Joe Scheidler, Pro Life Pioneer, R.I.P.

Joe Scheidler passed away, Jan. 18, at the age of 93.

He was a pioneer in the pro-life movement.

Shortly after the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, Joe became a pro-life activist – ultimately founding the Pro-Life Action League in 1980 with his wife, Ann.

Joe’s groundbreaking work inspired a generation of sidewalk counselors and pro-life advocates.

His 1985 pro-life activists’ manual, “CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion”, put pro-lifers throughout the United States and the world to work effectively fighting abortion.

Because of his hard work and ultra-effective advocacy, the National Organization for Women and two abortion clinics filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit against Joe.

The resulting legal saga in NOW v. Scheidler saw the founding of the Thomas More Society to defend Joe against a lawsuit that lasted for nearly 30 years and went before the Supreme Court three times, finally resulting in a unanimous victory for Joe and the pro-life movement.

Joe Scheidler was truly a larger than life leader for nearly 40 years – working each and every day to save the lives of the unborn.

Joe will be deeply missed by all those who knew him and those whose lives he saved.

Without Joe, the Thomas More Society likely wouldn’t exist, and the pro-life movement certainly wouldn’t look the same.

On behalf of the Thomas More Society, I’d like to offer my condolences to Joe’s family, including his wife Ann, who still serves as the Chairman of our Board. Joe’s contributions were unmatched, and the world has been changed because of his work.

May he rest in peace.

Joe Scheidler R.I.P.
Joe Scheidler, Pro Life Pioneer, R.I.P.

Helen Abbruzzesi Weber R.I.P.

Dear friend Helen Abbruzzesi Weber died, Dec. 24. Here is her obituary from Donohue Funeral Home:

Helen Abbruzzesi Weber

Helen Abbruzzesi Weber, age 82, of West Chester, PA was peacefully carried home to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 24, after battling cancer. She was born July 29, 1938 in Chester to the late Louis Abbruzzesi and Dorothy Abbruzzesi. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, John Henry Weber; her daughters: Lisa M. Esler (Chip), Donna J. Caudell (David), Paula J. Stiles, and Jaclyn A. Gregory; her grandchildren: Joshua King, Brittany Robinson, Cameron Stiles, Drew Gregory, Ryan Gregory, and Ashlynn Gregory, and her great grandchildren, Giovanna Lord, and Abel and Mercy King.

Helen was a born-again Christian and was very politically active in her community. Over the years she worked in property management, but her most important job was that of wife and mother. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed shopping and going to the beach. Helen was a giving person who always looked after those around her, especially her girls. Helen will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 30, at Faith Community Baptist Church in Downingtown, PA. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects beginning at 10 am, followed by her service at 11 am. Burial at Philadelphia Memorial Park Cemetery. Lunch will be provided at the church following the burial.  If you plan to join us for lunch, please RSVP to Donna at 443-350-0925.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’ memory to Chester County Pro-Life Coalition, 590 Snyder Ave, West Chester, PA 19382, would be greatly appreciated.

Visitation is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Faith Community Baptist Church, 1585 Glenside Road, Downingtown, PA 19335. A memorial service will follow.

Gene Herman R.I.P.

Old friend Gene Herman died Nov. 29. He was 81 and worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin for more than 25 years being there for its closing on Jan. 29, 1982.

Gene Herman R.I.P.

Here is his obit with funeral service times courtesy of Healey Funeral Homes of Haddon Heights, N.J.

On Nov. 29, Martin “Gene” J. Herman, age 81 of Haddon Township passed away at Cooper University Hospital.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Gene graduated from North Catholic High School in the Class of 1956.  After graduation, he attended LaSalle College before going to work at the Philadelphia Bulletin, covering business and labor for over 25 years until the paper closed in 1982.  He then worked for the State of New Jersey as the Director of Communications for the Department of Labor and later as the Deputy Press Secretary for the Governor’s Office under Christie Whitman, retiring in 2000. A resident of Haddon Township, NJ for 57 years, he also maintained a summer home in Brigantine, NJ, for the past 50 years where he loved spending time with his family, especially his 10 grandchildren, and writing the City of Brigantine’s Newsletter for several years.

