Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Eleanor Mae Albright

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

of Bethlehem Township

Eleanor “Ellie” Mae (Bunger) Albright, 98, died April 5, 2019, in her home in Bethlehem Township. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Albright for 42 years.

Born in Bear Gap, Columbia County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Victor and Mariah Eleanor (Meek) Bunger.

She attended Wynn’s School in Bear Gap.

She worked at several jobs over the years, most recently at Bethlehem Steel.

Loretta K. Field

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Mary’s Catholic Church member

Loretta K. Field, 89, of Catasauqua, died April 5, 2019, at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown. She was the wife of the late Samuel A. Crouthamel Sr. and William E. Field.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Herman) Cook.

She worked for many years in the supply and distribution department for Lehigh Valley Hospital Center before retiring.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Catasauqua where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the choir. She was also a member of the former St. Andrew’s Young at Heart Club.

Susan Schwartz Stroock

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Emmaus

Susan Schwartz Stroock, 72, formerly of Emmaus, died March 30, 2019, after a two-year struggle with cancer. She was the wife of Chris Hackler.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., she moved with her family to Forest Hills, N.Y., at the age of 3.

In addition to many U.S. national parks, she and her husband had visited over 40 countries. They continued to travel after her diagnosis, most recently to Antarctica, a lifelong dream.

Jeffrey A. Gerhard

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

CWSA operations manager

Jeffrey A. Gerhard, 62, of Whitehall, died April 5, 2019. He was the husband of Katherine M. (Marushak) Gerhard for 40 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Henry and Nannette “Nan” (Fetzer) Gerhard Raber and stepson of June Gerhard and the late Edgar A. Raber.

He graduated from Whitehall High School in 1974. He was a two-time inductee into the Whitehall High School Sports Hall of Fame.

He currently was operations manager for the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority for over 40 years.

He coached baseball and football in both Hokendauqua and Coplay.

Ralph A. Eckhart Jr.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church member

Ralph A. Eckhart Jr., 92, of Allen Township, died April 2, 2019, at his home. He was the husband of Janet (Feidler) Eckhart for 38 years.

Born in Towamensing, he was the son of the late Ralph A. Eckhart Sr. and Ruth (French) Kincaid.

He served his country as a Seaman Second Class in the U.S. Navy.

He was employed by Bethlehem Steel Corporation as an electric furnace operator for 43 years before retiring in 1992.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kreidersville.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Greenleaf Lodge 561 F&AM.


Monday, April 8, 2019 by The Press in Columns


• Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week continues, at participating restaurants, bake shops and breweries in Whitehall Township, Coplay Borough, Catasauqua Borough and North Catasauqua Borough. The event will continue until April 13. Information, list of participants and menus:

• Celebration of the Arts event (organized by Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township), 6 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua

Dieruff: ‘Once on This Island’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Once on This Island” brings the tropics to the stage, 7 p.m. April 25, 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 27, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

Based on the novel “My Love, My Love: or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, the musical tells the story of a kind-hearted peasant girl living on a Caribbean island and her attempts to bring different social classes together through the power of love.

Nazareth: ‘Curtains’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

There’s murder afoot on the stage with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy, 7 p.m. April 11 and 12; 2 and 7 p.m. April 13, and 2 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

Boston police detective and theater fan Lieutenant Frank Cioffi investigates the demise of the leading lady of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” on opening night in 1959. While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of additional cast and crew from the show, Cioffi attempts to save the day, save the play, and save his love life.

Notre Dame: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 1920s Jazz Age arrives with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” 7 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.

Flapper Millie Dillmount leaves Kansas and arrives in New York City in 1922 in search of a new life and a rich husband. What she finds is that wealth and security are less important than love.

Shauna Khan is director and vocal director for the Notre Dame production, assisted by choreographer Jenna Winchenbach and technical director Angela Nicolello.