Emanuel A. Johnson
Funeral arrangements to be announced
Emanuel A. Johnson, 91, originally of Catawissa R.R. 1, died early Sunday morning in Bloomsburg Health Care Center.
Arrangements are to be announced under the direction of the Allen R. Horne Funeral Home.
Roland Rush Rhodes
Elysburg man was farmer, Magee Carpet retiree
Roland Rush Rhodes, 78, of Box 345A, Bear Gap Road, Elysburg, died at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at his residence, where he was stricken suddenly.
He was born in Locust Township on Oct. 22, 1924, to the late Claude and Emma (Fahringer) Rhodes. He lived in Cleveland Township for most of his life and worked as a farmer. He was also employed by Scott's Grocery Store in the Anthra Plaza, Shamokin, and retired from Magee Carpet in Bloomsburg.
On July 2, 1966, Mr. Rhodes married Dorothy Hornberger at the North Mt. Bible Conference Grounds in Benton. He was a member of Seven Points Christian Assembly, and a 1944 graduate of Locust Township High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, at home; a daughter, Miss Mary Jane Rhodes of Numidia; a son, Ralph Rhodes, at home; and a brother, Claude Rhodes of Lehighton. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Russel Rhodes; and a sister, Ora Jane Rhodes.
Visitation will be Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Farrow Funeral Home, 6th and Chestnut Sts., Shamokin. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with Pastor Kevin Kline officiating and Fred Pyers assisting. Burial will take place at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Elysburg.
Charles Jacob Brobst
Charles Jacob Brobst, age 89, 428 W. Ninth St., Bloomsburg, died at 9:10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Columbia-Montour Hospice at Maria Hall, Danville, where he had been a guest since Oct. 21, 2003.
Hester E. (Hons) Pifer
Hester E. (Hons) Pifer, 95, of Berwick, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Bloomsburg Health Care Center.
John H. Reichard
John H. Reichard, age 79, of 4 Covered Bridge Drive, Bloomsburg, died unexpectedly Monday in the emergency room at Bloomsburg Hospital.
Lois McGill Sturgeon
Lois McGill Sturgeon, age 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Presbyterian Home, Evanston, Ill. She was born Mary Lois McGill on Feb. 18, 1916, in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, Ralph Gibson McGill from McCoysville and Mary Flora Kerr McGill from Santa Ana, Calif. Upon the death of her father in 1926, her family returned to the United States. She grew up in New Wilmington, where she graduated from Westminster College, Class of 1938 in French and Class of 1939 in music
W. Guy 'Fuzz' Bankes Jr.
W. Guy "Fuzz" Bankes Jr., 79, of 121 Ridge Road, Nescopeck, died at 7:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was a patient since Saturday.
Catherine V. Lee
Catherine V. Lee, 90, of Sweet Valley Road, Hunlock Creek, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, in the Bonham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Register. Born Oct. 2, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Antonino and Maria (Piazza) D'Anna.
Edmon J. Smith
Edmon J. Smith, 66, of 1536 Second Ave., Berwick, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.
Homer L. Kocher
Homer L. Kocher, 90, of Berwick R.R. 2, died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 6, 2003, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, where he was admitted on Wednesday.
John D. Uleau
John D. Uleau, of Sweet Valley, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003. Born Feb. 20, 1934, in Westgrove, and raised in Lenni, he graduated from Media High School.
John R. Beltz
John R. Beltz, 85, of 30 E. 10th St., Bloomsburg, and former longtime resident of Catawissa R.R. 3, died at the Bloomsburg Health Care Center late Saturday morning, Dec. 6, 2003, where he had been a resident for the past two weeks for rehabilitation.
Kent E. Snyder
Kent E. Snyder, 77, of 2653 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, died 10:38 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, in Bloomsburg Hospital.
Willard L. 'Bill' McAfee
Berwick native, veteran was self-employed carpenter
Willard L. "Bill" McAfee, 65, of 2234 Blossomwood Drive, Oviedo, Fla., formerly of Berwick, died Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2003, at Longwood Health Care, Longwood, Fla., where he had been a resident for the past year.
Born in Berwick, Feb. 2, 1938, he was a son of the late Lester McAfee and Uthema M. (Bloom) Shaffer.
Mr. McAfee was a 1956 graduate of Berwick High School, and served with the Air Force for five years.
He moved to Florida in 1981, and was a self-employed skilled carpenter both in Florida and Pennsylvania, retiring in 1991. He also belonged to the Carpenters Union in Pennsylvania.
Mr. McAfee was a member of the Nativity Catholic Church, Lake Mary, Fla., and of St. Joseph's Church while living in Berwick.
He was a member of the Berwick Elks Lodge and was a life member of the West End Hose Co., Berwick.
An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Berwick Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, the former Dolly Canonico, with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage July 29. Also surviving are four children: Mrs. Vince (Nikki) Smolczynski, Allentown; James Kile, Orange City, Fla.; Mrs. Jim (Holly) Roser, Oviedo, Fla.; Kim Rock, Danville; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home Inc., 119-121 E. Third St., Berwick, with the Rev. Dominick A. Mammarella, retired pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Berwick, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.
William Franklin Dollman
Berwick man was WWII and Korean Conflict vet
William Franklin Dollman, 84, formerly of Berwick, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Smithville Western Care Center in Wooster, Ohio.
Born Dec. 8, 1919, in Berwick, he was a son of the late Charles "Ray" and Frances (Webb) Dollman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sarah B. (Baron) Dollman, who died Nov. 10, 2001, and by a brother, Lester, who died in 1987. Mr. Dollman was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick, a life member of Berwick VFW, Elks Lodge 1138, charter member of the Ranger Hose Co. and a member of AARP. Before moving to Berwick, he lived in Bloomsburg until the age of 12. Mr. Dollman was a veteran of WWII, serving in the European Theatre from 1943 to 1946. He also served in the National Guard during the Korean Conflict from 1949 to 1951. He was employed in various supervisory positions at AC&F, from 1941 until its closing in 1962, Berwick Forge and Whittaker, retiring in 1984. Among his interests were fishing, camping, trailer travel and gardening.
He is survived by a son, Larry Dollman and his wife, Kay Ann, of Wooster, Ohio; three grandchildren: Scott of Columbia, S.C.; Stephen of Wooster, Ohio; Susan Annibaldi of Dublin, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Bernard F. Englehardt, officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 110 Chestnut St., Berwick.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave., Berwick, Pa. 18603.
Eudora L. Acornley
Eudora L. Acornley, age 80, of 384 Country Lane West, Orangeville, died at 12:07 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was a patient for three weeks.
She was born on March 20, 1923 in Berwick and was a daughter of the late Roy and Laura (Petty) Dennis. She resided at Stony Brook Circle since 1997; in Bloomsburg from 1979 to 1997; and in Lightstreet from 1954 to 1979.
She owned Eudora's Corset Shop, Main Street, Bloomsburg, from 1967 to 1997, and Eudora's Corset Shop, Front Street, Berwick, from 1972 to 2001, when she retired.
Mrs. Acornley was a member of the Lightstreet United Methodist Church. She also belonged to the Columbia County Soroptimist Club and was an avid reader.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert R. Acornley, Aug. 22, 1980.
Mrs. Acornley is survived by a daughter, Regina, wife of P. Richard Dent, Lightstreet; three sons: George F. (wife Karen) Acornley and Gordon R. (wife Darla) Acornley, both of Bloomsburg; Dennis J. (wife Sharon) Acornley, Lebanon, Ind.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; a sister, Lois Smith, Orangeville; and two brothers: Franklin (wife Ethel) Dennis and Donald (wife Martha) Dennis, both of Berwick.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with her pastor, the Rev. Stephen G. Portner, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Lightstreet "Highland" Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials may be made to Lightstreet United Methodist Church, Lightstreet, PA 17839.
