The Morning Call (Sunday) : 2021-01-10

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28 The Morning Call | Sunday, January 10, 2021 Obituaries The Morning Call extends condolence­s to the families and loved ones of those who have passed. 610-820-6565 Mary Edna (Vecchio) Pappalardo Theresa M. (Mirakovits) Mason Robert K. Miller Mary Edna Charlotte Vecchio Pappalardo left this world on the morning of January 7 at the distinguis­hed age of 103 in Bethlehem, PA due to complicati­ons from COVID-19. In her final days, she was comfortabl­e, in a peaceful place, and surrounded by music and family. Theresa Mirakovits Mason, 95, formerly of Whitehall, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Sacred Heart Senior Living, Northampto­n. She was the wife of the late Emil J. Mason. Born April 2, 1925 in Northampto­n, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Yelensits) Mirakovits. Theresa (Tessie) worked at Everson Electric for 20 years until retiring in 1986. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. “Tessie” loved life. She especially loved polka music and followed all polka bands. Her favorite was Walt Groller. Survivors: daughter, Sandra Ehret and her husband, Barry; grandson, Bryan Ehret; 2 great granddaugh­ters, Taylor Michelle Ehret and Blakely Ann Ehret. She was predecease­d by her parents and brothers, Joseph and Edward. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, 4456 Main St., Whitehall. Family and friends may call Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the church. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampto­n. Those in attendance will kindly be requested to practice social distancing and wear a face cover. Arrangemen­ts are under the direction of Reichel Funeral Home, Northampto­n. Online condolence­s may be offered at www.reichelfun­eralhome. com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be presented to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in loving memory of Theresa. Robert K. “Bob” Miller, 93, of Macungie, passed into the loving arms of his Savior on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy (Adams) Miller to whom he was married for 62 years this past May. He was born in Old Zionsville to the late Roy A. and Elizabeth D. (Schubert) Miller. He was a 1944 graduate of Allentown High School, a World War II Army veteran, and a graduate of the Allentown Business School. Bob was employed as a cost accountant at Lehigh Portland Cement for 58 years prior to his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the former Seibert E. C. Church where he pitched for the church softball team and played on the church basketball team. Bob also played for the Allentown Patriots and Shankweile­rs fast-pitch softball teams and was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Softball Hall of Fame in 2012. He was a member of Christ E. C. Church and recently attended Horizon Church. Survivors: He is survived by his wife; sons, Steven and his wife, Teri, of Allentown, Douglas and his wife, Terri, of Hershey; daughters, Lisa, and Keri of Macungie; five grandchild­ren; six great-grandchild­ren; brothers, John, Charles, Ronald, Lynn, Gene; sister, Kathryn E. He was predecease­d by his brothers, Roy, Ross, Franklin, Enos, and Thomas and by his sister, Muriel Schmoyer. Services: Will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the church for the immediate family only. Remaining family and friends can attend the service digitally via Zoom. If interested, please send an email to the following email address: pastor@horizoncon­nect. org. Arrangemen­ts are entrusted to STEPHENS FUNERAL HOME, INC. ( www.stephensfu­ Contributi­ons: In lieu of flowers, to Alzheimer's Associatio­n or Horizon Church, 2613 South St. Allentown 18104. Mary (aka Aunt Mary, Mom, Grandma, Mommom, Mataji, GGMa, Jomba) was born Mary Vecchio in September 1917 in New York City, the youngest of thirteen children of Italian immigrants. Over the years, she was a resident of Lakeview, NY; Malverne, NY; Shawneeon-Delaware, PA; East Stroudsbur­g, PA; Holiday, FL; Gainesvill­e, FL; Hilo, HI; and Bethlehem, PA. She survived the last global pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression, two World Wars, a forced relocation, and even the 1962 Mets season. Over a century's worth of changes big and small, Mary's steadfast faith and indefatiga­ble good humor guided her, and she took it all in stride, an ever-bright and buoyant light in the world around her. She was an educator, a care-giver, a storytelle­r, a sage, an endless provider. She was a babysitter, a Mets fan, a musician, a poet, a generous hostess, a relentless traveler, and a shrewd card player. She was a matriarch. She was known and loved for her warmth, her boisterous laugh, her endless stories, her boundless love of life, her extraordin­ary faith, her daily walks and talks with God, and her signature nightly glass of red wine. Mary's memoirs can be found at: https://theMaryEdn­ Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Ralph T. Miller, Jr. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, twelve brothers and sisters, her husband Salvatore, her son Paul, and daughter-in-law Lisa. She is survived by: her daughters Rosemary Piazza and Jean Prem, her sons and daughters-in-law Sal and Joanne Pappalardo, Peter and Lynn Pappalardo, and Frank and Michele Pappalardo, as well as 19 grandchild­ren, 28 great-grandchild­ren, and countless cousins, nephews, and nieces in both the Vecchio and Pappalardo families. A notorious chatterbox, she is also survived by an unknowable host of friends, acquaintan­ces, associates, and fans. Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Stephen Joseph " Steve" Nichols Stephen Joseph “Steve” Nichols, 74, of Richmond Township, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was a patient for almost three weeks. He was the loving husband of Betty E. (Sitler) Nichols, whom he married on September 27, 1975. Born in the village of Landis Store, Berks County, Steve was a son of the late Joseph and Miriam (Spangler) Nichols. He was a 1964 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School and honorably and faithfully served his county in The United States Air Force. Steve made a career of his favorite hobby: buying and selling automobile­s. He was the owner of the former Steve Nichols Buick and Pontiac Dealership in Hamburg. He also was a salesman at Kutztown Auto Company for many years and the former Mente Chevrolet, Kutztown. Most recently, Steve worked as a realtor at the John Monaghan Group of Kutztown, where he also worked for many years. Steve loved to cook and spend time on his farm. He also was an avid collector of antiques and along with his wife, Betty, owned and operated Village Squire Antiques in Kutztown. In addition to his wife of 45 years, Betty, Steve is survived by his son, Gary C., husband of Amber L. (DiMarco) Diltz, Blandon; twin grandchild­ren, Alex C. Diltz, Boulder, CO, and Nicole D. Diltz, wife of Tarek Y. Sayed, MD., Exton; his first great-grandchild, Hazel, due in February; two brothers, Philip Nichols, Redwood City, CA and Joseph Nichols, Bally; and a sister, Patricia (Nichols) Fry, Boyertown; and their families. In addition to his parents, Steve was predecease­d by his siblings, Frederick Nichols, Jonathon Nichols and Myra (Nichols) Greenfield. There will be a drive-thru viewing on Tuesday evening, January 12, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown. Services and inurnment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributi­ons be made in Steve's memory to American Diabetes Associatio­n, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or online at Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, PA is in charge of arrangemen­ts. Memories and condolence­s may be shared at www. It is a cruel injustice that a global pandemic will prevent a proper celebratio­n of her prodigious life at this time. A Catholic mass and funeral will be held for immediate family only. A more fitting celebratio­n of her life will take place on a future date. In lieu of flowers or other considerat­ions, a donation may be made in her generous and ever-compassion­ate name to your local food pantry to help feed those in need in these trying times. 86 years of age and longtime resident of Fullerton, passed away peacefully on Christmas night December 25, 2020 at Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital in Bethlehem. He was the most loving and devoted husband of Janet M. (Zimmerman) Miller for 62 years. Born in Allentown, he was the only child of Ralph T. and Mildred (Klase) Miller, Sr. A member of St. John's UCC Fullerton, Ralph was fondly known at the Head Gardner. He and Janet meticulous­ly beautified the landscape of the Church for many years. With a keen sense of humor, Ralph enjoyed performing imitations, and loved to make people laugh. He was a very kind person, always smiling and willing to help anyone. A great lover of animals, Ralph and Janet raised many dachshunds, including their devoted companion Angel. They travelled the World together, visiting Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Ireland and Scotland, Spain, Italy and Germany, the Scandinavi­an Countries, Switzerlan­d, Austria, Greece, Morocco, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Islands, Iceland and all across the United States. Ralph enjoyed a lifelong career in retail groceries, working at the Fairground­s Grocery Dept, Kotsch's Market in Fullerton, Keppel's IGA in Bath and Valley Farm Market. Graveside services will be on Thursday January 14, 2021 at 11:00 am in The Mausoleum Chapel of Cedar Hill Memorial Park, 1700 Airport Road, Allentown. Memorial contributi­ons honoring Ralph may be presented to St. John's UCC Fullerton, 575 Grape Street, Whitehall, PA 18052 or to any organizati­on that truly cares for animals. The Gilbert Funeral Home of Whitehall is honored to handle his arrangemen­ts Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Betty L. Person Betty L. Person, 93, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 7, 2021 while in the care of Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of the late John Person. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ethel (Camp) Brown. Betty was a graduate of Liberty High School. She worked for Hess's, Orr's and Stahler's Pharmacy for most of her l i fe. SURVIVORS: She will be lovingly remembered by her son John Person and Karen Meyers of Bethlehem and nephew Joseph Maher of Bullhead City, AZ. Betty was preceded in death by her siblings David Brown and Irene Maher. SERVICES: Services will be private and at the convenienc­e of the family. Betty's arrangemen­ts have been entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem. A memory tribute may be placed at www. cantelmifu­ Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Stephen "Chip" E. Yanek, Jr. Stephen “Chip” E. Yanek, Jr., formerly of Schnecksvi­lle, passed away at his home in Harrington surrounded by his family, on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the age of 71. He was the son of the late Stephen Yanek Sr. and Pearl Lick. Chip spent 40 years driving trucks for different companies. The last company he drove for was Fifer Orchards. Chip was a sweet outstandin­g man who enjoyed working in the garage, fishing, boating, and helping his son on the race car. He enjoyed the simple things like a quiet night at home or car rides along the waterways. Chip was friends with everyone and there wasn't a person who did not love him. He will be missed by many. In addition to his parents, Chip is predecease­d by his daughter, Sherry Yanek. Chip is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Karen (Henninger) Yanek; son, John Yanek; daughter, Jessica Hoffman; 6 grandchild­ren, 1 great grandchild; siblings, David Yanek, George Messinger, Kathleen Smith, and Kathy Polkinghor­n. Services will be announced by the Heintzelma­n Funeral Home in Spring. Online tributes can be recorded at www.heintzelma­ Contributi­ons: In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Yanek family, care of the funeral home, 326 Main Street, Hellertown, PA 18055. Mary C. Steager Mary C. Steager, 99, of Bethlehem, passed away January 8, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late James Steager Sr. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Stephan and Mary Slahta. Mary was a member of St. Ursula Catholic Church and their Woman's Guild. She was a member of the Fountain Hill Hiller's, volunteere­d at Cedarbrook Nursing Home and previously for Channel 39. Mary Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ share your memories was an avid gardener. Survivors: daughter- Patricia and husband Dr. Joseph Bacak, grandson- Daniel and wife Lauren Madden. She was predecease­d by her son- James Steager Jr., son-inlaw- Edward Stokarski and 9 siblings. Services will be Private for the family care of Downing Funeral Home, Inc. Call 610.820.6565 Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ Please sign Guest Book on www.themorning­ PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW