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Announcements

Monday, December 13, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gurcsik Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gurcsik Jr. of Hometown celebrated their 25 wedding anniversary on Sept. 7. They were married in St. Theresa's Catholic Church, New Cumberland, by Msgr. Joseph W. Leary.

Mrs. Gurcsik is the former Mary E. Coogan, daughter of James and Selina Coogan of New Cumberland. Her husband is the son of John Gurcsik of Cape May Court House, N.J., and Teresa Gurcsik of Sicklerville, N.J.

The couple has four children: Eileen M. Gurcsik, John F. Gurcsik III, James M. Gurcsik and Michael P. Gurcsik.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Matthew John Ohlsen and Becca Anne Schmoyer, 82 Jackson St., Apt. A-4, Hoboken, N.J.

Keith Patrick McArdle, 2 E. Ridge St., Apt. 1, Lansford, and Joanne Addy Turner, 430 Hazle St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton High School Class of 1970 held its 40-year class reunion Nov. 27 at the Lehighton Legion. Those attending included, front row from left, Dianne (Fries) Pawlowski, Rose (Bartholomew) Kwolek, Beverly (Gildner) Wisocky, Louise (Searfoss) Fisher, Jane (Nenscel) Treskot, Leona (George) Green, Marianne (Payonk) Kleintop, Judy (Heffelfinger) Smith and Debbie (Strohl) Kochanacz.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The engagement of Brittany Hunsicker, Palmerton, to Douglas Miller, Andreas, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dwight and Cheryl Hunsicker of Palmerton. She is a 2006 graduate of Palmerton High School. She is graduating this month from Millersville University with a degree in special education and elementary education.

She is employed at Country Junction and Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Friday, December 3, 2010
Kade David Levan

LEVAN A son, Kade David Levan, was born to Terry and Melissa (Herman) Levan of Jim Thorpe on Oct. 16, 2010, at St. Luke's Allentown. He weighed 6.6 pounds, and measured 19 inches long.

Kade was welcomed home by his two older siblings, Kearsen, 17; and Kevan, 12.

Maternal grandparents are David and Elaine Herman of Anderson, S.C.

Paternal grandparents are George and Myrna Levan of Muncy Valley, Sullivan County.

Friday, December 3, 2010
Alex Michael Collevechio

COLLEVECHIO A son, Alex Michael Collevechio, was born on Sept. 12, 2010 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley to Melissa and Aaron Collevechio of Drums.

He weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 17.5 inches long.

The new baby was welcomed home by his big brother Aaron (A.J.), 3.

Maternal grandparents are Larry and Maryann Thompson of Keylayres.

Paternal grandparents are Jacqueline Collevechio of Summit Hill, and the late Fred Collevechio.

Friday, December 3, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. John Spisak

Janiel Pfaff, daughter of Mark and Mary Jean Pfaff of Tannersville, became the bride of John Spisak, son of Vince and Fran Spisak of Lansford on July 17, 2010 at St. Catherine's Cathedral in Allentown. The Rev. Monsignor Andrew Baker officiated the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose her sister, Justine Pfaff of West Chester, Pa. as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Shilpa Jadhav, Piscataway, N.J.; Jen Ketz, Bridgeport, Pa.; Caryn Shields, Culpeper, Va.; Anne Smith, Macungie; and Lindsay Weiss, Bethlehem. Lucy Greco of Lansford was the flower girl.

Friday, December 3, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Damien P. Earhart

Tracy Marie Smudin, daughter of Shirley and Gary Smudin of Quakake, and Damien Patrick Earhart, son of Donna Davis of St. Clair, were united in marriage on Oct. 16, 2010 at Christ Lutheran Church in Barnesville by the Rev. Robert Adams.

Bridesmaids included Jamie Beidleman, Clamtown; Jennifer Knadler, Hometown; and Cortney Zimmerman, Tamaqua. The flower girl was Shelby Beidleman of Clamtown.

Best man duties were performed by Christopher Casse of Reading. Groomsmen included Eric Knadler, Tamaqua, and Kory Beidleman, Clamtown.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Troy Allen "TJ"Hartman Jr.

HARTMAN A son, Troy Allen "T.J." Hartman Jr., was born to Melissa and Troy Hartman of West Penn Township at 10:27 p.m., on Oct. 18, 2010, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown.

He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Diann and Charles Urban of Lehighton. Paternal grandparents are Bruce and Darlene Hartman, also of Lehighton.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett

Blanche Esther (Brooks) Garrett, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 26.

Born in Nesquehoning in 1920, Blanche also resided in Lansford, Jim Thorpe, Lake Harmony and New Jersey.

A graduate of Summit Hill High School, Blanche worked in the Windsor Department Store in Lehighton and Brights Department Store, and she managed the coffee and Italian shop at Split Rock Lodge.

She was married to Russell Warran Garrett for 14 years until his passing in 1996.