria Schweitzer (née Judt), 86, of Chicago, Illinois, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edmund Schweitzer.

Born June 13, 1926, in Alsószölnök, Hungary (aka Unterzemming/Dolnji Senik), she was the daughter of the late Janos and Paula Judt,

Maria married Edmund on May 18, 1946. They then moved to Landsberg, Germany, where they resided until coming to Chicago in 1951 with their three children.

Survivors: children, Ernest (Carolyn), Helmut (Joanne) and Mary (Gary) Aanenson; grandchildren, Lisa, Dennis, Edmund, Steven (Carrie), Thomas, AnnaMarie and MaryEllen; great-grandchildren, April, Danielle, Dylan, Benjamin and Lily; sister Anna Sandor; and sister-in-law Margaret Schweitzer.

Services: Visitation will be Wednesday, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Road (at Northwest Highway), Mount Prospect. She will be lying in state Thursday, from 9 a.m. until the Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church, Elmhurst Road (Route 83) and Lincoln St., Mount Prospect. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Kids Equipment Network, www.tken.org.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on June 19, 2012

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Frank Wagner


Frank J. Wagner, age 90, of Norton Shores, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home, Monday, June 4, 2012.

He was born January 11, 1922 in Schachendorf, Austria to Frank and Theresa (Puskarits) Hotwagner. He came as an infant to the United States with his family and lived in Muskegon Heights.

He was a 1940 graduate of Muskegon Heights High School. He honorably served his country during World War II as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in the European theater, receiving the Presidential Unit Citation and five bronze battle stars.

He married his life-long sweetheart, Theresa Melin on November 1, 1941 and they remained happily married for over 65 years until her death on January 18, 2007. He missed her deeply ever after.

Frank was employed by Sealed Power since 1940 in various positions in the accounting department, eventually becoming the director of national warehousing and distribution operations. He then joined Joy Manufacturing in Michigan City, IN as assistant comptroller, retiring in 1985, whereupon he and his wife returned to enjoy their retirement in the Muskegon area.

He was involved in many religious and civic activities. He was the co-chair of the Building Committee of Sacred Heart Church, president of the board of Catholic Social Services of Muskegon and a member of the executive committee of the Grand Rapids Diocesan Catholic Social Services. He was also the director of the Society for Better Hearing of Muskegon, on the board of directors for the Muskegon YMCA and a charter member of the Muskegon Area Development Committee. He served as chairman of the Muskegon/ Muskegon Heights Consolidation Committee, on the Muskegon Heights Charter Commission and was a member of the Muskegon Heights City Council. He was a lifetime emeritus member of the National Association of Accountants.

Frank enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife, golfing, bowling and following the fortunes of his favorite teams: the Chicago Cubs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Hotwagner, sisters, Rose Elwell and Ann Schelhas and brothers-in-law, Basil Elwell and Robert Schelhas. He is survived by his four children: Terri (Jim Walz) Wagner, Dennis Wagner, Mary (Dave Barton) Wagner and Mark (Cindy) Wagner; three granddaughters, Jane Barton, Sarah Wagner and Katie Wagner; sister-in-law, Florence; and many nieces and nephews in the Elwell, Lindsey, Hotwagner and Schelhas families.

The MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church - Marian Chapel, Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Fr. Philip P. Salmonowicz as celebrant. VISITATION will be Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at The Lee Chapel 6291 S. Harvey St. (231) 798-1100 Visitation will also be 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Mr. Wagner will be laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Francis de Sales Church or Harbor Hospice.

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Camilla Dulmovitz


Camilla Dulmovitz, 98, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, died Saturday, May 12 at Holy Family Manor. She was the wife of the late Frank Dulmovitz.

Born November 29, 1913 in Eberau, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Alois and Theresia (Polzer) Gratzl.

Camilla was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church in Northampton and a former member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bethlehem.

Survivors: Son, Frank Dulmovitz, of Bethlehem; and a brother, Josef Gratzl, of Eberau, Austria; nieces and nephews. Camilla was predeceased by a brother, Louis Gratzl; and a sister, Paula Gratzl.

Services: A Burial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Queenship of Mary Church, 1324 Newport Ave., Northampton. Family and friends may call Wednesday 9 to 10 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Burial will follow in Saint Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, NY.

Contributions: Memorials may be presented to Queenship of Mary Church c/o funeral home.

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Emilie Bendekovits



Emilie Bendekovits, 85, of Roseto, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, surrounded by her loving family while visiting in Brick, New Jersey.

She was the wife of the late Stefan Bendekovits who died September 21, 2011.

Born April 28, 1926 in Harmisch, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Katharina (Kiss) Stubits.

She was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church and Altar & Rosary Society of Northampton; and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Roseto.

Survivors: Daughters, Emilie, wife of Fred Martin, of Roseto, Christine Bendekovits, of Life Path in Bethlehem; two grandchildren, Philip Martin and his wife Laura and Kristal wife of Tobin Scott; a great grandson, Caleb Samuel Martin; a sister, Maria Geosits of Austria, and nieces and nephews.

Services: A Burial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 28th at 10:30 a.m. in Queenship of Mary Catholic Church 1324 Newport Ave., Northampton. Family and friends may call Friday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 9:30-10 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Hungary Parish Cemetery.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be presented to Life Path c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on April 26, 2012

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Conrad Zwik



Conrad J. Zwik, age 92, of Barrington, Illinois, passed away April 14, 2021. Conrad was born Feb. 17, 1920 in Raiding, Austria, the son Stephan and Johanna (Kienzl) Zwik (Zwitkowitsch).

Survived by beloved wife of 70 years Teresa (née Schwager); loving father of Sharon Marconi, Linda Wright and Randall Zwik (Chuck Hizer); cherished grandfather of Tracy (Robert) Quinn, Lisa (Robert) Korn, Wendy (Christopher) Rosman, Dawn (Jeffery) Bossong, Rebecca and Jessica; great-grandfather of Ryan, Taylor and Alexandra Quinn, Michael and Grace Korn, Mack and Isabella Rosman, Jack and Nicholas Bossong; fond brother of Paul (Ann) Zwik; son-in-law Robert (Lynn) Marconi.

Longtime member of Rolling Green Country Club, Imperial Golf Club, Cove Inn Yacht Club and the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club.

Lying in state Friday, 9:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 2515 W. Palatine Rd., Inverness, until time of funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment private. Visitation Thursday, 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Hwy., Palatine.

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Marie Eberhardt



Marie P. Eberhardt, 91, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, died on Friday, April 13, 2012.

She was born in Reinersdorf, Austria, daughter of the late Stephen and Julia (Schuster) Stoisits.

She was the wife of the late Joseph Eberhardt who died in 1990.

Marie was the owner and operator of the former Eberhardt Grocery Store, Miller Heights, from 1955 to 1970. She also owned and operated the former Peacock Hotel, Freemansburg, from 1970 to 1976.

She was a long time and faithful parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Miller Heights.

Survivors: She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Jeanette wife of, Steven Janda of Victorville, CA; grandsons, Neil Eberhardt and wife, Barbara of Northampton, Joe Eberhardt and wife, Emily of Bethlehem, and Jason Janda and wife, Autumn of Victorville, CA; great grandchildren, Jack, Jacob and Claire Eberhardt, and Kaylee Janda; sisters, Emma Skrobanek and Stella Lang, both of Allentown. She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Eberhardt and sister, Theresa Falcone.

Services: Arrangements have been entrusted to Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, where viewing hours will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. and again on Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. A 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1817 1st St., Bethlehem Township. Interment will be in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Contributions: Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association , 212 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 and/or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, 906 Penn Ave., Suite LL, Wyomissing, PA 19610. Offer condolences online at www.connellfuneral.com.

Published in Morning Call on April 14, 2012

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Josephine Lorch



Josephine Lorch, 97, of Meriden, Connecticut, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at the MidState Medical Center.

She was born in Mühlgraben, Burgenland, Austria, on March 2, 1915, a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Zieger) Poglitsch and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wallingford.

She is survived by her son William Thumbeck and his wife Heather of Meriden, her grandson, Steven Thumbeck, his wife Wendy and their children, Emily, Abby, Sophie and Carley of Port Orange, FL; her granddaughter, Tracie-Lee Burr, her husband Doug, and their children, Josh and Zack of Roswell, GA; her great granddaughter, Jenifer Thumbeck of Cincinnati, OH; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, William Thumbeck; her second husband, Eugene Lorch; her grandson, Mike Thumbeck; and several brothers and sisters.

The Thumbeck and Burr families would like to thank the Bradley Home for the wonderful care that they gave Josie while she was a resident there. They would also like to thank the entire medical staff on Pavilion D at MidState Medical Center for the loving and compassionate care they gave Josie while she was a patient there.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 235 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be private in Rose Hill Memorial Park in Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church Sunday School Department, 235 Pond Hill Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford (www.wallingfordfh.com).

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Hilda Dyer



Hilda Dyer, 86, of Bordentown, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton with her loving family and close friends by her side.

Born in Kroatisch Geresdorf, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Ludwig and Maria (Kuzmich) Hafner.

A proud parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Bordentown; she will be remembered for her generous nature, her passion for politics, her love of the tango, waltz, animals, gardening, cooking, and talk radio. Hilda's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, caring friend and will be greatly missed.

She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Arthur W. Dyer, and her sister, Edith Toth.

She is survived by her loving children, Arthur and Deborah A. Dyer, Patricia M. Dyer, Janine Y. and Martin C. Livingston; her grandchildren, Melinda A. and Joseph Johnson, Allison M. Dyer, Jessica L. Dyer; her sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Eliasberg; her brother-in-law, William J. Dyer; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Apr. 11) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 45 Crosswicks St., Bordentown. Calling hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown.

Arrangements are under the direct care and supervision of Robert L. Pecht, Bordentown Home for Funerals, 40 Crosswicks St., Bordentown, NJ 08505.

Published in The Trentonian on April 10, 2012

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Katharine Sendek



Katharine Sendek, age 85, of Clinton Township, Michigan, died April 1, 2012. Born August 1, 1926 in Sopronbánfalva (Wandorf), Hungary. Beloved wife of the late Rudolf. Loving mother of Emily Sendek Oehlberg, Arnold Sendek and Roswitha Slone. Dearest grandmother of Christina, Katherine and Kelly. Visitation Today 4-9 pm at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield, Clinton Township. Instate Wednesday 10:30 am until time of Funeral Service 11 am at St. Peters Lutheran Church, 11423 Chicago, Warren. Interment at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery, Clinton Township. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Peters Lutheran Church.

Published online on April 2, 2012 courtesy of Dignity Memorial.

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Anna Gaal



Anna Gaal (née Stern), 87, of Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012.

She was born July 1, 1924, in Heiligenkreuz, Burgenland, Austria.

She was the beloved wife of the late Otto Gaal; loving mother of William Gaal, Colman (Stevie) Gaal and Eva Gaal; dear grandmother of Otto Gaal, Michele (Shawn) Youngblood, Gretel (Alan) Egan and Michael (Marlo) Gaal; great-grandmother of Cole Egan, twins Maxwell and Montgomery Gaal, Sadie Egan, Shalyn Gaal and Luke Youngblood; cousin of Franz Neubauer; and aunt of Hans and Franz Beutl and family.

Anna was a cook for more than 25 years at the Forest Inn in West Park.

Family to receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township, where funeral prayers are offered at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. John of God Parish, the Church of St. Mary's.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff of Oddesey Hospice and Mary Ann and Tom Fenio.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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Gerhard Huber



Gerhard J. Huber, 55, of Leesville, South Carolina, formerly of Coplay, Pennsylvania died suddenly Monday, March 19, in the Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, PA.

He was the husband of Crystal (Hydrick) Huber.

Born March 19, 1957 in Reinersdorf, Burgenland, Austria, he is the son of Stefan and Maria (Taker) Huber, of Coplay.

Gerhard was a QA Specialist for Ansaldo-STS, formerly Union Switch & Signal Co. in Batesburg, S.C. for the last 16 years.

Along with his brothers, he was a long-time member of "The Happy Austrians" band, touring the US, Canada, and Austria.

He was a former member of St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Wife; parents; daughter, Nina, of Coplay; sons, Jason and Trey; step children, Brandon and Brittany, all of S.C.; brothers, Steven and his wife Debra, of Schnecksville, Anton and his wife Diane, of Northampton; many nieces and nephews.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. 5th St. Coplay, Pa. 18037. There will be no calling Hours. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Parish Cemetery.

Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Reichel Funeral Home, Northampton.

Published in Morning Call on March 22, 2012

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Frida Koch



Frida Koch, née Prinner, age 82, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, passed away March 20, 2012 at Bridgeport Hospital.

Mrs. Koch was born in Sopron (Ödenburg), Hungary and was a longtime Bridgeport resident.

She was a past member of the Germania Sport Club.

She was predeceased by her husband Karl Koch.

Survivors include her six daughters, Anna Roberts and her husband Richard of Prospect, CT, Elizabeth Duplease and her husband Robert of North Haven, CT, Elvira Cadrin and her husband Joseph of Bridgeport, CT,Isabella Koch of Bridgeport, CT, Veronica Makusevich of Stratford, CT and Jennifer Koch of Chicopee, MA; her son Robert Koch of Deltona, FL; one sister Anna Schweihofer of St. Clarie MI; two brothers John Prinner of Northford, CT and Frank Prinner of MA; seventeen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend her funeral services on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Trumbull Funeral Home 399 White Pains Rd. and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church Boston Ave. Bpt. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery in Fairfield. Friends may call on Friday from 4-8 p.m. For online condolences please visit mullinsfh.com

Published in Connecticut Post from March 22 to March 23, 2012

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Anna Fleischmann



Anna Fleischmann, age 91, of Sedalia, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012 at Fair View Nursing Home.

Anna was born on August 13, 1920 in Grosspetersdorf, Burgenland, Austria the youngest child of Frank and Theresia (Krolick) Steurer. She arrived in the U.S. on Christmas Eve, 1927. One of her most interesting memories was of the arrival hall at Ellis Island decorated for Christmas, a memory she shared with her family during a visit to New York.

Anna lived most of her life in St. Louis, moving to Sedalia 4 years ago to be closer to her daughter. She was married to Joseph E. Fleischmann on September 9, 1944 at St. Boniface Church in St. Louis. She and Joe were married for 52 years before his death in 1996. They loved to travel, play cards and had a wide circle of friends. Anna graduated from business school and went to work as a bookkeeper, a position she held at a variety of St. Louis firms until her retirement at age 70.

Anna is survived by one daughter, JoAnn Martin and her husband Turf, one granddaughter, Ashley Martin of St. Louis, a niece Mary Ann MacLean of Garden Grove, CA, 5 additional nieces, a nephew and many great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, a granddaughter Sara Alice Martin, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, a nephew and her parents.

A vigil service for the deceased will be held Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm at Heckart Funeral Home followed by visitation until 8:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6:30 pm Friday, March 23, 2012 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Bahner (Junction of V and M). Pallbearers will be Ronald Hoppes, Chuck Kratzer, Robert DeHaven, Mark Homan, Beau Kratzer and Tayler Kratzer. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. Louis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Liberty Center Association for the Arts in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be offered at www.heckartfuneralhome.com.

Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com on March 20, 2012

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Pauline Rizzotto



Pauline A. Rizzotto 90, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 in St. Lukes Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Pauline was the wife of the late James L. Rizzotto Sr., who passed in 1997.

Born in Rauchwart, Austria, Pauline was a daughter of the late Alois and Pauline (Ernheffler) Yandrisovits.

Pauline worked for many years as a sewing machine operator for the former Clyde Shirt Factory in Northampton, the former Highland Fashions in Allentown, and the former D&D Sewing Factory in Coplay.

She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Allentown.

Survivors: Sons, James L. Jr. and his wife Patti of St. Petersburg, FL, and Thomas B. and his wife Deborah of Allentown; a daughter, Maria P. Rizzotto of Allentown; sisters, Theresia Meyer in Cherryville, and Helen Rizzotto of Whitehall. Pauline has five grandchildren, Anthony, Valerie, Gina, Heather, and Lee, and four great grandchildren. Pauline was predeceased by sisters, Stephanie and Mary.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians. Calling will be on Thursday from 7- to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave. Allentown.

Published in Morning Call on March 21, 2012

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Margaret Bakan



Margaret (Buchesz) Bakan, age 79, died on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.

Born in Alsószölnök (Unterzemming), Hungary, she settled in Elizabeth, moving to North Plainfield in the early 1960's when she married her husband Eugen Bakan.

Prior to retiring, Margaret worked as a Nurses Aid at McKutchen Nursing Home in North Plainfield.

She was a communicant of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in North Plainfield and loved singing in the church choir.

She was a past member of Saenger Hall in North Plainfield and enjoyed gardening, homemaking and cooking in her spare time.

She was predeceased by her husband Eugen Bakan in 2005, and her brothers, Josef and Imre Buchesz.

Survivors: her daughter Lili Bakan of N. Plainfield; a sister in law, Margaret Buches of Bethlehem, PA; a brother, Ferenc Buchesz of Hungary; a nephew Joseph Buches, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA and a goddaughter, Rose Nagy Szabo of Bethlehem, PA.

Services: Visitation will be held on Monday, March 12 from 9-10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in North Plainfield, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, NJ.

To send condolences go to www.higginsfuneralhome.com

Published in Morning Call on March 10, 2012

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John Urbauer



John Urbauer, age 88, born in Buchschachen, Austria, WWII U.S. Army Veteran.

Beloved husband of the late Caroline A., née Fencl (2008); loving father of Lynette (Al) Van Koningsveld and the late John (Debra) Urbauer; dear grandfather of David, Lauren, and Jennifer Urbauer and Jon Van Koningsveld; fond brother of Joseph (Carmen) and the late William (Betty); dear uncle of four nieces.

Retired lifelong employee of Container Corporation of America.

Member of American Legion Evergreen Park Post #854.

Visitation Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service Friday, 10 a.m. at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. and Harlem) Orland Park, IL with Pastor Gordon Reif officiating.

Interment Fairmount-Willow Hills Cemetery, Willow Springs, IL.

Memorials to Peace Memorial Church, Palos Park, IL.

Express your thoughts and condolences at www.colonialchapel.com, 708-532-5400.

Published in Chicago Tribune on March 7, 2012

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Theresa Kastelberger



Theresa Kastelberger (nee Karner) passed away peacefully on February 24, 2012 at the age of eighty-five, in a nursing home on the south shore of Montreal.

She was born in Wolfau, Austria on March 28, 1926 and immigrated to Canada in 1931.