Gene is the beloved husband of 60 years to Regina A. (nee Iorio).  He is the devoted father of Regina Ann (Thomas) Muccifori, Martin J. (Gabrielle) Herman, Michael J. Herman, Mary Margaret (Dan) Gannon and the late Patrick J. Herman.  He is the cherished grandfather of Tommy and Caroline Muccifori; Ann, Elizabeth, Katherine, Patrick and Madeleine Herman; Timothy, Christopher and Alison Gannon.  He is the dear brother of the late Walter (late, Dorothy) Herman; Helene (late, John) McIntyre, Regina (Al) Fazio and Anthony Herman.  Gene is also lovingly survived by 19 nieces and nephews as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Friday from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Healey Funeral Home, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ.  His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, 11 a.m. at Saint Rose of Lima Church, 4th Avenue and Kings Highway, Haddon Heights.  Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patrick J. Herman Scholarship Fund c/o St. Rose of Lima School, 300 Kings Highway, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035.  Due to current restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held in Brigantine this upcoming summer.

Sarabelle Salsburg R.I.P.

Sarabelle Salsburg R.I.P. — It’s been a lousy few weeks. Another old friend died. Sarabelle Salsburg, the mother of author Jim Waltzer whom you might have seen mentioned here, died Sept. 26 of end-stage kidney disease. She was 93 and remained semi-independent until a few months ago according to Jim.

Sarabelle (nee Mazer) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and, as a teenager, lived for several years in Atlantic City before attending the University of Pittsburgh (where she trained to be a nurse during World War II) and then Penn State, where she met her first husband. She was a longtime resident of Newtown Square.

 She is survived by Jim, of Chesterbrook, and his brother David (Julie) Salsburg of Phoenix, and grandchildren Nicole, Lauren, and Jordan Salsburg.

We remember her as a woman of intelligence, charm and absolutely impeccable artistic taste.

R.I.P. Sarabelle.

The family welcomes donations to the Philadelphia Orchestra ( in lieu of flowers.

Don Gilmore R.I.P.

Don Gilmore R.I.P.
Don Gilmore R.I.P.

Don Gilmore of Chester died Aug. 21 of cancer. He was 64. He served in the Army and Army Reserves. He had been employed by Fed Ex for 21 years.

He is survived by his brother John and sister Arlene and others.

He was a smart guy and we had many a long conversation about whatever topic happened to pop in our heads. He was one of my favorite people and I will miss him.

Antoinette O’Brien R.I.P.

Antoinette O'Brien R.I.P.Antoinette O’Brien died Aug. 27. She was 96 and grew up at the Dante School and Orphanage in Concord, Pa.

As a girl, she was close to Dr. Horace Hillborn Darlington of the prominent Darlington family, said Mrs. O’Brien’s daughter Lorraine Moretti.

Dr. Darlington was the physician for the children at the school and had also donated the land for the Concord Fire Co.

During World War II, Mrs. O’Brien served as a WAC.

She will be buried 12:10 p.m., tomorrow, Aug. 30 at Beverly Veterans Cemetery in New Jersey with graveside military honors.

Antoinette O’Brien R.I.P.


Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.

Senator John McCain, Rest In Peace — If you haven’t heard Sen. John McCain died today, Aug. 25, 2018.

Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.
John McCain at the Springfield Country Club, March 14, 2008. (I did not take this pix).

His death occurred 9 years to the day of that of Ted Kennedy. To McCain’s credit, Theodore Edgar McCarrrick will not be speaking at his funeral unlike that of Kennedy.

Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.
John McCain shaking hands with congressional candidate Craig Williams in Springfield. Behind them is Mike Culp of Springfield.

I actually liked McCain and remember him starting his 2008 presidential campaign at the Springfield Country Club. I walked in with a big camera bag and to my shock they just waved me through. I entered the spot for the national press pool photographers and stayed there the whole time — without credentials — despite their unfriendly comments.

Security was not an issue. I could have smacked him on his knee a dozen times.

R.I.P. senator. I still wish you had won.

Senator John McCain Started 2008 Campaign In Springfield, Pa.

Senator John McCain R.I.P.


Kenneth J. Miesmer R.I.P.

Kenneth J. Miesmer R.I.P.Kenneth J. Miesmer, 71, of Garnet Valley, PA (formerly of West Hartford, CT), died at home, surrounded by loved ones, in the early morning hours on Saturday, May 19.

Born on Feb. 21, 1947, he was the son of the late Robert and Marjorie Miesmer.

Ken graduated from LaSalle High School in Cumberland, MD and attended the University of Maryland. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University. Ken was employed by The Travelers Insurance Company for 25 years, and was also employed as a consultant by Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM.

Ken is survived by his wife, Mary (Parsons); his daughters, Sharon (Kevin) Murphy of Mount Royal, NJ; Maureen Miesmer (Joshua Hurvitz) of Washington, DC; his brother, Thomas (Susan) of Melbourne, FL; his sister, Kathryn (Bruce) Atwood of Shoreham, VT. In his retirement, Ken most enjoyed time spent with family and friends, and he was able to live fully in the lives of his four beloved grandchildren: Jack and Kellen Murphy, and Matthew and Anna Hurvitz.

