Elvira Mae (Lobalzo) Dieterle

Elvira Mae (Lobalzo) Dieterle, age 96 peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2022, of Carrick. Daughter of the late Michael and Josephine (Baldi) Lobalzo. Beloved wife of the late Wilbert J. Dieterle, Sr. Devoted mother to Wilbert J. (Ann) Dieterle, Jr., and Kevin (Carla) Dieterle. Cherished grandmother of Brian J. Dieterle and Dana L. (Justin) Whitfield. Loving great-grandmother of Livia and Kendall Whitfield and the late Desma Dieterle. Sister of the late Theresa Heidkamp, Joseph Lobalzo, Anthony Lobalzo, Patrick Lobalzo, Harry Lobalzo and Jean Ryan. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Elvira enjoyed shopping, reading, loved shopping for shoes, and enjoyed coffee time with her neighbors.
Family and friends received Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 2-8 PM at the READSHAW FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1503 Brownsville Road, Carrick. Funeral Prayers Friday, March 11, 2022, at 9:45 AM in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Blessed Trinity Parish, St. Basil Church. Interment St. Wendelin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blessed Trinity Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Pittsburgh, PA 15227 or the Baptist Homes, 489 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234. 

Milan L. Billy

Milan L. Billy, 81, of Northampton, passed away on Thursday March 10, 2022, at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Sandra L. (Radcliffe) Billy. They were married for 63 years in May. He was born in Allentown a son of the late Rev.” J” Albert and Mary (Jonas) Billy. Milan was a funeral director for many years in the Lehigh Valley. He finished his career and retired from Trexler Funeral Home in 2015. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Nazareth. Milan was past president of Holy Trinity Evangelical Slovak Lutheran Church Council and the Nazareth Lions Club. He was a former vice president of the Northampton Area Wrestling Club.

He is survived by his wife, sons, “J” Ricky and wife Carol, M. Lee, Mark, Matthew, Stephan and wife, Jessica and Jo and wife, Linda, brothers, Paul G. and wife, Sandra, Jan K. and wife, Margaret; eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother “J” Albert, Jr. and sisters, Caroline Henion and Maryann Snyder.

Services: 11:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Holy Trinity Evangelical Slovak Lutheran Church 1372 Washington Ave., Northampton. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday, March 15th at Trexler Funeral Home 1625 W. Highland St., Allentown and 10:00 am to 11:00 am Wednesday in the church

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Milan’s memory to Holy Trinity Church or Bayada Hospice c/o the funeral home. 

Shirley M. Youse

Shirley M. (Manmiller) Youse, 86, of Kutztown, died peacefully Sunday, March 20, 2022, in ProMedica Laureldale, Muhlenberg Township, where she was a guest one month. She was the wife of Larry C. Youse, they were married February 25, 1955.  Born in Leesport, Shirley was a daughter of the late John P. and Erma M. (Grim) Manmiller.  

Shirley was a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Class of 1953.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in foreign language from Kutztown University, graduating in the Class of 1957.  She first taught in the Muhlenberg School District; then the Albuquerque (NM) School District, while her husband, Larry was stationed in the service at near-by Sandia Army base; then returned to Muhlenberg for several years. She also worked as a substitute teacher in the Brandywine Heights School District for many years.  Shirley obtained her Real Estate Associate Broker's License and worked with John W. Monaghan Realtors, Kutztown, for over 15 years.  She had the honor of being named Agent of the Year in 1992.  She was a graduate of the Berks County Real Estate Institute. She was a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Berks County Association of Realtors.

Shirley enjoyed baking, traveling and was a voracious reader.  She enjoyed completing the daily crossword puzzles in the newspaper.  

In addition to her husband of 67 years, Larry, Shirley is survived by a son, Deron K. Youse, Kutztown.  Other survivors include a sister, Sara J. (Manmiller), wife of Russell Fetter, Temple.  In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by two brothers, Larry J. Manmiller and Samuel M. Manmiller.

A funeral service to celebrate Shirley's life will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Arthur L. Hahn, officiating. Interment in Hope Cemetery, Kutztown.  Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements.  Memories and condolences may be shared at www.Ludwickfh.com

Martin Scott Hinkle

Martin Scott Hinkle (74) passed away on March 22, 2022 after a long illness. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 4, 1947. His legacy continues to be carried on by his wife, Cheryl Ann (Hensinger) Hinkle, his sons Jason (wife Gina) and Jamey (wife Kathy), and his granddaughters Eva, Mia and Mayzie Hinkle. As he would remind us, age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill, so we will start there. It was very important to our father to have a strong set of values and principles by which to live. His faithfulness to his wife was unwavering and he would always say the person you choose will have a profound impact on the quality of your life, so choose wisely. He chose wisely and created a home to always come home to. He was our lighthouse that would always guide us safely on our travels and would remind us to keep our wits about us. Scott Hinkle was a graduate of Liberty High School, Temple University, and McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York City. He then began working at White Trucking and then spent the next 36 years working at Mack Trucks in Allentown. He was also a U.S. Army veteran, a service he was extremely proud of and would speak highly of throughout his life. He spent many cold nights with his sons camping and hunting in his old pop-up Army tent and mummy bag. Many of the skills he learned in the military he passed on to his boys and they are grateful for that discipline. He was always on time and remained true to his word. He was a man you could count on. You could always tell him anything and you knew your secret was safe with him. Opa, the name his grandchildren would call him, would always embrace you with a hug. He loved his grandchildren Eva, Mia, and Mayzie and made sure to pass on to the next generation his love and the importance of family. Growing up you learned that if you want to soar with eagles, you can't play with turkeys; thus the reason he was surrounded by so much love before he passed on. He said he would now know the secret and you can be certain it would be safe with him. Opa will be missed greatly but will live on for eternity as the greatest father, friend, husband, and confidant. We love you dad.

Services: Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, July 23, 2022, from 10:00-11:00AM followed by a service celebrating and remembering Scott's life at 11:00 A.M. all at the JAMES FUNERAL HOME 527 Center St. Bethlehem. 

Samuel J. Monti

SAMUEL J. MONTI; March 27, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Margaret Lillian Monti (nee Shea). Devoted father of Carolyn (Ronald) Lassahn, Michele Monti, Stephanie Monti, the late Margaret M. Monti (Joseph Schulthise), Valerie Monti Holland, Sandra Monti Quiles. Loving grandfather of Samuel Holland, Gabrielle Lassahn, Alexander Monti, Hannah Holland, Nino Quiles and Efrain Quiles. Dearest companion of Rita DiBruno. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Sam was the founder and owner of the Monti (now Monti-Rago) Funeral Home since 1961, serving our community for over 50 years. Sam viewed his work as so much more than a profession or career. For him it was a vocation and he loved every moment of his working life.

Sam was born at 11th & Mifflin Sts in South Philadelphia, the only son of Antonino and Carolina (nee Caudo) Monti, both immigrants from the tiny village of Graniti, Messina in Sicily. President of his class at H.H. Furness Junior High School, he graduated from South Philadelphia High School in January 1944, just in time to be drafted into WWII where he served in the US Navy on the aircraft carrier, USS Lake Champlain.

While his high school yearbook lists his aspiration to be an engineer, life had other plans for Sam. After serving his apprenticeship, he earned his Funeral Director’s License in 1950 from Eccles College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia.

In the meantime, he met the love of his life, Margaret Shea, on a blind date. She had immigrated from Bell Island, Newfoundland and was living with her aunt in Mayfair. Writing to her mother to ask for her hand in marriage, Sam explained that he was starting a business and that while it would be difficult, he would work hard and expected to succeed. They married in October 1953.

Sam and Margaret opened the Monti Funeral Home on April 23, 1961 at 2533-35 South Broad Street and they did succeed in both building a prosperous business and bringing six girls into the world. Many people winced at the prospect of paying for six weddings but Sam would retort “what about the six college educations?”. And all six girls did indeed go on to gain college degrees, supported by their parents support, both financial and moral.

In November 2007, Sam received the Filitalia International Humanitarian Award for his service and compassion. This was the latest in a series of honours and commitments to the people of South Philadelphia. He worked tirelessly for the Deborah Hospital, as a Master of the OBL (Order of Brotherly Love) as well as the Knights of Columbus among others.

Sam was so very fortunate in finding an apprentice and successor in Mark Rago who has continued the development and the standard of excellence that Sam envisioned when he established the business over 60 years ago.

Relatives and friends are invited to his VIEWING THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 31, 2022, 6-9 P.M. and FRIDAY MORNING APRIL 1, 2022, 8:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. at THE MONTI-RAGO FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2531-35 SOUTH BROAD STREET. Funeral Mass, 11 A.M., St. Monica Church, 17th and Ritner Sts. Entombment Calvary Cemetery & Chapel Mausoleum, Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions be made in Sam’s Memory to St. Monica Church.