Theresa is pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, George Kastelberger.

She is lovingly remembered by her three children Lydia (Bernard), Ronald ( Linda), and John (Gabriella), her seven grandchildren, Francis (Véronique), Laura (Miro), Sara (Victor), Jenny, Jessica (Jeff), Lisa (Mitchell), and Julia, and her four great- grandchildren, Olli, Miko, Victoria, and Michael, and her two sisters-in- law, Eva (late John) and Maria (late Peter).

In her very simple and loving way, mom touched the lives of all family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A service will be held at the chapel on the same site at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at: Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont, Quebec, H2V 2P9, (514) 279-6540 (www.mountroyalcem.com).

In lieu of flowers, a thoughtful donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Published in The Gazette on February 29, 2012.

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Gustav Göllisz



Gustav Göllisz, a longtime resident of Glendale, NY, passed away on February 27th, 2011, on Long Island.

He was born February 1, 1934 in Güssing, Austria.

Mr. Göllisz is survived by his wife Pauline (née Rielich) and 3 children; Gustav, John and Elizabeth Pallone. He was also a loving grandfather of Jillian, Stefan and Renee.

A funeral service will take place on Thursday, March 1st at 10:30 am. Final disposition will take place at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village, NY.

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Frank Schweitzer



Frank Schweitzer, 82, of Bethlehem, PA, died peacefully at his residence on Friday, February 24, 2012.

He was born August 4, 1929 in Alsószölnök (Unterzemming), Hungary, son of the late Frank and Justina (Skerlak) Schweitzer.

Frank is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Mary (Kerekes) Schweitzer.

In 1992, Frank retired from the Bethlehem Housing Authority as a Maintenance Mechanic.

He was a parishioner of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

Frank was also a member of the Westside Republican Club, the Windish Hall, Monocacy Field and Stream and B.V.F.H.A.

Frank was an avid gardener, enjoyed landscaping and was a Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan.

Survivors: He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary; son, Louis Schweitzer and his wife, Natalie of Bethlehem; daughter, Mary Haldaman and her husband Daniel of Kunkletown; three grandchildren, Sara Stametz, Jenna and Jake Schweitzer; and a great-granddaughter, Addison.

Services: A viewing will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 and again on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 450 Washington Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18017. Burial will follow at Holy Saviour Cemetery.

Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 2045 Westgate Dr., Bethlehem PA 18017.

Published in Morning Call on February 26, 2012.

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Anna T. Mayer



Anna T. Mayer (née Dulmovits)

Anna T. Mayer, 93, of Freehold Township, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at The Manor, Freehold.

Born in Tudersdorf, Burgenland, Austria, she lived in the Bronx, NY before moving to Freehold 20 years ago.

She was a salesperson for Ellen's Catering in New York City for many years before retiring.

Anna was loved by and devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kurt, in 1986.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Konrad and Ellen Mayer of Chester, NY; her daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Victor Simon of Freehold; siblings, Alois Dulmovits and Agnes Eder, both of Austria; four grandchildren, Stephan Mayer and his wife, Jennie, Lauren Mayer and her fiancé, Richard Haskell, Kristine Lukasik and her husband, Mark, and William Simon and his wife, Lauren; and four great grandchildren, Lucas and Zoe Mayer and Katharine and Kurt Lukasik.

Family and friends are invited to visit today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm, at the Freeman Funeral Home, 47 East Main Street, Freehold. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 am on Wednesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Freehold. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.

Published in Asbury Park Press on February 14, 2012

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Joseph Zinter Jr.



Joseph Zinter Jr. of Brewster, NY, died suddenly on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in Mt. Kisco, NY, at the age of 72.

Mr. Zinter was born on January 18, 1940 in Deutsch Schützen, Austria, son of the late Joseph and Hedwig (Novogratz) Zinter.

He came to the United States at the age of 16 and settled in Bronx, NY.

On Sept. 18, 1967, he married Carol Marzec in the Holy Family Church in Bronx, NY, and they moved to Brewster in 1973.

In addition to working as a Senior Model Maker for the T.J. Watson Research Center IBM in Yorktown Heights for over 27 years,

Mr. Zinter was a beloved and active member in his church, community, and in his Austrian heritage. He was a member of St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Brewster, Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence Council 1495, an honored member of the Brotherhood of the Burgenländer, volunteered with local high school students through FIRST robotics and the Boy Scouts of America.

He was raised as a farmer, enjoyed the outdoors, spending time with his grandchildren, and his annual trip to his homeland.

Besides his wife Carol, he is survived by his five children: Katherine Zinter of Brewster, Rosemarie Sellati of Poughkeepsie, NY, Debra Smith of Portchester, NY, Joseph P. Zinter of Guilford, CT, John Zinter, Singapore, a sister Agnes Pohlmann of Kensington, CT, three grandchildren; Ethan Anthony and Owen Joseph Sellati and Kaitlin Mary Smith. He was predeceased by his brother Frank Zinter.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wed. Feb. 15, 2012 11 AM at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Brewster. Internment will follow in St. Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery in Brewster, NY. Calling hrs. will be held Tues. Feb. 14, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster, NY 10509.

The family has asked friends and relatives to do an act of kindness in Joe's memory.

Published in the The Journal News on February 13, 2012

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Margaret Hanzl



Margaret Marakovits, 99, formerly of Clifton, NJ passed away February 6, 2012 at The House of the Good Shepherd in Hackettstown.

Margaret was born on April 24, 1912 in Punitz, Austria, the youngest child of Georg and Josefa Marakovits.

She lived much of her life in Clifton and was an active member of the Holy Trinity R.C. Church community in Passaic.

Before her retirement, Margaret worked for many years as a mender at Forstmann Woolen Company in Passaic and Garfield.

She was a member of the Burgenländer-American Society of Passaic-Clifton.

Margaret is survived by a daughter, Margaret Ruppert and her husband, Frank, six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, who died in 1988; sons Walter F. and John; daughters-in-law Joan and Rosalie; brothers Frank and Ferdinand; sisters Johanna Dragovits, Maria Marakovits and Rosa Klucsarics.

Funeral services will be Saturday 8:15 AM from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton and 9 AM at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, cor. Hope Avenue and Harrison Street, Passaic. Entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Paterson. Visiting Friday from 3-7 PM only.

Memorial Contributions to Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 226 Harrison Street, Passaic, NJ 07055.

Published in The Record/Herald News on February 8, 2012

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Stefan Unger



Stefan Unger, age 81 died February 2, 2012 at Sanctuary at the Abbey in Warren, Michigan.

Stefan was born December 9, 1930 in Moschendorf, Austria to the late Josef and Johanna (Frisch) Unger.

Stefan was a retired Hi-Lo driver for Chrysler and a member of the Carpathia Club and Austrian Club.

He enjoyed hunting and wine making.

Stefan was the beloved husband of Katharina, who predeceased him in 2009.

Loving father of Rose (Cary) Carruth, Heidi (Vinod) Unger-Joshi. Proud grandfather of Joshua and Justin Carruth and Jay Joshi. Dear brother of Joseph Unger.

Visitation Sunday 2-9 p.m. and Monday 4-9 p.m. at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr, Warren, Mich., 48088. Funeral service will be Tuesday Noon at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Published in The Macomb Daily on February 5, 2012

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Rose Recker



Rose A. Recker, 103, of Northampton died Tuesday January 31 in Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem.

She was the wife of the late John S. Recker.

Born February 6, 1908 in Moschendorf, Austria, she was the daughter of the late John and Maria (Wolfel) Toth.

Rose worked at the former Cigar Factory and the former Clyde Shirt factory for many years.

She was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.

Rose was a cook and a member of the former St. Joseph Sick & Beneficial Society in Northampton.

Survivors: Four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; a sister Gisela Urban, of Moschendorf; two nieces. Rose was predeceased by her daughters, Rose Marakovits, Mary Petrasovits and Hilda Recker.

Services: A Burial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 3 at 10:45 a.m. in Queenship of Mary Church 1324 Newport Ave. Northampton. Family and friends may call Friday, 8:30 to 10:15 in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st St. Northampton.

Memorials may be presented to Holy Family Manor c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on February 1, 2012


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John Neubauer



John “Hans” Neubauer, 73, , of The Villages, Florida, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

Mr. Neubauer was born in Sumetendorf, Austria. He moved to New York from Austria in 1965, then to The Villages in 2003 from New Paltz, N.Y.

He was a retired auto mechanic, enjoyed playing golf and belonged to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the German Club and had belonged to the Elks in the past.

Survivors include his wife, Susanne, and two brothers, Fritz, New York, and Alois, Austria. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wildwood.

Arrangements are under the direction of Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood.

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Gottlieb Burits



Gottlieb Burits of Rockledge, Pennsylvania died on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. He was 88 years old. Gottlieb was born December 20, 1923 in Grossmürbisch, Burgenland, Austria, the son of the late Johann and Josefa (Lindner) Burits.

He is the beloved husband for 51 years of Lotte (Buehner) Burits. Father of Linda Burits (Mike Morris), and Monica Rotzal (Bob). Grandfather of Alex, Adam and Paul Rotzal, and Heidi Morris. He is also survived by his brother, Anton Burits.

Gottlieb was born, raised, and educated in Austria. He and Lotte would have been married for 52 years in May of 2012. Gottlieb and Lotte opened the Austrian Village Restaurant in Rockledge on August 26, 1972. The restaurant has been a fixture in the community ever since. Gottlieb and Lotte’s daughters and their families are continuing the tradition of service at the restaurant today. Gottlieb was a member and past president of the Tiroler Beneficial Society and was a member of Austrian Society and Northeast Lions Club. Gottlieb was engaged in most aspects of the Austrian and German communities and clubs in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs.

Relatives and friends were invited to a visitation on Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Austrian Village Restaurant, 321 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Parking for the visitation was made available on the restaurant parking lot and was also available at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046, one block from the restaurant. Relatives and friends were also invited to his viewing on Monday, January 9, 2012 from 9:30 A.M. and to his Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. at St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111 www.stceciliafc.org. A graveside service followed at Lawnview Cemetery, 500 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 www.cemeteryco.com.

Donations to the cardiology department of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are preferred in lieu of flowers and may be made in his memory to CHOP Foundation Cardiology Department, Lock Box 1352, PO. Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178. www.giftofchildhood.org.

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Frank Szerensits



Frank J. Szerensits, 83, of Coplay, PA, passed away January 8, 2012 at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown.

He was married to Mary A. (Ifkovits) Szerensits for 61 years.

Born in Reinersdorf, Austria, he was the son of the late Joseph and Stephanie (Grohotolski) Szerensits.

Frank was a foreman for the Bridesburg Foundry, Whitehall, for 40 years retiring in 1987.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Wife; son, Thomas M. Szerensits and his wife, Jude of Bel Air, Maryland; grandchildren, Taryn, Jinae, Tatum, Tatum, Tanner and Travis; great-grandchildren, Devon, Molly, Will, Violet, Ava and Radek; brothers, Joseph and Thomas, both of Northampton. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward; and sisters, Rose and Helen.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay. Viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment, St. Peter's Cemetery, Whitehall.

Published in Morning Call on January 10, 2012.

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Simon Rajkovac



Simon Rajkovac, 84, of Northampton, PA, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Simon was the husband of Mary R. (Kiss) Rajkovac. They celebrated their 41st year of marriage this past December 26, 2011.

Born in Horvátlövö (Kroatisch Schützen/Hrvatske ©ice), Vas megye, Hungary, he was the son of the late Simon and Etelka (Cseri) Rajkovac.

Simon was employed by the Northampton Area School District in Maintenance and Custodial services for over 20 years before retiring in June of 1992.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Northampton, PA.

Survivors: Surviving along with his wife Mary are a daughter, Suzann M. wife of Dr. Peter Fodor of Denver; three sisters, Mrs. Maria Habetler of Northampton, Goldie wife of George Skrapits of Northampton, Mrs. Stella Pock of Horvátlövö; three grandsons: Jacob, Jeffrey, and Jordan. He was predeceased by seven brothers: Bernard, Ignatz, Andras, Frank, Geza, Imre, Josef, and one sister, Rose Bugnits.

Services: Funeral Services are scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA 18067., where the family will receive friends from 10 to 12 p.m. prior to the services. Msgr. John Campbell will officiate the services. Interment will follow services at the Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton, PA.

Contributions: May be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital C/O the funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on January 6, 2012

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Hilda Dreisbach



Hilda Dreisbach, 83, of Northampton, PA, died Saturday, December 17 in Whitehall Manor.

She was the wife of the late Herman A. Dreisbach, who died April 15, 2011.

Born November 3, 1928 in Kroatisch-Ehrensdorf, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Palkovits) Csencsits.

Hilda worked in housekeeping at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown for 10 years. She previously worked in the Garment Industry and was a homemaker. Hilda was a member of Queenship of Mary Church and the Altar & Rosary Society. She was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post # 454, Ladies Auxiliary. Hilda was a volunteer for many community organizations including the church and school cafeteria.

Survivors: daughters, Susan Dreisbach, of Northampton, Stephanie Wisdo, of Philadelphia, sons, Daniel and wife Joanne, of Mifflinville, David and wife Kim, of Northampton, Michael and wife Norene, of Forest Inn and Matthew and wife Darlene, of Dumont, New Jersey, six grandchildren, Andrew, Keri - Ann, Kelli - Ann, Nicole, Matthew and Brenda. Hilda was predeceased by a brother, Frank L. Csencsits.

Services: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Queenship of Mary Church 1324 Newport Ave., Northampton. Family and friends may call Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st ST. Northampton. Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Hungary Parish Cemetery.

Contributions: may be presented to the church c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on December 18, 2011

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Pauline Billisitz



Pauline Billisitz, née Miholich, 97, of South Bend, Indiana, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011.

She was born in Grosswarasdorf, Austria, and was married to the late Stephen Billisitz.

Surviving are daughters Elsie Billisitz & Nancy (Robert) Cretsinger, son Steve (Lorraine) Billisitz, 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 pm Monday in Our Lady of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 10:45-11:45 am Monday in the Zahoran Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may go to Our Lady of Hungary Church.

Published in South Bend Tribune on December 17, 2011

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Edward Klepeis



Edward Klepeis, 89, a resident of the Culinarian's Home and former long time resident of Maple Hill, Rosendale, New York, died Monday Dec. 12, 2011 at the Kingston Hospital.

He was born in Glasing, Burgenland, Austria on July 17, 1922, a son of the late Edward and Rose (Stranzl) Klepeis.

Mr. Klepeis was a 57 year member of Local 17 Laborers Union in Newburgh where he was a foreman until his retirement in 1986.

He loved the outdoors and the Catskill Mountains. Growing up he worked on the family dairy farm in the LeFever Falls area of Rosendale.

His wife, Hilda (Kerbacher) Klepeis died in 1997.

He is survived by two daughters, Marianne Mangan of Maple Hill, Kathryn Layton of El Sobrane, Calif., three sons, Martin of Breman, Maine, Steven of New Orleans, La., and Edward Klepeis of Wallkill, a sister, Dorothy Miller formerly of Kingston, now residing at the Culinarian's Home in New Paltz, Also survived by eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Walter and Frank Klepeis died previously.

The funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the George J. Moylan Funeral Home Inc., 2053 Route 32, Rosendale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. at St. Peters Church, Rosendale. Rev. Andrew Florez will officiate. Cremation will be at Wiltwyck Cemetery and final inurnment will be in St. Peters Cemetery, Rosendale. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to the Culinarian's Home, 71 Old Tshirkey Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. www.GJMoylanfuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Freeman on December 14, 2011

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Marie Ann Cole



Mrs. Marie Ann Artinger Cole, 89, of Frederick, Maryland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital.

She was the loving wife of William R. "Robby" Cole, Sr. They were married in November of 1947 and had just celebrated 64 years together.

Marie was born on November 27, 1922 in Kemeten, Burgenland, Austria, and was a daughter of the late Karl and Elizabeth (Schuller) Artinger.

At the age of seven she arrived at Ellis Island to join her family living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She was a homemaker for most of her life and her greatest calling in life was caring for her family. She loved celebrating birthdays, picnics, family gatherings, and she and her husband enjoyed traveling. At one time she was an avid bowler. Her kindness and dedication to family, friends and strangers was a testament to whom she was. She made the world a better place and will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Bill Cole and wife Patty, Diane Cole, Paul Cole and David Cole and wife Gwyn, 10 grandchildren, Jared Cole and wife Megan, Todd Cole, Paul Cole, Jr., Bradley Cole, Justin Cole, Maria Cole, Benjamin Cole, Jessica Cole, Sarah Cole and Matthew Cole, and one great granddaughter, Emily, one sister, Betty Langman and one brother, Walter Artinger and wife Elaine.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald Cole and a sister, Margie Wilson.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, Frederick. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, December 15, 2011, in the Etchison Memorial Chapel of the funeral home. Rev. John L. Manley, will officiate. Interment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of ones choice.

Online condolences may be shared at www.keeneybasford.com

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Frieda Neubauer



Frieda Neubauer, of North Catasauqua, PA, passed away on December 6 at the age of 91.

She was born in Rábafüzes/Raabfidisch, Hungary to the late Anton and Theresia (Jost) Zwetolitsch and was married to the late Edward Neubauer.

Frieda had worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in janitorial services, until retiring in 1985. She had been a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and a member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society, both in Allentown.

Survivors: Daughter Hilda and husband William Fonzone of Whitehall; two grandchildren, Bill and wife Kerrie Ann Fonzone and Dina Fonzone; three great-grandchildren, Isabella, Olivia, and Rocco.

Services: A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday December 9 to be followed by a service at 11 a.m. both at Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown. www.weberfuneralhomes.com

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, please give to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, 30 South 17th Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Published in Morning Call on December 7, 2011

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Helen Toth



Helen J. Toth, age 87, of Vineland, New Jersey, passed away on Friday afternoon at home where she had been under the care of family and hospice.

She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Agnes (Stolsitz) Garger.

Helen was born in Northampton, PA and after being raised in Szentpéterfa (aka Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Hungary she returned to the Bronx, NY until moving to Vineland in 1960.

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, John B. Toth, who died in 1991.

In addition to her husband she was also predeceased by her brothers, Joseph and Stephen Garger, Brother in-law Anthony Darmiento and Sister in-law Margaret (Toth) and John Vargo.

