Catasauqua Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ruth A. Oswald

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

103 years old

Ruth A. Oswald, 103, of Allentown, died March 5, 2017. She was the wife of the late John “Randy” Randolph Oswald.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mabel (Ortt) Steiger.

She worked for the former Hess’s Department Store, Allentown.

She was a member of Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua for many years.

She volunteered at Lehigh Valley Hospital, formerly Allentown General Hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane Larson and her husband Roger; a son, David Oswald and his wife Nora; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Dolores J. Case

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Catasauqua Thrift Shop volunteer

Dolores J. (Shimkanin) Case, 83, of North Catasauqua, died March 8, 2017, in her home. She was the wife of the late Theodore R. Case Jr.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late John Sr. and Thelma (Moore) Shimkanin.

She worked for more than 45 years in the human resources management team at Lucent Technologies, formerly the Western Electric Corporation, Allentown.

She was a longtime member of Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua and volunteered at the church food bank for many years.

John A. Schwartz

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Member, volunteer at Harmony Grange 1692

John A. Schwartz, 80, of Cementon, died March 6, 2017, in his home. He was the husband of the late Evelyn (Soroka) Schwartz.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late David B. and Annie K. (Musco) Schwartz.

He was a 1954 graduate of the former Coplay High School.

He was an aviation mechanic YN3 in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era.

He worked in the shipping department of the former Bonney Forge, East Allentown, for more than 35 years until he retired. He was earlier a food processor for the former Smith Milling Company, Northampton.

John Kutzer Jr.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Bethany United Methodist Church member

John Kutzer Jr., 86, of Coplay, died March 3, 2017, at his residence. He was the husband of Nancy (Kemmerer) Kutzer for 36 years.

Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late John Kutzer Sr. and Alma (Fritz) Glendenmyer.

He worked in the tool crib for Mack Trucks until he retired.

He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Catasauqua, where he sounded the shofar during services.

He was a member of Lehigh Valley Harmonica Club.

Thor H. Bahrman

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Ellsworth V. Bahrman Inc.

Thor H. Bahrman Sr., 90, of Hanover Township, died March 4, 2017, at home. Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he was a son of the late Ellsworth V. and Mary (Miller) Bahrman Sr. He was the husband of Millie (Nosal) Bahrman for 62 years.

He attended Wyoming Seminary and was a graduate of Widener University.

He was machinist’s mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was aboard the USS Duluth in the Pacific Theater.

He was the owner of Ellsworth V. Bahrman Inc., Bethlehem, serving the automotive and light industrial equipment markets.

Grace E. Baker

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

worked for Kraft Foods

Grace E. Baker, 91, of Allentown, died March 8, 2017, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.

Born in Greenwich Township, she was the daughter of the late Chester U. and Carrie (Derr) Kramer.

She and her late husband, Mark G. Baker, met as children while living on neighboring farms in Krumsville, and became high school sweethearts.

They married in in 1943, in Sherman, Texas, while he was serving in the U.S. Army.

They enjoyed 30 years together until his sudden death while answering a fire call with the Cetronia Volunteer Fire Company in 1973.

Helena Radakovits

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

born in Hungary

Helena Radakovits, 95, died Feb. 27, 2017, of a long-term illness. She was the wife of the late Frank Geosits and the late Edward Radakovits.

She was born in Szentpetefa, Hungary.

She is survived by a daughter, Clara Mian; a stepdaughter, Linda Issowits and her husband John; a stepson-in-law, Fred Kedl; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a niece, Mary Silipovits; nephew, John Silipovits; two great-nieces, Rosemarie Schlenick and Susan Silipovits; and a goddaughter, Kathy Fargo.

Donald J. Herzog

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club member

Donald J. Herzog, 69, of Northampton, died Feb. 22, 2017, at St Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of Bonnie E. (Ruch) Herzog for 46 years.

Born in Danielsville, he was a son of the late Joseph and Theresa (Brickler) Herzog.

He was a 1967 graduate of Northampton High School where he was a member of the football, wrestling and baseball teams.

He was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served a second tour in Germany in the early 1980s.