December 17, 2001
James Sharkey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Monday, December 17, 2001 at Elkins Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 91 years old. James was born June 6, 1910 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late George Sharkey and the late Ada Sharkey (nee - Hill).
He is the beloved husband of Beatrice Sharkey (nee - Asimos); Father of Eileen M. Pessel and her husband Robert; Grandfather of Robin, Bobby and Steven; Great grandfather of Austin, Kayla, Erin, Kyle and Courtney; Brother of Lawrence Sharkey.
James was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended Frankford High School. He was employed for fifty years by the A.P. Orleans Corporation working as a dispatcher. He retired in 1995.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Friday, December 21, 2001, from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Wetzel and Son - Montanye Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge. Relatives and friends were invited to his Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2001, at 11:00 A.M. at the Wetzel and Son - Montanye Funeral Home. Interment at Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge followed the Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Fox Chase United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 201 Loney Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111.
Angela Irene Baker
December 18, 2001
Angela Irene Baker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at her residence. She was 76 years old. Angela was born April 8, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late John H. Rutter and the late Katherine Rutter (nee - Walls).
She is the beloved mother of Robert, John, Jerry, Patrick and Michael Baker; Grandmother of Kimberly, John, Erin and Jan Marie; Great grandmother of Christopher; Sister of Marie O'Donnell and Raymond Rutter.
Angela was born and raised in Philadelphia and was a homemaker during her working years.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Saturday, December 22, 2001, from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 6902 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia. Relatives and friends were invited to her Funeral Mass Saturday, December 22, 2001, at 10:00 A.M. at Resurrection Of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, 2000 Shelmire Avenue, Philadelphia. Interment in Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn followed the Funeral Mass.
Phyllis O. Koiwai
December 18, 2001
Phyllis O. Koiwai of Rydal, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at Rydal Park. She was 76 years old. Phyllis was born October 28, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Herman Oxman and the late Ida Oxman (nee - Sionsky).
She is the beloved wife of Dr. Eichi K. Koiwai; Mother of Dr. David Y. Rogers of Asheville, NC and the late Laurie Anne Rogers; Mother in Law of Jennie A. Rogers; Step Mother of April S., Mark S., Peter M. and Jay and his wife Teusa Koiwai; Grandmother of Lieutenant Daniel, Sarah, Derek and Sanford Rogers.
Phyllis was a graduate of Abington High School and received her BA and MA from the University of PA. She was a retired Professor Emeritus of Language at Bucks County Community College after 25 years and a former French and Spanish teacher at Upper Moreland High School. She was an official Interpreter and Announcer at Past Olympic events and International Judo Championships. Mrs. Koiwai was a Life member of the Old Academy Players and the United States Judo Inc. She was a member of the Willow Grove Literary Society and the PA Horse Breeders Association.
Relatives and friends were invited to her Memorial Service Saturday, December 22, 2001, at 3:00 P.M. at Warrington Motor Lodge, Easton and Street Roads, Warrington where friends were invited to a Celebration of Life from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Donations in her memory may be made in lieu of flowers to the United States Judo Inc. 1 Olympic Plaza #202 Colorado Springs, CO 80909 or the charity of your choice.
John William Reinhard
December 18, 2001
John William Reinhard of Ambler, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at Artman Lutheran Home. He was 76 years old. John was born January 6, 1925 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, son of the late William Victor Reinhard and the late Bess Almeda Reinhard (nee - Elschlager).
He is the beloved husband of Jeanne E. Reinhard ( nee - Francis ); Father of David W., Jeffrey D. and Robert J. Reinhard and Elisabeth A. Smyth; Grandfather of Five.
After Graduation from Eau Claire High School he attended the University of Wisconsin before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1943. While with the 15th Air Force in Italy flying as a Togglelier Gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress he flew 21 missions over occupied Europe before the end of WWII. After discharge in 1945 he worked as a clerk in the Administrative Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigations while attending Georgetown University School of Foreign Service from which he graduated in June of 1948 with a BS degree in Accounting. Enjoying flying, he enlisted in the Naval Air Reserve and flew weekends while clerking at the Bureau. In October 1948 he entered agents class as a Special Agent Accountant and served in the Norfolk and Philadelphia Divisions. While in Philadelphia he was assigned to the Scranton Resident Agency for 16 years and worked primarily White Collar Crime and White Slave Traffic Act cases. In March 1975 he retired to accept the position of Assistant Vice President of the Fidelity Bank of Philadelphia from which he retired as Security Officer in July 1984. During the 10 years since his retirement he has worked with the Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer and has done contract investigations. He is a member of the 483rd Bombardment Group 815th Squadron.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service Saturday, December 29, 2001, at 11:00 A.M. at Jarrettown United Methodist Church, 1460 Limekiln Pike, Jarrettown.