In her early years Helen worked first at J.J. Newberry cafeteria before going to work at Arian Fashions. She was a former member of the Women of the Moose College of Regents and a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. She was a member of the St. Isidore's Roman Catholic Church, Vineland. Helen enjoyed going to the Olive Garden, visiting Atlantic City and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her devoted and loving daughter; Patricia Toth and her fiancee Willis Boone. Her grandcat Bentson, Sister Maryanna Darmiento, Milton, NY, Nieces; Phyllis (Herb) Lorenz, Milton, NY, MaryAnn (Fred) Roberts, Ossining, NY, Nephews; John Darmiento, Marlboro, NY, George (Kay) Vargo, Webster, NY, Several grand nieces and nephews and special cousins in Vineland, Haddonfield and Brooklyn, NY.

Relatives and friends will be received on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and again on Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Pancoast Funeral Home, 676 S. Main Rd., Vineland, NJ. Her funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 12:30 pm on Wednesday in St. Isidore's R.C. Church, 1655 Magnolia Rd., Vineland, NJ with burial to follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineland, NJ.

To e-mail condolences and or tributes, please visit www.pancoastfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Press of Atlantic City on November 28, 2011

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Katherine Conner



Katharine Ilona "Lonnie" Conner, née Satovich, 90, of Belleville, Illinois, born Nov. 19, 1920, in Langental, Burgenland, Austria, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea. Mrs. Conner was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, the Shriners Past Potentates Wives Club, and the YMCA. She was affectionately known as "Baba" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Francis Dale Conner, whom she married on April 26, 1947, and who died April 4, 1999; her parents, Thomas and Maria, née Bauer, Satovich; three brothers; and two sisters.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Joy Conner of San Antonio, Texas; two granddaughters, Michelle (Michael) Merwarth and Nicole (Marc) Leifeste; and five great-grandchildren, Maren, Aidan, Devon, Conner, and Raelynn.

The most valuable gift that Lonnie imparted to others was unconditional love. She was always compassionate and nurturing, and she saw the good in everyone. Lonnie was there for everyone who needed her. She was there to care for them, offer a listening ear, or share sound advice from her amazing heart. Her greatest joys were watching her son, grandchildren, and above all, her great-grandchildren, grow into the individuals they were meant to be. We were fortunate to have been there to comfort and care for her in her last days, as she so often did for us during our lives.

Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church or to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at First United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Conley A. Zomermaand officiating. Katharine gifted her body to Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, IL.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat from November 10 to November 11, 2011

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Josephine Charamut



Josephine (Niedermayer) Charamut, 90, widow of Joseph Charamut since 1986, died Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.

Josephine was born in Wallendorf, Burgenland, Austria on August 28, 1921, to the late Joseph and Mary (Lang) Niedermayer. After moving to America with her family at the age of seven, she became a life-long resident of New Britain. At the time of her death, Josephine resided at St. Lucian's Residence on Burritt Street. She was a graduate of New Britain High School and retired from the former North & Judd Mfg. Co. of New Britain, after many years of service.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law: Frank and Grace (Nesta) Niedermayer of Plantsville, formerly of East Berlin. Josephine also leaves two nieces and their spouses; Frances and Arthur Boyle of Newington, Nancy and Louis Urso of Southington, a nephew, Joseph Niedermayer and his companion, Rhonda Cassin of Bristol, and a cousin Englebert Niedermayer of San Bruno CA. She is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews. Josephine was predeceased by a third niece, Maryann (Niedermayer) Schafer and her spouse, Lincoln, and her step-father, Michael Ertl.

Visitation services will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 from 10:00 to 11:30am at the New Britain Memorial Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00pm in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. For directions, extend a condolence or message to the family, please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com

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Lester Mogdics



Lester Mogdics, age 83, of Ravenna, Michigan, died Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Great Lakes Specialty Hospital Hackley Campus.

Lester was born on November 4, 1927 in Schandorf, Burgenland, Austria to the late John and Anna (Muhr) Mogdics.

He married Rosemary (Petti) Mogdics on July 3, 1954 in Chicago, IL.

Lester worked at the S.D. Warren Paper Mill for 42 years until his retirement in 1990.

Lester is survived by 1 son, Michael Mogdics of Ravenna; 3 grandchildren, Josh (Angie) Ryan of Grand Rapids, Jessica Mogdics and Kevin Mogdics both of Ravenna; 2 great grandchildren, Joshua Ryan Jr. and Ava Ryan; 1 brother, John (Anna) Mogdics of Muskegon and several nieces and nephews; several cousins in Schandorf, Austria also survive.

Funeral Services for Lester Mogdics will be conducted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM at St. Catherines Catholic Church in Ravenna with Father Fred Brucker celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Catherines Catholic Cemetery. The family will be at the Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM & 6:00 to 8:00 PM to receive friends.

Memorials may be directed to: Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com to sign the online guestbook.

The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511

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Carl Wagner



Carl Anthony Wagner, 89 of Vacaville, California, passed on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville.

He was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Gaas, Burgenland, Austria, the son of the late Rudolph and Katherine (Preissler) Wagner.

Mr. Wagner was retired from the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier for 15 years. A career military person and a World War II veteran, he served 30 years in the United States Air Force, 45th Infantry Division, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and received a U.S. Air Force Commendation. He ranked as a chief master sergeant, and NCOIC Security Police at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

Mr. Wagner is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Eleonora; and two brothers, Louie and Albert of Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Maria and Anna; one brother, Alfred; and both parents.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral, which will be held at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, California, on Monday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will be at Rockville Cemetery, 4219 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.

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Anna Schatz



Anna M. (Reichardt) Schatz, age 102, of Conshohocken, PA, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

She was born in Güssing, Burgenland, Austria on May 2, 1909, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Mikowits) Reichardt.

Anna was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph Schatz for 54 years.

Anna was born and raised in Austria, coming to the United States in 1936 when she was 27 years old.

She was a licensed driver in Austria at a time when one had to be proficient in engine repair to receive an automobile driver's license. As a cook for the director of a large steam ship line in Austria, Anna held many talents in cooking and baking, which she shared with family and friends. Anna supported her family holding various jobs in domestic service. She was a parishioner of St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Conshohocken, where she also held the distinction of being its eldest member. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and gardening: her rose bush, which was transplanted from her previous parish in Philadelphia and tended to daily for decades, still produces a beautiful array of roses from April through November. Above all, Anna thoroughly enjoyed being the matriarch of her family.

Anna is survived by a son, Rudolph J. of Conshohocken; a daughter, Anne Hill of Fort Washington; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Frank and 2 sisters, Margaret and Charlotte.

Relatives and friends may pay respects on Monday morning, October 17, from 8:30-10am at the William A. Moore Funeral Home, 708 Fayette St., Conshohocken. A funeral mass will commence in St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 3rd Ave. & Fayette St., Conshohocken. Interment, Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Anna's memory be made to the charity of one's choice.

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Frank Schrey



Frank Schrey, 81, died on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at his home in Neshanic Station, New Jersey, surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Rudersdorf, Burgenland, Austria, he was raised in Brooklyn and Queens, NY prior to settling in Branchburg in 1967.

Frank attended Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He had served his country with the United States Army. Frank worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill as a research chemist for over forty years, where he was granted a United States Patent for his work with silicon oxides in 1987. He was a passionate ballroom dancer and a member of the Roundtowners Dance Club.

Frank leaves behind his beloved wife of forty-eight years, Ruth Petraitis Schrey with whom he joined hands in marriage on December 28, 1963. He will be deeply missed by his three daughters, Erica Schrey of Branchburg, Caroline Schrey of Glen Gardner and Jennifer Schrey of Branchburg; and two adored grandchildren, Gage and Kara Voorhees.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation at Countryside Funeral Home, 724 Route 202 North, Three Bridges, NJ 08887 on Friday, September 30 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, October 1 from 9-9:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 1 beginning 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral liturgy at The Catholic Church of St. Ann in Raritan. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Norristown, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made in Frank's memory to Hospice of NJ, 226 Haddonfield Road, 2nd Floor, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

To send condolences to the family or sign an online guest book, please visit www.CountrysideFuneralHome.com

Published in Courier News on September 28, 2011

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Stefan Bendekovits



Stefan Bendekovits, 88, of Northampton died peacefully on Wednesday, September 21 in the home of his daughter Emilie and son-in-law George F. Martin Jr., of Roseto.

Stefan and his wife Emilie (Stubits) Bendekovits celebrated 59 years of marriage on February 11.

Born June 4, 1923 in Northampton (and raised in St. Kathrein im Burgenland), he was the son of the late Michael and Rosa (Palkovits) Bendekovits.

Stefan retired from Cross Country Clothes in 1985 after 28 years of employment. He was a member of Queenship of Mary Church and the Holy Name Society.

Survivors: Besides his wife; daughters, Emilie, wife of George F. Martin Jr., of Roseto, Christine Bendekovits, of Life Path in Bethlehem; two grandchildren, Philip Martin his wife Laura, and Kristal Martin; sister, Maria Knopf of Austria; and nieces and nephews. Stefan was predeceased by 2 sisters, Rosa Rohde and Anna Dirnbeck and two brothers, Michael and Joseph Bendekovits.

Services: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 26 at 1 p.m. in Queenship of Mary Church 1324 Newport Ave. Northampton. Family and friends may call Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st St., Northampton.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be presented to Life Path c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on September 23, 2011

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Werner Hollendonner



Dr. Werner J. Hollendonner, M.D., 85, of Trenton, died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

Born in Strem, Burgenland, Austria, he had lived in the Trenton area since age four.

After graduating from Trenton High School, he served in World War II, for which he received the Bronze Star and other medals. Attached to the 86th Infantry Division, he attained the rank of corporal before receiving an honorable discharge in August 1946. Later, after earning degrees from Ursinus College and the University of Jefferson Medical School, he interned at Mercer Hospital and was a medical resident at the Philadelphia VA Hospital. He was on staff at Mercer Medical Center, RWJ Hospital at Hamilton and St. Francis Medical Center. He was the first full-time medical director at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, where he brought in author Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., to lecture on her pioneering work, "On Death and Dying." He also was chief of the Department of Medicine at Hamilton Hospital, and worked for more than 25 years in the NJ state prison system, as well as five years at Mid-State Correctional Facility at Fort Dix. Dr. Hollendonner maintained a private practice for many years out of his home/office in Hamilton Square, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the American Legion Post 39 in Roebling and Post 346 in East Stroudsburg. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Francis Church in Trenton and was a past member of the NJ Medical Society, Mercer County Cancer Society, NJ Diabetes Association, German-American Club, Lawrenceville Rotary Club, the Serra Club and the Donauschwaben Society.

He was predeceased by his parents, Anton and Theresa; step-mothers, Maria and Josephine; brother, the Honorable Judge Anton Hollendonner; sister, Cecilia Owen; step-sister, Erica Gorczynski, and their spouses, and best friend and brother-in-law, Deacon William Kelty.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lee Carol Sargeant Hollendonner; sister, Hermine Kelty; sons and their wives, Ronald and Caroline Sagnip, Steven and Lynn Sagnip, and Jeffrey and Lina Sagnip Hollendonner; daughters and their husbands, Carole and Mark Mischinski, Diana and Andrew Butchko, and Laurel and Andrjez Wilzcek, as well as daughters and their husbands, Amy Hollendonner Smith and Jeff Smith, and Nancy and Dave Turner, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels R.C. Church, 1733 S. Broad St., Hamilton. Interment will follow with military honors at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in North Hanover, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Francis Medical Center, 601 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, NJ 08629, or St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, 2381 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

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Gisela Simitz



Gisela Simitz, 92, of Coplay, passed away Friday, August 19 in her residence.

She was married to the late Emil C. Simitz.

Born in Raabfidisch (Rábafüzes), Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Franz and Maria (Kroboth) Schanta.

Gisela was a seamstress for various local garment mills. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay and its choir. She was a member of the Coplay Sängerbund and the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft.

Survivors: Daughters Margaret, wife of Edward Ivankovits, of Coplay, Gisela, wife of Lance Gottwald, of Harrisburg; son, Emil Simitz and his wife, Sally, of Coplay; grandchildren, Mark Ivankovits, Christine Law, Edward Ivankovits, Stefanie Kaintz, Carolyn Simitz; great-grandsons, Andrew, Jacob, John, Nicholas; sister, Margareta Schanta of Whitehall. She was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., St. Peter's Church. Call 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Contributions: To the church c/o the funeral home 18037.

Published in Morning Call on August 20, 2011

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John Stangl



John "Hansi" Stangl, 71 years, of Whitehall Twp., passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon June 30, 2011 in the Lehigh Valley Hospice, Allentown, with his loving and dedicated family by his side.

Born in Poppendorf, Burgenland, Austria, he was a son of the late Franz and Julianna (Schlener) Stangl, and husband of Barbara A. (Feiertag) Stangl for 40 years. They married on December 12, 1970.

John was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Whitehall, and the Golden Agers. He was a life member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society, and enjoyed his memberships in the Fullerton Fire Co. #1, the Coplay Saengerbund, and the Ukrainian American Citizens Club. The longtime Superintendent of Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemeteries in Whitehall, he was an attendant at the Whitehall Twp. recycling center. He retired from Maier's Bakery after 16 years of service, and earlier in life worked for Bonney Forge.

Survivors: beside his wife; daughters Erika L. Lewis and her husband James of Lwr. Pottsgrove Twp., Michele M. Stangl and her companion Miguel Rivera of Allentown; grandchildren Kyle, Tatyanna, Madison and Ethan; godsons Michael Feiertag and Mark Gasbarre; brother Josef Stangl and his wife Monika of Woodbridge, Canada; sister-in-law Anna Stangl in Austria; nieces and nephews; predeceased by brother Frank Stangl.

Services: His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Msgr. John J. Grabish at 10 a.m. Friday July 8, 2011 in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave, Whitehall. His viewings will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Gilbert Funeral Home, 444 Pershing Blvd Whitehall, located one block south of the Fullerton Ave exit of Route 22, directly across from the Church. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Whitehall.

Contributions: Are strongly suggested to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2166 S. 12th St. Allentown PA 18103.

Published in Morning Call on July 3, 2011

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Julianna Dobitsch



Julianna Dobitsch (née Hafner), 104 years of Bergenfield, New Jersey. Departed on Mar. 14, 2011. Born in Gerersdorf, Burgenland, Austria on Aug. 9, 1906. Wife of the late Frank Dobitsch.

Devoted mother of William (Mary Ann) Dobitsch, and the late Frank Dobitsch, Jr., Anna (William) Hughes and Elizabeth (Robert Hughes). Cherished grandmother of Richard, John, Phillip, Leonard, Patricia, William Jr., Christine, Philip, Donna and the late Linda and John. Loving great grandmother of 21 and great, great grandmother of 5.

All will gather at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 So. Washington Ave. Bergenfield on Thursday at 9AM for the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Bergenfield at 10AM. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Whitehall, PA. Visiting Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Holy Name Hospice, 725 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666.

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Sister Rose Lechner



Sister Rose Lechner, formerly known as Sister Deodata, age 103, a Missionary Sister of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, of Sacred Heart Villa, Reading, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011 in the 85th year of her religious life.

Born in Inzenhof, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Agnes (Wolf) Lechner.

She made her First Profession of Vows on February 3, 1927.

She was engaged in a variety of ministries in the Columbus, Ohio and Allentown Dioceses. For 18 years she worked in the food service at the pontifical Josephinum Seminary in Columbus. She was the cafeteria supervisor at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown from 1946 to 1971. She then served for five years as the receptionist at the former St. Michael Convent, Reading, now Sacred Heart Villa. In 1976 she returned to the Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, where she served in Pastoral Ministry until she retired in 2005.

Survivors: She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother Frank and sisters, Hattie Lechner and Ella Lechner Steltzman.

Services: A Wake service will be held at Sacred Heart Villa on Sunday, June 19 at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Sacred Heart Villa. Burial will follow in the convent cemetery.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, 51 Seminary Avenue, Reading, PA 19605. Gallman-Sonoski Funeral home, Inc., Reading has charge of arrangements.

Published in Morning Call on June 15, 2011

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John Fandl



John S. "Sam" Fandl, 92, of Northampton died Monday, May 30, 2011, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg Bethlehem surrounded by his loving family.

Sam and his wife Susanna Sue (Seier) Fandl would have been married 68 years on September 9th.

Born December 16, 1918 in Szentpéterfa, Hungary (aka Petrovo Selo/Prostrum), Sam was the son of the late John and Rose (Yurasits) Fandl.

He was a carpenter all of his life and was a very proud member of the Lehigh Valley Carpenters Union # 600 of Bethlehem. Sam also worked at the Hess's Department Store for 10 years. He honorably served his country in the United States Army Medical Corp during WW II. Sam was a life member of the Catholic War Veterans Post #454 in Northampton and was a member of the dart league and he was very active with the Minstrels. He was a life member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Sick and Beneficial Society, Northampton. He was a member of Queenship of Mary church, Northampton. Sam was an avid tennis player and played until he was 85 years of age.

Survivors: wife Sue; forever loving family member, Bryan Beal, of Northampton; beloved niece, Christine Orowitz, of Kentucky; sister in laws, Catherine Tausz, of Bethlehem, and Helen Klucharich, of Coplay, many more loving nieces and nephews. Sam was predeceased by a sister, Mary Keschel.

Services: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. in the Queenship of Mary Church 1324 Newport Ave. Northampton. Family and friends may call Friday 8:30 -10 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st ST. Northampton. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Our Lady of Hungary Parish Cemetery.

Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the church c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on June 1, 2011

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Anton Spitzer



Anton "Tony" Spitzer, 94, of Northampton died Saturday. April 23 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Pauline (Garger) Spitzer.

Born February 27, 1917 in Deutsch Ehrensdorf, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Stephen and Anna (Mattes) Spitzer.

Tony was the oldest living member of the Northampton Liederkranz. He was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton. He worked as a carpenter for the Louis S. Tepes Sr. Construction Company. He served six years with the German Army before coming to the United States.

Survivors: Daughters, Paula, wife of Marvin Schleicher, of Northampton, Christine, wife of Charles Norcross, of Northampton, Helena Spitzer, of Saucon Valley; four grandchildren, Anthony, Michelle, Stacey and Jennifer; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Jared, Jeremy, Hannah, Taylor, Michael and Joshua, one great-great-grandson, Ezekiel.

Services: Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Queenship of Mary Church 1324 Newport Ave, Northampton. Family and friends may call Thursday, 8 to 10 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Hungary Parish Cemetery.

Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the LifePath Inc. and/or to the church c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on April 25, 2011

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August Goldschmidt



August "Gus" Goldschmidt, 91, of Allentown, passed away April 8, 2011 in St. Lukes Hospice, Bethlehem. He was the loving husband for 62 years to the late Arlene (Siegfried) Goldsschmidt.