He was a vocal cheerleader at his grandsons’ baseball games, spent hours inventing with them in his workshop, and loved reading to his “princess” and taking her out for milkshakes. Ken is also survived by five nieces and nephews, three great-nieces, and two great-nephews. Ken was also actively involved throughout his life in The Boy Scouts of America, both during his time in West Hartford and most recently as Advancement Chair for Pack 59 in East Greenwich, NJ.

At his request, his remains were donated to the Humanity Gifts Registry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at a time convenient for his family. Ken was also pre-deceased by his very dear friend, Ron Foley.

With the hope that someday cures may be found for both pancreatic cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, memorial donations may be made to either The Ron Foley Foundation ( or The Arthritis Foundation ( During this brief period of illness, Ken was cared for by the medical staff at Chester County Hospital, the Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, Neighborhood Health Hospice Services, and the Pennsylvania Agency of Nurses. His family is deeply grateful for the kindness, compassion, and care shown to Ken and his loved ones during this difficult time.

Kenneth J. Miesmer R.I.P.

Faith Ryan Whittlesey R.I.P.

Faith Ryan Whittlesey, who chaired Delaware County Council in the late 1970s and was an integral member of Ronald Reagan’s campaign team and senior staff, died today, May 21.

She was 79.

She also served as the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland during the Reagan administration and represented the 166th District in the Pennsylvania State House.

She was a great conservative and hated by the liberals of her day.

Faith Ryan Whittlesey R.I.P.

Faith Ryan Whittlesey R.I.P.


Dorothy Mae Hayer R.I.P.

Dorothy Mae Hayer R.I.P.Dorothy Mae Hayer, R.N., formerly from Eckley and Freeland, and until recently, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday morning, May 12, 2018 in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born on July 11, 1937 in Hazleton, she was a daughter to the late Michael and Catherine (Kushner) Lozinak.

She was educated in the Freeland area schools, and later furthered her education toward her vocation by graduating from the former Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Hayer worked as a registered nurse for her entire professional career.  Her employment included work in pediatric nursing in the maternity ward of the former Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Hazleton; Psychiatric nursing at the White Haven Center, White Haven and until her retirement, was employed at the Weatherwood-Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center as both a Registered Nurse and as a Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator (R.N.A.C.).  Following her formal retirement from duties, Mrs. Hayer continued in her ministry and maintained working per diem in nursing until a few years ago at the age of seventy-five.

Mrs. Hayer was a member of Saint Mary of the Dormition Byzantine Catholic Church, Freeland for most of her life.  In recent years, she held membership in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre.  She was an active volunteer in both parishes faithfully.

Over the years, she served as a chaperone for parish Youth Group field trips; was a volunteer for parish summer festivals, and for several years, she served as Camp Nurse at the Eparchial Altar Server Retreat Camp held annually in Canadensis, PA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former spouse, Mr. James J. Hayer, and by brothers and sisters including John, Michael, and Daniel Lozinak, Colonel Mary M. Lozinak, U.S. Army (Ret.), Mrs. Helen Parsons, Miss Catherine Lozinak, Mrs. Anna Fifick, Mrs. Margaret Lawrence and Miss Agnes Lozinak.

Left to mourn her passing are her beloved son, Right Reverend Archpriest James G. Hayer, Protosyncellus (Vicar General) of the Eparchy of Passaic; Sister, Mrs. Elsie Palinko, West Haven, CT; Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, fellow parishioners and dear friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hayer will be conducted on Saturday morning, May 19th at 10:00 a.m. celebrating the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, where Father Michael Kerestes is pastor.

Principal celebrant will be her son, Right Reverend Archpriest James G. Hayer.  Presiding will be Bishop Kurt Burnette, Bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic.  Attending will be Metropolitan William Skurla, Archbishop of Pittsburgh.

Relatives and friends may join Reverend Archpriest Hayer and his family for visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 6  until 8  p.m. directly in Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, where a Parastas service will be conducted 7:30 p.m. with her son, officiating.  Additional visitation will be held on Saturday morning from 9  a.m. until the time of Divine Liturgy.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will be private in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

In lieu of floral tributes, Father Jim and his family would be humbled if those contemplating a monetary donation in his mother’s memory kindly consider the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, 500 West Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401 or to the Holy Annunciation Monastery, 403 West County Road, Sugarloaf, PA 18249.

The North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. is honored to care for Father Hayer and his mother at this time.

Dorothy Mae Hayer R.I.P.