Catasauqua Press

Monday, February 19, 2018

Middle school: Valentine dance is tomorrow at CMS

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in School

The parent-teacher forum will be hosting a valentine dance for students 7-9 p.m. Feb. 9 in the gymnasium.

Tickets are $5 or 25 Starsbucks and will be sold during lunches. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the dance.

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Looking ahead: Schools will be closed Feb. 16 and 19 for the Presidents Day holiday.

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There will be a parent-teacher forum meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 20. It will be held in the library.

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Donald William Reed

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Donald William Reed, 83, of Northampton, died Jan. 31, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospice. He was the husband of Mary Ann Reed for 57 years.

He was a son of the late Gladys and Elmer Reed of Philipsburg.

He was a merchant marine on the Great Lakes before serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.

He was a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways. After retiring from that position, he was a courier for PNC Bank.

He attended Calvary Wesleyan Church, Bethlehem.

Paul Steven Kovach

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Northampton

Paul Steven Kovach, 67, of Lake Tahoe, died Jan. 19, 2018. He was the husband of Alicia (Carr) Kovach for 30 years.

Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late Louis and Mary (Majercak) Kovach.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Eric and his wife Tammy of Danielsville; a daughter, Jill and her husband Curt Coleman of Northampton; four grandchildren, Leah and Ryan Kovach and Samuel and Michael Coleman; and a brother, Louis Kovach of Venice, Fla.

Robert S. Marlatt

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Northampton

Robert S. Marlatt, 83, of Northampton, died Jan. 24, 2018, at his home. He was the husband of Bonnie S. (Breinig) Marlatt.

He was a son of the late Robert and Miriam (Hughes) Marlatt.

He retired in 1997 from the former Allentown State Hospital.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Richard, Gregory, Timothy, Robert (Chris), Jarred and Tyler; two daughters, Stephany Wechsler and Victoria Marlatt; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Edwin V. Schwartz

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Pastor Emeritus, Queenship of Mary Church

The Rev. Edwin V. Schwartz, 86, of Northampton, died Jan. 24, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital-Allentown.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John W. and Kathryn V. (Byrne) Schwartz.

He attended Good Shepherd Elementary School and West Catholic High School, both in Philadelphia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood.

He was ordained to the priesthood May 14, 1960, by the Most Rev. J. Carroll McCormick at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

Margaret Jane Butz

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Whitehall Manor resident

Margaret “Peggy” Jane Butz, 78, died Jan. 11, 2018, at Whitehall Manor. She was the wife of the late Harold A. Butz for 52 years.

Born in Wilson, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Jane (Warner) Steckel.

She graduated from Wilson Area High School, Easton. She earned an associate degree in business and secretarial fields from Churchman’s Business School, Easton.

Before her retirement, she was church secretary and member of Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church, Bethlehem, for many years. She was a vocalist and pianist.

Norman Koch

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Catasauqua

Norman Koch, 79, of Catasauqua, died Jan. 24, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, Bethlehem.

Born in Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Edgar and Helen (Gross) Koch.

He was most recently a maintenance supervisor for Keystone Mobile Park, Laurys Station, for three years until he retired in 2016. Before that, he was an equipment operator for J.P. Mascaro & Sons sanitation, Ironton, and as a welder for Fruehoff Trucking, Allentown, for 16 years.

Linda K. Ferner-Poyner

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

owned mail delivery service

Linda K. (Miller) Ferner-Poyner, 67, of Kunkletown, died Jan. 29, 2018, at home.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Elmer E. Jr. and Nancy (Russo) Miller.

She was a licensed practical nurse for Reading Hospital, Gracedale, Allentown State Hospital and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation for many years. She was a truck driver for five years and owned Mail and Parcel Delivery Services, a subcontract of DHL.

Richard C. Hoch II

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Fullerton Fire Company lifetime member

Richard C. Hoch II, 64, of Bloomsburg, died Jan. 22, 2018, at Geisinger Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Debra J. (Dreese) Hoch for eight years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Louise (Derby) Hoch and the late Richard C. Hoch Sr.

He was a 1971 graduate of Whitehall High School. He attended Mansfield University and Northampton Community College of Culinary Arts and earned an associate degree.

He worked at GAF/Tarkett, Woods Dining Service at Muhlenberg College and was a department administrator at Cabella’s, Hamburg.