Born in Zahling, Burgenland, Austria on July 9, 1919, August was the son of the late Andrew and Rose (Kurz) Goldschmidt. He was one of 5 siblings.

An avid saxophone player, Gus started a five-piece orchestra in the late 1930s, and entertained at various clubs in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was a Quartermaster in the U.S. Army during WW II and was also a member of the Army band. Gus was an employee of Bethlehem Steel Corporation for over 30 years where he worked as a machinist and also in sales at Anchor Supply of Allentown. His favorite past-times included working around the house, fixing cars, gardening and spending time with his lovely wife and family. He was a long-standing member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and the oldest member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society in Allentown. His bright smile and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Survivors: Children, Josephine A. Siefert and her husband Karl of Philadelphia, Mary Rose Smith and her husband Donald of Bethlehem, Anita M. Miller and her husband Charles of Worcester, Andrew J. Goldsmith and his wife Deborah of Allentown, Christina M. Dormans and her husband Joseph of Danielsville and Lisa M Poslock, wife of the late Richard Poslock of Reading. 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Annette, twin sister of Anita.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 11th and Washington Streets, Allentown. Call 9:30-11 a.m. in the church. Trexler Funeral Home, Allentown is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his honor to St. Lukes Hospice: 1510 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA 18017 in recognition for their compassionate care of Gus. www.trexlerfuneralhome.com.

Published in Morning Call on April 11, 2011

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William Schroettner



William R. Schroettner, 70, of Bethlehem, died March 17, 2011 in his home.

Born in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch), Hungary, he was a son of the late John and Johanna (Gerger) Schroettner.

He was employed as a carpenter for the Carpenters Union, Local 600.

Survivors: Children, Sheri-Ann Brunner (Barry); Lisa Schroettner (fiance James Panik), Mary-Beth Pizza, Mark Schroettner, and Christina Kramer (John); brother, Frank; grandchildren, Brian, Jennifer, Matthew and Michael; great-granddaughter, Danielle.

Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Tuscan Room at Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th & Hamilton Streets, Allentown. Interment to follow in Holy Ghost Catholic Cemetery, South Bethlehem. Viewing will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Contributions: American Lung Association, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017.

Published in Morning Call on March 19, 2011.

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Mary Scheffler



Mary Scheffler, 100, of Northampton passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, February 9, at the Sacred Heart Senior Living, Northampton.

She was the wife of the late Arthur B. Scheffler who passed away in 1981.

Mary was born May 24, 1910 in Northampton but raised in Moschendorf, Burgenland, Austria from six months of age and returned to Northampton at 12 years of age. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Groller) Reinisch.

Mary was a waitress and worked for Homemaker Services for many years. She was a member of Queenship of Mary Church in Northampton and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Mary was an inspiration and a blessing to everyone that knew her.

Survivors: Daughter, Ann M., wife of Robert Sinkovits, of Whitehall; sons, George Scheffler and his wife Carol, of Easton, James Scheffler, of Northampton, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandson. Mary was predeceased by her daughter, Lillian Borda Watson; brothers, Frank and John Reinisch; sisters, Estelle Reinisch, Pauline Bauer and one great-granddaughter.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the Queenship of Mary Church, 1324 Newport Ave. Northampton. Family and friends may call Monday, 9 to 10 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be presented to the church c/o the funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on February 11, 2011.

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Stella Beehrle



Stella M. Beehrle, 90, of Whitehall, passed away February 3, 2011, at Whitehall Manor. Born in Henndorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Stengl) Gumhold.

She was the wife of the late Herman J. Beehrle for 65 years until his death on September 25, 2005.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Allentown. She was a presser for Penn State Mills for 30 years and then went to work for Climax Manufacturing where she retired.

Survivors: Son, Richard, husband of Mary, of Royal Palm Beach, FL; daughter, Patricia, wife of Charles Zimmerman, of Whitehall; brother, William, of Allentown; grandchildren, Charles, of Whitehall, and Donna and Carol, of Florida; great-grandchildren, London, Chloe, and Bradley all, of Florida.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 336 N. 4th St., Allentown. Viewing: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown, PA. Interment in Cedar Hill Memorial Park. (www.weberfuneralhomes.com)

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market St., #102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Published in Morning Call on February 5, 2011.

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Karl Reichstadter



Karl Reichstadter, 97, of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, died Thursday, January 13, 2011, at Mahoning Valley Nursing & Rehab Center.

Born January 28, 1913 in Rohrbach an der Teich, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Josef and Josefine Reichstadter and husband of the late Rosa (Bodisch) Reichstadter.

He and his wife were the owners and operators of Reichstadter’s Meat Market for over 25 years before retiring in 1975. Karl was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Palmerton.

Survivors: Daughter, Rita Veronica Hoppes and son, Karl R. Reichstadter, both of Lehighton, PA.

Services: Graveside services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Campton Funeral Home, Inc., 525 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, PA.

Contributions: May be made in his memory to Sacred Heart R.C. Church memorial fund. Online condolences may be made at schislerfuneralhomes.com

Published in the Morning Call on January 15, 2011.

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Rosalia Neumüller



Rosalia Neumüller, 96, of Lake Villa, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at the Hillcrest Retirement Village in Round Lake Beach. She was the wife of the late Ulrich Neumüller, who died in 1996.

She was born in Rábafüzes/Raabfidisch, Hungary, on Feb. 23, 1914, the daughter of the late Franz and Maria (Kroboth) Schanta and was one of 14 children.

She lived in Lake Villa since 1969, and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church in Ingleside.

She is survived by her children, Gabriella (Frank) Tardin, Ferdinand (Anna), Emil (Cherie) and Johann (Noreen); grandchildren, Frank, Alfred, Ronald, Donna, David, John A., Cynthia, Richard and Robert; and her great-grandchildren, Nicole, Francis, Jason, Sheana, Katelyn, Lindsey, Kyle, Ashley and Matthew; sisters, Gisela Simitz of Coplay, PA, and Margareta Schanta of Whitehall, PA. She was preceded in death by sons Ulrich (the late Marcia) and Frank.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, from at Ringa Funeral Home (www.ringafuneralhome.com), 122 S. Milwaukee Ave. in Lake Villa, processing to St. Bede Catholic Church in Ingleside, for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass, with Rev. John Ryan officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont Center. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on January 11, 2011.

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Martha Rambeck



Martha Rambeck, 84, formerly of Coplay, died December 14 at Cedarbrook, So. Whitehall Twp.

She was married to the late Karl A. Rambeck, Jr.

Born in Inzenhof, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Franz and Bertha (Heber) Keppel.

She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. Coplay.

Survivors: Son, Karl F. Rambeck of Coplay; brother, Ferdinand, of Austria; sisters, Anna, of Austria, Maria Strini, of Whitehall; nieces, nephews.

Services: 10 a.m. Friday, December 17, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay. Friends and family may call 9 to 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Contributions: To the church c/o the funeral home 18037.

Published in Morning Call on December 16, 2010

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Robert Mayer



Robert Mayer, 90, of Allentown died Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Whitehall Manor.

Born in Wallendorf, Burgenland, Austria, on January 30, 1920, he came to the United States in 1923. He was the son of the late Stephen and Wilhelmina (Weber) Mayer.

Robert was the husband of the late Catherine Mayer, who passed away in 2008.

He was a navy veteran World War II and served on the U.S.S. Chikaskia. He retired as an ironworker in 1982. He loved traveling, camping and had a special love for dogs.

Survivors: Daughters, Mary Louise, and her husband, Joseph, of Macungie, Rosann, and her husband, Robert, of Northampton; brother, Stephen Mayer, of Bethlehem; sister, Hilda Grim, of Allentown, Josephine of Florida. He was predeceased by a sister; Edith Schwoyer. Grandchildren, Heather Turchanik, Amy Potter Drummond, Kristoffer Scheetz and Katy Beth Potter; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Reppert, Kassidy Scheetz, Evan Turchanik and Addison Potter Drummond.

Services: Visitation will be held on Tuesday December 7, 2010 at 10 a.m. followed by services at 11 a.m. all in Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown.

Online condolences can be made to www.weberfuneralhome.com.

Contributions: Memorials in Robert's name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Published in Morning Call on December 4, 2010

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Frank Dergosits



Frank G. Dergosits, 89, of Whitehall, died Saturday, October 23, 2010, at his home.

Born November 3, 1920 in Gerersdorf, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Frank and Anna (Jost) Dergosits.

He and his wife Edith J. (Haertel) Dergosits were married October 5, 1946.

He was a member of Member of the Coplay Saengerbund and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 190. He served in the US Army during World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned two Bronze Stars and Two Purple Hearts.

Survivors: in addition to his wife he is survived by: daughter, Joanne M. Tatem, of Audobon, PA; son, Edward N. Dergosits, of Mill Valley, CA; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Robert F. Dergosits.

Services: arrangements are being handled by Schisler Funeral Home, Inc., 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA, where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2010. A Memorial service will be at Schisler Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2010.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National World War II Museum, in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Morning Call on October 25, 2010

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Albert Stanko



Albert Stanko, 90, passed away October 18, at his home in Whitehall.

Born in Raabfidisch/Rábafüzes, Hungary, he was a son of the late Josef and Gisella (Gollinger) Stanko.

Albert was the husband of Kristina (Gasper), with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage this past June.

He was employed by the Fuller Co. for 28 years retiring in 1983. Albert was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and a life member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society in Allentown.

Survivors: In addition to his wife he is survived by; sons, Steve with wife Karen, and Albert with wife Nanette; grandsons, Burt and Brad Stanko; sisters, Gisella, Paula, Cecilia, and Frieda; as well as many good friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by siblings, Bertha, Eduard, Anna, Josef, and Franz.

Services: A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, at 10 a.m., please call from 8:45 to 9:45 all in the church, 619 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall. On line condolences can be made to: www.weberfuneralhomes.com

Contributions: Can be made in Albert's name to the American Cancer Society , 389 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017 .
Published in Morning Call on October 20, 2010

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Frank Kahr



Frank Kahr, 82, of Allentown died Friday, October 1, in Cedarbrook Fountain Hill Annex.

Frank and his wife Pauline (Haftl) Kahr would have celebrated 57 years of marriage on November 6.

Born in Raabfidisch/Rábafüzes, Vas Megye, Hungary, he was the son of the late Adolph and Julia (Judt) Kahr.

Frank retired from the Bethlehem Fabricators after many years of service. He was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Fullerton. Frank was a bartender for the Coplay Saengerbund and the former Edelweiss Haus in Northampton. He was a member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society and the former Allgermeiner Arbeiterverein, both in Allentown.

Survivors: Besides his wife, Pauline; daughter, Judy Kahr, of Allentown; son, Richard Kahr and his wife, Susan, of Whitehall; brother, Adolph Kahr, of Allentown; three grandchildren, Michael Kahr and his wife Erica, Jason Kahr and his wife Audra, and Alyssa Kahr; one great granddaughter, Hailey.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Church, 618 Fullerton Ave. Whitehall. Family and friends may call Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st St., Northampton and Wednesday 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the church foyer. Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the Alzheimers foundation of America c/o funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on October 3, 2010

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Bertha Hanisits









Bertha P. Hanisits, 86, of Northampton, PA., formerly of Whitehall, PA. died Sunday, September 19, 2010, at Phoebe Home in Allentown, PA.

She was the wife of the late William P. Hanisits who died in 1970.

Born in Kukmirn, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Caroline (Freismuth) Peischl.

Bertha was an assembler for the former Western Electric Co. of Allentown, PA. for 27 years before retiring in 1986. She was a member of the Whitehall Seniors Club and enjoyed the traveling she did with the group.

Survivors: sons, William A. Hanisits and wife Joyce of Venice, FL, Thomas J. Hanisits and wife Teresa of Coplay, PA; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, sons John and Robert, and grandson Jason.

Services: scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday September 23, 2010 at the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA. 18067. Calling hour 10 - 11 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will follow services at Cedar Hill Memorial Park in Allentown, PA.

Contributions: May be made to the American Heart Assoc. - Northeast, PA. C/O the funeral home. On-line condolences may be offered to the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Morning Call on September 22, 2010

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Joseph A. Marakovits



Joseph A. Marakovits, Sr., 81 of Stockertown, died Sept. 15, 2010 in the VNA Hospice of St. Lukes, Bethlehem.

He was the husband of Connie (Ciarrocchi) Marakovits. They were married 56 years on Aug. 21.

Joe was born Feb. 15, 1929 in St. Kathrein, Burgenland, Austria, son of the late Frank and Maria (Timar) Marakovits.

Joe was an expert cabinet finisher. He worked at Starks Cabinet Shop, Belfast (formerly known as Karchas) for 52 years. He also worked at PPG, Stockertown for 34 years. He served in the US Army in the Korean War and was a recipient of the purple heart. He proudly served in the 7th Calvary Regiment. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a life member of Holy Family Club, VFW Post 4366 and East Lawn Fire Co., all in Nazareth.

Survivors: Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Joseph Jr., and his wife, Rebecca, Scott Depot, WV, Steven, and his wife Anne, Mason, OH; five grandchildren, Kelli, Nicholas, Zachary, Corinn, Ben; two sisters, Mary Strobl, and Rosina Flank; he was predeceased by grandson Christopher; sister Veronica Goth, and brother Frank Marakovits.

Services: Sat. 9:30 a.m. at Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church, Nazareth. Burial with military services in Holy Family Cemetery. Call Friday 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on September 16, 2010

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Hilda Gratzer



Hilda Gratzer, 79, of Woodside, Queens, NY, passed away on September 1, 2010.

She was the widow of Joseph Gratzer, who died in 2007.

Born in Moschendorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Ferdinand and Maria (Feibel) Behm.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY.

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Sigmund Ehritz



Sigmund J. Ehritz, 85, formerly of Easton and Allentown, passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Barto, PA.

Born June 7, 1925, in Easton, he was a son of the late Sigmund and Maria (Fiedler) Ehritz. Sigmund was raised in Krobotek, Burgenland, Austria and returned to the U.S. at the age of twenty-one.

His first wife of 46 years, the former Mary Bolash, died May 15, 1998. His second wife, Rita Hessinger, died February 7, 2010.

Sigmund retired in 1990 from Victaulic, where he worked for over 40 years. He enjoyed listening to music, especially German music and played the accordion and harmonica. He also enjoyed dancing and bowling. Sigmund was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown and a former member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, formerly St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Easton. He was a life member of the Order of Fleas, Liberty Hose Company, Easton Lodge #45, Order of Moose and Citizens Hose Company, and a member of the Coplay Saengerbund.

Survivors: two sons, Sigmund E. and his wife Jeannette, of Palmer Township and John O. and his wife Arleen, with whom he resided; a daughter, Paula A. Howard and her husband Charles, of Lehighton, PA; four grandchildren, Crystal, Heidi, Andrea and Johnathan. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Katherine and a brother, Otto F.

Services: 9:30 a.m Friday from the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 602 W. Berwick St., Easton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Davis and St. Joseph Sts., Easton. Call Friday 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's New Cemetery.

Contributions: May be made to Sacred Heart Hospice, 2268 South 12th St., Allentown, PA, 18103.

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John Woppel



John Woppel, age 96, of Chicago, passed away on June 6, 2010.

He was the loving husband of the late Maria (née Hasler); beloved father of John, Manfred (Priscilla) and Erich (Sue); devoted grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of 20.

He was born in Woppendorf, Burgenland, Austria and was a life-long member of the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft.

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Theresa Marakovits



Theresa J. Marakovits of Nazareth and resident of Sacred Heart Assisted Living, Northampton, passed away on May 31, 2010. She was 86.

Born in Passaic, NJ on March 19, 1924, she was the second of three children born to the late John and Maria (Klucsarits) Schuch.

At about the age of three, Theresa and her mother moved to Punitz, Burgenland, Austria, her parents' birthplace. She married Frank Marakovits in 1947 together they worked the family farm. In 1957, Theresa immigrated with her husband and son, Edward, to the United States. Her husband Frank passed away on August 21, 2006. In April of that year they had celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

She was a member and supporter of Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth.

Survivors: Theresa is survived by her son, Edward Marakovits of Belfast; and daughter, Diane Sharp, wife of Steven Sharp, of West Grove, PA; her grandchildren are Dana Marakovits of Moore Twp., Scott Marakovits and wife Tanya of Williams Twp., Steven Sharp Jr. and Paul Sharp of West Grove; Theresa had three great-grandchildren, twins Mason and Kenzie Marakovits and Damian Gill; she is also survived by brother-in-law, Ignaz Marakovits and wife Martha; and nephew and nieces both here and in Austria; also cousins, Mary Schaller and Joseph Klucsarics. Beside her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Walter Marakovits, brother, Eduard Schuch, and sister, Johanna (Schuch) Karlovits.

Services: Friday, 10:30 a.m. in Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery, Nazareth. Call Friday 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Family School c/o Reichel Funeral Home.

Published in Morning Call on June 2, 2010

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Mary Tamedl



Mary H. "Mitzi" Tamedl, 88, of Macungie, formerly of New York City, died May 10, 2010 in Liberty Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the widow of the late John K. Tamedl.

Born in Gerersdorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Ludwig and Mary (Beidl) Musser.

She was a packer for the Sunshine Biscuit Company, Long Island City, NY for many years. She was of the Catholic faith. She loved polka music and dancing.

Survivors: Nephews; godchildren; and many friends.

Services: Viewing Friday, May 14, 2010 from 10 to 12 Noon in the Schantz Funeral Home, Inc., 250 Main St., Emmaus. Services will be conducted by the Edward D. Lynch Funeral Home, Inc., Long Island City, NY. Online condolences may be made to www.schantzfh.com.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, c/o the funeral home, 18049.

Published in Morning Call on May 13, 2010

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Joseph Wolfer



Joseph J. Wolfer, 84, of Northampton died Sunday, April 25 at Sacred Heart Hospital.

He was the husband of Gloria (Onuschak) Wolfer for 60 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Frank and Agnes (Jandrisovits) Wolfer (from Kirchfidisch and Tudersdorf).

Owner of Joe’s Barber Shop from 1951-1973, he was also a barber at the Cedarbrook Home from 1974-1991. He was a musician playing the button accordion for his band, the Joe Wolfer Orchestra, and was also one of the leaders of the weekly button accordion jam sessions at the Edelweiss Haus in Northampton and the Coplay Saengerbund. Joseph was a member and an usher at Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.