Evelyn Mae Koban
Evelyn Mae Koban, 71, of 324 W. Third St., Mifflinville, died at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Muncy, Dec. 19, 1931, she was the only child of the late Lloyd "Joe" and Edna Ruth Geringer Bower.
She graduated from a high school in Johnstown.
In her younger years, she worked in various silk mills, retiring in 1965.
She was a member of Mifflinville United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and worked in the daycare at the church.
A past president of Mifflinville TOPS, she was also past president of Mifflin Forest Rangers Ladies Auxiliary.
She enjoyed going to carnivals and going to the Bloomsburg Fair.
She was preceded in death by her husband Nicholas "Nick" Koban, April 17, 2000, after 49 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons: Nicholas Koban Jr., Almedia; Peter Koban, at home; two daughters: Mrs. Ronald (Ramona) Grebey, Bloomsburg; Mrs. Peter (Nancy) Diehl, Nescopeck; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Entrusted to the care of the Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck, where services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Robert Strozyk, her pastor, officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband in Mifflinville Cemetery. Calling hours from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Olive M. Moyer
Mountain Top woman was folder at local shirt factory
Olive M. Moyer, 86, a resident of the Blytheburn section of Rice Township, Luzerne County, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Dorrance Township, Luzerne County, April 29, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Crystal Rinehimer Balliet.
She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, Class of 1935, and was employed as a folder at the Berwick Shirt Factory.
Mrs. Moyer was a 23-year resident of the Mountain Top area, and was a member of the Lighthouse Church in Mountain Top.
She was preceded in death by her two daughters: Charlotte Andress, and Shirley Kline; a sister, Lenna Steinbrenner; and two brothers: Stanley and Arthur Balliet.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Floyd; a son, Floyd Moyer II, Mountain Top; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; five sisters: Alice Engler and Delores Deets, both of Stairville; Margaret Klim, Maryland; Ethel Miskin, Mountain Top; Harriet Terry, Endicott, N.Y.; and three brothers: Luther Balliet, Slocum; Donald Balliet, Rochester, N.Y.; and Floyd Balliet, Stairville.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday from the McCune Funeral Home, 80 South Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, with the Rev. Rick Barber, pastor of the Lighthouse Church, Mountain Top, and the Rev. John Roehrig, pastor of the Stonington Wesleyan Church, officiating. Burial will be in Dorrance Cemetery, Dorrance Township, Luzerne County.
Donald A. Schlieder
Catawissa native was Boeing mathematician
Donald A. Schlieder, 81, a resident of Long Beach, Calif., died on Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, in Los Alamitos, Calif.
He was born in Catawissa to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schlieder on March 23, 1922. He grew up in Catawissa and graduated from Catawissa High School with the Class of 1940. Don enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force Reserve in June of 1942 and was called into active duty in February of 1943, while a junior at Bloomsburg State Teachers College.
Don married Jo Loreman, also of the Catawissa High School Class of 1940, on May 1, 1943, in Akron, Ohio. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Don was a pilot/bombardier instructor in the Army Air Force until August of 1945, at which time he finished college at Bloomsburg State Teachers College and received a bachelor of science degree. He then went on to receive a master's degree in education from Temple University. Don taught school in Oxford, Pa., for a few years before he and Jo moved to California in 1952. He continued teaching for a few years in California, and then became employed as a mathematician and Numerical Control Engineer at Douglas Aircraft Co. (later McDonnell Douglas and Boeing). Don retired from Boeing in 1986.
Don and Jo have been lifelong Lutherans. Don enjoyed playing the organ, researching the Bible, sharing family memories, offering "insightful" prayers for family meals, reciting funny stories and little-known facts from the Farmers Almanac, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Don's granddaughters were growing up, he scheduled the majority of his vacation time around their school holidays so he could take them to various amusement parks.
Don is survived by his wife, Jo; and one son, Bary (Janice); two granddaughters: Teri Penniston (Scott) and Tami Gore (Taellor); two great-grandchildren: Kyle and Hannah Penniston; and a sister, Irma Nikolaus (LaRue) of Phoenix. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Long Beach. The family requests that memorial gifts be made in memory of Don to the Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 6500 Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815, or to the American Heart Association, 816 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017.
