Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Ronald D. Spangler

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Bethany Wesleyan Church member

Ronald D. Spangler, 70, of Walnutport, died March 22, 2020, at home. He was the husband of Karen (Madea) Spangler for 44 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of Alverta (Young) and the late Samuel Spangler.

He was a 1967 Northampton High School graduate. He earned an associate degree from Temple University.

He worked at Schaefer Brewery and then for Sam Adams Brewery, from which he retired in 2012.

He was a member of Bethany Wesleyan Church, Cherryville.

John “Jive” Skrapits

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

John “Jive” Skrapits, 90, of Northampton, died March 26, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Anna Skrapits for 63 years.

Born in Szentpeterfa, Hungary, he was the son of the late Vince and Johanna (Paukovits) Skrapits.

He founded Northampton Concrete Form and Skrapits Concrete Company with his brothers-in-law.

He was a member of Queenship of Mary Church and St. Peter and Paul Society, both in Northampton.

Jamie L. Grammes

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

co-owned Norma J’s Restaurant

Jamie L. Grammes, 60, of Orefield, died March 25, 2020, at St. Luke’s, Bethlehem.

Born in Miami-Dade County, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Richard L. and Norma J. (Bieber) Grammes.

She and her brother, Doug, owned and operated Norma J’s Restaurant, Orefield, for the last 45 years.

She and her family attended Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church, Orefield.

William D. Faulkner

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Catasauqua American Legion member

William D. Faulkner, 91, of Catasauqua, died March 29, 2020, at Phoebe Home, Allentown.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late David P. and Emma (Boyer) Faulkner.

He was a 1946 graduate of Catasauqua High School.

He was in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.

He worked mostly in the purchasing department of Western Electric/ATT for 39 years until he retired in 1987.

He was a member of Catasauqua Presbyterian Church.

He was a member of Catasauqua American Legion Post 215.

Claudia Watson

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Macungie

Claudia Watson, 76, of Macungie, died Feb. 21, 2020. She was the wife of Raymond Lee Watson for 41 years.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Anastasia (Schwoyer) Deutsch.

She was a 1962 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School. She graduated from the licensed practical nurse program at Northampton Community College.

She worked as a private duty nurse, and before, worked for the former Pantry Pride grocery stores in Quakertown and Allentown.

Marjorie A. Kokolus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church member

Marjorie A. Kokolus, 84, of Hellertown and formerly of Coplay, died March 29, 2020, at Weston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Hellertown. She was wife of the late Paul Kokolus.

Born in North Whitehall Township, she was the daughter of the late John and Victoria (Romanic) Gavlick.

She was an investigator for the child placement review office at the court house in Paterson, N.J., for nine years until retiring.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall.

Viola M. Takacs

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

sewing machine operator

Viola M. Takacs, 97, formerly of Ironton, died March 28, 2020, at Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late John L. Takacs.

Born in Slatington, she was the daughter of the late Henry H. and Florence S. (Stahley) Henritzy.

She was a sewing machine operator in various textile mills for many years before retiring. Before that, she worked at the former Western Electric, Allentown, for several years.

PIAA meeting sees no action on spring season

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a board of directors meeting this week via teleconference. The meeting was a regularly-scheduled board meeting and was not held in response to the coronavirus school closure.

Last week, on March 23, after Governor Tom Wolf extended the school closure to a third week, the PIAA announced that there was no date set to resume the spring sports season and remainder of the winter postseason.

Monday Wolf announced that schools across the state will remain closed indefinitely.