Survivors: Daughters, Judith, wife of Art Brown, of Northampton, Nancy, wife of Michael Schneider, of Northampton; sons, Joseph Wolfer Jr., and his wife Robin, of Colorado Springs, CO, John Wolfer, of Northampton; five grandchildren, Michael, Ellie, Matthew, and Casey; and good friend, Dorothy Molchany, of Coplay.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Queenship of Mary Church 1324 Newport Ave. Northampton. Family and friends may call Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21 St. Northampton.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be presented to the church care of funeral home.

Published in Morning Call on April 26, 2010

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Emil S. Ritter



Emil S. Ritter, 91, of Nazareth died April 15, 2010 in Manicure, Easton.

He was the husband of Emnia (Zimitz) Ritter. They were married 62 years on January 31.

Emil was born October 18, 1918 in Zillingtal, Burgenland, Austria, son of the late Joseph and Katherine (Cvitkovits) Ritter.

Emil was a machinist and Mill Wright at the former Penn-Dixie Cement Co., Nazareth retiring in 1980 after 44 years of service. Emil proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth. He received a diploma from French government for liberating Europe. He received the victory medal with clusters and the Infantry Combat Badge. He served as an interpreter for P.O.W.s He served in the 28 Infantry division of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was a charter member of the V.F.W. Post # 4366, Nazareth and a life member of the Holy Family Club.

Survivors: Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Suzanne, Wife of Michael Kroboth, lower Nazareth Twp and Dr. Emilie Ritter, Nazareth.

Services: are Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery, call Tuesday 7-8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions: in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth.

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Stephen Deutsch



Stephen Deutsch of Scarsdale, New York passed away on Thursday April 8, 2010. He was 78. The son of Johanna Deutsch and Josef Mondschein, he was born in Lancaster, PA but soon returned to Glasing, Burgenland, Austria with his family to their farm.

He emigrated to the United States in his teens to make a better life for himself, and his life as a United States citizen is a classic tale of the “self-made man”. He joined the United States Air Force in his twenties and served in the Korean War as a pilot stationed in the Castle Harbor region of Bermuda for a number of years. Following his military service, he returned to the United States and joined the New York State Police Department as a State Trooper. In 1961, Stephen and his brother-in-law Hans Schanter opened a bar/restaurant/catering hall in the Castle Hill area of the Bronx, NY. His love of Bermuda formed during his time in the air force and inspired him to name his beloved restaurant the Castle Harbour Casino, after his former Castle Harbor home. The successful venue attracted hundreds of weddings, dinner parties, police and firemen functions, union meetings and dinner dances, with its moderate prices, storied German cuisine and Bavarian dancing troupes. For many years Stephen’s sister Rose was the driving force behind the kitchen, preparing the infamous pork and sauerkraut, Sauerbraten and sweet cabbage that made the Castle Harbour famous. Friends and family often gathered at the Castle Harbour, particularly those of German, Austrian and Hungarian heritage, and fondly nicknamed Stephen the “King of the Castle”. After nearly forty years of business, the Castle Harbour on Havemeyer Avenue closed its doors recently, a reflection of the changing neighborhood and the desire of the United Odd Fellow and Rebekah Home neighboring the property to purchase the site.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife Elfriede (Rita), his daughters Cynthia (Cindy) and Stephanie; son-in-law Tom Martyn; four grandchildren Caitlyn, Liam, Lauren and Ryan; his sister Rose Schanter (of Gardiner, NY), his brother Alois Mondschein (of Glasing, Austria) and many nieces and nephews including Rosemary Schanter, John Schanter, and Robert Weinhofer.

Stephen will be dearly missed.

Visitation at Flynn Memorial Home (1652 Central Park Ave.), Yonkers, NY. Sunday, April 11th 7-9pm and Monday, April 12th 2-4pm and 7-9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima R. C. Church, Scarsdale, NY on Tuesday, April 13, at 10:30 am.

Entombment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY.

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Mary C. Legath



Mary C. Legath, 103, formerly of Coplay, of Naples, Florida, went to be with the Lord on March 28, 2010 at home.

She was the wife of the late Frank Legath.

Born in Krottendorf bei Güssing, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Alois and Theresia (Betz) Kroboth.

Mary was a former member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay and its Altar & Rosary Society. Currently, she was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Naples, Florida.

Survivors: children, Frank Legath, Jr., and his wife, Jean; Hilda Koetting and companion, William Fortney, John F. Legath and his wife, Claire, all of Whitehall, Mary Ann wife of Richard Sutton of Naples, FL; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Theresia Dengg and Augusta Ettlinger, both of Austria.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Fifth and Coplay Sts., Coplay. Friends and family may call 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment, St. Peter's Cemetery, Coplay.

Contributions: St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay c/o funeral home 18037.

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Steve Joseph Ribarits



The visitation for Steve Joseph Ribarits, 62, will be from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, at St. Hubert, 729 Grand Canyon St., Hoffman Estates. Interment will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

Born July 16, 1947, in Sopron (Ödenburg), Hungary, the son of Steve and Anna (nee Ruzsak), he passed away at home.

Steve was a veteran of the Army. He enjoyed reading, cooking, listening to music and watching all sports. He especially enjoyed being with his family.

Survivors include children, Christine (Rod) O'Dell, Eric and Julia; grandchildren, Nevan and Skylar; sister, Gisella (Richard) Wien, Anna (Gregg) Cygnar and Mary Meyer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established.

Arrangements were made by Countryside Funeral Homes, Bartlett, 630-289-7575 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com.

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Ernest Jandersit Sr.



Ernest Jandersit Sr., 99, of Clark, NJ, died on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rahway.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at 10 a.m. from the Krowicki Gorny Memorial Home, 211 Westfield Ave., Clark, thence to Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth, where the funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Visitation is on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Born in Szentpéterfa (Prostrum), Hungary and raised in Coplay, PA., as a young man he traveled throughout the U.S. and has resided in Clark since 1958.

Mr. Jandersit was the founder and owner of Ridge Door Sales Inc. of Hillside for 45 years. He was a member of the Elks of Hillside. Mr. Jandersit was best known for his stories about growing up during the Great Depression. He also worked on the construction of the Hoover Dam. He was a good and respected man by everyone who knew him.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rose (née Agolio); loving father of Ernest Jr. and his wife, Dolores, Robert Sr. and his wife, Carol, Thomas Sr., and Laurie Silnger and her husband, Art; caring brother of Caroline Jandersit, Stella Nederstock, Julia Simon, and Edward and Peter Jandersit; treasured grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Wilhelm Jelosits



Wilhelm Jelosits, 78, of the Bronx, NY, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2010.

Born December 3, 1932 in Reinersdorf, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of late Johann and Paulina (Sorger) Jelosits.

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Marie H. Loome



A memorial Mass will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Eugene for Marie H. Loome of Eugene, who died Jan. 28 of age-related causes. She was 89.

Private inurnment will be at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

She was born March 25, 1920, in Kleinpetersdorf, Austria, to Fred and Ella (Waschitz) Heritsch.

She married Thomas J. Loome Jan. 12, 1946, in Chicago.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Sharon Cate of Graham, Wash.; three sons, Patrick of Eugene, Brian of Springfield and William of Toledo, Ohio; a sister, Jean Atchley of Ventura, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

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Stefan Garger



Bethpage, NY died Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Mr. Garger was born in Strem, Burgenland, Austria.

He was the son of the late Johann and Gisela (Schatz) Garger.

He is survived by his wife: Franziska (née Stipsits); son & daughter-in-law, Valentin (Andrea); daughter & son-in-law, Linda (Rod) Vanella; grandchildren, Mikey, Nicky & Sarah.

Visitation will be Monday, February 1 from 2-5 & 7-9 pm at Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes, Inc., 603 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, NY.

The funeral will be 10:15 am on Tuesday, February 2 at St. James R.C. Church, 80 Hicksville Rd. Seaford, NY where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.

Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.

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Hedwig Lynche



Hedwig "Hedy" Lynche (née Fassl), age 87, of Brick, NJ, died Mon., Jan. 4, 2010 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick.

Born in Stegersbach, Burgenland, Austria, she and her brother traveled through Nazi Germany to meet their parents in New York City in August of 1934.

She grew up in New York City, and after her marriage to John Lynch in 1950, she moved to Bogota in 1954, finally settling in Brick in 1994. She graduated from Hunter College, New York City, in 1947, and was employed as a Chemist with ER Squibb until 1952, when her first child was born. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #5561, Bogota. She was an active member of St. Joseph's RC Church, Bogota for 40 years. Recently, she was a parishioner of Church of the Visitation, Brick.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Rosa (Kern) Fassl and her youngest son, Brendan in 1985.

Hedy is survived by her brother John and wife Theresa of New Hyde Park, NY; three sons and daughters in law, John and Judith Lynch of Princeton, Christopher and Bernadette Lynch of East Stroudsburg, PA, and Stephen and Jolene Lynch of Seattle, WA; and ten grandchildren: John, Joe, Elizabeth, Patrick, Shannon, Courtney, Amy, Andrew, Timothy and Kevin. She is also survived by niece, Ann-Marie Hartline, and nephew, John Fassl.

Visitation will be Fri. 5-8 PM at Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Rd., Brick. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated Sat. 9:30 AM at St. Joseph's RC Church, 115 East Fort Lee Rd., Bogota 07603. Interment will follow at Hackensack Cemetery, Hackensack.

Memorial donations can be sent to the churches above or to the Ocean County Library, Toms River.

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Rev. Ladislaus Parker





Our heavenly Father, the Lord of the living and the dead, has called to Himself Reverendissimus Dom. Ladislas Francis Keresztesy-Parker, Abbot Founder and First Abbot of St. Michael’s in Orange, California, on Sunday, 3 January, A.D. 2010, at 12:05 A.M.

Franz Purker was born in German-speaking Vaskeresztes (Grossdorf), Hungary on December 19, 1915. He attended school in Szombathely at the Norbertine gymnasium directed by confreres of St. Michael’s Abbey in Csorna. Upon graduation Francis entered the Abbey’s novitiate and received the name of Ladislas. After novitiate and profession, he completed philosophical studies in the studium of the Abbey and was then sent to Rome where he pursued theological studies at the Gregorian University. Fr. Ladislas was ordained a priest on August 20, 1940 and completed his doctoral studies in 1942 with a dissertation on "The Doctrine of St. Augustine on Hope". Upon return from his studies Fr. Ladislas was named master of novices and professor of moral theology at the Abbey, posts he filled until escaping Communist Hungary along with his confreres in July, 1950.

Received warmly by Abbot Sylvester Killeen and the confreres of St. Norbert’s Abbey in DePere, Wisconsin, Fr. Ladislas and his companions served in a variety of ministerial settings doing both parish and academic work in the Abbey’s widely-spread apostolates. Fr. Ladislas, though, was the driving force enabling his fellow refugees to reunite in 1957, reestablishing both the common life in Santa Ana, California and a common apostolate at Mater Dei High School, at the invitation of Cardinal James McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angeles. He served on the faculty of Mater Dei until 1961 when in August a new foundation was opened as a junior seminary and novitiate of the Abbey of St. Michael’s in Csorna. From 1959 -1975, Fr. Ladislas was administrator of the community with its growing number of seminarians. In June 1975 the community became an independent priory and Fr. Ladislas was elected the first prelate.

In August, 1984, following the decision of the Order’s definitory, the canonry was elevated to abbey status and Fr. Ladislas was named its first abbot. Upon reaching 75 years of age in 1990, he was re-elected prelate. Abbot Parker became abbot emeritus upon his resignation in June, 1995. By that time and under his wise and loving governance the community had grown to 41 priests and nearly 60 confreres.

Thursday, January 7: 4:30 PM – Reception of the Body into the Abbey Church 5:00 PM – Vespers.

Friday, January 8: Midnight – Vigil Office of Readings and Homily; 9:00 AM – Lauds of the Dead; 11:00 AM – Requiem Mass; 4:20 PM – Mid-afternoon Prayer followed by – transfer of Body to Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica; 7:30 PM – Vespers of the Dead with Homily at MSJCB.

Saturday, January 9: 9:30 AM – Funeral Mass at Mission Basilica; 11:30 AM – Burial at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Front, California; 12:30 PM – Reception.

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Paul Tuifel



Paul Tuifel, 79, of New Hyde Park, New York, passed away on December 12, 2009.

Born in Gaas, Burgenland, Austria, he was the husband of Hildegard (Hagen) Tuifel. They would have celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in April.

He was a long-time active member and trustee of the Brüderschaft der Burgenländer in New York.

Besides his wife, he is survived by children Robert, Nancy, Kenneth, and 2 grandchildren.

The funeral took place on December 16, 2009 in New Hyde Park, with interment in St. Charles' Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

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Anton Stangl



Anton Stangl, 81, of Allentown, formerly of New York City, died November 14, 2009 in the V.N.A. Hospice of St. Lukes, Lower Saucon Township.

Born in Zahling, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Josef and Aloisia (Wunderler) Stangl.

Anton was a master tailor in Austria, Switzerland and New York City, tailoring suits for former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, as well as former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

Survivors: Sisters, Rosa Binder with whom he resided, Hilda Posch in Austria; nieces, nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers and a sister.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, November 21, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ruch Street and Park Avenue, Whitehall. Call 9-10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to St. John the Baptist Church, c/o the funeral home, 18037.

Published in Morning Call on November 15, 2009.

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William Dax



William Dax, 77, of Allentown, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in Praxis Alzheimers Facility, Easton.

He was the husband of Erna (Keppel) Dax who died Wednesday, October 28, 2009. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary last January.

Born in Krobotek, Austria, William was a son of the late Michael and Maria (Weber) Dax.

He was a self employed carpenter for more than 25 years in the area trading as William Dax and Sons and was a member of Caprenters Lehigh Valley Local 600. He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown. William was a member of the Monocacy Field and Stream Club.

Survivors: Surviving are sons, William J. and his wife, Maria, of Orefield, Christopher M. and Lisa Cyphers of Bethlehem; daughter Janie E., wife of Anthony Barnyak, of Allentown. William has a brother, Johann Dax and sisters, Ida Tobitsch, Theresia Joke and Rosa Granitz, all in Austria. There are two grandchildren, Christine Dax and Jeffrey Dax. He was predeceased by a brother, Franz.

Services: There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 8:30-9:40 a.m. in the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Published in Morning Call on October 30, 2009.

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Erna Dax



Erna Dax, 85, of Allentown, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in the Hospice House of St. Lukes V.N.A., Bethlehem.

She was the wife of William Dax who died on Sunday, October 25, 2009.

The couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary last January.

Born in Königsdorf, Austria, Erna was a daughter of the late John and Gisela (Pummer) Keppel.

Erna was a seamstress for various mills in the Lehigh Valley. She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown.

Survivors: Surviving are sons, William J. and his wife, Maria, of Orefield, Christopher M. and Lisa Cyphers of Bethlehem; daughter, Janie E., wife of Anthony Barbnyak, of Allentown; grandchildren, Christine Dax and Jeffrey Dax.

Services: There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 8:30-9:40 a.m. in the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the church, 444 N. Jasper St., Allentown, PA 18109.

Published in Morning Call on October 30, 2009.

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Alfred Steiner



Alfred Steiner, 84, of Whitehall, died Tuesday, August 25, 2009 in St. Lukes Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Born in Neusiedl bei Güssing, Burgenland, Austria, he was a son of the late Franz and Magdalena Steiner.

Alfred was the husband of the late Rosa (Trinkl) Steiner.

Alfred worked for many years as a tailor in management positions for various clothing companies around the Lehigh Valley before his retirement.

Survivors: Daughter, Heidelinde Predix of Chesapeake, Va.; son, Manfred and his wife, Vicki Steiner, of Walnutport; sisters, Elli Flakus and Wilma Pratter, both of Graz, Austria; grandchildren, Rachel and Raymond Predix, Melissa Marerro and Nicholas, Kate and Cory Steiner; great-grandchildren, Tristen and Kingsten Marerro. He was preceded in death by four brothers.

Services: memorial, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, August 31, 2009 at Hope Lutheran Church. Arrangements by Brubaker Funeral Home Inc., Catasauqua.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the church at 4131 Lehigh Drive, P.O. Box 1030, Cherryville, PA 18035.

Published in Morning Call on August 27, 2009.

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Helen Kaminsky



Helen Kaminsky, 98, passed away June 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

She was born October 25, 1910 in Szentpéterfa (Prostrum), Hungary, the daughter of Andrew and Theresa (Jurasits) Temmel.

Helen grew up in Nazareth. She left home at an early age to become a nanny for a family on Long Island, and later was a waitress for many years.

She married the love of her life, Erich Kaminsky in New York City on September 23, 1933. He passed away on January 29, 1974 in Melbourne, Fla.

She moved to Florida in 1973 and resided in Barefoot Bay for many years until moving to Decatur in 2004 to be with her daughter. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in both Barefoot Bay, Fla. and Worcester, N.Y. Helen's favorite past times were bowling and watching baseball. She had a very active social life while living in Florida, although her focus was always family first. She adored her very special grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors: She is survived by her son, Paul E. Kaminsky; her daughter, Carolyn A. and her husband, Roger Nickol; five grandchildren, Martha and Stephen Hasslacher, Erich and Melonie Kaminsky, John and Kathy Kaminsky, Janel Nickol and Robert Nickol; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by five brothers and two sisters.

Services: A requiem Mass will be held on July 1, 2009 at 10 a.m. in Christ Episcopal Church, 970 State Street, Schenectady, N.Y. and a burial Mass with internment in Florida Memorial Gardens, Melbourne, Fla. will be arranged at the family's convenience. Arrangements are by the E.J. Skinner Co., 155 Main St., Worcester. To sign the online guest book or send a condolence to the family, visit: www.skinnerfuneralchapel.com.

Contributions: In loving memory of Helen may be made to a charity of ones choice.

Published in the Morning Call on 6/29/2009

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Erma Weisel



Erma Weisel, 84, of Allentown died Friday, June 5, 2009 in the Phoebe Home, Allentown.

She was the widow of William H. Weisel, Sr.

Born in Neustift bei Güssing, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Tapler) Nikles.

Erma was employed at the former Zollinger and Harned, Allentown, for several years before retiring. Previously she was employed at K & M Sportswear, Allentown.

Survivors: Sons, William H. Weisel, Jr., Gary J. Weisel; grandson, Jason L. Weisel, all of Allentown; nephews; nieces; cousins; brother-in-law; sister-in-law.

