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Halbert A. Getz
Halbert A. Getz, 88, of Jim Thorpe, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 10, in the Mahoning Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Mahoning Township, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Beatrice A. (Herman) Getz. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on April 21.
He first worked as a tower-man at the J Tower in Allentown for the New Jersey Central Railroad, and later was a carpenter by trade.
Born in Lehighton, he was a son of the late William H. and Minnie C. (Smith) Getz.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard the U.S.S. Compton Destroyer along with his brother, William.
Getz was a past member of the Fairview Hose Co., Mauch Chunk Rod & Gun Club, Penn Forest Country Club and the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304.
He loved hunting and fishing, especially with his brother, William. He was a fly fisherman and tied his own flies.
The deceased enjoyed his garden, mowing the lawn with his tractor "Izzy," playing the accordion and singing.
He loved his family.
He was known for always being there to fix something that was broken or if someone needed help, whether it was family, neighbors or friends.
He loved his pet deer, Suzie, who he raised from a fawn, and his dog, Kita.
Surviving in addition to his widow are three daughters, Valerie Reinart, and her companion, Larry Mertz, of Lehighton, and Linda Clewell, and her companion, Michael Paulas, and Laurie Getz, and her companion, Dean DiBonifazio, both of Jim Thorpe; four grandchildren, Jennifer Green, Kimberly Reinart, Rachelle Reinart and Alyssa Mertz; five great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Ariana, Brielle, Nadia and Carson; and one on the way.
He was also predeceased by three sisters, Dorothy Horn, Helen Polischak and Darlene Tessitore; and his brother, William.
Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, with the Rev. Anthony Pagotto officiating. Private interment, St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery, Jim Thorpe. Private family viewing 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday and public calling period 10-11 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Carbon Co. Animal Shelter, 63 Broad St., Nesquehoning, PA 18240.
Published in Times News on Sept. 12, 2018
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