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Wallaesa, Ruth E. - Tamaqua  
Ruth E. Wallaesa Ruth E. Wallaesa, 90, formerly of Nescopec Street in Tamaqua, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Coaldale. She was the widow of Harold A. Wallaesa, who died in 2005. Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Rebecca (Purnell) Schlosser. A member of St. John United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, she was a 1942 graduate of Tamaqua High School. Surviving are a daughter, Ruth, wife of George Tomchick Jr. of Tamaqua; a son, Jan and his wife, Patty, of Tamaqua; a brother, Robert Schlosser of Elizabethtown; four grandchildren, George Tomchick III of Falls Church, Va., Tracey Tomchick of Kinsale, Ireland, Brian Wallaesa of Manassas, Va. and Chad Wallaesa and his wife, Kate, of Palmyra; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Haley Wallaesa and Gavin and Grant Tomchick. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin H. Schlosser Jr.; and a sister, Edith Woodward. Service: Private graveside service at the convenience of the family. Memorials in her name may be made to St. John UCC, 150 Pine St., Tamaqua, PA 18252. Arrangements by the Zizelmann-Roche Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Online registry at www.zrgfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Times News on Mar. 3, 2015
Witcofsky, Anthony F. "Mickey" - Tamaqua  
Anthony F. Witcofsky Anthony F. "Mickey" Witcofsky, 85, of Crozet, Va., formerly of Tamaqua, passed away peacefully at his home with family on Feb. 24, 2015. He was the husband of Regina "Jean" (Baddick) Witcofsky. His was a career independent agent for Nationwide Insurance in Tamaqua, helping many in his efforts. Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late Matthew and Tessie (Blonsky) Witcofsky. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Navy. He was a life long member at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Tamaqua, where he attended daily Mass and was very active in the Holy Name Society. An avid sports fan, he volunteered as CYO boy's basketball coach at St. Jerome's in 1950-60's. He was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman. Always a family man, he loved Lithuanian Day, a good family picnic and fishing at Lake Hauto (in the early days). He also fished in Canada and played many a card games with family and friends. He especially enjoyed golf with his friends once he retired. In later years, Mickey and Jean also made numerous family trips to visit and enjoy grandchildren, watch Notre Dame football and cheer on the collegiate basketball teams which his son-in-law Matt coached. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Joseph (Janet) Witcofsky of Bethel, Conn.; two daughters, Ann (Kurt) Guth of Brookfield, Conn., and Mary (Matthew) Brady of Crozet, Va.; seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, George and John Witcofsky; and a sister, Isabelle Turks. He was a brother-in-law to Frances Witcofsky and Michael Turks; Frank, Joseph and Edward Baddick; Josephine Krynock, Helen Campbell, Mary Zaleha, Genevieve Scarloss, Catherine Kokalec, and Eleanor Paslawsky. Service: A Mass to locally celebrate his life will be announced later, at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made in his name to Marian Catholic High School, Tamaqua, PA 18252.
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Published in Times News on Mar. 3, 2015
Wolfe, Chester A. - Tamaqua  
Chester A. Wolfe Chester A. Wolfe, 98, of Allentown, formerly of Hometown, died Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township. He was the husband of the late Ruth A. (Wagner) Wolfe. They were married 55 years. Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late William John Wolfe and Mabel Godshall Wolfe.A graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, his interclass basketball team won the championship in both his junior and senior year of high school. He played independent baseball and bowled for several years in the church league. Prior to retiring, he was the Postmaster and served as sexton at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, both of Tamaqua. He was very active in Zion's, having served on the council and as a lector, Sunday school teacher (Margaret Banning Bible Class) and pianist, in addition to singing in the men's and church choirs. He was also an associate member of Nativity Lutheran, Allentown. Chet served in the Army during World War II. He enjoyed bowling, gardening and playing the piano. Surviving are three sons, Paul and Mark, and his wife, Danell, both of Allentown, and Philip, and his wife, Cheryl, of Spring Hill, FL; and four grandchildren, Bill, Joe and Abby Wolfe and Lynn Zernick. He was also predeceased in death by two sisters, Dorothy Middlecamp and Ruth Markel; and a brother Franklin. Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, Nativity Lutheran Church, Allentown. Interment at a later date at the convenience of the family, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua. Call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown, and 10-11 a.m. Thursday in the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, PA 18252, or Nativity Lutheran, 4004 Tilghman St., Allentown, PA 18104.
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Published in Times News on Mar. 2, 2015
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