Helen E. Walthour
December 18, 2001
Helen E. Walthour of Quakertown, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital. She was 80 years old. Helen was born June 19, 1921 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late William L. Reed and the late Myrtle A. Reed (nee - Zeigler).
She is the beloved wife of the late John B. Walthour; Mother of Helen N. Nelms and her husband John of Quakertown, Pennsylvania and Brad Walthour of Columbus, Ohio; Grandmother of Bryan and Kevin Nelms; Sister of Edna Mae Pollack, Annetta Hoover, Nellie Huff, Maude Gall, Myrtle Mariacher and William, Donald and Merle Reed.
Helen was born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania and was a graduate of New Castle High School. She worked for many years, finishing her career as a clerk/secretary for the Visiting Nurses Association of Montgomery County, retiring in 1983.
Services and interment were private are the family's request.
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center, 1200 South Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, Pa. 18105 (610-402-8000).
John F. Sebzda Jr.
December 19, 2001
John F. Sebzda Jr. of Hatboro, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at his residence. He was 60 years old. John was born August 6, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late John F. Sebzda and the late Eleanor M. Sebzda (nee - Fruh).
He is the Son of John F. Sebzda,Sr. and the late Eleanor M. Fruh and the late Bernice M. Sebzda; Father of the late Cheri L., Steven R. John W. and Jennifer L. Sebzda; Grandfather of Kelly, Jamie, Steven and Anthony; Brother of Carol M. McGlinchey; Also survived by his many nieces and nephews and his beloved companion Patricia L. Stevens.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Friday, December 21, 2001, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 North Easton Road, Willow Grove and Saturday, December 22, 2001, from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M.at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home. Relatives and friends were invited to his Funeral Service Saturday, December 22, 2001, at 10:00 A.M. at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home. Interment at Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Prospectville followed the Funeral Service.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Montgomery County Special Needs Foundation (Hearing Impaired) 1605 West Main Street, Norristown Pa. 19403.
George William Kemler, Jr.
December 1, 2001
George William Kemler Jr. of Budd Lake, New Jersey died Saturday, December 1, 2001 at his residence. He was 48 years old. George was born May 8, 1953 in Abington, Pennsylvania, son of the late George William Kemler Sr. and Harriet Edith Kemler (nee - Sowden).
He is the beloved wife of Brenda G. Kemler (nee - Van Vorst); Father of Beth A. Kemler; Also Survived by his mother Harriet E. Kemler, sisters Elsie Kirshner, Lois Weigel and brother Richard Kemler.
George was an electrician during his working career.
Relatives and friends were invited to call Saturday, December 8, 2001, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM. at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 North Easton Road, Willow Grove. Relatives and friends were invited to his Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2001, at 10:00 A.M. at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home. Interment at Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Prospectville followed the Funeral Service.
Eberhard F. Schea
December 1, 2001
Eberhard F. Schea of the Philadelphia Protestant Home died Saturday, December 1, 2001 at Jeanes Hospital. He was 87 years old.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia and was a member of the first graduating class of Olney High School. He was a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Accounting. He served on the Rationing Board in Philadelphia during World War II. After his graduation from high school in 1932 until 1958 he was employeed at the Camden Ice Company, reaching the position of General Manager. He worked in the same capacity for the American Ice Company from 1958 until 1970 when he began a career as a trust administrator for the Provident National Bank in Philadelphia. He remained with the bank until his retirement in 1986.
He was a life-long member of the Bethany United Church of Christ in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia, participating as a Deacon, an Elder and a member of the Consistory for many years. He was also an assistant Treasurer for over 50 years at the Church. In addition to his church work, he was the treasurer and a board member of the Northeast Meals-on-Wheels, a Director Emeritus of the Philadelphia Protestant Home, a Pension Trustee for the Philadelphia Protestant Home and a member of the Frankford Lodge No.292 F. & A.M.
He is the beloved husband for 56 years of Helen Schea (nee - Kaupp); father of Caroline S. Lloyd and her husband James, and Frederick E. Schea and his wife Kathleen; grandfather of Frederick E., Benjamin A. and Timothy A. Schea.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service Thursday, December 6, 2001, at 11:00 A.M. at Bethany United Church Of Christ, 6545 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia where friends may call after 9:30 A.M. Interment will follow at theLawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, Pa.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Bethany United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, Post Office Box 24640, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111.
December 21, 2001
Ken Erdman, a Philadelphia area resident, Rotary International representative to the United Nations, and winner of the Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award died on December 21, 2001 at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, PA. Erdman was 75 years old, and is survived by his wife Sue, children Larry Erdman, Dave Erdman, and Beth Bauer, five grandchildren, and his sister Willye Mae.
Rotary International, a worldwide service organization with over 1.2 million members in 165 countries, appointed Erdman in 1990 as the alternative representative for the organization to the United Nations because of his strong interest and concern in humanitarian work. After three years of work for Rotary at the UN in New York, including the rare opportunity to address the United Nations Assembly on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of UNICEF, Erdman was named Rotary's senior representative to the UN. He had recently retired from the position, but was encouraged to stay as an alternative representative and continued to commute several times a month to New York from Philadelphia.
As part of his United Nations work, Erdman started the Philadelphia Chapter of the United Nations Association, U.S.A. He was named the first president of the chapter in 1995.
Prior to his appointment to the United Nations by the worldwide organization, one of Erdman's best known accomplishments for Rotary International in the Philadelphia area was his role as the Chairman of the Rotary International Convention held in Philadelphia in 1988. The citywide convention brought over 16,000 members of Rotary International to Philadelphia and showcased the city and surrounding area to the world through the convention. The slogan catch-phrase for the convention that year was "Philly Will Be Great in 88".
The highlight of the convention was the launch of the $250 million dollar fundraising campaign for Polio Plus, a worldwide Rotary International program to wipe out Polio in the world by year 2005.
In 1999 Erdman won the Bess Cohn Memorial Humanitarian Award for his interest in, and dedication to humanitarian causes started when he volunteered to write editorial pieces for various charities for his college newspaper.
As a copywriter, organizations such as "Meals on Wheels", Alzheimers and other such charity organizations often called on Erdman for pro-bono copy work to increase the numbers of givers and amounts of gifts to these causes.
From that starting point, Erdman organized numerous humanitarian projects including one major project to help hurricane damaged residents of the Wilkes Barre PA area which included participation of 50 Rotary International service clubs from the Philadelphia area, and over 2000 volunteers.
Erdman served on the town council (Borough Council) in Jenkintown, PA. for six years and was President for two years before resigning to take on Rotary International activities. He was chair of the zoning board and and chairman of the police pension fund. The work was on a volunteer basis.
Erdman attended Temple University and the Charles Morris Price School of Advertising. He established The Kenneth B. Erdman Company in Philadelphia, and later started the The Three Marketeers, Inc., a marketing, promotions, and advertising specialty consulting company in the Philadelphia area, where he was chairman of the firm. Erdman was also Chairman of PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii, an international marketing consulting agency, where he was a part-time resident.
Erdman was the past President of the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association, and was also the co-founder of the Direct Repsonse Advertising and Marketing Association of Hawaii. Erdman chartered the Business Card Museum in Philadelphia, a museum that houses over 250,000 business cards. The museum fills a void in the advertising and promotional industry not addressed by other industry museums.
Erdman has been a free-lance copywriter writing articles for the Counselor Magazine for over 30 years, along with the Rotarian Magazine, IMPRINT, and AdVantages. He has taught and lectured on marketing and advertising subjects at various Philadelphia area Universities and colleges. Ken is the co-author of "The Do It Yourself Direct Mail Handbook", and "Network Your Way to Success".
Erdman enlisted in the US Navy and served as a hospital corpsman in the United States and Japan, China, and Korea. He also served in the Marine Corps as a combat corpsman with the Fleet Marine Service in the Okinawa invasion.
Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church on Old York Road in Jenkintown on Friday, December 28, at 11:00 AM. No flowers. Donations can be made to The Rotary Foundation at Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL. 60201-3698, in memory of Ken Erdman. Donations can also be send in Ken's memory to American Diabetes Association, One Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.