Services: Funeral Service 2:00 PM Thursday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th & Hamilton Sts., Allentown. Call 1 to 2:00 PM Thursday in the funeral home. Interment Highland Memorial Park, Allentown.

Published in the Morning Call on 6/7/2009

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Anna Procanyn




Anna M. Procanyn, 87, of Coplay, died Monday, June 1, 2009 at the Phoebe Home, Allentown.

She was the wife for over 50 years of the late Melvin D. Procanyn, who passed away in 1993.

Born in Kroatisch Tschantschendorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late John and Ida (Ifkovits) Keglovits.

She was a long time member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay. Anna was an avid gardener who enjoyed her plants, both within and outside of her home.

Survivors: Son, Melvin J., daughter, Ann Marie; two granddaughters, Susanne Perram and Dr. Melissa Platt; three great-grandsons, Bryce and Cade Perram and Samuel Platt; two nieces. She was predeceased by a brother, John Keglovits.

Services: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Noon in the church. Call 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to the church, c/o the funeral home, 18037.

Published in the Morning Call on 6/3/2009

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Frieda Iacone



Frieda K. Iacone, 88, of Nazareth, died May 17, 2009 in New Eastwood Care and Rehab Center, Easton.

She was the wife of Thomas G. Iacone for 37 years and the late Stephen Schwader who died December 19, 1958.

Frieda was born April 25, 1921 in St. Michael, Burgenland, Austria, daughter of the late Gustav and Theresia (Schaller) Sauerzopf.

She was a sewing machine operator at the former Pioneer Sportswear, Nazareth, retiring in 1982. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of ILGWU.

Survivors: Husband; son, Stephen Schwader and his wife Stephanie, Fla.; sister, Theresa Derkits, Nazareth; brother, William Sauerzopf and wife Anna, Nazareth; four grandchildren, Joey, Jody, Audrey, Kathleen; four great-grandchildren, pre-deceased brothers, Stephen, Walter, Rudolph, Gustave, John, Andrew Sauerzopf and Charles Noversel.

Services: 10:30 a.m., Friday, Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth, Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Holy Family Church. Burial in Holy Savior Cemetery, Bethlehem. Call Friday 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Reichel Funeral Home, Nazareth.

Contributions: Donations can be made to Holy Family Church in Frieda's memory.

Published in the Morning Call on 5/19/2009

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Alfred Trinkle



Alfred Trinkle, 81, formerly of Allentown, died Monday in St. Tammany Hospital, Covington, Louisiana.

He was the husband of the late Lois Trinkle.

Born in Königsdorf, Burgenland Austria, he was the son of the late Frank and Theresa (Trinkle) and the brother of the late Rudolph Trinkle.

Residing in Allentown until 1986 when he moved to Sea Isle City, N.J., he has resided for the past 15 months with his daughter and son-in-law in Madisonville, Louisiana.

He graduated from Allen High School in 1946 and attended Allentown Business School. Trinkle joined The Morning Call in 1948 as a district manager in the circulation department. He became office manager in 1960 and was named circulation manager in 1965. In 1974, he was named circulation director and marketing director in 1983. He was vice president of marketing for The Morning Call until his retirement in 1986. Trinkle served as secretary of the Downtown Improvement District Authority, and worked with the authority during his retirement. He also He served on the board of directors of the Interstate Circulation Managers Association and the former Allentown Downtown Improvement District Authority. Trinkle served in the Marine Corps for three years and was called back for an additional year of service during the Korean War.

Survivors: Daughter, Lynn and her husband, Charles Truxillo.

Services: private, will take place with the family in Louisiana.

Contributions: To the charity of choice.

Published in the Morning Call on 5/14/2009

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Martin Csencsits



Martin F. Csencsits, 89, of Northampton died Sunday, May 10, 2009 in St Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

He was the husband of Margaret (Jaksits) Csencsits.

Born November 6, 1919 in Northampton (and raised in Harmisch), he was the son of the late Frank and Julia (Schuch) Csencsits.

Martin retired from the Bethlehem Steel Corp. where he worked for many years. He belonged to Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton, sang on the choir and was a member of the Holy Name Society.

Survivors: Wife; sons; Martin J. Csencsits and wife Patricia, of Laurys Station, James R. Csencsits, and wife Gigi , of Boise, Idaho, Dennis E. Csencsits, and wife Andrea, of Northampton, five grandchildren and two great- grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Csencsits, of Danielsville and Engelbert Csencsits, of Palmerton. Martin was predeceased by a son, Father Eugene Francis Csencsits and a daughter, Margaret Csencsits.

Services: Military Services will be Thursday, May 14th at 9:45 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in Queenship of Mary Church 1324 Newport Ave. Northampton. Family and friends may call Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Contributions: Memorials may be presented to the church c/o funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 5/12/2009.

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Walter Pomper



Walter E. Pomper, 85, passed away Monday, April 6, 2009 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

He was the husband of the late Stephanie (Wirtitsch) Pomper, a native of Seltschach/Carinthia, who died on November, 11, 2006.

A son of the late Josef and Theresia (Wolf) Pomper, he was born in Chicago and raised in Burgenland (Rohrbach an der Teich and Neuberg). He returned to Chicago with his family in 1939, two weeks before the outbreak of World War II.

He was a longtime member of the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft, the Burgenland Bunch, the Böhmerwald Beneficial Society, the Austrian Mixed Chorus, the First Burgenländer Beneficial Society, and the Stock im Eisen Society. In 1972, he founded the Österreichischer Vergnügungsverein. For many years he published the newsletter "The Austrian American".

Survivors: son, John (Sandra); brother, William; sister, Marilyn (George) Saich; and grandchildren, Nicole, Jesse and Romana Waters, Kristel Johnson and Verena Skinner. He was predeceased by a son, Steven (Cheryl), and a brother, Joseph (late Fran).

Services: Memorial gathering Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. at Severino's River Woods Funeral Chapels, 205 S. River Rd., Des Plaines, IL. Interment private.

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Ernest Luisser



Ernest J. Luisser, devoted husband, father and grandfather, of Allentown, passed away on March 9 at the age of 88.

He was born in Kohfidisch, Burgenland, Austria to the late Mary (Stangl) Luisser.

He was married to Stella C. (Garger) Luisser for 62 years in November.

During World War II, he served as a corporal with the 522 Air Service Group with the Army in North Africa and Italy. Ernest was a driver and dispatcher for 19 years with C&E Trucking and then he worked for Servomation in the warehouse for 14 years until retiring in 1982. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Allentown. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 4714, Northampton, 6th ward Civic Association and the 6th ward Crime Watch. Ernest was an avid golfer and bowler, usually with the Mountainville Mixed Bowling League.

Survivors: Wife, Stella C. of Allentown; son, James and his wife, Kathleen Luisser, of Allentown; daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Robert Lindenmoyer, of Northampton; grandchildren, Eric and his wife, Michelle Politi, Lisa Politi and Katelyn Politi; niece, Elfriede Bleicher. He was predeceased by his sisters, Gertrude Schaeffer and Hermine Bleicher.

Services: A viewing will be held on Friday, March 13 from 9-10:15 a.m. in Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave., Allentown, to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m.

Published in the Morning Call on 3/11/2009

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Herman Drauch



Herman Drauch, 85, of Allentown, passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2009 in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township.

He was the husband of the late Helena Drauch.

Born in Poppendorf, Burgenland, Austria, Herman was a son of the late John and Cecelia (Baumann) Drauch.

He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown. Herman was self employed and had a rug cleaning service in Allentown. He served with the Army during World War II.

Survivor: Surviving is a brother, John G. of Allentown.

Services: Graveside services will be on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 1 p.m. in Laurel Cemetery, Whitehall. Calling will be on Tuesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown.

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Maria Paukovits



PAUKOVITS -- Maria, age 86, passed away on February 2, 2009.

Born in Gaas, Austria, she came to the US in 1955 and became a US citizen in 1960. She was a resident of Clifton, NJ for 53 years, and was employed as an electrical supervisor for 19 years, before retiring in 1986. She had worked at several northern NJ companies, and continued to work part-time after retirement as a sales associate for Federated Stores. As an active parishioner of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Passaic, NJ, she was a lector at German masses, a member of the Parish Women's Society, and a 25-year member of the Catholic Kolping Society of America, where she held terms as vice president.

Beloved wife of 60 years to Stefan Paukovits. Maria is survived by her three children, Helmut (Paul) Paukovits of Garfield, NJ, Marie Pauk of San Diego, CA and Donna Marie Paukovits of NJ. Maria is also survived by her sisters Christina Trippel of Austria and Anna Csencsits and Pauline Deutsch, both of NJ. Predeceased is her brother Josef Lipovits, of NJ. She was also dearly loved by her daughter-in-law, Nam Sim (Ogey) Paukovits, and granddaughters Kyong Pae of NC, and Jeanne Fredericks, of Bloomfield, NJ. She was also the great grandmother to Marin Fredericks. Maria also will be missed by several loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday 8:15 am from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton and 9:00 am at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Hope Avenue and Harrison Street, Passaic, NJ. Entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, MacLean Boulevard, Paterson, NJ. Viewing schedule is on Wednesday, Feb. 4th from 2-4 & 7-9 pm

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Mary Groller



Mary H. Groller, 92, of Allentown, died on January 28, 2009 surrounded by her loving family in the home of her daughter, Joanne Conelias.

She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Groller, who died in 1998.

Mary was born in Northampton on August 14, 1916 (and raised in Szentpéterfa/Prostrum), daughter of the late John and Mary (Mikisits) Gerencser.

She was a devout member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Allentown. Mary was an avid bowler for more than 72 years. She loved playing bingo, going to Atlantic City, playing cards with her friends and family and listening to Hungarian and polka music. Mary made the best kiffles in the Lehigh Valley. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends as someone who always had a smile on her face and enjoyed life. She especially enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attended as many of their activities as possible.

Survivors: Son, Joseph M. Groller and his wife, Kris, of Bethlehem; daughters, Joanne, wife of Trent P. Conelias, of Bethlehem and Bonnie and her late husband, Ernie Affa, of Fort Collins, Colorado; sister, Catherine "Kitty" Rank of Northampton; six grandchildren, Trent, Dean, Michael, Coriann, Samantha and Alexandra; six great-grandchildren, Madison and Abigail Affa, Connor and Cade Conelias and Kiefer and Brody Batz; nieces, nephews.

Services: Mass, 10 a.m. on Saturday in the church, 501 Ridge Avenue, Allentown. Viewing 7-9 p.m. Friday and 8:15-9:15 a.m. Saturday in the John F. Herron Funeral Home, 458 Center At Market Street, Bethlehem. Burial in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Contributions: May be made to the John F. Herron Funeral Home, your memorial contributions for Mary H. Groller will be donated by her family to Hospice and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Published in the Morning Call on 1/30/2009

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Theresa Schlager



Theresa A. Schlager, 84, of Coplay, passed away Jan. 19 in her home.

She was married to Ludwig A. Schlager for 60 years.

Born in Coplay (and raised in Eisenberg an der Pinka), she was the daughter of the late Felix and Pauline (Eberhardt) Weber.

She was a sewing machine operator for the former Modern Clothes, Allentown, for 30 years retiring in 1986. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay, and its Altar & Rosary Society. She was a member of the Coplay Sängerbund.

Survivors: Husband; daughter, Rosemary Schlager of Whitehall; grandsons, Christopher, Jonathan and his fiancee, Amanda; great-grandson, Bixby; sister, Mary Stubits of Whitehall. Her brother, Joseph Weber, passed away on January 15.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church. Call 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

Contributions: To the church, c/o the funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 1/21/2009

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Joseph Weber



Joseph Weber, 80, of Coplay, passed away January 15, 2009 at home.

He was married to Margaret (Meyer) Weber for 58 years.

Born in Coplay (and raised in Eisenberg an der Pinka), he was the son of the late Felix and Pauline (Eberhardt) Weber.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay and a member of its former Knights of St. George. He was a packer for LaFarge Cement Co., Whitehall, for 40 years until retiring. A musician, he was a button accordion player for the Edelweiss Band. As a hobby, he enjoyed woodcrafting and was a life member of the Coplay Sängerbund.

Survivors: Wife; son, Joseph and Claire of Whitehall; daughter, Suzanne, wife of Ron Rabenold, of Coplay; grandchildren, Joseph Weber III, Daniel Weber, Tara Eckels, Tanya Rabenold; sisters, Mary Stubits of Whitehall, Theresa, wife of Ludwig Schlager of Coplay.

Services: 10 a.m., Monday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the church. Call 8:30-10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Contributions: To the church, c/o the funeral home, 18037.

Published in the Morning Call on 1/17/2009

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Mary Milisits



Mary Milisits, 89, of Northampton, died Wednesday, December 31 in St. Lukes Hospital, Fountain Hill.

She was born February 2, 1919 in Horvátlövo (Kroatisch Schützen), Hungary, the daughter of the late Stephen and Theresa (Cseri) Milisits.

Mary worked for the former Cross Country Clothes, Northampton, for many years. She was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Northampton.

Survivors: Mary is survived by a sister, Anna, wife of Peter Noga, of Allentown; brother-in-law, Raymond A. Buffington of Northampton; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews, a great-great-niece. Mary was predeceased by a sister, Theresa J. Buffington.

Services: will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 6 in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, 1324 Newport Ave., Northampton. Family and friends may call 9-10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Contributions: May be presented to the church, c/o the funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 1/3/2009

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Frank Garger



Frank Garger, 72, of Northampton, died January 1, 2009 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

Frank and his wife, Maria (Filipovits) Garger, celebrated 43 years of marriage in July.

Frank was born March 1, 1936 in Szentpéterfa (Prostrum), Hungary, the son of the late Frank and Rose (Jurasits) Garger.

He was a general contractor, builder and owner and operator of Garger's Market, Northampton, for many years. He also worked at Lehigh Structural Steel for 21 years. He was a member of Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Northampton, the Holy Name Society and he served as an usher for 35 years. Frank was also a member of the Ss. Peter & Paul Society in Northampton. Frank loved gardening and taking care of his roses.

Survivors: He is survived by his wife; daughter, Lisa McGill of Coopersburg; son, Frank L. Garger and his wife, Judit, of Whitehall; grandchildren, Zachary, Megan and Justin McGill, Mark and Alan Garger; brother, Matthew Garger in Germany. Frank was predeceased by brothers, Rudolph and William Garger.

Services: A prayer service will be 9:45 a.m. Monday, January 5 in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, 1324 Newport Ave., Northampton. Family and friends may call 5-8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery.

Contributions: May be presented to the church and/or Fox Chase Cancer Center, c/o the funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 1/3/2009

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Anna Mohr



Anna M. (Yandrasits) Mohr, 84 years of Coplay, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 29, 2008, in the Hospice of the V.N.A. of St. Lukes Hospital, Lower Saucon Twp., surrounded by her loving and dedicated family.

She was the widow of Ralph F. Mohr Sr., who died on July 13, 1981.

Born in Coplay, she was the only child of Frank and Carolina (Ifsits) Yandrasits (from Großmürbisch and Schallendorf).

She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Coplay, and a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School. She was the co-owner with her late husband of the Deerskin Leather Shops in Coplay and Beach Haven, N.J. for over 20 years, retiring in 1986. Earlier in life she was a teller at the former Coplay National Bank. Anna loved her polka music, traveling and playing cards, and was the Director of the Coplay Sängerbund Chorus for over 41 years. Very active in politics, she was a longtime Democratic Committeewoman in Coplay.

Survivors: She is survived by a son, Ralph F. Mohr and his wife Joan M. (Bandura) of Whitehall; grandchildren, Sharon L. Mohr of Williamsport, Stacy L. Boyle and her husband Brendan of East Greenville, and Matthew B. Mohr and his wife Jennifer of Schnecksville; great-grandchildren, Jaclyn, Olivia, Emily, Gabriel and Evan.

Services: Services will be at noon, Saturday, January 3, 2009, in the Gilbert Funeral Home, 444 Pershing Blvd., Whitehall, with Rev. Msgr. William E. Handges officiating. Her viewing will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery in Whitehall.

Contributions: Memorial contributions are suggested to the V.N.A. of St. Lukes Hospice Program, 1510 Valley Center Pkwy., Suite 200, Bethlehem PA 18017-2294.

Published in the Morning Call on 12/31/2008

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Irma Trabel



Irma I. Trabel, 93, of Fountain Hill, died Monday, October 13, 2008, in her home.

She was the wife of the late Philip M. Trabel, who died in 1973.

Born in Güssing, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Spitzer) Janders.

Irma was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Bethlehem. She was a wonderful mother who devoted her life to taking care of her family. She also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors: Sons, Philip E. and William K., with whom she resided; nieces, nephews.

Services: will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden St., Bethlehem. Family and friends may call Thursday 10-11 a.m.

Published in the Morning Call, Oct. 14, 2008.

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Martha Pollinger



Martha Pollinger, 85, of Allentown, passed away on October 27 in ManorCare, Bethlehem.

Born in Steingraben, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Draxler) Klobosits.

Martha was the wife of the late Stanley Pollinger, who passed away on September 30, 1999.

She was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown, where she was a member of its Frauenverein.

Survivors: Daughter, Jane, wife of Michael Tiuchty, of Northampton; sons, Robert Pollinger, husband of Deborah Pollinger, of San Diego, Calif., Bruce Pollinger, husband of Traci Pollinger, of Carlsbad, Calif.; grandchildren, Chad, Tricia, Justin, Joshua, Heather, Thomas, Tyler; great-grandchildren, Joey, Jacob.

Services: Call Saturday, November 1 from 9-10:30 a.m. followed by services at 10:30 a.m., both in Weber Funeral Home P.C., 1619 Hamilton St., Allentown .

Published in the Morning Call on 10/29/2008

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Edward Frisch



Edward Frisch, 77, of Allentown died Monday October 27, 2008 at his residence.

He was the husband of Helene (Remsing) Frisch, having celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 19, 2008.

Born in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch), Hungary, he was a son of the late Johanna Frisch.

Edward was a welder for the Follett Corp. of Forks Twp., for 37 years before retiring in 1996. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church of Allentown.

Survivors: Wife; Daughters, Annette H. wife of Robert J. Monberger Sr. of Bethlehem Twp. and Monica wife of Paul D. Wasser of Northampton; grandchildren, Jessica Monberger, Robert J. Monberger Jr. and Stephanie Schwerer.

Services: 9:30 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2008, Weber Funeral Homes, P.C., 502 Ridge Ave. followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in the church. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m.

