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Teresa A. Margotta

60, of Jessup, died Thursday morning at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospital after a long and courageous battle with ALS.

She is survived by her husband, Louis M. Margotta. The couple was married for 39 years.

Born in Peckville, she was the daughter of Attilio and Alice Generotti Vergari, Peckville. Teresa was a graduate of Valley View High School, class of 1975, Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, and DeSales University where she earned her R.N. degree. She later acquired her funeral director's license from Simmons School of Mortuary Science. She was a member of St. Mary's Assumption Church, Queen of Angel's Parish, Jessup.

The family would like to express their gratitude to her caregivers, Tammy Esgro, Helen Davidson, Megan Drag, Gina Doyle, Marlene Pacini, Jeanne Kearney, Lisa Gibbons, Marcia Rudat, and Bernie Povanda. Additional thanks to the staff at Celtic Hospice, especially Lori Lynn O'Boyle and Clover Loomis, Dr. Linda Thomas and Kari Machelli, for their kind and compassionate care. Special thanks to her devoted friends, Kim, Robin, Karen and Ellie for their continuous love and support.

Teresa was a selfless woman who put her three children first, what she often said were her greatest accomplishments. Her legacy will live on within them forever. She had many friends, but her relationship with her husband defined the meaning of a best friend and true love. Her passion for her family, especially the love for her grandchildren gave her new meaning to life. Teresa's strong will and her supportive family pushed her to fight a terrible disease. Throughout her life she overcame many obstacles. Her career as a nurse was cut short because of a hearing deficiency, but that loss was her family business's gain as she became a valuable asset to the Margotta Tradition.

Also surviving are her children, Louis J. Margotta and wife Carla, Jessup, Jessica Forgione and husband Rocco, Peckville and James Margotta, Peckville; her grandchildren, Nina and Siena Margotta, Aria and Rocky Forgione; two brothers, Joseph Loftus-Vergari and wife Cindy, Mountaintop and David Vergari, Peckville, a godchild, Riley Gibbons; several nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a sister in law Rose Marie Margotta Gibbons and a nephew Brian Gibbons.

The funeral will be on Wednesday with mass at 9:30am at St. Michael's Church, Jessup. Entombment will follow at St. Mary's Assumption Cemetery, Montdale. Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 8pm at the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church St. Jessup. To share photos, order flowers, or online condolences, please visit www.margottafuneralhomes.com

Lance W. Ulen

73 of Harrisburg, passed peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017. He was the son of the late Lewis "Bud" Ulen and "The Elegant Lady" Millicent Hooper. Lance was a Funeral Director for over 30 years and a Co-owner of Hooper Memorial Home, Inc. He was a graduate of John Harris High School, Virginia Union and Clark Atlanta Universities, as well as Philadelphia Art Institute. Lance's passion was for the Arts, he loved painting and photography and his art work can be found throughout the community. Lance later had a greater calling, graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services as he assisted his mother for many years as a license mortician. He served on various boards, memberships and associations to include; the National Funeral Directors Association, Dauphin County Funeral Directors Association, Camp Curtin YMCA, Club 21, Alpha Phi Omega and Chosen Friends Lodge #43 F&AM. Lance was also a member of The Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, held positions on the Transportation, Usher and Men's Ministry and frequently attended services at St. Paul Episcopal Church. Lance also enjoyed riding on his Harley; he was an avid motorcyclist and a member of the Buffalo Soldiers Cavalry Scouts – PA. He is survived by his wife Karen Ulen, son Hans Ulen, a brother Clive "Tony" Ulen, step-children, Tierell Johnson, Kevin Chase, Jonathan and Nicholas Branam and Amanda Humes, nieces Eisa Ulen Richardson and Renee Butts Ulen and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be held at his church, Friday, May 5th, 2017, 212 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg at 11:00 a.m., viewing starting at 9:00 a.m. and burial in Lincoln Cemetery. Hooper Memorial Home, Inc. is handling arrangements.

Kim Tracy Morgan

51, of Valley View, passed away peacefully after a short but strong battle with leukemia, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Pottsville, she was the daughter of Linda L. (Lucas) Morgan, with whom she resided and the late Clayton L. Morgan. Kim was a 1983 graduate of Tri-Valley High School in Hegins. She received her Beautician's license and teaching certificate from Empire Beauty School and owned Kim's Styling Salon at her home in Hegins. Later, Kim worked at various restaurants as a cook, server and bartender. She would say that her three boys were her world.

Survivors: mother, Linda; sons, Alexander D. Maher of Bethlehem, Andrew C. Maher of Harrisburg and Pearce S. Bixler of Valley View; sister, Jacqueline E. Miller and her husband Jamie of Pine Grove; brother, Rodney C. Morgan and his wife Melissa of Pine Grove; nieces and nephews, Hannah Morgan and Gavin and Gabrielle Miller.

Services: A visitation will be held from 12:30-2:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, 200 W. Main Street, Valley View. Arrangements are entrusted to the James Funeral Home in Bethlehem. Online tributes may be left at www.jamesfuneralhome.org.

Contributions: in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1160 Route 22 East, Suite 103, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1525 Valley Center Parkway, Suite 180, Bethlehem, PA 18017.

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