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 By Terry D. Janes


The following old obituaries were found and sent to me by a reader:


Edward A. Potosky, 75, of 514 E. Union St., Tamaqua, died Tuesday in his home. He was the husband of Frances Potosky.  He and his wife owner and operated Soley's Bar on East Union Street in Tamaqua since 1970.  Previously, he worked for Tamaqua Borough before retiring.  Born in Tamaqua, he was a son of the late William and Josephine (Truskey) Potosky.  He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Tamaqua, where he belonged to the Holy Name Society.  Potosky was an Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 702nd Tank Battalion under Gen. George S. Patton. He was a Purple Heart recipient.  The deceased belonged to the South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua.  Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, John F. Soley of Weatherly; a daughter, Joan F. Soley Yacobenas of Tamaqua R.2; a brother Adolph of Santa Clara, Calif.; two sisters, Anna Savage of Tamaqua and Amelia Lezousky of Schnecksville; and nieces and nephews.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and John Potosky; and a sister, Amelia Lezousky.  The E. Franklin Griffiths and Robert C. Reeser Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is in charge of the arrangements.  09/08/1999


Monday, February 7, 2000

HAVERHILL -- Nicholas Tarzia, 82, of 972 Amesbury Road, died Saturday at Hale Hospital after a long illness.  A lifelong resident of Haverhill, Mr. Tarzia worked at Allen Shoe Co. and other local shoe firms, and was a custodian at School Street School for ten years before retiring in 1979.  Mr. Tarzia served with the 702nd Tank Battalion in the Army's "Yankee [Should be Blue Ridge] Division" during World War II.  A recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for heroism, he saw action in the European, Middle Eastern and African theaters.  A member of St. John the Baptist Church, Mr. Tarzia also belonged to the Haverhill Hound, Rod & Gun Club, and the Liberty Club.  He was a former member of the United Shoe Workers of America, and enjoyed fishing and gardening.  He leaves his wife of 53 years Yvonne (Vadeboncoeur) Tarzia; son Nicholas Jr. and his wife Karen of Merrimac; daughter Linda Williams of Haverhill; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Family and friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Penacook Place, 150 Water St., Haverhill, MA 01830.


HICKLE William "Bill" Hickle, age 84, Sunday December 5, 1999 at Grant Medical Center.  Life member of the American Legion Post #220, member of the Masonic Temple, Scottish Rite, and 702nd Tank Battalion 'Patton's Panzers Red Devils Brigade'.  WW II Army Veteran.  Bill pitched a no-hitter to win the South High School State Championship in 1932 and went on to play with the Boston Red Sox organization.  He retired from the State of Ohio after 42 years.  Umpire for the City of Columbus for many years.  He was a member of the Central Ohio Baseball Officials and Umpires, State Golf League, and an avid baseball fan.  Preceded in death by father Lewis; mother Nellie; sisters Gertrude Smith and Katheryn Oyer; brothers Donald, Harry, and Frank. Survived by wife of 60 years, Bernice; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill (Jackie) and Barry (Jodi); three grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jane Hickle. Friends received Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the MAEDER-QUINT-TIBERI FUNERAL HOME, 1068 South High Street. Where services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial Forest Lawn Cemetery. "He has heard the call of 'The Great Umpire' to celestial fields."




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