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LAUBACH FAMILY MILESTONES__________________________________

William and Patricia Buskirk of Naz-areth announce the engagement of their daughter, Tammy Lynn, to Karl Lee Laubach, son of Ralph Laubach of Tatamy and Karen Bogart Rothrock of Florida.
       Miss Buskirk graduated from Nazareth High School and the Career Institute of Technology.  She is employed by Fellow-ship Home in Nazareth.
Karl Lee Laubach graduated from Nazareth Area High School, the Career Institute of Technology and Johnson Technical Institute in Scranton, PA.
Frances and Joseph Billone of Palmer Township announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda Maria, to Michael James Laubach, son of Janice E. Brown of Easton and the late Wilbur N. Laubach.
Miss Billone graduated from Notre Dame of Green Pond High School and Kutztown University.
 Michael James Laubach graduated from Easton Area High School and has been in the Marine Corps. He is employed by . Victaulic Company of America.
David and Elizabeth Laubach of Bangor, PA,  announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica Lynn to Christopher Ryan Hanson, son of Larry and Diane Hanson of  Stroudsburg.
Miss Laubach graduated from Bangor Area High School and East Stroudsburg
University. She is a permanent substitute teacher for the Nazareth Area High School.
Her husband graduated from Stroudsburg Area High School.  He is employed by Faulkner Olds/Cadillac in Bethlehem.
      (The weddings were planned for April.)


Dennis Scott Encke and his wife Lori Ann (Diltz) Encke announce the birth of their second son, Connor Seth Encke,  in Norfolk, VA, on 3 March 1999.  He has a brother, Tyler, born in 1996.  Connor and his brother are generation 12.  Their Reinhart line is:  Dennis Scott Encke 11, Ellen Marie Apple Encke 10, Ethel May Laubach Apple 9, Harry Laubach 8, Levi Leonard 7, Levi 6, Isaac 5, Adam 4 John George 3, Christian 2, Reinhart 1.
Michael Raymond Mills and his wife, Melanie Ann  (Meyer) Mills announce the birth of twin daughters, Michaela Ann Mills and Hannah Lee, 16 April 1999, in Voorhees, NJ.
Michael Raymond is the grandson of LFA member Marion Young Mills.  The twin girls are Reinhart generation 12; their line: Michael Raymond Mills 11, William Raymond Mills 10, Marion Young Mills 9, Leola Laubach Young 8, Levi Leonard Laubach 7, Levi 6, Isaac 5, Adam 4, John George 3, Christian 2, Reinhart 1.


 Julie Ethalia Laubach graduates this spring from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elemen-tary Education. Julie is the daughter of Dennis and Joyce Laubach, Bloomsburg.
While at Penn State, Julie took part in the first “America Reads” program.  She helped elementary students at the Corl Street Elementary School increase their reading skills.
Julie was chosen one of 15 College of Education participants in a year-long student teaching internship.  Julie hopes to start her teaching career in grades K-5.
Julie is Reinhart generation 11.  Her line: Dennis Allen Laubach 10, Gerald 9, Elmer 8, Milford Franklin 7, Frederick 6, John 5, Johann Conrad 4, Johann Georg 3, Christian 2, Reinhart 1.


Helen Gertrude (Laubach) Stamets, age 85, died 16 February 1999, in Duluth, GA.   Gertrude, daughter of Charles Reuben and Florence Mae Thompson Laubach, was born in Riegelsville, PA, on 6 October 1913.
Gertrude graduated from Easton High School in 1931 and from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, in 1935.  She married George Marvin Stamets, D.D.S., in 1940 and at this time dropped Helen from her name. (“Too many names,” she said.)  George and Gertrude lived in Riegelsville, PA, until 1962, when they moved to Riegel Ridge (Milford), NJ.
When Dr. Stamets retired they moved to Stuart, FL, where they lived until his death in 1996.  Gertrude moved to Duluth, GA.  She is survived by her daughter, Jane Stamets Thornton, and two grandsons, all of Duluth.
Gertrude is Reinhart generation 9. Her line: Charles Reuben 8, Vincent R7, Samuel Hess 6, Anthony 5, Johann Georg Jr.4 Johann Georg 3, Christian 2, Reinhart 1.
Valeria S. Laubach,, 76, of Heller-town, died on 11 April 1999. Born on 16 January 1923, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Valeria Wasser Judd.
Valeria had worked for several years as a seamstress at Casco in Hellertiown.
She was a member of the Lower Saucon United Church of Christ. She was a choir member, a quilter of the church and a member of the Eastonaires–Square and Round Dancers.
Valeria and her husband,, Warren L. Laubach, had observed their 55th wedding anniversary in July 1998.  She is survived by her husband and two sons, David A. of Wayne, PA, and Douglas W. of Secane, PA, five sisters, and five grandchildren.


     In LFA News No. 29, December 1998, in the lead article about  Nelson Laubach (“Mr. Santa”), one of his daughters was identified as Amanda J. (Laubach) Reid.  In April 1998 Nelson’s daughter Amanda married Eric T. Rieth, so she is Amanda Laubach Rieth.


The 23rd Psalm
For Genealogists

Genealogy is  my pastime;
I shall not stray.
It maketh me to lie down
and examine tombstones.
It leadeth me into still courthouses,
It restoreth my
Ancestral Knowledge.
It leadeth me in the paths of
census records
And ships’ passenger lists for
my surnames’ sake.
Yea, though I walk through the
shadows of research libraries
and microfilm readers,
I shall fear no discouragement,
for a strong urge is within me:
Curiosity and motivation,
they comforteth me,
Genealogy demandeth preparation
of storage space for the Acquisition of countless documents.
It annointeth my head with
burning midnight oil.
My family group sheets runneth over
    Surely, birth, marriage and death dates shall follow me
all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of a family history-seeker forever.


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