Nancy Mae (Conner) Waites
Nancy Mae (Conner) Waites, 59, of Bloomsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at home surrounded by her family after a brief illness.
Born in Bloomsburg, Sept. 28, 1944, a daughter of Lillian (Moyer) Conner and the late Master Sergeant Kermit V. Conner, retired.
She graduated from Berwick High School in 1962. She worked in the restaurant business prior to attending Baptist Bible College in Missouri. In 1978, she was a receptionist for the Bloomsburg School District. She enjoyed retail clothing sales at Guinans in Berwick and Ashby's in South Carolina. She became a certified beauty control consultant before relocating to Bloomsburg where she did private duty as a caregiver.
Nancy attended Shiloh Bible Church of Almedia. She enjoyed the beach, loved singing and composing poetry.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Douglas V. Waites, Bloomsburg; one sister, Marjory R. Campbell, Berwick; four brothers: Donald G. Conner, Larry E. Conner, and Jerry A. Conner, all of Berwick; Martin L. Conner, Bloomsburg; three nephews; eight nieces; three great-nephews; one great-niece.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home Inc., 119-121 E. Third St., Berwick. The Rev. Robert Hettinger will officiate. Burial will be in Briar Creek Union Cemetery. Visitation Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Geisinger Hospice, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA 17822.
Evelyn M. Koban
Evelyn Mae Koban, 71, of 324 W. Third St., Mifflinville, died late Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2003, at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Entrusted to the care of the Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck, who will announce arrangements.
Lena I. Silvetti
Lena I. Silvetti, 90, of Macungie, Lehigh County, formerly of Berwick, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at her home.
Born in Waller, she was a daughter of the late Ernest R. and Ella (Peterman) Hess Smith.
Mrs. Silvetti was employed as a seamstress at the Lady Ester Manufacturing Co., Berwick, until her retirement.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus.
In addition to her husband, Samuel S. Silvetti, who died in 1985, a son, Dean F. Markle, and a grandson also died previously.
Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia S. Havlish, with whom she resided; a son, Michael C. Silvetti, Berwick; and sisters: Evelyn Warburton, Bloomsburg, and Helen Gammon, Chandler, Ariz.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus, under the direction of the Bachman, Kulik and Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.
Biacchi, Joseph A. "Zaza"
Joseph A. 'Zaza' Biacchi
WWII vet restored buildings, was local sports fan
Joseph A. "Zaza" Biacchi, 86, of 609 Freas Ave., Berwick, died at his home with his family by his side on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003. Born in Berwick, Aug. 25, 1917, he was a son of the late Angelo and Pauline (Cerbara) Baiocchi. He married Viola DiBattista on Aug. 5, 1939. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
He served his country in World War II where he was a member of the 537th Quartermaster Salvage Repair Company. Following his military service, Mr. Biacchi built railroad cars for the AC&F in Berwick. After the AC&F closed, he worked in waterproofing and building restoration. Joseph retired on Aug. 1, 1982.
Mr. Biacchi was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed Berwick Bulldawg Football and playing cards with his friends at the Maria Assunta in Berwick. Joseph held many offices in the Maria Assunta Society.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Berwick.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Jolene) Deets of Berwick; two sisters, Mary Biacchi of Berwick; Pia Sviben of Harrisburg; a brother, Louis Biacchi of Port Charlotte, Fla.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by: daughter, Patriciann (Biacchi) Romeo, who died in 1984; a sister, Elizabeth R. "Betty" Jerome, who died March 19, 2001; and a brother, Anthony Biacchi Sr., who died Sept. 9, 2003.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home Inc., 119-121 East Third Street, Berwick. A Prayer Service will be offered during the viewing by the Rev. Dennis G. Dalessandro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 721 Monroe St., Berwick. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Berwick. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Berwick Hospice Care, 701 East 16th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.