Obituaries   >   Pennsylvania   >   November 24, 1951


Charles A. Van Why

Charles Albert Van Why, 45, 15 Roller St., East Stroudsburg, died at 3:30 p.m. Friday at his home. He had been ill for the past six months.

Bown in Middle Smithfield Township, a son of the late George and Sarah (Howey) Van Why, he had lived all of his life in Monroe County.

Surviving are his wife Lillian (Counterman) Van Why, two daughters Joyce and Joanne Van Why, both of Easton; three brothers, John Van Why, East Stroudsburg; Grover Van Why, Easton; Grover Van Why, Bushkill, and a half-brother, Frank Sheeley, East Stroudsburg.

Mrs. Cora L. Long

Mrs. Cora L. Long, 78, widow of Eugene E. Long, died yesterday morning at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Harwick, 102 N. 13th St. She had been bedfast for several days.

A native of Catasauqua, Mrs. Long was graduated for the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing in 1904. She was a member of Emmanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church, the Women's Missionary Society of the church, and Cedar Crest College Auxiliary. She resided at 2440 Allen St.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Harwick, are another daughter, Frances, wife of Le Roy Troxler; a brother, Oscar Kurtz, Catasauqua, and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Miller, Catasauqua, and Mrs. Emma Easterday, Allentown.

Mrs. Ellen J. Clemer

Mrs. Ellen J. Clemer, 92, a former resident of Easton, died Friday at Nazareth R. D., after a long illness. She was a widow of William Clemer.

Born near Northampton, she lived for a number of years in Easton before moving to New York City where she made her home for 16 years. About 17 years ago she returned to Easton where she lived until her recent illness.

She was the oldest member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Easton.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Susan A. Rymond, Easton; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Clara Hoffman, Stroudsburg.

George T. Rockel

George T. Rockel, 85, of 123 Front St., Cementon, died Wednesday in Allentown Hospital, where he had been admitted as a surgical patient Nov. 2.

Rockel was the son of the late John and Catherine (Yellis) Rockel and was a lifelong resident of Cementon. His wife, Mrs. Tillie (Diefenderfer) Rockel, died six years ago.

He was a watchmaker in Cementon for 56 years. Many years ago he was known as a musician with Northampton and Allentown bands. He was a member ot St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Cementon.

Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Martha Hummel, Allentown, and Mrs. Harry Strohl, Bethlehem. Rockel lived with a niece and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Shafer of the Cementon address.

Mrs. Lottie M. Lehr, Eastern Star Leader

Mrs. Lottie M. Lehr, 63, prominent in the activities of the Order of Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem in both of which she held several offices, dies at 8:50 Friday morning in Allentown Hospital, where she had been a patient since Sept. 13.

She was the widow of Robert E. Lehr, who prior to his death had been in the accounting department at the Lehigh Portland Cement Company. She had been residing with her brother-in-law and sister, Dr. and Mrs. William H. Schaeffer, 217 N. 7th St.

District Deputy

In the Order of the Eastern Star she had been a past matron of Mary Livingston Chapter, 167, past president of the Past Matron's Association of District 24 A and B, and she had been a district deputy for District 24 under the regime of Mrs. Jessie K. Berlin, as a worthy grand matron of O. E. S.

She was a past worthy priestess of Allentown Shrine 27, White Shrine of Jerusalem, and was a member of the Past Officer's Club of Allentown White Shrine.

Mrs. Lehr was also a member of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church and of the church's Seiple-Traub Missionary Society, the Phoebe Home Auxiliary, of which she had been treasurer for many years, and the Allentown Hospital Junior Auxiliary.

Bangor Native

Born in Bangor, she had lived almost all her life in Allentown. She was a daughter of the late William E. and Ella (Fink) Messinger.

Surviving are four sisters, Abbie, wife of Dr. Schaeffer, with whom she resided. Mrs. Edith Kinter, Allentown, Hilda, wife of L. T. McCurdy, Wynnewood, and Emily, wife of Alfred Willenbecher, Allentown, and two brothers, Stanley Messenger, Allentown, and Arthur Messinger, Philadelphia. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Claude. Her husband died five years ago.

Dr. N. L. Fegley, 85, U.S. Meat Inspector

Dr. Nathan K. Fegley, 85, 243 Ridge St., Emmaus, retired veterinarian, who for many years was a federal meat inspector at the Arbogast and Bastian Company plant, Allentown, died Wednesday at 9:45 pm. at the home of his son, Dr. Homer Fegley, 171 S. 3rd St. Lehighton.

He had been ill for three months and during that time resided at the home of his son in Lehighton. He had been retired for many years.

He was a resident of Emmaus for the last 33 years. He was born in Mertztown, a son of the late Benneville and Catharine (Kistler) Fegley. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Mertztown.

Surviving are his wife, the former Laura Burkert, two sons, Dr. Albert Fegley, Schuylkill Haven and Dr. Homer Fegley, with whom he resided in Lehighton; three grandchildren, a brother Alvin Bowers and three sisters, Mrs. Annie Hoffman, Allentown, Mrs. Mamie Dankle, Mertztown, and Mrs. Lillie Reith, Topton.

Peter Pociluyko

Peter Pociluyko of 836 Princeton Ave., Palmerton, died yesterday shortly after suffering a heart attack while working at the east plant of New Jersey Zinc Co., Palmerton. He was 58 years old.

A maintenance and repair man at the zinc firm for the last 30 years, Pociluyko was pronounced dead upon arrival at Palmerton Hospital.

Born in Poland, he came to this country 40 years ago and had resided in Palmerton the last 34 years. He was a member of St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Palmerton, Ukrainian Workingmen's Assn. and Ukrainian National Assn.

Surviving are his nwife, Irene (Muschasta) Pociluyko, and five sons, Michael, Richland, Wash.; Capt. Nicholas, Indiantown Gap; Alex, Chester; Lt. Stephen, Keesler Field, Miss.; and Joseph, Reading.

T. Bert Weidner, 65, Freight Claim Agent

T. Bert Weidner, 65, claims agent for the Modern Transfer Company, died suddenly yesterday at his home, 418 S. 18th St., following a heart attack. He had been at work in the morning and had not complained of feeling ill. He was stricken on his return home for lunch.

A native of Durham, he had operated the Jordan Sales Company in this city for 15 years. He had been claim agent for Modern for the past nine years.

Weidner was the son of the late Irwin and Ellen (Yeager) Weidner. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Lehigh Valley Traffic Club, and was a member of Lehigh Consistory.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Margaret (Pritchard) Weidner, a daughter, Grace, two sons Thomas, jr., Detroit, Mich., and Donald, New Cumberland, five grandchildren and a brother Charles Emmaus.

Dr. Willard L. Amthor, Retired Clergyman

Dr. Willard L. Amthor, 70-year-old, retired methodist minister, died Thursday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. Clara Kern, 2719 Liberty St.

Son of the late Andrew and Clara Gregory Amthor, Rev. Amthor had been in ill health for eight years and bedfast for three weeks. He retired in 1947.

He had served at churches in Birdinhand, Bry Mawr, North Wales, Philadelphia and Lansdale.

Surviving are a son, Willard Jr., Churchtown; a daughter, Ellen, wife of Charles Jensen, North Wales Rd., Philadelphia; two grandchildren, two brothers, Edgar I., Miami, Fla., and Frank R., White Plains, N.Y.

Burial will take place in Lansdale.

Source: The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, Saturday, November 24, 1951, page 15


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