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Berta Zwickel





Berta Zwickel of Whitehall, passed away in her home three days after her 78th birthday on Aug. 27.

She was married for 53 years to the late Friedrich Zwickel.

Born August 24, 1930 in Raabfidisch/Rábafüzes, Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Eduard and Maria (Neubauer) Simitz.

She immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen on June 13, 1956.

Berta was a seamstress for the former Phoenix Clothes, Allentown. After the birth of her daughter in 1965, she was a homemaker who took great pride in maintaining her home, tending to her garden, cooking and baking. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Daughter, Christine Zwickel and her fiance, Michael Edelman, and granddaughter, Jenna Edelman, all of Whitehall; sister, Maria Turri; nieces, nephew. She was predeceased by a sister, Margaret, and a baby brother, Herbert.

Services: memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 3, St. Peter's Catholic Church, Fifth and Coplay Streets, Coplay. No calling hours. Arrangements by the Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, 18037.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to St. Peter's Catholic Church, c/o the funeral home.

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Anna Temmel



Anna (Pendl) Temmel, 87, of Nazareth, died Aug. 17, 2008 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.

She was the wife of the late Stephen J. Temmel, who died June 5, 1980.

Anna was born July 25, 1921 in Sulz, Burgenland, Austria, daughter of the late Frank and Theresia (Didovits) Pendl.

Anna was a homemaker, who loved embroidery, cooking and pencil art. She enjoyed making embroidered tablecloths for her family. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth.

Survivors: She is survived by a son, Stephen Temmel and his wife, Karen, of Lehighton; daughters, Joyce Smicker of Allentown Linda Temmel and Rosemary Temmel at home; five brothers, Frank Bendl and his wife, Irene, of Bath, Walter Bendl and his wife, Theresa, of Nazareth, Alfred Bendl and his wife, Dorothea, of Bethlehem, Frederick Bendl and his wife, Joan, of Steelton, Pa., William Bendl and his wife, Lorrie, of Hollis, N.H.; sisters, Helen Boris and her husband, Richard, of Wind Gap, Theresa Keeler of Nazareth; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Hilda Bendl.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Reichel Funeral Homes Inc., 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church. Call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery, Nazareth.

Published in the Morning Call on 8/19/2008

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Hermine Traupman



Hermine Bodisch Traupman, 95, formerly of New York City, died Aug. 12, 2008, in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. She was married to the late Anton Traupman and previously to the late Alois Bodisch. Born in Glasing, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Alois and Maria (Deutsch) Stranzl. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Son, Frank L. Bodisch and his wife Kathleen of Whitehall; daughter, Elsie, wife of Frank Paukowits of Queens, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Lillian, wife of Frank Klepeis of Newington, Conn.; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by sisters, Rose and Mary, and brothers, Franz and Ignatz.

Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Contributions: St. Peter Catholic Church, c/o the funeral home, PA 18037.

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Gisela Binder



2007-09-06

Gisela (Stella) Binder of Pearl River, NY, a longtime resident of the Bronx (Throgs Neck) died Tuesday, September 4, 2007. She was 92. Stella was born October 3, 1914 in Inzenhof, Austria to Stefan and Maria Koppel. Stella has lived in Pearl River for the past 12 years. Before that, she lived in the Bronx from 1946 to 1996.

She is survived by her daughter, Rose Casey and Jack; grandson, Christopher Casey and Melissa; granddaughter, Adrienne DiBlasi and Richard; grandson, Stephen Casey and Sheila; her great grandchildren, Lauren, Tatum, Zachary, Connor, Tyler, Ava and Ryan.

She is pre-deceased by her husband, Joseph (1995).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM Saturday at St. Margaret's R.C. Church, Pearl River, NY. Burial is at St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx, NY. Visiting Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm at Wyman- Fisher Funeral Home, Inc WYMAN-FISHER FUNERAL HOME, 100 Franklin Ave Pearl River (845) 735-2161

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Margaret Hussar





Margaret W. Hussar, 88, of Willow Street, PA, formerly of Allentown, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2008.

She was the wife of the late Robert F. Hussar Sr., who died in 1992.

Born in Krobotek, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Franz and Maria (Weber) Werner.

Marge came to America in 1929 and her family settled in Allentown.

She attended Allentown Central Catholic High School and worked as a lab technician for ATT/Lucent Technologies, participating in the early production of transistors and later, development of the silicon chip. Marge was an avid cook, baker and candy maker. She was at home in nature and loved long walks in the woods or along the beach. She enjoyed gardening and was an excellent artist, working with watercolors. She took classes at the Baum Art School. Perhaps influenced by her husband, Marge developed an interest in watching professional golf and was a big fan of Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. She always wanted to be a spectator at the Masters - perhaps to see the flowers even more than the golf.

Survivors: She is survived by her four children, Anna Marie, wife of Stephen Sohonyay, of Lancaster; Robert Jr., husband of Denise Mirto Hussar, of Harrisburg, Kevin of Willow Street and Christopher, husband of Kathleen Kerr Hussar, of Newark, Del. Marge is also the very proud grandmother of Stephen and Simon Sohonyay and of Alexandra, Margaret, Grace and Elizabeth Hussar, along with great- grandchildren, Madeleine and Jack Sohonyay.

Contributions: Marge has requested that contributions in her name be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Published in the Morning Call on 5/11/2008.

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Hermine Keglovitz





Hermine "Minnie" Keglovitz, 80, of Nazareth died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Easton Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Rudolf and Sabina (Wiener) Schrantz.

She was born November 5, 1927, in Stockertown, grew up in Luising, Burgenland, Austria and returned to the United States in 1946.

She was the wife of the late Frank J. Keglovitz who died March 21, 1985.

Minnie worked as a machine operator at the former Nazareth Waist Mills, as a nurses aide at Gracedale and a cook at Holy Family Club and Y.M.C.A. in Nazareth. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a volunteer at Gracedale. Minnie and her late husband Frank were longtime active members of the Holy Family Club and organized and worked at many events at the club. They were also members of the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft. Minnie a.k.a. Noni, Nana, Minni-Tant loved spending time with her family in America and Austria.

Survivors: Son, Frank Keglovitz and wife Fawn, of Whitehall; daughter, Linda wife of Michael Ferretti of Nazareth; four grandchildren, Daniel and Christopher Ferretti, Janelle and Jeff Keglovitz and five great-grandchildren, Lauren, Alex, Naomi, Katie, Mia. She was predeceased by brothers, Kosmas and Joseph Schrantz, and sisters, Mary Eckhart and Theresa.

Services: 9:15 a.m. Monday, April 28, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church in Nazareth. Burial in Holy Family Cemetery. Call Sunday 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 4/25/2008.

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Emil C. Simitz



Emil C. Simitz, 91, of Coplay, died April 18 in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.

He was married to Gisela (Schanta) Simitz for 66 years.

Born in Jakobshof, Hungary, he was the son of the late Franz and Maria (Stanko) Simitz.

He was an electrician for the former Whitehall Cement Co., Whitehall, for 31 years. Emil was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Wife; daughters, Margaret, wife of Edward Ivankovits, of Coplay, Gisela, wife of Lance Gottwald, of Harrisburg; son, Emil and his wife, Sally, of Coplay; grandchildren, Mark Ivankovits, Christine Law, Edward Ivankovits, Stefanie Kaintz, Carolyn Simitz; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob, John, Nicholas; sisters, Laura Schanta in Germany, Anna Fleck in Austria. He was predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in the church. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Monday and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Contributions: St. Peter's Catholic Church, c/o the funeral home, 18037.

Published in the Morning Call on 4/19/2008.

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Felix S. Schuch



Felix S. Schuch, 99, of Nazareth, died April 5, 2008, in Eastwood Nursing Center, Wilson.

He was the husband of the late Mary (Domitrovits) Schuch, who died on June 29, 1998.

Felix was born on Oct. 23, 1908, in Grossbachselten, Burgenland, Austria, a son of the late Paul Schuch and Maria (Groller) Schuch Paukovits, and a stepson of the late John Paukovits.

Felix was a quarry truck driver at the former Penn-Dixie Cement Co., Nazareth. He retired in 1975 after 38 years of service. He was the oldest member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth, and also of the Holy Family Sick and Relief Society. He was a member of Knights of St. George Branch 258 and the church’s Holy Name Society. Felix loved working in his garden and pruning his shrubs. He was a devoted father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Survivors: Sons, Felix Schuch and wife Elizabeth of Jamestown, Tenn., William Schuch and wife Brenda of Lower Nazareth Township; daughter, Marie, wife of Michael Cunningham of Lower Nazareth Township; grandchildren, Janet Kahler, Robin Heckman, Michael Schuch, Susan Klotz, Lori Jones, Patrick Cunningham; 11 great-grandchildren a great-great-grandson; cousin, Minnie Betz of Stockertown. He was predeceased by brothers, Paul and John Schuch, and John, Emerick and William Paukovits.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Ave., Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth. Burial, Holy Family Cemetery. Call 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church, c/o the funeral home, PA 18064.

Published in the Morning Call on 4/7/2008.

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Mary Remsing



Mary Remsing, 87, of Nazareth, formerly of Bath, died March 28, 2008 in St. Lukes Hospital, Fountain Hill.

She was the wife of Joseph Remsing, who died January 5, 1993.

Mary was born Jan. 31, 1921 in Moschendorf, Burgenland, Austria, daughter of the late Ignatz and Mary (Laky) Gaspar Deutsch.

Mary was a sewing machine operator for various garment shops in the Lehigh Valley for 22 years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth, where she was also a member of the Golden Agers, the Altar & Rosary Society and the Bible Study Group. Mary was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bath, for many years.

Survivors: Mary is survived by three daughters, Sister Marie Dolores, I.H.M. of Immaculata, Pa., Jane, wife of John Martin, of Saylorsburg and Marie, wife of David McClellan, of Bath; son, Joseph Remsing and his wife, Stephanie, of Bath; three sisters, Mathilda Deutsch of Nazareth, Anna Anderson of Georgetown, Texas and Teresa Pierog of Nazareth; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Father Joseph W. Gaspar, M.S.C.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008 in the Reichel Funeral Homes Inc., 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church, Nazareth. Burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bath. Call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 3/30/2008.

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Szabina Weber



Szabina Weber (née Rabold), 81, of 1644 Newport Ave., Northampton, died March 15, 2008, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

She was the wife of John Weber. They shared 52 years of marriage.

Born in Felsöcsatar/Oberschilding, Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Habetler) Rabold.

She was formerly employed as a machine operator for the former Cross Country Clothes, Northampton. She was a member of Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton.

Survivors: Husband; son, John and his wife Gloria of Cherryville; daughters, Rose and her husband Edward Bendekovitz of Coopersburg, Mary and her husband Richard Leitold in Florida; four grandchildren, Monica, Erik, Kelsea, Rich.

Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Reichel Funeral Homes Inc., 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton. A viewing will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 3/20/2008.

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Hermina Stengel





Hermina "Minnie" Stengel (née Kloiber), 87, formerly of Allentown, died Wednesday March 12, 2008 in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township.

She was the wife of the late Willard A. Stengel.

Born in Wallendorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Mary (Ring) Kloiber.

Minnie was a garment worker for various Allentown area mills for more than 35 years before retiring in 1982.

Survivors: Son, Willard J. and wife JiSu of Bethlehem; daughter, Janice wife of Ambrose Piccirilli of Northampton; sister-in-law, Arlene Kloiber of Whitehall Township; nieces and nephews.

Services: Blessing service 10:30 a.m. Monday, Weber Funeral Homes, P.C., 1619 Hamilton St., Allentown. (www.weberfuneralhomes.com). Call 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Contributions: Alzheimers Disease & Related Disorders, 617-A Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055.

Published in the Morning Call on 3/14/2008.

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Irma Best



March 8, 2008

Irma Best, 93, of Whitehall, died March 8, 2008 in Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Annex. She was the wife of the late Willard J. Best.

Irma worked in the kitchen at the 1760 House, Trexlertown, for 17 years until retiring. Prior to that, she worked in the kitchen at Brookside Country Club, Macungie, and for the former Hesss Patio Restaurant, Allentown. She was a school bus driver for Whitehall.

Born in Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline (Ernst) Duld.

She was a member of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown. She was a member of the Ladies Aide Society at St. Peters. She attended St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fullerton.

Survivors: Daughter, Elizabeth A. Rape of Allentown; grandson, Eric J. Rape and his wife, Eileen D., of Whitehall; great-granddaughters, Jessica, Erika and Nicole. She was preceded in death by brothers, Rudy Duld and Joseph Duld.

Services: will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Calling will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

Interment, Woodlawn Memorial Park, Allentown.

Contributions: May be made in her memory to St. Peters Lutheran Church, 114 N. 10th St., Allentown, PA 18102.

Published in the Morning Call on 3/11/2008.

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Martha Schmidt



March 6, 2008

Martha Schmidt, of Allentown, passed away peacefully in the early evening of March 6, 2008 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

She was born on September 27, 1921 to Josef and Anna (Schmalzl) Meltsch in Pornóapáti/Pernau, Hungary.

She received only six years of elementary education, but applied her native intelligence all her life. She grew strong physically by working on her parents farm and spiritually by attending religious services.

In January of 1940, she married Johann, later John, Schmidt, who predeceased her in 1985.

After World War II, she, her husband, her two small children and her mother, were deported and relocated to Schwabhausen, Bavaria. In 1955, the entire family immigrated to the United States and two years later, settled in Allentown. She worked from then until 1983 in a pants factory. For the remainder of her life, she thrived on domestic activities, cooking and baking, knitting and sewing and gardening. She sewed to supplement her modest retirement income, but she did the others for the pleasure she could give to her family and friends. During those years, she had numerous surgeries which inevitably slowed her down, but they never weakened her determination. She resided in her home until her final week and succumbed to her ailments after a fall.

Survivors: Son, Wilhelm and his wife, Jean; daughter, Gertrud "Trudi" Connors; three grandchildren and their children.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th and Hamilton streets, Allentown and 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Interment in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.

Published in the Morning Call on 3/8/2008.

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Karl Lang





February 11,2008

Karl Lang, 83, of Allentown, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2008, in Whitehall Manor.

He was the husband of Gisela "Stella" (Mayer) Lang and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November.

Born in Deutsch Minihof, Burgenland, Austria, he was a son of the late Karl and Maria (Fuchs) Lang.

Karl was a shop foreman for 25 years for Lehigh Valley Volkswagon in Allentown prior to retiring in 1986. He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Allentown. Karl was a member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society and the Franklin Senior Citizens, both in Allentown.

Survivors: Surviving with his wife, Stella, is a son, Karl and his wife, Michele, of Danielsville; daughters, Charlotte M. Lang of Allentown and Chris, wife of Brian X. Cunningham, of Kempton; siblings, Robert, Ella Düh and Berta Drauch, all in Austria. There are four grandchildren.

Services: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 11:15 a.m. in the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in the church. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 10-11:15 a.m.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the church, 444 N. Jasper St., Allentown, PA 18109 or to Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders, 617A Main Street, Hellertown, PA 18055.

Published in the Morning Call on 2/12/2008.

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Bertha Szoke



January 8, 2008

Bertha Szoke (née Yost), 87, of Lehighton, passed into eternal rest on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Heritage Hills Senior Assisted Living Center, Weatherly.

She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Szoke, who passed away in 2005.

Born in Inzenhof, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late John and Bertha (Marx) Yost of Whitehall.

Bertha came to this country when she was nine years old and attended schools in Coplay and Hokendauqua.

After she married her husband Joe, she moved to Lehighton and was employed by the former Barson & Bishop Mills, Weissport, Pete Merluzzi and Baer Silk Mills, where she worked as a sewing machine operator during the 1940s. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Lehighton. Bertha loved animals, especially dogs, gardening and polka music, and cherished being a mother. She will always be remembered with love by her daughter, Penny, wife of Larry Ockenhouse of Lehighton, two sisters, Teresa Perl of Stiles, and Hilda, wife of Charles Parsons of Emmaus, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Yost, in 1996.

Services: Private. No calling hours. Arrangements, Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Lehighton.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Carbon County Animal Shelter, 63 Broad St., Nesquehoning, PA 18240.

Published in the Morning Call on 1/14/2008

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Hermine Donschietz



November 17, 2007

Hermine "Kitty" Donschietz, 86, of Allentown, died Saturday, November 17, 2007 in Fellowship Manor, Whitehall.

Born in Kroatisch Ehrensdorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna (Marth) Kiss. Hermine was predeceased by her husband, Carl T. Donschietz in 1995. She was an assembly line worker at the former Western Electric for 5 years and was later a waitress at Saucon Valley Country Club and Lehigh Valley Country Club for many years. Hermine was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Paul's R.C. Church, Allentown.

Survivors: Stepdaughter, Edie Efthymiou and husband, George of Hilton Head, S.C.,; sister-in-laws, Pauline Kiss of Northampton, Hilda Kiss of Walnutport; five step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Ignatius, Joseph, Stephen and George.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, Inc., 46 E. Susquehanna St., Allentown, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul's R.C. Church, 2nd and Susquehanna Sts., Allentown. Friends and family may call 9:30 a.m. until time of service in the funeral home. Interment to follow at St. Mark's Cemetery, Allentown.

Contributions: May be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Alder Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017. K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in the Morning Call on 11/20/2007.

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Josephine Schmidt



October 17, 2007

Josephine Schmidt, 94, of Allentown, went to be with the Lord, Jesus, Wednesday, October 17, 2007. She was the widow of Frank Schmidt, who predeceased her in 1968.

Born in Zahling, Burgenland, Austria, Josephine was the daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Schlener) Yost. She came to the United States at the age of eight years. She was a fun loving person who loved polka music and dancing. She had been very active at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Allentown. She was a former member of the Altar Circle and the Ladies' Aid Society at the church. She was a former member and volunteer at the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans' Society and the Senior Citizens group of the Polish- American Club in Allentown.

Survivors: Daughter, Doris Nemchik; three grandchildren, Cynthia, wife of David Rickert, Donna, and Richard. She was preceded in death by a son, Frank Schmidt Jr.

Services: Graveside, 12 p.m. Monday, October 22 in Section F at the Cedar Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Allentown.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Josephine's memory to the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue c/o Rich Goldstein, Treasurer, 1109 South Main St., Pleasantville, N.J. 08232.

Arrangements by the J.S. Berkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.

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Angela Matika



October 7, 2007

Angela Matika (née Stelzmann), 85, of Hokendauqua (Whitehall), died October 7, 2007, at home. She was the wife of the late Michael G. Matika. She was a presser for the former C & F Dress Co., Catasauqua. Born in St. Nikolaus, Burgenland, Austria, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Theresa (Stranzl) Stelzmann, and the stepdaughter of the late Mary (Leitgeb) Stelzmann. She was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, North Catasauqua. She was a past president of the former Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua.

Survivors: Son, Edward M. and his wife Nancy of Emmaus; daughters, Barbara A. Newhart, with whom she resided, Carol, wife of Dennis Pohranichny of Hokendauqua; brother, Frank and his wife Helen Stelzmann of Allentown; sister-in-law, Helen Stelzmann of Easton; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by brothers, Joseph and Paul Stelzmann, sister, Theresa Kovacs, and stepbrother, Joseph Leitgeb.

Services: Noon Thursday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay. Mass, 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the church. Call 11 a.m. to noon Thursday in the funeral home.

Contributions: To the church or Lehigh Valley Hospice, both c/o the funeral home, PA 18037.

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Josefa Walthier



September 2007

Josefa "Josephine" Walthier, nee Lorenz, age 69. Beloved wife of Martin; loving mother of Christine, Anita M., Eddy M. Sr. (Stefanie) and Martin J. (Amy); dearest grandmother of Heidi and Eddy Jr.; fond sister of Maria (the late Franz) Körper, Alois (Aline), the late Richard (Maria) and Rupert, all of Austria; aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Member of Jolly Burgenländer Club, Burgenländer Gemeinschaft-Chicago and D.A.N.K. Chicago South.

Family will receive friends at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way (Corner of LaGrange Rd., south of Lincoln HWY), Frankfort, IL 60423, on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, with prayers at funeral home at 8:45 a.m. and then to St. Anthony Church, 7659 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, for 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment St. Mary Cemetery, 87th & Hamlin Streets, Evergreen Park, IL. For Information 815-806-2225.

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Theresa Demidont



September 24, 2007

Theresa Demidont, 82, formerly of Allentown, died Sept. 24, 2007 in the home of her daughter in Northampton. She was the wife of the late Andry Demidont, who died Jan. 15, 2006.

Theresa was born March 15, 1925 in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch), Hungary, daughter of the late Thomas and Theresia (Györy) Düh. She worked for the former Baby Grown, Allentown, retiring in 1979. Prior to that, she worked for the former Penn State Mills, Allentown, for 28 years and before that, she worked for the former Ludlow Mfg., Allentown. Theresa was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Allentown and Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton. She was a former member of the ladies auxiliary of the St. Francis Beneficial Society and the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans Society.

Survivors: She is survived by daughters, Heidi, wife of Stephen Skrapits, with whom she resided, Suzanne Demidont of Hellertown, Sandra, wife of Christopher Tognoli of Allentown; sons, Andreas Demidont and his wife, Joella, of Somerset, Pa. and John Demidont and his wife, Cleo, of Center Valley; brothers, Rudolf and Adolf Düh, and sisters, Margaret Rauschmayer and Gabriella Böck, all in Germany; 10 grandchildren, Jane, Lisa, Stephen, Susan, Thomas, Adrian, Andrea, Arica, Amelia, Christopher Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren, Emily, Richard, Gabriella, Julia, Nicholas, Alexander, Tegan, Imre, Avery, Michael. She was predeceased by sisters, Anna Rudolf and Emilie Stenke, and brothers, Johann "Hans" Düh and Eduard "Eddie" Düh.

Services: 9:45 a.m. Friday, Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton. Call 8-9:45 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Burial, Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton. Following burial service, you may join the family for fellowship in Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Sick & Beneficial Society (Hungarian Hall), Stewart and Canal streets, Northampton.

Contributions: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Allentown or Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton, c/o the funeral home.

Published in the Morning Call on 9/25/2007.

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Mary T. Richter



August 24, 2007

Mary T. Richter, 86, of Phoebe Home, Allentown, formerly of Phoebe Apartments, Allentown, and 930 Bridle Path Rd., Allentown, died August 24, 2007, in St. Lukes Hospital, Allentown Campus.

She was a cafeteria worker for the public school system in Yonkers, N.Y., for 14 years until retiring in 1973.

Born in Allentown*, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Julianna (Heber) Schuster.

She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.

Survivors: Daughter, Maria, wife of John Lindsay of Wallingford, Conn.; brother, Rudolph Schuster of Coopersburg, Pa.; sister, Agnes, wife of John Bodisch of Center Valley; grandchildren, Jack Lindsay, James Lindsay. She was preceded in death by a son, Lt. John F. Richter Jr., brother, Otto Schuster, and sisters, Julia Schuster and Hilda Mehlrose.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Tuesday, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown. Call 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown.

Contributions: May be made in her memory to the Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order, Attention: Development Office, 210 W. 31st St., New York, NY 10001-2876.

Published in the Morning Call on 8/25/2007.

*aufgewachsen/raised in Raabfidisch

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Frank J. Hacker



August 23, 1921 - August 21, 2007

Frank J. Hacker, 85, a lifelong resident of Coplay went to meet our Lord Tuesday, August 21, 2007.

Born August 23, 1921 in Gerersdorf bei Güssing, Burgenland, Austria to the late Florian and Julianna (Breitfeller) Hacker, he was married to Kathryn (Azar) Hacker, his exceptionally dedicated and loving wife.

In 1984, he retired as the maintenance supervisor for the Borough of Catasauqua after 15 years of service. Previously, he was employed by Giant Portland Cement Co., Egypt, for 28 years before it ceased operations. A member of the American Legion, Harrisburg, he was a decorated Army veteran in the 451st Automatic Weapons Battalion in World War II serving in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He was a life member of the American Club of Coplay where he was an avid bowler. He particularly enjoyed family gatherings with his friends and loved ones. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay.

Survivors: Wife; daughters; Diane, wife of John J. Karc of Northampton and their children Denise, Alissa, Matthew and Jeffrey. Janice, wife of Richard J. Miller of Emmaus and their sons, Ethan and Thad. Kathy, wife of Mitchell L. Easter of Cumming, Ga., Tina Marie Cortazzo of Nazareth and their son, Ryan. Great-grandchildren, Joshua, Rachel, Hannah, Lucas, Mylie, Brett and Benjamin. He was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Hacker, and sisters, Julia Betz and Mary Garrison.

Services: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay. Mass, 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Call 9-10:30 a.m., Tuesday in the funeral home.

Contributions: Church, c/o the funeral home 18037.

Published in the Morning Call on 8/23/2007.

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Ferdinand J. Györy





August 12, 2007

Ferdinand J. "Fred" Györy, 79, of Whitehall, formerly of Allentown, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2007, in Whitehall Manor.

Born in Rábafüzes (Raabfidisch), Vas Megye, Hungary, he was a son of the late John Sr. and Julia (Toro) Györy.

Saturday marked the 60th wedding anniversary that he and his brother Rudolf arrived in the United States from Hungary. Fred worked as a maintenance supervisor for Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, for many years before retiring. Serving as a sergeant in the Army, he worked in a military intelligence unit during the Korean War. He attended the local extension of Penn State University, attaining a degree in electrical engineering. He was a member of Our Lord's Ascension Polish National Church, Bethlehem. He was also a member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans' Society, Allentown; the Coplay Sängerbund, and the Hianz'nchor Austrian Singers.

Survivors: Daughter, Deborah A., wife of Roy Stewart of Allentown; son, Randall J. of Kempton; brother, Rudolf and his wife Esther of Allentown; grandchildren, Erica Stewart, Marc Stewart, Kyle Stewart, James Györy, Ilona Györy, Aodhan Györy; longtime companion, Helen Trexler; many nieces and nephews.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2007, O'Donnell Funeral Home, 908 Hanover Ave., Allentown. Call 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the church, 2105 Jennings St., Bethlehem, PA 18017 or to a charity of choice.

Published in the Morning Call on 8/14/2007

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Frances DeCocq





Nov. 14, 1911 - July 18, 2007

SOUTH BEND - Frances (Bleich) DeCocq, 95, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Tschida) Bleich, born in Pamhagen, Austria, on November 14, 1911, returned to her Heavenly Father on July 18, 2007.

Frances spent her young life in Austria, coming to the United States when she was 11 years old. On December 29, 1934, she married Julius Valaire DeCocq, who preceded her in death on August 30, 1983. They were faithful members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Thomas Street and after it closed remained members of Corpus Christi Parish until her death.

Frances delighted in her large family, including her daughter, Joan Kreskai, and son and daughter-in-law, Julius and Barbara De Cocq. She has 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Trish (Tim) Brunkhart, Lauire (Hardus) Veen, Sue (Vince) Freeman, Dawn (Leroy) Worsham, David (Liz) Kreskai, Jeffry (Anne) De Cocq, Chris (Shannon) Kreskai, John (Betty) De Cocq, James (Mayra) De Cocq, Jennifer (Michael) Ortiz, Michelle (Chad) Tuttle and Aimee (Dr. Ryan) De Lee. She took great pride in her 27 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Melissa, Darren and Robin Brunkhart, Jessica, Brooke and Erika Veen, Lauren, Eric and Katy Freeman, LeRoy, Matthew and Nicholas Worsham, Nicole and Anthony Kreskai, Erin and Emily De Cocq, Samantha and Gabrielle Kreskai, Athena and Zachery De Cocq, Patrick and Micaela Ortiz, Franziska and Megan Tuttle, Jordan De Cocq and McKenna De Lee; and one great-great-grandchild, Peyton Brunkhart.

Additional survivors include nieces and nephews, Ed and Rose Jasinski, Gary and Nancy Henri, Jerry Black, Joe and Michelle Bleich, Linda Bleich, and Mike and Pat Mondovics, as well as several great-nieces and nephews. She has one sister-in-law, Betty Black, and a special friend, Bette Braun, who often stayed with and took loving care of her. Her last months were spent at Mitchell's Country Care for the Elderly where David and Dorothy Mitchell took wonderful care of her.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by all of her brothers, Joseph, John, Bathhauser, Michael, Martin Bleich and Frank Black; and her sister, Mary Mondovics, as well as two baby brothers and a sister who died in Austria; her son-in-law, Donald Kreskai; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Marie Worsham.

Since 1993 she had resided with her children, Joan, Julius and Barbara, who have taken care of her with love and patience. During these years she spent the majority of her time crocheting Afghans (over 125) for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and anyone else who wanted one. She also loved word-search puzzles, pontoon rides, eating goodies, and avidly playing Euchre. Mom loved to dance and play with all the children. One of her favorite things was to sing "You Are My Sunshine" ending with toot, toot and two claps. Now our "Sunshine" is gone.

Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will take today, July 20, 2007, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where a parish Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2007, in Corpus Christi Church. Her final resting place will be Highland Cemetery next to her husband and close to many members of her family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Corpus Christi Church, 2801 Corpus Christi Drive, South Bend, IN 46628; or to The American Cancer Society, 601 West Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN, 46545. To send condolences or to sign the guestbook, please visit www.kaniewski.com.

Published in the South Bend Tribune on 7/20/2007.

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Lena Iwantsch





Lena Iwantsch, 92, of Whitehall, formerly of North Catasauqua and Allentown, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2007 in the home of her daughter Marlene Schadler.

She was the wife of the late Julius Iwantsch.

Born in Rosendorf, Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Anton and Bertha (Stokl) Supper.

For many years Lena was a housekeeper working as a domestic in Pittsburgh. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Egypt and a former longtime member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Allentown. Lena was an avid gardener and homemaker with a deep love of God and the simple life.

Survivors: Son, Julius and his wife Patricia A. of East Allen Twp.; daughter Marlene, wife of Michael Schadler Sr., with whom she resided; twin sister, Angela Deutsch of Mogersdorf, Austria; grandchildren, Michael Jr., Devon, Casey. She was predeceased by a son Stephen.

Services: Will be on Friday, June 8, 2007 at 9:15 a.m. in the ODonnell Funeral Home, 1064 Fifth St., N. Catasauqua, followed by a mass of christian burial at 10 a.m. in the church.

Calling hours will be on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice St. Johns.

Published in the Morning Call on 6/6/2007.

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Agnes Szerencsits



SZERENCSITS Agnes (nee Ifkovits), 99, of Clifton, died Thursday May 24, 2007. Born in Northampton, PA, Mrs. Szerencsits was raised in Austria and returned the United States at the age of fourteen. She lived in Passaic for 35 years before moving to Clifton in 1965 and residing there since. In 1962, she retired from the Samuel Hird Co. and had previously been employed with the Botany Mills Co., formerly of Passaic for many years as a burler / mender. Mrs. Szerencsits was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Passaic where she was a former member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society and the Golden Agers. She was a member of the Burgenlaender Society of Passaic.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph Szerencsits. Devoted mother of John and his wife Johanna and Edward and his wife, Johanna, all of Clifton. Dear sister of William Ifkovits of Nazareth, PA, Anthony Ifkovits of Northampton, PA, Mary Solomon of Whitehall, PA; and six predeceased brothers. Loving grandmother of Diane DeLorenzo and her husband, Richard, Maryann Szerencsits, John Philip Szerencsits and Suzanne Forysiak and her husband, Mark. Loving great-grandmother of Thomas and Matthew DeLorenzo and Mia and Lena Forysiak.

Funeral services will be Tuesday 9:15 AM from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton and 10 AM at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, cor. Hope Ave. and Harrison St., Passaic. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Paterson. Visiting will be Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity RC Church, 226 Harrison St., Passaic, NJ 07055 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 140 Little ton Rd,, Suite 200, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

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Mary Legath



Mary Legath, 83, of Clifton, died Saturday at home. Dear sister of Lambert Legath. Predeceased by two brothers, John and Adolf Legath and two sisters, Ida Fedorowich and Eleanor Young.

Lifelong friend of Gisella Gaspar. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Born in Austria, Miss Legath came to the United States in 1928 settling in Passaic. She has lived in Clifton for most of her life. For 33 years, she was employed as a line operator with the Shulton Corp. before retiring in 1989.

Miss Legath was a parishioner of Holy Trinity R.C. Church, Passaic. Funeral services will be Wednesday 9:30 AM from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton and 10 AM at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, cor Hope Ave. and Harrison St., Passaic.

Entombment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Paterson. Visiting will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 228 Harrison St., Passaic, NJ 07055.

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Julius "Jay" Koch





1926 - 2007

Julius "Jay" Koch, a former New York police officer and Ronald Reagan "Doppelgänger" (look-alike) who doubled as the former president in movies and public appearances since the 1980s, died of heart failure on March 19, 2007 at the age of 81 in Port Huemene, California. He had been battling cancer since the summer.

Born Julius Koch, Jr. on February 25, 1926 in Rechnitz, Burgenland, Austria, he immigrated with his parents Julius Sr. and Irma to the United States when he was three, settling in Brooklyn.

As a boy, Koch would go fishing with his father at Sheep's Head Bay in Brooklyn and developed a love for the sea and for sailing. He later served in the United States Navy toward the end of World War II. At retirement with the rank of sergeant in 1969, he moved to California, where Ronald Reagan was then governor. Koch loved Southern California in part because of its warmer climate, providing him with a year-round opportunity to venture out in his sailboat. With his thatch of thick dark hair, warm smile and twinkling eyes, he bore a remarkable resemblance to the former U.S. president. His wife, Sylvia, submitted his photo without his knowledge for a National Enquirer look-alike contest in 1980, and he won, casting him in the Reagan’s stand-in role for the next 25 years. He taught himself to imitate Reagan’s speaking voice and mannerisms, signed with an agent and made hundreds of appearances at conferences, parties and in advertisements, television and films, including Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993).

In addition to his wife and, he is survived by a brother, Ernest; daughters, Maureen Foster and Jackie Schaeffer; a son, Brian Jay Koch; and four grandchildren, Justin and Amber Koch and Harrison and Faith Foster.

Koch's family planned to scatter his ashes off Channel Islands Harbor on April 14.

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Alfred Berner Sr.



Alfred "Fred" Berner Sr., 74, of Catasauqua, died Feb. 23 at home.

He was married to Eleanor E. (Kuchera) Berner for 48 years.

He was the proprietor of Berner Builders, Catasauqua, for 25 years.

Born in St. Nikolaus bei Güssing, Burgenland, Austria, he was the son of the late Franz and Agnes (Traupmann) Berner.

He was a member of Annunciation B.V.M. Catholic Church, Catasauqua.

Survivors: Wife; sons, Alfred Jr. and his wife Dawn of Coplay, Michael of Whitehall, Timothy and his wife Regina of Whitehall; grandson, Christopher; brother, Josef, and sisters, Angela and Mitzi, all in Austria. He was predeceased by a grandson, Ryan.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home, 327 Chestnut St., Coplay. Mass, 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Call 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, to the Ryan J. Berner Memorial Fund or the church, both c/o the funeral home, PA 18037-1528.

Published in the Morning Call on 2/24/2007.

Alfred Berner was the uncle of Burgenland Bunch member Silvia Berner Nikles of Güssing, who maintains the site www.best-of-burgenland.com.

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Ignaz "Iggy" M. Keglovits



1925 - 2007

Ignaz "Iggy" M. Keglovits, 81, of Coplay, died Jan. 20, 2007 in his home.

He was the husband of Mary (Stubits) Keglovits. They were married 56 years.

Ignaz was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Northampton*, son of the late Ignaz and Gizella (Hirmann) Keglovits.

He worked at LaFarge Cement Co., Whitehall, for 40 years before retiring. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, Coplay. He was a member of AARP, the Friendly 50's of St. John's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Northampton, the Coplay Saengerbund, Northampton Liederkranz, and Ss. Peter and Paul Society, Northampton.

Survivors: Wife; son, John and his wife Cindy of Whitehall; daughter-in-law, Linda Keglovits of East Stroudsburg; sisters, Anna Marakovits of Clifton, N.J., Maria Jandrisevits in Austria, Gizella Miksits in Austria; brother, Josef in Austria; four grandchildren, Michael, Kate, Nathan, Aaron Keglovits. He was predeceased by a son, Alfred Keglovits, who died in 2001.

Services: Thursday 9:15 a.m., Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., St. Peter's Catholic Church, Coplay. Burial in St. Peter's Cemetery. Call Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions: Donations to Sacred Heart Hospice, or to the Al Keglovits Scholarship Fund, c/o Reichel Funeral Home, Northampton, 18067.

* Raised in Kroatisch Tschantschendorf.

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Father Joseph W. Gaspar, M.S.C.



died in Sacred Heart Villa in January, 2007.
1914 - 2007


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